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Storytelling Animals

Author: Dayton Martindale

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Storytelling Animals is a green new podcast where we use books to help make sense of the ecological crisis – and think about what comes next. For most episodes, host Dayton Martindale will interview authors about their new or recent fiction and nonfiction, and talk about how we might build better relations with each other and our fellow creatures. Sometimes, he'll review books or talk with academics and activists, too.

Patreon subscribers at all tiers get early access to locked episodes, and Patreon subscribers above $7/month can also join a subscribers-only book club hosted by Dayton to dig deeper into these ideas and discuss how they might inform political action.



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In this bonus episode of Storytelling Animals, I look back on what I've learned from almost two years of the podcast with my brother Kyle Martindale, who designed my logo. We also talk about his new children's book, The ABC's of the Real Dancing Eagle, and share some formative animal encounters from our pasts. Thanks so much for everyone who supported this podcast in any way throughout my first two seasons!Buy Kyle's book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0C91N8X4S?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_2JGG74CQWDZ5EYEY8227Follow him on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therealdancingeagle/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet&igshid=OGQ5ZDc2ODk2ZA==Check out his website: https://therealdancingeagle.com/Subscribe to my free monthly-ish newsletter to keep up with my work: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dFollow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartindThis podcast is a proud member of the iRoar network of pro-animal podcasts: https://iroarpod.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Today's guest is Ben Goldfarb, author of Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet. It's the last episode in my series on the trouble with car dependency, and a nice companion to my earlier series on animal agency. It's also the official season finale of this podcast, although there will be one last bonus episode in September. Patreon subscribers will not be charged next month (or for the foreseeable future, unless and until I relaunch the podcast).Learn more about Ben's book here: https://wwnorton.com/books/9781324005896Subscribe to my free monthly newsletter to keep up with my work: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dSupport this podcast on Patreon (your August payment will be your last, unless and until I relaunch the pod): https://patreon.com/storytellingpodFollow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartindLike this podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Storytelling-Animals/100078033760061/This podcast is a proud member of the iRoar network of pro-animal podcasts: https://iroarpod.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Part 3 of my series on car dependency, my guest today is Kevin Shen of the Union of Concerned Scientists, who researches transit policy and electrification of large vehicles.Read some of his work here: https://blog.ucsusa.org/author/kshen/Subscribe to my free biweekly-ish newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dSupport my work on Patreon: https://patreon.com/storytellingpodFollow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartindLike this podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Storytelling-Animals/100078033760061/This podcast is a proud member of the iRoar network of pro-animal podcasts: https://iroarpod.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Today's guest is Jeremy Withers, author of Futuristic Cars and Space Bicycles: Contesting the Road in American Science Fiction. We discuss authors from Ray Bradbury and Ursula Le Guin to Octavia Butler and Kim Stanley Robinson. Part two in my series on the trouble with car culture.Learn more about Jeremy's book here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/futuristic-cars-and-space-bicycles-9781802078343?lang=en&cc=usSubscribe to the free weekly-ish Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dOur August 1 book club will be on Amitav Ghosh's The Nutmeg's Curse: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/Sign up for a 7-day free trial Patreon membership: https://patreon.com/storytellingpodFollow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartindLike this podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Storytelling-Animals/100078033760061/This podcast is a proud member of the iRoar network of pro-animal podcasts: https://iroarpod.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This week I talk with Daniel Knowles, author of Carmageddon: How Cars Make Life Worse and What To Do About It. Part 1 of a new series on transforming our car-dependent culture. Listen to part 2 by starting your 7-day Patreon free trial today: https://patreon.com/storytellingpodLearn more about Daniel's book here: https://www.abramsbooks.com/product/carmageddon_9781419758805/Subscribe to my free biweekly newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dFor more on our next book club: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/Follow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartindLike this podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Storytelling-Animals/100078033760061/This podcast is a proud member of the iRoar network of pro-animal podcasts: https://iroarpod.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Part 4 of my 4-part series on animal agency! An interview with pattrice jones of VINE Sanctuary. We talk about building a just multispecies community, the trouble with effective altruism, and the sexism of the dairy industry.For more on VINE Sanctuary: https://vinesanctuary.org/For my prior interview with Lori Gruen and Alice Crary: https://shows.acast.com/storytelling-animals/episodes/animal-crisis-a-new-critical-theory-alice-crary-lori-gruenFor their effective altruism book, to which pattrice contributes: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-good-it-promises-the-harm-it-does-9780197655702?cc=us⟨=en&Support this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon: https://patreon.com/storytellingpodSubscribe to the free weekly-ish Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dFor more on our June 27 The Plague Dogs book club: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/Follow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartindLike this podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Storytelling-Animals/100078033760061/This podcast is a proud member of the iRoar network of pro-animal podcasts: https://iroarpod.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
I talk about Jurassic Park--both the book and the movie--with Matt Haugen of Terrain. It's a joint episode of our two podcasts, and part 3 of my 4-part series on animal agency. Part 4 of that series is now available to Patreon subscribers: https://patreon.com/storytellingpodFor Matt's substack and podcast: https://www.terrain.news/For my article on de-extinction: https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/23696294/de-extinction-colossal-biosciences-woolly-mammoth-dodo-ethicsFor my prior interview on Jurassic World with paleontologist Steve Brusatte: https://shows.acast.com/storytelling-animals/episodes/steve-brusatte-rise-reign-of-mammals-dinosaur-jurassic-worldSubscribe to the free weekly-ish Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dFollow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartindLike this podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Storytelling-Animals/100078033760061/Learn more about our upcoming book club schedule, and how to join: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/This podcast is a proud member of the iRoar network of pro-animal podcasts: https://iroarpod.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Part 2 of a series on animal agency! An interview with Eva Meijer, author of When Animals Speak: Toward an Interspecies Democracy.For more on the book: https://nyupress.org/9781479863136/when-animals-speak/For more on the author's work: https://www.evameijer.nl/en/indexen.htmlSupport this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon: https://patreon.com/storytellingpodSubscribe to the free weekly Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dFollow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartindLearn more about our upcoming book club schedule, and how to join: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/This podcast is a proud member of the iRoar network of pro-animal podcasts: https://iroarpod.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Part 1 of a series on animal agency! An interview with Carol Gigliotti, author of The Creative Lives of Animals.For more on the book: https://nyupress.org/9781479815463/the-creative-lives-of-animalsFor the author's recent op-ed in The Scientist: https://www.the-scientist.com/reading-frames/opinion-biodiversity-loss-worsened-by-extinguishing-animal-innovators-70535 Support this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon: https://patreon.com/storytellingpodSubscribe to the free weekly Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dFollow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartindLearn more about our upcoming book club schedule, and how to join: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/This podcast is a proud member of the iRoar network of pro-animal podcasts: https://iroarpod.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Why I Am a Vegan

Why I Am a Vegan

2023-02-1001:01:05

Season 1 finale! A personal history of how and why I became a vegan. For more resources on animal liberation, see my website: https://daytonmartindale.com/2023/02/09/further-reading-on-veganism-episode-40/Support the HarperCollins strike: https://linktr.ee/hcpunion (UPDATE - since I recorded this episode the union has reached a tentative agreement)Support this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon: https://patreon.com/storytellingpodThis podcast is a proud member of the iRoar network of pro-animal podcasts: https://iroarpod.com/Subscribe to the free weekly Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dLearn more about our upcoming book club schedule; next up is Matt Bell's novel Appleseed on February 28: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/Follow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartindI'll be back in 2 months! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
January 25, 2023, is acclaimed writer Virginia Woolf's 141st birthday! To celebrate, I invited scholar of modernist literature Bonnie Kime Scott to talk about how animals and nature show up in Woolf's work, and how novels can represent other consciousnesses.To read Woolf's "The Death of a Moth": https://www.sanjuan.edu/cms/lib8/CA01902727/Centricity/Domain/3981/Death%20of%20A%20Moth-Virginia%20Woolf%20copy.pdfFor Kime's book: https://www.upress.virginia.edu/title/4499/For more on Kime: https://kimescott.sdsu.edu/publications.htmlSupport this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon: https://patreon.com/storytellingpodThis podcast is a proud member of the iRoar network of pro-animal podcasts: https://iroarpod.com/Subscribe to the free weekly Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dLearn more about our upcoming book club schedule; next up is Matt Bell's novel Appleseed on February 28: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/Follow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartind Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Martha C. Nussbaum is a professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago, and the author most recently of Justice for Animals: Our Collective Responsibility. On this episode we discuss animal capabilities, the ethics of killing, and how the law can better protect other species.For more on the book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Justice-for-Animals/Martha-C-Nussbaum/9781982102500Support this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon--help reach 30 supporters by episode 40! https://patreon.com/storytellingpodThis podcast is a member of the iRoar network of pro-animal podcasts: https://iroarpod.com/Subscribe to the free weekly Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dLearn more about our upcoming book club schedule; next up is An Immense World: How Animals Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong on January 17, followed by Matt Bell's novel Appleseed on February 28: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/Follow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartindLike this podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Storytelling-Animals-105986165338395 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
I read 78 books this year, the most in my adult life, and I want to share some of my favorites, especially some that I didn't get a chance to cover on the podcast! I pick my favorites in the following categories: best overall; 2022 release (fiction); 2022 release (nonfiction); older release (nonfiction); older release (novel); older release (short stories). Plus I list some honorable mentions and share some recommendations from my Patreon subscribers.Support this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon--help reach 30 supporters by episode 40! https://patreon.com/storytellingpodThis podcast is a member of the iRoar network of pro-animal podcasts: https://iroarpod.com/Subscribe to the free weekly Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dLearn more about our upcoming book club schedule; next up is An Immense World: How Animals Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong on January 17, followed by Matt Bell's novel Appleseed on February 28: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/Follow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartindLike this podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Storytelling-Animals-105986165338395 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
With CRISPR technology, it is easier than ever for geneticists to alter human DNA, make deadlier pathogens, render mosquitoes infertile, and make other dramatic interventions into organisms and ecosystems. But the science and the ethics of all this is far from straightforward. Biologist Matthew Cobb, author of As Gods: A Moral History of the Genetic Age, guides us through decades of genetic engineering, the strengths and weaknesses of CRISPR technology, and why he doesn't think we should bring back the wooly mammoth.For more on the book: https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/matthew-cobb/as-gods/9781541602854/Support this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon--help reach 30 supporters by episode 40! https://patreon.com/storytellingpodThis podcast is a member of the iRoar network of pro-animal podcasts: https://iroarpod.com/Subscribe to the free weekly Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dLearn more about our upcoming book club schedule; next up is An Immense World: How Animals Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong on January 17: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/Follow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartindLike this podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Storytelling-Animals-105986165338395 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Rachel E. Gross is the author of Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage, depicting how a new generation of (mostly) women scientists are changing how we understand female (and other) bodies. For more on the book: https://wwnorton.com/books/vagina-obscuraSupport this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon--help reach 30 supporters by episode 40! https://patreon.com/storytellingpodThis podcast is a member of the iRoar network of pro-animal podcasts: https://iroarpod.com/Subscribe to the free weekly Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dLearn more about our upcoming book club schedule; next up is Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward on November 29: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/Follow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartindLike this podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Storytelling-Animals-105986165338395 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Support this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon--help reach 30 supporters by episode 40! https://patreon.com/storytellingpodThis week's guest is Thom van Dooren, author of A World in a Shell: Snail Stories for a Time of Extinction. We talk about the beauty, wonder, and mystery of snails, and how their worlds are threatened. For more on the book: https://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262047029/a-world-in-a-shell/Subscribe to the free weekly Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dLearn more about our upcoming book club schedule; next up is White Skin, Black Fuel: On the Danger of Fossil Fascism by Andreas Malm and the Zetkin Collective on October 25: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/Follow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartindLike this podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Storytelling-Animals-105986165338395Learn more about the iRoar network of pro-animal podcasts, of which this podcast is a member: https://iroarpod.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Support this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon--help reach 30 supporters by episode 40! https://patreon.com/storytellingpodThis week's guest is Dan Chodorkoff, cofounder of the Institute for Social Ecology and author of the new novel, Sugaring Down. We talk about the Vermont commune lives of his novel's protagonists, as well as his own experience in the 1960s and his work on social ecology with prolific writer and thinker Murray Bookchin.For more on the book: https://www.fomitepress.com/sugaring-down.htmlFor more on the Institute: https://social-ecology.org/wp/Some of my own writing on social ecology: https://harbinger-journal.com/issue-1/the-social-ecological-case-for-animal-liberation/Subscribe to the free weekly Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dLearn more about our upcoming book club schedule; next up is White Skin, Black Fuel: On the Danger of Fossil Fascism by Andreas Malm and the Zetkin Collective on October 25: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/Follow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartindLike this podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Storytelling-Animals-105986165338395Learn more about the iRoar podcast network: https://iroarpod.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Support this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon--help reach 30 supporters by episode 40: https://patreon.com/storytellingpodToday's guest is fiction writer Talia Lakshmi Kolluri, author of the new collection What We Fed to the Manticore. In our interview we discuss animal senses, meaning and purpose, as well as the research she did to learn to see the world through nonhuman eyes. Toward the end she reads an excerpt of one of her stories, the first time we have done a reading on this podcast but hopefully not the last! Interview starts at 4:18.Learn more about her book here: https://tinhouse.com/book/what-we-fed-to-the-manticore/Read about evidence for chimpanzee spirituality here: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/03/chimpanzee-spirituality/475731/Listen to my two prior episodes about the animal voices in fiction:1) https://play.acast.com/s/storytelling-animals/tc-boyle-talk-to-me-amitav-ghosh-nutmegs-curse-chimpanzee2) https://play.acast.com/s/storytelling-animals/laura-jean-mckay-the-animals-in-that-countrySubscribe to the free weekly Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dLearn more about our upcoming book club schedule; next up is White Skin, Black Fuel: On the Danger of Fossil Fascism by Andreas Malm and the Zetkin Collective on October 25: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/Follow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartindLike this podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Storytelling-Animals-105986165338395Learn more about the iRoar podcast network: https://iroarpod.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
On today's episode I explore three topics from recent climate and environmental headlines: the devastating flooding in Pakistan, debates over permitting reform, and how single-use plastic bags compare to reusable ones. Below are some relevant links.On Pakistan:https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2022-09-03/pakistan-floods-sindh-balochistan-climate-change-reparationshttps://theconversation.com/pakistan-floods-what-role-did-climate-change-play-189833https://www.climateandcommunity.org/debt-justice-for-climate-reparationsOn permitting reform:https://www.vice.com/en/article/93a39e/why-doesnt-america-build-thingshttps://medium.com/@shaygabriel/this-is-why-we-need-permitting-reform-8a1890eb24e9On grocery bags:https://www2.mst.dk/udgiv/publications/2018/02/978-87-93614-73-4.pdf (key tables+footnote on pages 17-18)https://medium.com/@parkpoomkomet/breaking-down-the-danish-study-on-the-environmental-impacts-of-grocery-carrier-bags-b8c97eb6c8fbSubscribe to the free weekly Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dSupport this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon: https://patreon.com/storytellingpodLearn more about our upcoming book club schedule, including how to get 50% off our October book White Skin, Black Fuel: On the Danger of Fossil Fascism by Andreas Malm and the Zetkin Collective: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/Follow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartindLike this podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Storytelling-Animals-105986165338395Learn more about the iRoar podcast network: https://iroarpod.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
With a new Lord of the Rings television series out, I thought it was high time to explore the powerful environmental themes of Middle-Earth. Alongisde Tolkien expert Tom Emanuel, I dig deep into Treebeard, Tom Bombadil, power's corrupting force, and finding courage to resist in the face of overwhelming odds. We also briefly give our takes on the first two episodes of The Rings of Power. Whether you have multiple dogeared copies of The Silmarillion or you only vaguely remember the movies, my hope is this podcast helps give you a fresh perspective on the fantasy epic.Follow the Rev. Tom Emanuel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RealTomEmanuelSubscribe to the free weekly Storytelling Animals newsletter: https://apple6.aweb.page/p/de4ee963-cd8d-4ced-9975-e13965236a7dSupport this podcast with a monthly donation on Patreon: https://patreon.com/storytellingpodLearn more about our upcoming book club schedule, including how to get 50% off our October book White Skin, Black Fuel: On the Danger of Fossil Fascism by Andreas Malm and the Zetkin Collective: https://daytonmartindale.com/book-club/Follow this podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaytonRMartindLike this podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Storytelling-Animals-105986165338395Thanks to composer Howard Shore for inspiring a new riff on my theme song. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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