- The Koch Bros. & Their Billionaire Web
- Bernie Sanders Explained Plus Sue Graftonâ€™s X
- Eric Laursen, THE PEOPLEâ€™S PENSION & Greg Palast, BILLIONAIRES AND BALLOT BANDITS.
- Doug Henwood, MY TURN: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency
- Gerald Friedman: A Bernie Sanders Presidency Boosts Incomes & Jobs
- Comix as Art and Politics: Art Spiegelman and Greg Palast
- Paul Theroux, DEEP SOUTH & Ted Rall, BERNIE
- DISPATCHES FROM THE RELIGIOUS LEFT
- Ron Suskind, THE WAY OF THE WORLD and ELIZABETH WINTHROP, COUNTING ON GRACE
- David Cay Johnston, FREE LUNCH
- The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power
- Margot Livesey, HOUSE ON FORTUNE STREET
- Writers Voice: Isabella Tree, WILDING & Jeet Heer on Iowa and Beyond
- Call for Independent Exit Polling
- Web Extra: 9-11 Press for Truth video
- The Vote Count Protection Project
- URGENT: Stealth bill threatens democracy
- Voting Problems?
- Danielle Allen, OUR DECLARATION & Katy Simpson Smith, THE STORY OF LAND AND SEA
- Bill de Blasioâ€™s Civic Experiment – Is It Working?
- Linda Coleman: Radical Descent & Greg Guma on Bernie
- Greg Guma on Bernie Sanders’ “Insurgent” Run
- Ciceroâ€™s End, Dust Up over Sanders’ Plan, & Remembering Quentin Young
- Is Hillary Clinton Good For Women?
- Historian Donna Murch on The Clintons’ War On Drugs, Mass Incarceration & The Black Vote
This week’s episode gives us a sorely-needed message of hope. If we just simply let nature take its course, we can restore the Earth. We talk with Isabella Tree about her book Wilding – the Return of Nature to a British Farm. Itâ€™s out from Picador Press.
Then, we talk with Nation magazine contributor Jeet Heer about the Iowa caucus debacle, the progressive wing of the Democratic presidential campaign, and Michael Bloomberg, on its billionaire wing.
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When Isabella Tree and her husband Charlie took over management of Charlieâ€™s family estate, Knepp Castle, they tried to make a go with modern intensive farming practices. But the heavy clay soil fought back and the couple ended up heavily in debt. So, in the year 2000, they tried something different. Very different. They gave up farming and let the land go wild.
Within a short period of time, they were seeing species that hadnâ€™t been seen in England in many decades. Managed with minimal human intervention, and with herds of free-roaming animals driving the creation of new habitats, their re-wilded land is now heaving with life. Rare species like turtle doves, nightingales, peregrine falcons and purple emperor butterflies are now breeding at Knepp and biodiversity has rocketed.
The project has become a leading light for nature conservation in the UK, demonstrating how a hands-off, “process-led” approach can restore land and wildlife in a dramatically short space of time.
Isabella Tree writes for publications such as National Geographic, Granta, The Sunday Times and The Observer. Her articles have been selected for The Best American Travel Writing and Reader’s Digest Today’s Best Non-Fiction, and she was Overall Winner of the Travelex Travel Writer Awards. She is the author of five books.
We first scheduled an interview with Nation contributor Jeet Heer last week. Then the Iowa caucus app meltdown happened and, on February 5, the day we produced this episode, we still didnâ€™t know who won.
But as the counting continued, it seems clear that Bernie won the â€œpopular voteâ€ by a large margin and will either tie Buttigieg in delegates or best him by a slim margin. Nonetheless, Buttigieg declared victory with 0 results in and after having invested some $40,000 in the company that created the app.
Jeet Heer has been watching all the developments and we also checked in with him about two pieces he wrote for the Nation. The first, The Electability Argument Is Really About Party Unity, argues that the progressive wing, encompassing Sanders and Warren, is the most electable and that party moderates need to coalesce behind it in the interests of party unity.
His second piece, Michael Bloomberg Is the Rich Manâ€™s Donald Trump, argues that itâ€™s time to vet the candidate on the basis of the dangers of plutocracy.