The Big Chew Podcast
About This Show
Can we change our culture by changing our story? Yup. Stories tell us what matters. Meanwhile, even secular people are still living a story created back when people thought the Earth was flat—by religions Westerners are leaving. That story says a god made us superior to all other creatures and our real home is "up there" in the sky—not here on Earth. When that old origin story combined with the Cartesian one, that the universe was a big machine—well, now we're talking stupid. And that's what we're living now.
On the Big Chew, host Maria Theresa Stadtmueller and her guests take apart our culture's stories and look for ones without the stupid. What if Earth actually shows us how to live? What does science tell us? What does spirit tell us? Grab a bite, and let's masticate!
Most Recent Episode
A "First World" Woman Finds Her True Self in the Amazon
Donna Mulvenna left a busy professional life in Australia to live in the Amazon rainforest of French Guiana. She thought it would be a temporary adventure with her partner, an Olympic canoe racer. After many local frustrations, a serious illness, and some profound spiritual experiences in the forest, she's a changed person in how she views Nature, humans, and what's really necessary for a beautiful life.
Donna and I spoke while she and her partner, Franck, were visiting relatives in his native France. She's now back in the Amazon. We talked about:
How she now views her anxiety and discontent with urban life in Australia
Her stages of adjustment to a wilder, way-more-than-human world
How native jungle medicine quickly brought her back from a serious disease
Her "awakening" experience while on a river expedition
The many ethnic groups of French Guiana and how they get along
Challenges with companies and countries exploiting the Amazon
The animals she hangs out with in her tree house office where she wrote Wild Roots
Donna's books are available at www.DonnaMulvenna.com
Music in this episode is "Home, Home at Last" by Blue Dot Sessions, from the album, Warmbody.
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