Podcasts Recently recommended by the Internet Scout Report

Black in the Garden
Settle in and spend some time with “Plantrepreneur” Colah B. Tawkin on her podcast Black in the Garden. Described as an “intersection of Black Culture and horticulture,” the show seeks to create space for diverse voices in the gardening world. Tawkin’s selects episode topics that “directly influence and impact Black plant keepers as we blackily impact and influence the world.” These topics include authentic business practices, plant styling, and Black liberation. Readers may especially enjoy the May 12, 2020 episode, “5 Survival Lessons from our Plants,” which contains wisdom stemming from horticulture during a pandemic. As of this write-up, more than 30 episodes (of various lengths) have been released and listeners can find them on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Radio Public, among other platforms. Looking for additional content from Tawkin? Find her on Instagram, @blackinthegarden. Posts include teasers and highlights from shows, as well as bonus content and (of course) some great plant photographs. [EMB]

In Defense of Plants
Launched in 2015, In Defense of Plants makes the case for the evolutionary resiliency and environmental impact of flora. Host Matt Candeias seeks to share his self-described “obsess[ion] with the botanical world,” reminding listeners that “plants are everything on this planet.” Throughout the show’s more than 275 episodes, listeners will hear about a range of topics, such as assessing extinction risk (Episode 275 “Saving Sonora: The Green Desert” with special guest Dr. Helen Rowe) and harnessing plant-power for mindfulness (Episode 269 “Cultivating Peace” with special guest Derek Haynes). Most episodes are about an hour long, perfect for a commute or lunch break. On the Podcast page, readers will find an archive of all episodes, with descriptions of each episode’s guest(s) and content. Readers will also find a frequently updated blog and embedded videos that build on some episodes’ content. Beyond the website, listeners can tune in to the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other popular listening platforms. New episodes are released weekly, so check back often or subscribe to never miss a show. [EMB]

Planted: Finding Your Roots in STEM Careers
Produced by the Morton Arboretum, Planted: Finding Your Roots in STEM Careers is a podcast designed to connect students with “plant professionals,” demonstrating that various exciting science career paths exist. The podcast has two seasons with nine episodes each. Released in 2018, the first season focuses on “the journey into a STEM career.” These episodes cover topics like “choosing a direction” (see Episode 3), “navigating multiple opportunities” (see Episode 5), and “final destinations” (see Episode 7). Released in 2019, the second season discusses the “highlighted traits of individuals in various stages of their STEM careers.” For example, Episode 1 concentrates on “collaboration,” and Episode 9 looks at “adventure.” Readers can find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts, or tune in by clicking the link next to “Listen” on the page linked above. Clicking on an episode from the right-hand panel leads to “bonus” materials, including articles and activities. Listeners may also enjoy the “STEM Career Overview” chart linked at the bottom of the page. The chart profiles various STEM careers, compiling job descriptions, educational requirements, and possible employment opportunities. [EMB]

On the Ledge Podcast
On the Ledge is a podcast on a heroic mission: “saving the world’s houseplants, one episode at a time.” Jane Perrone, a journalist and gardener, hosts the show and runs its corresponding blog. Readers will find both the podcast and blog at the link above. Recent podcast episodes discuss terrariums (see Episode 149) and terrestrial ecology (see Episode 148), while the most recent blog posts cover rare houseplant varieties and picking the perfect gift for friends or family who love gardening. Novice horticulturalists may especially enjoy the show’s site, as it has a series of episodes designed with newcomers in mind. The page linked above houses a list of curated episode guides such as “Complete Beginners, Start Here…” and “Hints, Tips, Questions, and Answers.” Experienced horticulturalists may enjoy some of the episode guides that follow, sorted by species (e.g. “flowering houseplants” and “succulents and cacti”) and topic (e.g. “sustainability” and “houseplant styling”). Of course, listeners are always welcome to binge all the episodes (find the more than 150 episodes on most major podcast platforms). [EMB]

The Native Plant Podcast
Rooted in a friendship initiated at the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference, The Native Plant Podcast has been enlightening listeners with all things conservation and vegetation since 2016. The show has grown to have a significant following, including winning a 2019 GardenComm Media Awards Silver Medal. The trio of hosts invite a variety of guests on their show (from ecotourism experts to palynology professors) to discuss relevant research and explore numerous plant-related questions. Curious how hip hop can serve as a platform for horticulture? Check out “Hip Hop Forestry” (July 11, 2019). Wondering the purpose of controlled burns? Tune in to “Scientists are burning the woods… and no one knows why!” (July 13, 2020). The show has 5 seasons and nearly 100 episodes. Readers can find all of these installments on the Archive page (categorized chronologically), as well as on Apple Podcasts. [EMB]

Plants and Pipettes Podcast
Since its feature in the 09-27-2019 Scout Report, Plants and Pipettes continues to release weekly episodes on everything from “intersectional feminism in academia,” (see the July 31, 2020 episode) to “self-drilling seeds,” (see the July 17, 2020 episode).

Readers curious about the world of scientific research, particularly molecular plant biology, may want to check out Plants and Pipettes. First launched in February 2019, this delightfully quirky podcast is the work of Joram Schwartzmann and Tegan Armarego-Marriott, who are respectively a PhD student and a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam, Germany. In each episode, Tegan and Joram take turns explaining and breaking down a recent scientific paper, translating the jargon into approachable language that general audiences can more easily grasp. Each episode also features the podcasters’ favorite plant of the week, and they frequently discuss other aspects of research and academic publishing, as well as scientific news and fun cat facts. Episodes vary in length, but most are around an hour long. Those interested can stream and download episodes of Plants and Pipettes at the link above, and the podcast is also available via platforms such as Apple Podcasts. Readers should also check out the rest of the Plants and Pipettes website, where they will find engagingly written blog posts (found under Articles) as well as a short Glossary of scientific terms (found at the bottom).

From the September 11, 2020 issue of the Scout Report. Read the full issue here. Copyright © 2017 Internet Scout Research Group

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