Houston and Nature

Houston and Nature


Latest Episodes

16: Let's Return Native Plants to Houston!
September 24, 2021

In this episode we’ll look at Houston through the lens of a native plant enthusiast. Katy Emde, an expert member of the Native Plant Society of Texas, explains why native plants are great but sometime

15: You’ve Got Your Own Private Zoo – It’s Called Your Microbiota
July 30, 2021

Each human being is host to a microbiota, an ecosystem made up of trillions of bacteria that inhabit the surfaces and crevices of our body and especially the insides of our large intestine. In this ep

13: Bill Gates Wrote “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.” Is It Any Good? – Part 1
June 19, 2021

In his book “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” Microsoft founder Bill Gates proposes a global – yes, world-wide - solution to climate change. That’s ambitious. Does he succeed? Find out from this conversation with environmental attorney Tom...

14: Bill Gates Wrote “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.” Is It Any Good? – Part 2
June 19, 2021

In his book “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,”  Microsoft founder Bill Gates proposes a global – yes, world-wide – solution to climate change. That’s ambitious. Does he succeed? Find out from this conversation with environmental...

12: Beto O’Rourke Wants Us to Protect Our Natural Heritage – with Beto O’Rourke
June 07, 2021

Former Congress member Beto O’Rourke knows Texas like no other. That’s because he’s visited every single one of its 254 counties – listening, debating, and campaigning for the U.S. Senate. In this interview he shares what the geography and...

11: The Magical World of Houston Squirrels, With Kelsey Low
April 12, 2021

Even though squirrels are a very visible form of Houston wildlife, we know little about them. Were you aware, for instance, that their brain shrinks and increases in size with the seasons, and that far from being pests, they are crucial to forest...

10: Prepared for Life? The Boy Scouts of America, With James Sy
February 14, 2021

Boy Scouts of America promises young men, and now also women, exciting nature experiences and preparation for life as adults. Do they live up to the promise? What’s it like to grow up among the Scouts? Is being an Eagle Scout really as special as...

09: Enchanting Children With Nature: A Teacher’s Tale, With Mary Ann Beauchemin
January 01, 2021

When it comes to drawing children and teenagers into nature, Mary Ann Beauchemin of Russ Pitman Park is an expert. After earning a Master’s degree in outdoors education in Oregon, she taught generations of young Houstonians how to turn over logs,...

08: Exploration Green – It’s How You Build Beauty, Nature and Flood Control, With Jerry Hamby
November 14, 2020

Exploration Green is a beautiful park in flood-prone Clear Lake. The Green functions as a giant detention pond. But it is so much more: a space that welcomes wildlife, a refuge from the hustle of city life, an opportunity for volunteers to make...

07: Houston’s Permaculture Scene, with Shawn McFarland
October 09, 2020

The Houston permaculture community is lively. And chances are, you’ve heard of their innovative approach towards gardening. But, as you’ll learn from veteran expert Shawn McFarland, permaculture goes far beyond orchards and vegetable beds. It can...