Wild Thoughts Podcast #6: Strange Natures

In the sixth installation of AWA’s “Wild Thoughts Podcast,” Bill Ingersoll, Kayla White, and Pete Nelson discuss “Strange Natures: Conservation in the Era of Synthetic Biology” written by Kent H Redford & William M Adams, published in 2021 by Yale University Press. Nature almost everywhere survives on human terms. The distinction between what is natural and what is human-made, which has informed conservation for centuries, has become blurred. When scientists can reshape genes more or less at will, what does it mean to conserve nature? The authors of this book turn to synthetic biology, ecological restoration, political ecology, and de-extinction studies and propose a thoroughly innovative vision for protecting nature.

In this half-hour conversation, Kayla, Pete, and Bill share their reactions to this thought-provoking and sometimes controversial book.

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