Stories from the Heart of the Land: Depending on Nature

We're all dependent on the land, although some people feel that connection more keenly than others. Those are the people we heard from in the next hour. We heard from people planting stones for posterity and gathering peace from emptiness, people who commit to a patch of land, invest their energy, and hope for a harvest but not necessarily in any way you'd expect.

1. Wild Crafting
Vermont
For more than 25 years, Nova Kim and Les Hook have made a living by foraging the woods of Northern Vermont. Produced by Emily Botein.

2. Graun em i Laif
Papua New Guinea
After a rootless childhood and a hopscotch youth, Skye Rohde settles down in Papua New Guinea and discovers what it's like to belong to the land.

3. Stone by Stone
Lake District, United Kingdom
For twenty years, rain or shine, Andrew Loudon has been building stone walls in the Lake District. Produced by Kim Normanton.

4. Faith in Fishermen
Stonington, Maine
These things are clear about Maine fishermen: They keep secrets. And they distrust scientists. Unless, of course, you're Ted Ames, who is both fisherman and scientist. Produced by Neenah Ellis.

5. Desert Blooms
Arizona
Charles Bowden on the ecstasy of Selenicereus plerantus, which offers its bloom on just one night - the hottest and blackest of the year. Produced by Jeff Rice.

6. Elbow Room
Alaska, China and Mongolia
How much land does a person need? Elizabeth Arnold, who lives in Alaska, goes in search of even more wide-open space and ends up with a case of claustrophobia in Outer Mongolia.

Original Music for the series was composed and performed by Bill Frisell.

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