Wild with Sarah Wilson

Wild with Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson has hiked the world to understand our need to reconnect with life again. We have become disconnected from others, our planet and each other.  We suffer from being overwhelmed, numbness, climate anxiety, and our consumption leav

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Season 2


CLARE DUBOIS: how victim consciousness is destroying the planet (fire up, people!)

Six months ago my friend linked me to an interview with British entrepreneur and troublemaking activist Clare Dubois because he reckoned “she talks your language, Sarah”. I was moved to my viscera from the moment she launched her gloriously, inspired riff. Clare talks a profoundly wild idea that resonates for me:  We are about to send ourselves, as a species, extinct. No one is going to come and save us, but trees might just.  Clare is a business coach and founder of the Treesisters reforestation charity and she now lives in California. She’s a global leader in arguing that our salvation can be led by businesses embedding trees into every financial transaction. She argues that trees can fix many things... and can teach us how to be boldly human again. Learn more about Treesisters: https://treesisters.org/  Favourite Wild with Sarah Wilson on the LiSTNR app here Find out more about Sarah Wilson: www.sarahwilson.com Get your copy of Sarah Wilson's book This One Wild and Precious Life: A hopeful path forward in a fractured world here References from this episode: The Overstory - Richard Powers here The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World - Peter Wohlleben here Martin Luther King Jnr speech about staying awake for the revolution here This episode covers some pretty heavy stuff around sexual abuse. If that’s something you’re not comfortable listening to, I recommend skipping ahead to around the 10 minute mark.

CLARE DUBOIS: how victim consciousness is destroying the planet (fire up, people!)

Six months ago my friend linked me to an interview with British entrepreneur and troublemaking activist Clare Dubois because he reckoned “she talks your language, Sarah”. I was moved to my viscera from the moment she launched her gloriously, inspired riff. Clare talks a profoundly wild idea that resonates for me:  We are about to send ourselves, as a species, extinct. No one is going to come and save us, but trees might just.  Clare is a business coach and founder of the Treesisters reforestation charity and she now lives in California. She’s a global leader in arguing that our salvation can be led by businesses embedding trees into every financial transaction. She argues that trees can fix many things... and can teach us how to be boldly human again. Learn more about Treesisters: https://treesisters.org/  Favourite Wild with Sarah Wilson on the LiSTNR app here Find out more about Sarah Wilson: www.sarahwilson.com Get your copy of Sarah Wilson's book This One Wild and Precious Life: A hopeful path forward in a fractured world here References from this episode: The Overstory - Richard Powers here The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World - Peter Wohlleben here Martin Luther King Jnr speech about staying awake for the revolution here This episode covers some pretty heavy stuff around sexual abuse. If that’s something you’re not comfortable listening to, I recommend skipping ahead to around the 10 minute mark.

01:00:49

EP05 - S2

19 Oct 21

TIMOTHY MORTON: My favourite hobby is making sure people don’t feel like dying

British philosopher and environmentalist Timothy Morton is regarded as the most powerful figure in the contemporary art world. Tim - who goes by the pronoun “they" - has worked with Bjork, Jeff Bridges, Pharrell Williams, NASA and on Steve Coogan’s series The Trip. They've also written more than 250 essays on ecology, Mary Shelley, gastronomy, Talking Heads, Heidegger and… concrete. They’ve also published 17 books; the latest is Hyposubjects: on becoming human. Me, I read Tim's work as a pleasurable brain sport and I draw on some of their ideas in my book ‘This One Wild and Precious Life’, but Tim is also a deeply generous and compassionate human with an intimate understanding of why we struggle to solve the climate crisis and face our demise. We share our sadness around all this in this chat. All of Tim's ideas are wild, so instead of focusing on one wild idea, I fired a bunch of questions, rapid fire. My friends, be prepared for some genre-traversing calisthenics. BTW I confess I struggled terribly with remembering Tim’s correct pronoun in parts of the podcast. No disrespect is intended…change to language patterns can take time! More info on Timothy Morton and purchase Hyposubjects: on becoming human: ecologywithoutnature.blogspot.com Read Pessimism of the Intellect Optimism of the Will: www.centreforoptimism.com/Pessimism-of-the-Intellect-Optimism-of-the-Will The George Carlin skit referred to:www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W33HRc1A6c I write about Timothy in my book 'This One Wild and Precious Life' available: www.sarahwilson.com/books Favourite Wild with Sarah Wilson on the LiSTNR app here Find out more about Sarah Wilson: www.sarahwilson.com

TIMOTHY MORTON: My favourite hobby is making sure people don’t feel like dying

British philosopher and environmentalist Timothy Morton is regarded as the most powerful figure in the contemporary art world. Tim - who goes by the pronoun “they" - has worked with Bjork, Jeff Bridges, Pharrell Williams, NASA and on Steve Coogan’s series The Trip. They've also written more than 250 essays on ecology, Mary Shelley, gastronomy, Talking Heads, Heidegger and… concrete. They’ve also published 17 books; the latest is Hyposubjects: on becoming human. Me, I read Tim's work as a pleasurable brain sport and I draw on some of their ideas in my book ‘This One Wild and Precious Life’, but Tim is also a deeply generous and compassionate human with an intimate understanding of why we struggle to solve the climate crisis and face our demise. We share our sadness around all this in this chat. All of Tim's ideas are wild, so instead of focusing on one wild idea, I fired a bunch of questions, rapid fire. My friends, be prepared for some genre-traversing calisthenics. BTW I confess I struggled terribly with remembering Tim’s correct pronoun in parts of the podcast. No disrespect is intended…change to language patterns can take time! More info on Timothy Morton and purchase Hyposubjects: on becoming human: ecologywithoutnature.blogspot.com Read Pessimism of the Intellect Optimism of the Will: www.centreforoptimism.com/Pessimism-of-the-Intellect-Optimism-of-the-Will The George Carlin skit referred to:www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W33HRc1A6c I write about Timothy in my book 'This One Wild and Precious Life' available: www.sarahwilson.com/books Favourite Wild with Sarah Wilson on the LiSTNR app here Find out more about Sarah Wilson: www.sarahwilson.com

56:49

EP04 - S2

12 Oct 21

TARA JUNE WINCH: Being Aussie is a mental health crisis

Tara June Winch is the Miles Franklin winning author of The Yield and a proud Wiradjuri woman. I reached out to her after seeing her speak on an emotional, all-female panel at the Sydney Writer’s Festival earlier this year where she  brought the room to tears with her confronting and - to my mind - true comments about Australian identity; "being Aussie is a mental health crisis”. In this conversation we explore accessing mania as part of the creative process, not having to be broken to be creative, questioning identity and we break down the real meaning of being Australian. Tara is currently living in France working on her next book, unable to return to Australia due to the pandemic. We have been emailing each other - pen pal-style since our chat! Get a copy of Yield by Tara June Winch here More info on Tara June Winch: https://www.tarajunewinch.com/ Favourite Wild with Sarah Wilson on the LiSTNR app here Find out more about Sarah Wilson: www.sarahwilson.com Tara June Winch’s book recommendations from this episode: Too Much Lip, Melissa Lucashenko Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray: River of Dreams  Anita Heiss After Story, Larissa Behrendt Ghost River, Tony Birch How To Make A Basket, Jazz Money

TARA JUNE WINCH: Being Aussie is a mental health crisis

Tara June Winch is the Miles Franklin winning author of The Yield and a proud Wiradjuri woman. I reached out to her after seeing her speak on an emotional, all-female panel at the Sydney Writer’s Festival earlier this year where she  brought the room to tears with her confronting and - to my mind - true comments about Australian identity; "being Aussie is a mental health crisis”. In this conversation we explore accessing mania as part of the creative process, not having to be broken to be creative, questioning identity and we break down the real meaning of being Australian. Tara is currently living in France working on her next book, unable to return to Australia due to the pandemic. We have been emailing each other - pen pal-style since our chat! Get a copy of Yield by Tara June Winch here More info on Tara June Winch: https://www.tarajunewinch.com/ Favourite Wild with Sarah Wilson on the LiSTNR app here Find out more about Sarah Wilson: www.sarahwilson.com Tara June Winch’s book recommendations from this episode: Too Much Lip, Melissa Lucashenko Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray: River of Dreams  Anita Heiss After Story, Larissa Behrendt Ghost River, Tony Birch How To Make A Basket, Jazz Money

47:23

EP03 - S2

5 Oct 21

DR JUD BREWER: on curiosity as the fix for anxiety

Dr Jud Brewer is a New York-based surfer (yep!) and psychiatrist and neuroscientist specialising in habit change and he's helped thousands of people quit smoking and overcome binge eating. But his latest research treats anxiety like it's any other habit. I reached out to him because I’d tried out his technique and it worked…substituting fretting for curiosity as a meta approach to life! In this chat we unpack one of my own gnarly, ugly anxious thoughts (bit exposing!) using Jud's three-step solution (his alternative to willpowering our way through) and he gives practical advice for how we can all be more curious about our anxiety.  Try it! Studies and books and things we mention: Jud's latest book is called Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind and it's out now. Read more about the Harvard study which found we spend 47% of the day ruminating: https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2010/11/wandering-mind-not-a-happy-mind/

DR JUD BREWER: on curiosity as the fix for anxiety

Dr Jud Brewer is a New York-based surfer (yep!) and psychiatrist and neuroscientist specialising in habit change and he's helped thousands of people quit smoking and overcome binge eating. But his latest research treats anxiety like it's any other habit. I reached out to him because I’d tried out his technique and it worked…substituting fretting for curiosity as a meta approach to life! In this chat we unpack one of my own gnarly, ugly anxious thoughts (bit exposing!) using Jud's three-step solution (his alternative to willpowering our way through) and he gives practical advice for how we can all be more curious about our anxiety.  Try it! Studies and books and things we mention: Jud's latest book is called Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind and it's out now. Read more about the Harvard study which found we spend 47% of the day ruminating: https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2010/11/wandering-mind-not-a-happy-mind/

58:37

EP02 - S2

28 Sep 21

DR JILL BOLTE TAYLOR: The neuroscientist shows Sarah how to live blissfully in the right brain

I discovered Jill’s story in her viral TED Talk from 2008 (it became the most watched TED talk ever!) in which the brain scientist describes watching the left side of her brain deteriorate over the course of four hours on the morning of her stroke and how she used her right brain to stay present and get help. I was transfixed. Ever since I’ve wondered, what ever happened to Jill Bolte Taylor? Did she go back to normal? Is she still living in her right brain and able to experience the “oneness” that spiritualists and quantum physicists can only point to? If so, is she lonely? In this chat we get into her how stroke stripped her of her relationships and emotions, understanding the power of each hemisphere of the brain and techniques we can all use to go right and be legitimately and neuroscientifically wilder! Jill’s latest book is Whole Brain Living: The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life. Her first book was My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey. Watch her TED Talk here.

DR JILL BOLTE TAYLOR: The neuroscientist shows Sarah how to live blissfully in the right brain

I discovered Jill’s story in her viral TED Talk from 2008 (it became the most watched TED talk ever!) in which the brain scientist describes watching the left side of her brain deteriorate over the course of four hours on the morning of her stroke and how she used her right brain to stay present and get help. I was transfixed. Ever since I’ve wondered, what ever happened to Jill Bolte Taylor? Did she go back to normal? Is she still living in her right brain and able to experience the “oneness” that spiritualists and quantum physicists can only point to? If so, is she lonely? In this chat we get into her how stroke stripped her of her relationships and emotions, understanding the power of each hemisphere of the brain and techniques we can all use to go right and be legitimately and neuroscientifically wilder! Jill’s latest book is Whole Brain Living: The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life. Her first book was My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey. Watch her TED Talk here.

01:07:23

EP01 - S2

21 Sep 21


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