Podcast from the Prairie: The Restless and Relentless Mind of Wes Jackson

March 11, 2021

“Podcast from the Prairie, with Wes Jackson”

Episode 7

“The Restless and Relentless Mind of Wes Jackson, as Explained by Robert Jensen”

In this final episode of the first season of “Podcast from the Prairie,” Wes Jackson and Robert Jensen reverse roles. Jackson asks the questions about Jensen’s new book, The Restless and Relentless Mind of Wes Jackson: Searching for Sustainability, which summarizes key ideas from Jackson’s work over the past half-century. What led Jensen to write the book? Why did Jensen think Jackson’s ideas—which can be found not only in five books but in countless articles and lectures—needed to be presented in a short volume? Does Jackson think that Jensen got it right? How does Jackson’s work relate to Jensen’s previous work on radical feminism and left politics?

“Podcast from the Prairie” is available on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Castbox, Blubrry, and Overcast. https://soundcloud.com/michael-johnson-910748507

For more information, go to https://podcastfromtheprairie.com/ and https://landinstitute.org/learn/podcast-from-the-prairie/.

Wes Jackson’s book Hogs Are Up: Stories of the Land, with Digressions is available from the University Press of Kansas.

Robert Jensen’s book, The Restless and Relentless Mind of Wes Jackson: Searching for Sustainability, which summarizes Wes’ key ideas over the past half-century, is also published by UPK.

Wes Jackson

Wes Jackson is one of the foremost figures in the international sustainable agriculture movement. Co-founder and president emeritus of The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, he has pioneered research in Natural Systems Agriculture — including perennial grains, perennial polycultures, and intercropping — for over 40 years. He was a professor of biology at Kansas Wesleyan and later established the Environmental Studies program at California State University, Sacramento, where he became a tenured full professor. He is the author of several books including Consulting the Genius of the Place: An Ecological Approach to a New Agriculture (2011), Becoming Native to This Place (1994), Altars of Unhewn Stone (1987), and New Roots for Agriculture (1980). Wes is a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute.

Tags: building resilient societies, sustainable agriculture