Stories from the Heart of the Land

Stories from the Heart of the Land

Intimate stories about the human connection to land and landscape.

“If you could tell any story about people and the natural world, what would it be?”

Depending on Nature

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That’s what Jay Allison asked some of his favorite radio producers, and they went… all over.

“Stories from the Heart of the Land” — released in August, 2007 — was a six-part series featuring intimate stories from around the world about the human connection to land and landscape.

We’re all dependent on the land, although some people feel that connection more keenly than others. Those are the people we’ll hear from.

Read an interview w/ series curators Jay Allison & Emily Botein…

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THE MUSIC: Learn more about Composer/Guitarist Bill Frisell and the unique ways he created the music for this series.

Show Pages & Web-Only Special Features

Portraits in Landscapes

Portrait? Or Landscape? In documenting the natural world, our producers discover those old painterly distinctions don’t quite hold…

Special Features:


The Nature of the Imagination

All of us — even those who never leave the backyard — can clearly picture distant locales. (Quick! Imagine the Amazon!) Why is that? In this hour we try to answer.

Special Features:


Journeys Home and Away

“Finding Yourself” — isn’t that the thing that kids do with backpacks in Europe? Not always. In this hour, we send a few brave radio producers out into nature on a mission of discovery.

Special Feature:
“Biking the Back Roads” producer Barrett Golding shares his tips on long distance bicycling


Nature is Homeground

On some corner of the vast Earth, each one of us has a place—real or remembered—to call home. In this hour we are invited onto other people’s sacred ground.

Special Feature:
Interview w/ “Cry Me A River” producers The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva.


Dreams of Paradise

In this hour we hear stories of people living out dreams of paradise… and sometimes waking up to a nightmare.


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’ll hear from…


More About The Series

The series is an eclectic mix of personal narratives from all over, including the United States, Canada, Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, Australia, Great Britain, Mexico and the North Pole. The overall effect is a mix of quirky, solemn, lyrical, humorous, unexpected and philosophical.

  • Elizabeth Arnold went to the woods – with grizzly bears.
  • Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister stalked coqui frogs in Hawaii.
  • The Kitchen Sisters went to the river’s edge.
  • Barrett Golding jumped on his bike.
  • Scott Carrier walked with pilgrims around a mountain in Tibet.
  • Jonathan Goldstein packed a tent and went camping, reluctantly.
  • Sean Cole turned on his TV. (Don’t worry, it was nature TV.)

And that’s just a start…

In addition to the producers mentioned above, the series features contributions from Charles Bowden, Chris Brookes, Neenah Ellis, Ann Hepperman and Kara Oehler, Kelly McEvers, Bill McKibben, Jon Miller, Dean Olsher, Sandy Tolan and many others.


Atlantic Public Media Production Team:

Curators: Jay Allison and Emily Botein
Program Consultant: Viki Merrick
Website Design and Construction: Joshua Barlow
Website Content Developer: Posey Gruener
Staff Support: Samantha Broun, Ibby Caputo, Sydney Lewis


Funding: Supported by The Nature Conservancy and Visa.

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