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Living on Earth Gives Thanks

Air Date: Week of

The LOE staff wishes all our listeners a happy Thanksgiving season! (Photo: Pro Church Media, Unsplash, public domain)

To celebrate Thanksgiving, the cast and crew of Living on Earth shares the things we’re grateful for this year.


CURWOOD: Bobby Bascomb is joining me now. Hi there!

BASCOMB: Hi, Steve. So, you know, it’s that time of year again when we celebrate the harvest season and give thanks for the important things in our lives. So, I have to ask you, what are you thankful for this year?

CURWOOD: There’s so much and the best is love, for and from my family and friends and the nature around me. And of course, people who listen to our show. What about you, Bobby?

BASCOMB: So many things. I’m thankful for the beautiful place where I get to live and the wonderful community of friends that I have here. After these years of isolation with the pandemic I’m really grateful to be able to spend time in my community again.

CURWOOD: Oh, that’s so true.

BASCOMB: Yeah, and we put the same question to our crew here at the show and I just love their answers as well. Let’s have a listen.

[MUSIC: Bill Evans Trio, “Autumn Leaves – Album Version – (Take 1)” on Portrait In Jazz, Fantasy, Inc.]

DOERING: I'm Jenni Doering, I'm a producer here at Living on Earth, and this year I'm really thankful for the opportunity to watch nature in my own backyard here in Watertown, Massachusetts. We actually had a turkey hen lay eleven eggs in a nest in our backyard this spring. And it was really cool to watch them hatch out and watch the little babies foraging with their mother.

KAUSCH: I'm Mark Kausch. When I'm not working on program strategy for Living on Earth, I teach young people how to play the string bass and I'm thankful for my students: their wit, their passion, their energy. They remind me of how great life can be when we all find ways to deeply connect with each other.

BELTRAN: I'm Paloma Beltran. I'm a producer with Living on Earth, and I'm grateful for my family's health as well as the love and support of my wonderful partner.

REGO: I'm Jake Rego, technical director at Living on Earth. This year, I am thankful for all of my friends and family, their good health, and all of their help with renovating my new home.

ALLING: My name is Fern Alling. I'm an intern at Living on Earth and I am really thankful for my public library. It is such a calm and beautiful place to get all of my work done.

LENDER: I'm Mark Seth Lender, explorer in residence. We planted wildflowers this year. Maybe that's the reason the stinging insects have made friends with me. Yesterday, and not for the first time ,a wasp landed on my finger walked, around took off. I'm thankful because it's a connection with the natural world I'd never dreamed of.

O'NEILL: My name is Aynsley O'Neill. I'm an associate producer here at Living on Earth. I'm thankful for good books, good movies, and good music. And of course, all the good people to share these with.


One of the things we’re most thankful for here at LOE is the natural world around us. (Photo: Jakob Owens, Unsplash, public domain)


KAHFI: I'm Kharishar Kahfi, or Kuka, an intern with Living on Earth. I'm thankful for the opportunity to learn more about science and environmental journalism in grad school here in the US. Also, I'm grateful for finally graduating in December. I can't wait to get back reporting on the field.

SOEBROTO: I'm Ashley Soebroto and I'm an intern at Living on Earth. This year I'm thankful for all the friends and co-workers that I've met who have been so incredibly supportive, kind and helpful.

MALLISON: I'm Louis Mallison, I produce book interviews here at Living on Earth, which I'm very grateful for, along with the incredible diversity of life on earth that never fails to amaze and inspire me.

PANDELIDIS: I'm Sophia Pandelidis and I'm an assistant producer here at Living on Earth. This season, I'm especially grateful for all the time I've been able to spend outside enjoying this beautiful fall weather with my family and friends.

DYKSTRA: This is Peter Dykstra. I do the Beyond the Headlines segment with these folks every week. I'm thankful for the League of Conservation Voters just having gone through another election cycle with people slamming each other into the mud left and right. LCV provides information on the environmental track records of every senator and every congressperson. The League of Conservation Voters, somebody I've been thankful for for all of their 52 years.

CHEN: My name is Chloe Chen, I work with marketing at Living Earth. I'm thankful for my care and family. Even though we are 7,000 miles away from each other, we can still FaceTime to share our happiness and express love.

ARENBERG: I'm Naomi Arenberg and I choose the music every week. Our shining sun illuminates and warms the world around me. I'm thankful for that daily reminder to preserve Earth's gifts.

LYMAN: Hi, I'm Don Lyman and I write Science Notes for the show. I also teach part time at two colleges in a prep school in the Boston area. I'm thankful for the opportunity to work with some great colleagues and to teach so many wonderful students. Even the rambunctious high school freshmen I was teaching last week.



Listen to what LOE gave thanks for back in 2021


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