NEW MOON RADIO

KWEB — Weaving Earth Radio — presents New Moon Radio! New Moon Radio is a “moonthly” audio adventure for youth and families that appears every new moon! It is a companion audiocast to our Full Moon Radio series. New Moon Radio aligns with the goals of all of our educational programming. It is nature-inspired and attuned to seasonal cycles and rhythms. It is attentive to issues of equity, justice, and social responsibility. And it aims to encourage all of our listeners to deepen their intimacy with the earth and their desire to protect people and the planet.

This series is meant to be a dialogue with our listeners. To suggest topics, submit audio stories and samples, or simply root us on, please reach out to newmoonradio@weavingearth.org. We’d love to hear from you!

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CO-CURATORS

New Moon Radio is co-curated by jazmín calderón torres, Lara Birchler and Solomon Botwick-Ries.

jazmín calderón torres

Co-Curator

jazmín calderón torres (they/them) is a queer, trans-nonbinary, autistic, multiracial Puerto Rican interdisciplinary artist apprenticing to the grave, liminal, and beyond human world. They currently live and were raised in unceded Timucua territory and Seminole.

Their ancestors are from Borikén (Puerto Rico), with an Indigenous Taino and White Spanish matrilineal lineage and a Black patrilineal lineage. Other lineages that move with them include QTBIPOC, jibaros, curanderas, campesinos, egrets, herons, the swamp, transcestors, candlemakers, sculptors, queer Black feminist scholars, caseworkers, the working class, the Caribbean, the “unproductive,” and neurodivergent.

They are currently a Producer, Creative Strategist at Lead to Life (leadtolife.org), attending to communal grieving of state-sanctioned violence through gathering, ceremony, speculative imagination.

They are a Weaving Earth Immersion alumni and have studied agroecology and regenerative design with Soul Fire Farm, Planting Justice, the Multinational Exchange for Agriculture (MESA). They have a Bachelors in New Media, Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley, with a minor in Ecosystems Management and Forestry.

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Lara Birchler

Co-Curator

Lara (she/her) is especially passionate about sharing ways to strengthen relationships with members of the beyond-human world (birds!), thereby cultivating the birth-rite of belonging for all beings here on Earth.

Lara is a multimedia artist and 3rd-year graduate of the Weaving Earth Immersion program, where relational education and deep nature-connection practices such as bird language, animal tracking, permaculture, the work to dismantle systems of oppression, and ancestral skills are at the core of the curriculum.

For the fifteen years prior, she taught Art and Ceramics in California public high schools and also worked in therapeutic wilderness programs for teens. Lara loves to wander and lives in a bright yellow converted ol’ ambulance with a mini wood-fire stove. Lara is a white, cisgender woman who uses she/her pronouns.

Solomon Botwick-Ries

Co-Curator

Solace ( they/them ) is a community organizer , public astrologer , and youth mentor devoted to a world where all beings live in sovereignty , with access to pleasure , in reciprocity with their ecological home —

Solace lives as a white settler on Southern Pomo Land , and traces their ancestry from diasporic Ashkenazi Jewish peoples immigrating from Romania and Belarus . They are neurodivergent , working-class , chronically ill and transgender , with citizenship and education privilege . Solace is romanced with a vision of liberation that places people back in their bodies , back in relationship , and back in the landscape . To this end , Solace’s offerings take the form of non-binary/queer youth mentorship , council facilitation , Jewish chaplaincy , and somatic coaching . Solace is guided by a commitment to creating resilient peer and intergenerational relationships centered on nature-connection .

Solace is a graduate of the Weaving Earth Immersion Program . They are a co-visionary of and collaborator on the Queer Ecologies Constellation , a multi-regional network and seasonal cohort of LGBTQ2SIA+ and QTBIPOC farmers, ecologists , artists , and organizers gathering in study of queer-centered ecology and land-based practices . Solace is a member of the inaugural F.I.R.E ( Foundations in Resilience Education ) Fellowship .

Solace is an apprentice of bird-language , the tarot , and challah baking . Solace also goes by Solomon , Shlomo , and Salomé .

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Original artwork by Lara Birchler

CURRENT EPISODE

SAMMY AND THE SHRIEKS

(EPISODE #008)

DESCRIPTION

In Episode #008 of New Moon Radio, Sammy the Spider tells sit spot stories about a haunting night sound and some wonderful wildlife encounters with a family of foxes … plus a few surprises!

COMPANION VIDEOS
COMPANION GUIDE

Download the Companion Guide for Wizard Trees, Snake Birds, and the Reptilian Architecht of the Swamp (Episode #006)!

Episode Credits

Music Credits:
“Let Me In” By Alex Stoner, licensed from TakeTones.com.
Electronic Music and Sound Samples Royalty-free, public domain via Splice.

The following bird recordings were used in this episode:
Black-Capped Chickadee — Jonathon Jongsma, XC132861. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/132861.

SHOW ARCHIVE

  • Episode 7
  • Episode 6
  • Episode 5
  • Episode 4
  • Episode 3
  • Episode 2
  • Episode 1

"FINCHLANDIA"

Episode #007 of New Moon Radio is here! In Episode 007 of New Moon Radio, jazmín, Lara, and Solace kick things off with a New Moon Radio prayer. That's followed up by an interview with New Moon Radio listeners, Q and A with Sammy the Spider, sit spot stories, Usnea News, Skies with Solace, and one final fire for the season. Join the fun 🙂

Episode Credits

Thanks to the amazing contributors to this episode:
The Fisher Family — Teo and Quin, members of the Wild Tenders youth program, and their mom, Temra
Sebastian Schmid — 3-year Immersion graduate
Tara Milliken — 3-year WE Immersion graduate

Music Credits:
Fire Flicker — Written by Ida Rotta, a 3-year WE Immersion graduate and former Wild Tenders staff. 
Electronic Music and Sound Samples — Royalty-free, public domain via Splice.

To read the Washington Post article referenced in this episode ("The Racist Legacy Many Birds Carry"), go here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/interactive/2021/bird-names-racism-audubon/

 

"WIZARD TREES, SNAKE BIRDS, AND THE REPTILIAN ARCHITECT OF THE SWAMP"

Episode #006 of New Moon Radio is here! In Episode 006 of New Moon Radio, jazmín, Lara, and Solace ride the web with Sammy the Spider! Along the way, they encounter dawn chorus cheers, swamps spectacular, the sounds of swallowing, wandering willows, and the gifts of gettin’ Venutian.
At Home Companion Guide
Download the Companion Guide for Wizard Trees, Snake Birds, and the Reptilian Architecht of the Swamp (Episode #006)!
Episode Credits
Music Credits: Electronic Music and Sound Samples — Royalty-free, public domain via Splice. The following bird recordings were used in this episode: American Crow Jonathon Jongsma, XC121396. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/121396. Barn Swallow — Jonathon Jongsma, XC83449 . Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/83449 . Cliff Swallow — Jonathon Jongsma, XC254494. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/254494. Rock Dove — Jonathon Jongsma, XC485507. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/485507. Song Sparrow — Jonathon Jongsma, XC132874. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/132874. Swainson's Thrush — Jonathon Jongsma, XC613535. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/613535. Dawn on the Anhinga Trail in Everglades NP — Laura Erickson, https://www.lauraerickson.com/page/lauras-ambient-sound-recordings/. Morning on the Anhinga Trail in Everglades NP — Laura Erickson, https://www.lauraerickson.com/page/lauras-ambient-sound-recordings/.  

"THE CHORUS BIRDS"

Tune in to Episode #005 of New Moon Radio! The Chorus Birds features a beautiful, heart-moving story told by Solace about support they received from the birds during a difficult time — plus a few surprises ;)!

 
At Home Companion Guide

Download the Companion Guide for The Chorus Birds (Episode #005)!

Episode Credits

Music Credits:
Electronic Music and Sound Samples — Royalty-free, public domain via Splice.

The following bird recordings were used in this episode:
American Bushtit — Jonathon Jongsma, XC109666. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/109666.
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet — Jonathon Jongsma, XC175094. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/175094.
Steller's Jay — Jonathon Jongsma, XC109654. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/109654.


Tune into Episode #004 of New Moon Radio. Episode 004 is wild ride... We're visited by the Zappacosta family, nature sleuths and New Moon Radio fans! There's also a yipping good synchronicity sit spot story from our dear friend Lilah Gliksohn, a Q & A with Sammy the Spider, a beautiful conversation about tending the land with Redbird Willie, plus lunch, poetry, Skies with Solace, and more!

Join us at your own pace — feel free to listen all the way through, or if you’d like, pause and listen at different times during the day. Enjoy!

 
At Home Companion Guide

Please download this Companion Guide to the episode!

Episode Credits

Thanks to the amazing contributors to this episode:
The Zappacosta Family — NMR listeners and nature sleuths
Hannah Schwartz — 3-year WE Immersion graduate
Lilah Gliksohn — 3-year WE Immersion graduate
Redbird WillieWE Immersion teaching team and Native California knowledge-keeper with the Cultural Conservancy

Music Credits:
Oak Song — Written by Elena Canaris, a 2-year WE Immersion graduate and former Wild Tenders staff, in collaboration with the oak trees. Recorded by Elena and Amelea Canaris (2-year WEI graduate) and available on the Wild Tenders CD. 
All Guitar Music
Sam Edmondson
Electronic Music and Sound Samples — Royalty-free, public domain via Splice and Sam Edmondson.

The following bird recordings were used in this episode:
American Bushtit — Jonathon Jongsma, XC109666. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/109666.
Dark-Eyed Junco
— Jonathon Jongsma, XC216764. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/216764.
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet — Jonathon Jongsma, XC175094. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/175094.
Song Sparrow — Jonathon Jongsma, XC132874. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/132874.


Tune in to Episode #003 of New Moon Radio. This episode features a beautiful synchronicity story about weasel, told by Lara.

Join us at your own pace — feel free to listen all the way through, or if you’d like, pause and listen at different times during the day. Enjoy!

At Home Companion Guide

Download the Companion Guide and follow along with at-home activities!

Episode Credits

Thanks to the amazing contributors to this episode:
Stella Estipona  — Jokester

Music Credits:
All Guitar MusicSam Edmondson


Tune into Episode #002 of New Moon Radio. This show takes you on a day-long, nature-based adventure with Solace and Lara. Segments include: Morning Circle, Scenes from the Sit Spot, Usnea News, Flicker Feast, I Got Bamboozled by That, the Skies with Solace and a Closing Circle by the Fireside.

Join us at your own pace — feel free to listen all the way through, or if you’d like, pause and listen at different times during the day. Enjoy!

 
At Home Companion Guide

Please download this Companion Guide to the episode! The guide has numerous at-home activities, including follow-up fun, coloring activities that feature scenes and activities  from the show (Accipiter, Ocean Scene with Cormorants/Seals/Bull Kelp, and the Moon Activity), AND MORE!

Episode Credits

Thanks to the amazing contributors to this episode:
Stella Estipona  — Youth guest and jokester
Tara Milliken  — WE Facilitator and Alumnus
Hannah Schwartz  — WE Alumnus
brontë velez  — WE Facilitator, Board Member and Alumnus

Music Credits:
Oh Cooper’s Hawk — Written by teens and mentors at a Weaving Earth Program. Special thanks to Melodie Kauff, Ida Rotto and Sebastian Schmid. Performed by Ida Rotto and the Wild Tenders
Thank you For the Food  — Written by Ida Rotto and Will Nissen (WE Alumni and youth staff), tune and hand gestures from a Norwegian camp Ida attended as a kid. Performed by Tara Milliken and Sam Edmondson
All Guitar MusicSam Edmondson 
Electronic Music and Sound Samples — Royalty-free, public domain via freesound.org and splice.com.

The following bird recordings were used in this episode:
Acorn Woodpecker — Jonathon Jongsma, XC110258. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/110258.
American Goldfinch — Jonathon Jongsma, XC175254. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/175254.
American Robin — Jonathon Jongsma, XC254483. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/254483.
Barn Swallow — Jonathon Jongsma, XC83449. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/83449.
Black-Capped Chickadee — Jonathon Jongsma, XC114086. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/114086.
Black-Capped Chickadee — Jonathon Jongsma, XC132861. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/132861.
Bewick's Wren — Jonathon Jongsma, XC109668. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/109668.
Common Raven — Jonathon Jongsma, XC110257. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/110257.
Dark-Eyed Junco — Jonathon Jongsma, XC216764. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/216764.
Eastern Bluebird — Jonathon Jongsma, XC171698. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/171698.
Northern Flicker — Jonathon Jongsma, XC104536. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/104536.
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet — Jonathon Jongsma, XC175094. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/175094.
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet — Jonathon Jongsma, XC131643. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/131643.
White-Crowned Sparrow — Jonathon Jongsma, XC99572. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/99572.
Wood Thrush — Jonathon Jongsma, XC178123. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/178123.
Song Sparrow — Jonathon Jongsma, XC132874. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/132874.


Tune into Episode #001 — the very first episode! — of New Moon Radio. This show takes you on a day-long, nature-based adventure with Solace and Lara. Segments include: Introductions, Opening Circle, Scenes from the Sit Spot, Usnea News, a Lunchtime Feast, Stories from the Wander (or I got ___ by that), the Skies with Solace and a Closing Circle by the Fireside.

Join us at your own pace — feel free to listen all the way through, or if you’d like, pause and listen at different times during the day. Enjoy!

 
At Home Companion Guide

Please download this Companion Guide to the episode! The guide has numerous at-home activities, including follow-up fun, coloring activities that feature characters from the show (Ricky, Jackrabbit, and Mars), AND MORE!

Episode Credits

Thanks to the amazing contributors to this episode:
Dave Hage — WE Facilitator and Co-Founder

Music Credits:
All Guitar MusicSam Edmondson
Electronic Music and Sound Samples — Royalty-free, public domain via freesound.org.

The following bird recordings were used in this episode:
Acorn Woodpecker — Jonathon Jongsma, XC110258. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/110258.
American Goldfinch — Jonathon Jongsma, XC175254. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/175254.
American Robin — Jonathon Jongsma, XC254483. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/254483.
Barn Swallow — Jonathon Jongsma, XC83449. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/83449.
Black-Capped Chickadee — Jonathon Jongsma, XC114086. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/114086.
Black-Capped Chickadee — Jonathon Jongsma, XC132861. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/132861.
Bewick's Wren — Jonathon Jongsma, XC109668. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/109668.
Common Raven — Jonathon Jongsma, XC110257. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/110257.
Dark-Eyed Junco — Jonathon Jongsma, XC216764. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/216764.
Eastern Bluebird — Jonathon Jongsma, XC171698. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/171698.
Northern Flicker — Jonathon Jongsma, XC104536. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/104536.
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet — Jonathon Jongsma, XC175094. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/175094.
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet — Jonathon Jongsma, XC131643. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/131643.
White-Crowned Sparrow — Jonathon Jongsma, XC99572. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/99572.
Wood Thrush — Jonathon Jongsma, XC178123. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/178123.
Song Sparrow — Jonathon Jongsma, XC132874. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/132874.

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