From Root To Crown: A Guide Through The History And Life Of Trees

Feb 10, 2017

A tree’s roots touch more than just soil. They reach into the recesses of our past; into our culture and our traditions. It's something Fiona Stafford writes about in her new book The Long, Long Life of Trees. This hour, we sit down with the author. 

We also learn about some of Connecticut’s native tree species. And we talk to a researcher in Borneo about his work high up in the rainforest canopy.

Do you have stories or questions about the trees living in your backyard?


  • Fiona Stafford - Professor of English at the University of Oxford, host of "The Meaning of Trees” on BBC Radio 3’s The Essay, and author of The Long, Long Life of Trees
  • Christopher Martin - Director of Forestry for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • Patrick Skahill - WNPR’s science and environment reporter and host of The Beaker
  • Kevin McLean - Fulbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow; he recently completed his Ph.D. at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

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Lucy Nalpathanchil and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on October 21st, 2016.