In the legendary Dentinger Lab at the University of Utah we settle in to navigate huge concepts around the evolutionary biology of bolete mushrooms, fungus farming ants and even the chemical psilocybin with mycological powerhouse Bryn Dentinger PhD!
Bio-Design innovator Bob Hendrikx shares the inspiration and implications of his world-famous "Living Cocoon" mycelium coffin and gives us an expanded vision of a future where our societies build everything from homes to clothing with living materials inspired by nature!
We take a visit to the legendary Mushroom Mountain compound in South Carolina to meet applied mycology pioneer Tradd Cotter, who will show us how fungi provide solutions for all aspects of human life if we just tune in and learn to think like a fungus!
We travel to the woods of western Pennsylvania to connect with Adam Haritan, founder of Learn Your Land, who teaches us about mushrooms, plants and trees and maybe most importantly - how a relationship with the land where we live is critical to our health and well-being!
We go crawling through the forests of Madgascar surveying the diversity of marasmius mushrooms and research the inner life of monkeyflowers and their symbiotic fungal endophytes with researcher and educator Jackie Shay!
Our journey begins with a culturally-transformative history of anthropology and ethnobotany before we travel to the outrageously diverse and vibrant nation of Colombia to navigate it's great river, the Magdalena, with legendary explorer & anthropologist Wade Davis!
We descend into the miniature universe of myxomycetes (AKA slime molds) and tiny ascomycetes to stare in amazement at the complex beauty of microscopic fungi with macro-photography expert Alison Pollack!
We go on an in-depth exploration of the legendary Amanita muscaria mushroom, examining it's biochemistry and then the myriad theories about historical and religious use around the world with author and researcher Kevin Feeney PhD!