The Ground Beneath Us

From the Show: HER
Summary: The ground beneath our feet is rich with history and health. How did we lose our connection to it?
Air Date: 6/22/17
Duration: 28:43
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Paul Bogard, Author
Paul BogardPaul Bogard is author of The Ground Beneath Us: From the Oldest Cities to the Last Wilderness, What Dirt Tells Us About Who We Are.

He is also author of The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light.

He teaches creative nonfiction writing at James Madison University and lives in Virginia and Minnesota.
  • Book Title: The Ground Beneath Us: From the Oldest Cities to the Last Wilderness, What Dirt Tells us about Who We Are
  • Guest Twitter Account: @PaulBogard
The Ground Beneath Us
We spend 90-95% of our time inside. Many of us tend to walk on pavement when we do step outside. We’re disconnected from the ground that nurtures us.

Children aren’t being allowed to go outside to play. Fear of germs, strangers and injury keeps kids indoors.

How did we lose contact with nature?

Soil Sealing

We have limited soil available to grow food. The ground is full of life. Development of modern cities paves over the fertile land, preventing the soil from getting the air and water it needs. Asphalt seals the ground off from nourishment. With an expanding population, we need as much fertile soil as we can get for our food supply.

Our health is connected to the health of the natural world. Listen to the experts. We need to sort out how to improve our environment.

Take yourself on a long walk. Stay engaged with nature. Find the sacred ground that reminds you of your connection to nature and the world around you.

Listen as Paul Bogard joins Dr. Pamela Peeke to share the necessary human connection to the ground beneath us.


Smarty Pants Vitamins