Created and hosted by Laura Evans (former environmental lawyer and planner, nature lover, gardener, and author of Silent Seasons: Chasing Sustainability through the Law) out of Western New York.

The Keeping Things Alive Podcast is here to explore the opportunities and challenges for human beings as we all live together on this beautiful, living, and interconnected Planet Earth.

You can access episodes of the Keeping Things Alive Podcast by:

Laura recorded the first Keeping Things Alive Podcast interview in December 2016 and published the first episode in April 2017. Episodes from Seasons 2 – 5 are currently offline, but the Re-Release Project is happening now and most past episodes will be released by Spring 2024.

Here are the links to each episode currently streaming on Soundcloud and available wherever you listen to your podcasts:

Re-Release Project Special Episodes

Season 1 Re-Release (December 2016 – June 2017)

Season 6 (April 2021 – April 2022)

  • Season 6 Welcome: intentions for the season, and a conversation about the current moment with Jim Anderson
  • May 2021 Info Collage: learn about NY’s new cannabis law, the herb self-heal, the Fool tarot card, and the police in Erie County.
  • EmZee: art, mental health, and Eden, NY
  • June 2021 Info Collage: learn more about the herb plantain, the Erie County sheriff election, cannabis in NY, and the Page of Wands tarot card
  • John Heim: the Southwest Florida Clean Water Movement and Tampa Bay’s Deadly Red Tide
  • Schondra Aytch: the importance of women voices and commentary, Hip-Hop in Buffalo, the history of Sneakvibing Blog, & more.
  • John Washington’s 2021 Ballot Review: covering elections in Erie County and the NY voter propositions out of Buffalo, NY.
  • Samantha Nephew: social determinants of health, children & climate change, local elections, & more.
  • Laura Wrote a Book!: learn about Laura’s upcoming book about her life, sustainability, and environmental law.

Season 7 (August 2022 – January 2023)

  • Season 7 Welcome: Laura and John discuss intentions for the season, Silent Seasons, and current environmental events.
  • Margaret Wooster: Sustainable water planning in Western New York.
  • Silent Seasons: learn about Laura’s new book and listen to the Introduction.
  • Jim Anderson Radio Interview Part 1: listen to part 1 of Jim Anderson interviewing Laura about her new book, Silent Seasons, on his radio show. Interview date: 10/10/22.
  • Jim Anderson Radio Interview Part 2: listen to part 2 of Jim Anderson interviewing Laura about her book, the US environmental law system, and how to more forward in a sustainable way. Interview date: 10/17/22.
  • John Washington’s 2022 Ballot Review: John Washington and Laura break down what government positions were on the 2022 election ballot in Buffalo, NY, who won, and what to be on the lookout for during the 2023 election year.
  • Season 7 Wrap: Listen to the audio portion of a video recording of the Keeping Things Alive Podcast Season 7 Wrap, which streamed on Facebook and YouTube on January 9, 2023. This episode includes a conversation between Laura Evans and John Washington about Season 7 and the Buffalo, NY 2022 Blizzard followed by Laura’s pre-recorded interview with South Florida water activist John Heim about Hurricane Ian. Water is life!

Season 8 (June 2023 – Present)

  • Season 8 Welcome: Laura talks about Silent Seasons updates, what has been going on with her during the off-season, and intentions for Season 8.
  • Suzie DeVoe: Suzie DeVoe is a Pranic Healer. In this episode, Laura and Suzie talk about her path to Pranic Healing, what it is, how Pranic Healing is connected to sustainability, and more.
  • Gardening Love: Laura talks about her love of gardening and plants. Hear an excerpt about gardening from her book Silent Seasons, the ups and downs of growing plants, why gardening is so important for sustainability, and more.
  • Primeval Forest Nursery: Laura speaks with Catie and Selena of Primeval Forest Nursery about their early experiences connecting with nature, why growing indigenous plants is important, gardening tips for beginners, and more.
  • Mothertree Apothecary: Laura speaks with Marya Casey of The Mothertree Apothecary and Unearthing Venus about motherhood, nervous system regulation, plant medicine, and much more.
  • Kelly Camacho: Kelly Camacho is a community organizer for the New York State United Teachers union. Laura and Kelly talk about community organizing, sustainability, her recent trip to Cuba, the Barbie movie, and more.
  • Acupuncture with Jenny Flanigan: Learn about how community acupuncture is related to healing and health. In this episode, Laura speaks with acupuncturist Jenny Flanigan about community acupuncture, work, healing, and more. There is also a big announcement about Laura’s future work 🙂
  • Sarah Sorci interviews Laura: On October 9, 2023, Sarah Sorci (community herbalist, writer, and past podcast guest) interviewed Laura about Silent Seasons one year after its publication, her switch into the elementary teaching profession, garden lessons learned, & more.
  • Madison Rich’s Home Energy Tips: Laura speaks with civil engineer Madison Rich about the various approaches to energy efficiency and electrification in the home. They talk about why home energy efficiency matters, what behavioral, structural, and technology changes are possible, resources for more information, & more.
  • John Washington’s 2023 Ballot Review and Check-In: Laura and John’s annual ballot review, this time featuring 2023 City of Buffalo and Town of Hamburg, NY ballots. Learn about the positions, parties, and propositions on the ballot so you can be prepared to vote. John also updates listeners on what he has been paying attention to, his thoughts on the Barbie movie, and more.