“Living on Earth” features Stone Walls

“Many of New England’s stone walls, like this one in New Hampshire, are going back to nature as they fall into disrepair and become overgrown with moss. (Photo: mwms1916, Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)” [Photo and caption from Living on Earth.]

Living on Earth, hosted by Steve Curwood, is Public Radio International’s weekly Environmental News Magazine. On November 30, 2018, it aired three long segments: Trump Climate Change Report, featuring John Holdren, Obama’s former science advisor; Saving the Sumatran Rhino, featuring freelance journalist Jeremy Hance, and New England’s Stone Walls, featuring Steve Curwood and I examining an abandoned 1755 farmstead in New Hampshire.  The highlight of that 10-minute podcast is the recorded voice of Robert Frost reading his poem Mending Wall. 

Link to Podcast.

Other topics include answers to the questions:  Who built the walls? Why are they special habitats?  Are humans part of their geology? Did wall  help win the American Revolution?