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The Art of Climate Dialogue: Stories from Iowa

A podcast series  featuring thirteen conversations with artists, farmers, community-engaged researchers, and community organizers and activists who have used arts and storytelling strategies to talk about climate change and agriculture in Iowa. Through this podcast, interviewees share these strategies so that listeners can implement them in their own communities. 

Check out a preview of the series on Mary Swander's Emerging Voices Substack page!

Note that all episode interviews were recorded between October 27, 2022 and February 14, 2023 and have been edited for clarity and length.

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Podcast Production Team

Vivian M. Cook - Producer, Host, and Editor

Rosie Marcu-Rowe - Editor

Moselle Nita Singh - Cover Artist 

(© 2023 Drawn from Water)

Omar de Kok-Mercado - Musician

Charissa Menefee, Taylor Sklenar, and Mary Swander - Consultants

Louie Jordan and Lane Larson - Sound Technicians (selected episodes)

A Special Thank You To:

Mônica Haddad

Carmen Bain and Jennifer Drinkwater

 Charissa Menefee, Lena Menefee-Cook, Taylor Sklenar

Carson Cook, Kenny Cook, Tristan Cook

Fares Amer, Akuto Akpedze Konou, Noel VanDenBosch

Stacy Sassman, Liz Scheuffele, Josie Siefken, Andrea Wagner

Tiffany Antone, Sarah Chase, Nancy Gebhart, Amanda Petefish-Schrag

Hannah Breckbill, Steve Brower, Brian Campbell, Irene DeMaris, Steve Dinsmore, Stephanie Enloe, Anna Gray, Ash Hanson, Dan Haug, Laura Jackson, Aaron Lehman, Sandra Marcu, Alice McGary, Sikowis Nobiss, Maggie Norton, Teresa Opheim, Erica Place, Brian Rumsey, Kalmia Strong

Keren Alfred, Lance Brisbois, Clark Colby, Tim Crews, Catherine DeLongAbby Dubisar, Liz Garst,  Kristen Greteman, Jake Grobe, Fred Kirschenmann, Aimee Langager, Matt Liebman,  Courtney Long, Gabrielle McNally, Katie Rock, Ben Schrag

Our Production Team

Our Interviewees and Outreach Partners

Our Funders

Project Funders

Johnson Center for Land Stewardship Policy Emerging Leader Award

See the Johnson Center for Land Stewardship Policy website here.

North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program

Graduate Student Grant

This podcast is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under agreement number 2021-38640-34714 through the North Central Region SARE program under project number GNC22-345. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.


Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this podcast are those of the individuals and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, NCR-SARE, the Johnson Center for Land Stewardship Policy, or The EcoTheatre Lab.

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