Rooted: Where We Stand

A podcast featuring stories that connect us to place and community

Our connection to the natural world and the places we live is everything.

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Photograph of Lake Serene with hills in the background reflecting off the water

Episode #6: Finding Yourself At Lake Serene

This fictional drama is a love story about how nature helps us recover from heartbreak and find new ways of loving ourselves.
Episode #5: One Hell of A Spirit

Episode #5: One Hell of A Spirit

8 years after the deadliest landslide in U.S. history, we visit Darrington, Washington to see how a small town has picked up the pieces, with eyes set on the future.
Photograph of Puget Sound with hazy mountains in the background

Episode #4: Tattoos and microscopes

Find out how Rosa Hunter brings all of her life experiences and knowledge to studying the health of water in Washington state. And why she’s inspired by another scientist in her family: her grandmother.

Episode #1: The Farmer on Speed Dial

Hear what it’s like to evacuate hundreds of sheep off of a flooding farm and listen to Linda’s flood evacuation love story on this episode of Rooted: Where We Stand.
Kathy Wolf, Hiking

Episode #3: The Tree Whisperer, in Full

Kathy Wolf shares how trees affect our physical and mental health, how just a few minutes in nature can positively impact us, and what she would do with a magic wand that could change our world. 
Trees in Port Gamble Forest. Photo credit Hannah Letinich

Episode #2: Without trees, we’re unrooted

Just a few minutes in nature – even just looking at images of trees – can have positive impacts on our physical and mental health. As the rates of people struggling with their mental health rise globally, we could all use the help.
Kyle Norris headshot

Kyle Norris, Host & Executive Producer.

Kyle Norris has worked in public radio as a host, reporter and producer for 20 years. He spent 10 of those years at Michigan Radio and has additionally worked for KNKX and KUOW in Seattle. He currently teaches audio storytelling at KUOW’s RadioActive youth media program. Norris was recently the field producer for Wondery’s true crime podcast, “Suspect”; senior producer for the “Battle Tactics for your Sexist Workplace” podcast; and co-instructor for the University of Washington’s graduate course, “Audio Storytelling.”


Fun fact: Kyle enjoys riding his bike and collaging pictures of nature.


You can learn more about Kyle here:

Mary Heisey, Editor

Mary Heisey is a freelance podcast producer and editor based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Aside from producing and editing, Mary works to amplify youth voices in journalism. She is a 2022-2023 Fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute through the University of Missouri, where she is creating a guide for public radio stations to start youth media programs.


Fun fact: Mary’s high school environmental science teacher officiated her wedding.The ceremony included many geology puns, and it rocked.


You can follow Mary on Twitter here.

Mary Heisey headshot -- by Randy Keppel

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