beneath the stream

24. The Wolf

June 8, 2020

“Only the mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of a wolf”, Aldo Leopold.
Prejudices, storytelling, popular culture and medieval demonisation populate the landscape we have created for the wolf; one that often bears little resemblance to the harsh and diverse landscapes they actually call home.

However, it is as a non-human creature that can seem all too human in its habits, that we humans seem to struggle the most. In this podcast we ponder the history of our relationship with wolves, the detail of how they live and where, the motifs we have created and how they live alongside us, and increasingly so. What is our future alongside wolves? What is the wolf’s future alongside us?

MUSIC BY COLIN WILLIAMS

Some of the ideas and references we make in this podcast can be found here:

Yellowstone National Park
Theodore Roosevelt
Aldo Leopold
David Mech
Doug Smith
Jim Halfpenny
Dan Hartman
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Rudyard Kipling
Nunamiut Inupiat of Alaska
Blackfoot Confederacy
Pawnee
Zuni
Fenrir
Lupa romana
Little Red Riding Hood
Aesop’s Fables
Three Little Pigs
Big Bad Wolf 
Of Wolves and Men - Barry Lopez
The Great American Wolf - Bruce Hampton
The Grey - Liam Neeson
Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
The Colour of Money
Sasquatch
An American Werewolf in London
Rietschen 
Trophic cascade
E O Wilson
Ed Bangs