Field Notes

Sunday mornings during Cincinnati Edition
  • Hosted by Thane Maynard

Thane Maynard, director of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, provides first-hand connections to the world of ecology and conservation by speaking with experts all around the world.

Leilani Munter - Carbon Free Girl/Race Car Driver

Nov 16, 2012

She may seem like a walking dichotomy, but Leilani Munter does not see it that way. An avowed environmental activist and vegetarian with a degree in biology, she is also a race car driver. She is using her track time and interaction with race fans as a way to spread her messages of reducing our carbon footprint and the benefits of going green. She’s on the phone to talk about her unique life with Thane Maynard in this week’s Field Notes.

Tsetse Fly Research

Nov 9, 2012

Joshua Benoit will be an assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Cincinnati, after completing his current work on a research project at Yale University involving the tsetse fly. He joins Thane Maynard by phone from New Haven to discuss his work in Yale’s Division of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, his current project, and his upcoming move to UC.

The fate of polar bears is directly linked to their habitat, which is slowly shrinking as the result of climate change. Dr.

Richard Horan's "Harvest"

Oct 26, 2012

The book Harvest: An Adventure into the Heart of America's Family Farms tells of author Richard Horan’s coast to coast journey to work at various farms and help bring in the harvest. As he shares with Thane Maynard, the American farmer is still out there, fighting the odds and facing all challenges.

David Quammen's "Spillover"

Oct 19, 2012

Native Cincinnatian David Quammen published his first novel at age 20, but after 3 books, realized the dire situation the world’s environment was in so became a dedicated science writer. His newest book paints a frightening picture of how infectious diseases such as AIDS and Ebola make their way more quickly around the globe, but points out that they begin in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover.

Yellowstone Park Foundation

Oct 12, 2012

The tight economy and rising prices hit everyone and every business, even a national park. Joining Thane Maynard this week is Ken Barrett from the Yellowstone Park Foundation, talking about the need for private funding to help maintain the beauty and integrity of the park. He also talks about his work with the fish population there and the increase in non-native species which are impacting the ecosystem of the native cutthroat trout.

Eating Aliens

Oct 5, 2012

Jackson Landers, a hunter, writer and adventurer, recently spent a year and a half tracking down and eating invasive species from around the world. He’s written a book about what he ate and where called Eating Aliens and he talks about the reasons behind this adventure with Thane Maynard.

Living a Simpler Life

Sep 28, 2012

If city life is no longer for you, or you are looking for a way to settle down once and for all, then author Sharon Astyk might have the solution. She joins Thane Maynard to discuss her new lifestyle and her book “Making Home: Adapting Our Homes and Our Lives to Settle in Place.”

Health Of Our Rivers

Sep 21, 2012

Thane Maynard talks in-studio with Aaron Rourke, president of Rivers Unlimited, who provides a look at the health of some of the local rivers, and the need for more community involvement in cleaning and protecting all the local rivers and streams.

Effects of the 2012 Draught

Sep 14, 2012

Dr. Doug Inkley, senior scientist at the National Wildlife Federation, joins Thane Maynard to discuss the devastating effects of this summer’s drought on wildlife, fish and vegetation, and the ramifications it will have into the future.