Episode 64: sLowlife

Flowers from sLowlife exhibit.

This week’s image is from sLowlife.  sLowlife is a collaborative project of the United States Botanical Garden, the Chicago Botanical Garden, and Roger Hangarter, Indiana University. Additional support was provided by Indiana University, the National Science Foundation, and the American Society of Plant Biologists.

Plants are not the silent, stationary creatures we imagine them to be. They drift, stretch, and dance in search of nutrients, water, and sunlight. Inspired by sLowlife, a dynamic multimedia exhibit now on display in the Clifford C. Hach Gallery at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, today’s show looks at the chemistry behind plant growth and movement. We’ll also talk with Amy Stewart, bestselling author of Flower Confidential: The Good, The Bad, and the Beautiful. Her new book, Wicked Plants: A Book of Botanical Atrocities, will be published May 5. Chemical Agent: Photosynthesis.

sLowlife will be at CHF through December 2009. Admission is free. For hours and visitor information, click here.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:31 Introduction
01:00 Chemical Agent: Photosynthesis
03:02 A conversation with Amy Stewart
08:19 Mystery Solved! Tropisms
11:10 Closing Credits


This show was written and researched by Audra Wolfe.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from the PodSafe Music Network. Additional music includes  ”I Grow My Flowers for You,” by Melou, and  ”Wild Flower,” by The Serotonin Anvil.

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