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Welcome to The Membership, a podcast inspired by the life and work of Wendell Berry, the Kentucky farmer, poet, novelist, essayist, activist, and thinker.

The goal of The Membership is to curate great conversations that contribute to the health of the land and the health of our communities.

Join hosts Jason Hardy, John Pattison, and Tim Wasem as they discuss Berry's life and writings, and interview other folks -- farmers and makers, writers and artists, practitioners of all kinds -- who are responding to Wendell Berry's writings in their own places.

Season 1 | Episode 6

Episode Six: Interview with Charlie Peacock

Jason Hardy and John Pattison interview Charlie Peacock, the 4x Grammy Award-winning, multi-format jazz and pop recording artist, composer, and record producer.

Season 1 | Episode 5

Episode 5: “Fly Away, Breath” & “A Consent”

Jason, John, and Tim discuss two short stories: “Fly Away, Breath” and “The Hurt Man.”

Season 1 | Episode 4

Episode 4: The Berry Center – An Interview with Mary Berry and Dr. Leah Bayens

John interviews Mary Berry, the Director of The Berry Center, and Dr. Leah Bayens, Director of the Berry Farming Program.

Season 1 | Episode 3

Episode 3: The Broken Ground

Jason, John, and Tim discuss Wendell Berry’s 1964 poetry collection, The Broken Ground. This collection is currently housed, in its entirety, in Berry’s New Collected Poems.

Season 1 | Episode 2B

Episode 2b: Selections from “The Long-Legged House,” Continued

Jason, John, and Tim discuss “The Long-Legged House” and “A Native Hill,” essays from Wendell Berry’s 1969 collection, The Long-Legged House.

Season 1 | Episode 2A

Episode 2a: Selections from “The Long-Legged House”

Jason, John, and Tim discuss “The Rise” and “The Long-Legged House,” essays from Wendell Berry’s 1969 collection, The Long-Legged House.

Season 1 | Episode 1

Episode 1: “The Girl in the Window” & “The Hurt Man”

Jason, John, and Tim discuss the only two Port William short stories set in the nineteenth-century: “The Girl in the Window” (1864) and “The Hurt Man” (1888).

Season 1 | Episode 0

Live in Nashville

We had the honor of recording Episode 0 in front of a live audience at the Hutchmoot Conference in Nashville, TN. In this episode, we go over plans for the future of this podcast and interview singer/songwriter Allen Levi. (more…)