Episode 10 – Live! from Coleus Earth Station

Picture of palm tree, mic, and coleus plant

Richard and his daughter Johanna co-host a radio show, broadcasting through plant signals. Adopting the monikers Diving for Pearls and Island Boy, Johanna and Richard discover the silver lining of our quarantine isolation and dependence on electronic communication.

In this podcast episode, Johanna—a visual, public, and performance artist—engages Richard in her fantasy about earth stations, in which the plants in our gardens or on our windowsills are little satellite dishes, sending signals across time and space. From Radio Free Whitney Street in Oakland, California, and Coleus Earth Station in the great city of Philadelphia, Diving for Pearls and Island Boy play some of their favorite tunes and offer reflections on planetary life.


Johanna Poethig: visual, public and performance artist: https://johannapoethig.com/

The “Quasi Extraterratropoizine”: https://johanna-poethig-studio.square.site/

Music credits:

“Uranus” by Johanna Poethig with Chris Brown (cbmuse.com)

“Lost Cities: The Landscape Speaks” (https://johannapoethig.com/performance-video/music-of-the-lost-cities/)

“Hello World” by Kathryn Poethig, performed with Scott Poethig and Johanna Poethig

“Phase 3” by Xylo-Ziko (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/)

“Kolderen Polka” by Tres Tristes Tangos (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Tres_Tristes_Tangos)

“Swinging” by Tim Garland, licensed from AudioNetwork

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