The Probiotic Life

Ben Klenner

The Probiotic Life is platform to share stories and conversations with people who have devoted their lives in some way to better human life and heal our planet. I interview people who are involved in the art and science of working with microbes, and ...Show More
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043 - The Human Super Organism Microbiome With Dr. Rodney Dietert

1:02:58 | Mar 7th

Our guest today is a Professor of Immunotoxicology at Cornell University. He has become an internationally renowned author, educator and scientist known for his work on the microbiome and the immune system. Not only has he been on faculty at Cornel...Show More
042 - Regenerative Cannabis Cultivation And The Soil Food Web With James Rickbeil

1:16:18 | Feb 6th

Join us in this episode as we talk with James Rickbeil and dive deep into the soil food web. James is a soil food web enthusiast, compost artist, and a student of Dr. Elaine Ingham getting certified as Soil Food Web consultant. He is also a cannabis ...Show More
041 - Bokashi & Effective Microorganisms With Cuauhtemoc Villa

1:04:38 | Jan 19th

Join us in this fascinating interview with bokashi expert Cuauhtemoc Villa.  He is a friend of the microbes, student of their ancient wisdom, and teacher of their ways. He has years of experience working with Effective Microorganisms, and creating c...Show More
040 - Kefir Grains For Health With Dominic Anfiteatro

1:18:11 | Dec 9th, 2018

In this episode, we bring you an interview with Dominic Anfiteatro from Adelaide, South Australia. Dominic was featured in Sandor Katz’ book ‘The Art of Fermentation’ and is a kefir alchemist of sorts. Join us as he shares his story of how he came ac...Show More
039 - The Soil Will Save Us With Kristin Ohlson

1:02:22 | Nov 9th, 2018

Today we talk to Kristin Ohlson who is an award-winning freelance journalist, and the author of “The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers and Foodies are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet” Though she writes on a variety of topics, I was inter...Show More
038 - Probiotic Permaculture With Geoff Lawton & Sam Parker-Davies

1:08:42 | Oct 14th, 2018

In this episode, it is a pleasure to bring you an interview with Geoff Lawton & Sam Parker-Davies of Zaytuna Farm in New South Wales, Australia. Geoff is a world renowned permaculture designer, advisor, and teacher. He’s worked in over 30 countries ...Show More
037 - Teaming With Microbes With Jeff Lowenfels

1:06:00 | Sep 15th, 2018

In this episode we talk to Jeff Lowenfels about his trilogy of books: Teaming With Microbes, Teaming With Nutrients, And Teaming With Fungi. He frequently travels and lectures on these subjects which has led to his nickname  “Lord of The Roots.” Jef...Show More
036 - Cultivating Cultures & Social Fermentation With Eva Bakkeslett

1:00:15 | Aug 24th, 2018

In this episode, we talk with Eva Bakkeslett. Eva is a creative at heart and has a Masters in Art & Ecology and she defines herself as an artist, filmmaker, curator and gentle activist. Her works often combine film, workshops and public participatio...Show More
035 - Air Bioremediation And Living Walls With Dr. Alan Darlington

56:25 | Aug 10th, 2018

This episode, we talk with Dr. Alan Darlington about his work with air bio-filtration. Dr. Darlington was awarded his PhD investigating the interaction between plants and their physical environment from the University of Guelph, in Canada. He spent...Show More
034 - Herbalism, Philosophy, and Fermentation With Angelina Hjelm

1:04:52 | Jul 21st, 2018

In this episode, we talk to Angelina Hjelm of Her passion is to gather nature’s intrinsic knowledge and share it with others. She’s studied alpine botany at Umeå university. Did a Bachelors in organic gardening and design syste...Show More
033 - ‘A Place In The Country’ Exploration with Chris Ferreira

1:06:15 | Jul 6th, 2018

This episode is another insightful interview with Chris Ferreira. He recently released a book called ‘A Place In The Country’ and we discuss the story of how Chris came to write this book, and delve into the subjects covered. Chris is a friend and a...Show More
032 - Medical Mycology And Molecular Biology With Julie Wolf

55:00 | Jun 8th, 2018

In this episode we talk to Julie Wolf who is the communications specialist at the American Society for Microbiology. She has her PHD in medical mycology, and teaches at a community bio-lab in New York. As part of her work with ASM she hosts the podc...Show More
031 - Mindsets, Mycology & Creative Expression With William Padilla-Brown

1:02:35 | Jun 1st, 2018

Today’s interview is with with William Padilla-Brown. He’s a mycologist, artist, permaculturalist, and the founder of Mycosymbiotics. He has produced one of the first English books on cultivating Cordyceps militaris. His website www.mycosymbiotics.b...Show More
030 - Healthy Water And Permaculture With Dr. Ross Mars

1:00:04 | May 27th, 2018

In this episode we have a doctor of environmental science known to some as Dr. Greywater. Ross Mars is an author, a teacher and has 20 years experience in the field of greywater and wastewater. He’s the Managing Director of Water Installations, a com...Show More
029 - Fascinating Fungi And Radical Mycology With Peter McCoy

1:08:37 | May 17th, 2018

In this episode we talk with Peter McCoy. He is most well known as one of the founders of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organisation and movement that teaches the many ways to work with fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience. He des...Show More
028 - Soil Health, Mindset And Integrity With Nicole Masters

1:09:18 | May 13th, 2018

In this episode we talk with Nicole Masters of integrity soils. She is an expert in ecology and soil science with over 20 years experience. She advises farmers on how to improve the health of their land an ecosystems. Nicole shares about how she went...Show More
027 - Microbial Ecology Connects Us All: Microbiome Research With Jack Gilbert

1:00:06 | Apr 28th, 2018

In this episode we explore the research that’s going on pertaining to the microbiome as we talk with Jack Gilbert. He is one of the leading scientists in the area of microbial ecology. If you have done any reading about the microbiome online, you’ve ...Show More
026 - Food, Fermentation, And Flavours With Carly Smith From Cultures For Health

1:00:01 | Apr 21st, 2018

Today we’re going to be talking to Carly Smith. She is a lover of all things fermenting… I got connected with her when I was reaching out to sponsors one day. She works at cultures for health. and no, this is not an infomercial episode… they decided...Show More
025 - Behind The Scenes Of The Probiotic Life

1:08:47 | Apr 15th, 2018

This episode is a bit of a different one, as mentioned in last episode. It’s a behind the scenes -or behind the headphones- chat. This is where my wife Moraig and I share about how we’ve came to this place, and she gets a chance to interview me. If ...Show More
024 - Biophilia, The Gardeners High, And The Immune System With Anne Biklé

59:14 | Apr 6th, 2018

Anne is a biologist, an author and an avid gardener. She co-wrote The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health with her husband David Montgomery, who was our guest in the previous episode. Her interests and expertise have led her...Show More
023 - Soil Health, Gut Health, and Regenerative Agriculture with Dr. David R. Montgomery

1:07:15 | Mar 29th, 2018

Dr. David R. Montgomery is a professor of geomorphology in the department of Earth & Space Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. In this episode David shares a bit of his story, and we delve into the details of building healthy soil, a...Show More
022 - Ecosystem Restoration, Philosophy, and The Probiotic Life with John D. Liu

1:05:10 | Mar 23rd, 2018

John D. Liu is passionate about ecosystem restoration, and has been championing the solutions and associated philosophies for more than thirty years. Join us as we explore our inextricable connections to nature through John’s eyes.  Prepared to be i...Show More
021 - Fermentation Flavours & Festivals with Austin Durant of Fermenters Club

54:58 | Mar 13th, 2018

When Austin Durant is not busy fermenting he runs Fermenters Club. He also organises the annual San Diego Fermentation Festival, and the Oregon Fermentation Festival. Join us as Austin shares a bit about his journey, and how he went from fermenting a...Show More
020 - Nutrition: Building the Soil Within and Without with Darren Hey

1:08:18 | Mar 7th, 2018

Darren Hey is a nutrition expert and a teacher of Natural Living. His studies include the philosophies of natural hygiene, nature cure, and biogenics We talk about these philosophies, about nutrition, about the gut, and more. He has a great way of co...Show More
019 - Kiss the Ground with Finian Makepeace

49:30 | Feb 28th, 2018

Today we talk to Finian Makepeace, a Co-Founder of Kiss The Ground. He is a recording artist, activist and self-taught soil advocate who has a passion to change the world. He strives to make the world a more peaceful and harmonious place for humans a...Show More
018 - Korean Natural Farming probiotics with Drake Weinert

1:05:11 | Feb 22nd, 2018

In more of a how to episode, Drake joins us again to share with us some of the preparations of Korean Natural Farming. We talk about the how to, but also delve into how we can use these preparations for our plants, our animals, and how we can use the...Show More
017 - Nick Mahmood

1:03:23 | Feb 14th, 2018

Righting the Wrongs: Ecological Responsibility Nick Mahmood and family run Green Source Gardens, which is a legal cannabis farm in Southern Oregon. They are committed to creating rich diversity in their soils, and growing the highest quality medicin...Show More
016 - Dr. Embriette Hyde

1:02:31 | Feb 7th, 2018

Embriette is one of those attractively enviable people who have figured out how to combine multiple passions for a living. For her, these passions are writing and science. She holds a PhD in Integrative and Molecular Biomedical Science and has spent ...Show More
015 - Joel Salatin

1:06:39 | Jan 31st, 2018

Joel Salatin is a farmer, author, and storyteller. He is a leading voice in regenerative agriculture, and has a unique perspective on many aspects of life. If you haven’t heard him talk before, you’re in for a treat! Join us on this episode as Joel ...Show More
014 - Sandra Tuszynska

1:04:58 | Jan 26th, 2018

Sandra Tuszynska is a microbiologist, with a specialisation in mycology. She can be found pursuing her passion for fungi and all living things at Woodfordia, home of the Woodford Folk Festival, in Queensland, Australia.  Join Ben & Sandra as they ...Show More
013 - Kristina Campbell

58:45 | Jan 19th, 2018

Kristina Campbell is a science writer specifically in the area of the microbiome. She’s authored a book called The Well-Fed Microbiome Cookbook, and recently co-wrote a textbook on gut microbiota. Today Kristina and I talk about probiotics, the micr...Show More
012 - Graeme Sait

1:19:08 | Jan 10th, 2018

Graeme Sait is an internationally acclaimed author and educator who co-founded Nutri-Tech Solutions. He is a powerful presenter who speaks at conferences and seminars around the world. Join us as we delve into how building organic matter can mitigate...Show More
011 - Dr. Elaine Ingham

1:10:09 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Dr Elaine Ingham is regarded as one of the leading soil microbiologists world wide, and is known for her enthusiastic communication about soil biology, compost, and compost teas. Join us as Elaine and I talk about life in the soil and explore how li...Show More
010 - Dan Kitteridge

48:51 | Dec 14th, 2017

This episode Ben announces the plan to take the Probiotic Life to ‘Phase II.’ Dan Kitteridge is a farmer by trade, and is founder of the Bionutrient Food Association. Join us as Dan shares a bit about his journey, what he’s learned, and what he’s...Show More
009 - Sandor Katz

1:05:13 | Nov 15th, 2017

Wonder what’s so good about fermentation? Join us as Sandor shares on how he came to write ‘The Art of Fermentation’ and some of the benefits of fermented foods. We talk about the microbiome, and some of the recent discoveries in science regarding mi...Show More
008 - Chris Trump

1:15:38 | Nov 6th, 2017

In this interview with Chris, he shares the story about how his family converted 800 acres of macadamia trees over to Korean Natural Farming methods from conventional petrochemical agriculture. We dive into the philosophy behind his farming technique...Show More
007 - Jessica Chiartas

1:02:55 | Oct 27th, 2017

In this episode I interview Jessica. She is at University of California, Davis, and is currently working on her PHD. Jessica shares her story about her journey from pharmaceutical sales rep. to becoming a soil scientist. In this information packed i...Show More
006 - Drake Weinert

58:49 | Oct 7th, 2017

In this episode I interview Drake Weinert. He is a teacher and farmer in Hawaii. He shares a bit about his story, and what led him on this path. We mainly talk about Korean Natural Farming and how it is used as probiotics for soil, plants, and humans...Show More
005 - Dr Paul Barber

57:09 | Sep 26th, 2017

I interview Dr Paul Barber in this episode. Founder of Arbor Carbon and a specialist in forrest pathology, Paul works internationally to advise on tree health in various environments. We talk about trees, fungi, and the connection to human health as...Show More
004 - Chris Ferreira

1:06:14 | Sep 6th, 2017

In this episode I talk with Chris Ferreira about stewardship of the land, environment and resources as we tour around his garden. We chat about landcare philosophy as well as practical actions that can be implemented in your own yard.
003 - Tim Kershaw

1:04:56 | Aug 31st, 2017

In this episode I talk with Tim about his journey from chef to fermentation artist to urban farmer. Tim has some great insights into the food industry, and shares a bit on how his philosophy has evolved from his experiences. We talk food, health, and...Show More
002 - Faye Arcaro

56:59 | Aug 18th, 2017

This show is about bugs and the ecosystems around our gardens; specifically Faye's garden. Faye is a gardener extrordinaire and loves creating habitat for bugs in her garden. We talk about the specific insects and ecosystems here in Western Australi...Show More
001 About the Show

19:36 | Aug 1st, 2017

Here is a bit about what my idea of the podcast is, and could be. I'd love for you to have a listen, think about, and share any ideas you have! If you're on of the first to subscribe, you can have a real impact on what content will be curated, and th...Show More
000 - About Me

06:33 | Aug 1st, 2017

The first episode; letting you know who I am and what I'm doing here.