From Tree to Shining Tree

Released Saturday, 30th July 2016
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A forest can feel like a place of great stillness and quiet. But if you dig a little deeper, there’s a hidden world beneath your feet as busy and complicated as a city at rush hour.
In this story, a dog introduces us to a strange creature that burrows beneath forests, building an underground network where deals are made and lives are saved (and lost) in a complex web of friendships, rivalries, and business relations. It’s a network that scientists are only just beginning to untangle and map, and it’s not only turning our understanding of forests upside down, it’s leading some researchers to rethink what it means to be intelligent. 
Produced by Annie McEwen and Brenna Farrell. Special Thanks to Latif Nasser, Stephanie Tam, Teresa Ryan, Marc Guttman, and Professor Nicholas P. Money at Miami University. 
Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified naturalist David Attenborough as his late brother, actor Richard Attenborough. In addition, it dated the earliest scientific studies of fungi to the late 19th century, whereas naturalists have studied fungi since the 17th century. Lastly, we mistakenly stated that the oxygen that a plant respires comes from CO2, when in reality it comes from water. The audio has been adjusted to correct these facts.
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Judge reviewed this episode on Jun 30th, 2017
"Very few people have ever heard of Mycorrhiza. And those that did knows very little about them. It seems they are where they need to be to help plants ommunicate. This podcast opened my eyes to the world of trees in ways that I could not even imagine. Jennifer Frazer is an amazing person."
whatdivawants reviewed this episode on Aug 7th, 2017
"Love when Radiolab goes science! Especially when it's explained so thoroughly and well."

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