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Trace Material Podcast

Season 1: Hemp

In America, hemp has a storied past and a contested future. In the first season of Trace Material, Parsons Healthy Materials Lab digs into the complex crop. We visit a Kentucky plantation to investigate hemp’s connection to slavery, speak with a cannabis historian about Nixon’s war on drugs, and hear from environmental activist Winona LaDuke about hemp’s potential to right some of the social and environmental wrongs of our past.


I thought “materials” felt like a vague topic and I wasn’t sure how it would relate to my daily life… boy was I wrong! Trace Material does a fantastic job of making intimidating topics accessible and relevant and it’s all just super interesting!

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