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.
Trailer: Trace Material Season 1
In our first season, we’re exploring the miracle plant that is hemp.
January 6, 2020
Episode 1: Hemp in the Bluegrass
In this first episode, we’re going back in time to when hemp was farmed in large, industrial plantations.
April 8, 2020
Episode 2: Pot's Benevolent Cousin
In our second episode, historian Emily Dufton leads us through hemp's demise in 20th century America.
April 22, 2020
Episode 3: Booms, Bills and Busts
In Episode 3 we tackle the murky water that is hemp’s present.
May 6, 2020
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Episode 4: The Green Path
In Episode 4, we turn to Winona LaDuke. Winona is a two-time Vice Presidential nominee, an internationally renowned environmentalist...and a hemp farmer.
May 19, 2020
Episode 5: Growing Pains
In episode 5 of Trace Material we’re back in the Bluegrass State talking brass tacks with farmers who are dealing with the growing pains of a burgeoning hemp industry.
June 24, 2020
Episode 6: Build Local
In episode 6 of Trace Material we're diving into the basics of building with HempLime.
July 7, 2020
Episode 7: The Natural Building Omnivore
In episode 7 of Trace Material, we talk to Canadian sustainable building expert Chris Magwood.
July 22, 2020
Episode 8: Talking Shop with Mattie Mead
For our first ever Talking Shop episode, HML Director Alison Mears spoke with Hempitecture co-founder and CEO Mattie Mead.
August 4, 2020
Episode 9: Talking Shop with Cameron McIntosh
We're back Talking Shop with Americhanvre President, Cameron McIntosh
August 18, 2020
Episode 10: Talking Shop with Blake Eagle
We're Talking Shop with Blake Eagle, who built Idaho's first HempLime home for his family.
September 1, 2020
Episode 11: Talking Shop with Alex Sparrow
We're Talking Shop with Alex Sparrow who wrote the book on building with HempLime.
September 17, 2020
Episode 12: A New Dawn in New Castle
This week we're in New Castle, PA talking to Lori Daytner of DON Services about building a local hemp industry from the ground up.
September 29, 2020
Episode 13: Looking Back at Hemp
We're recapping all we've learned about hemp in this season of Trace Material
October 13, 2020
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