The Canary Collective Podcast
By Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm
Hi, I’m Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm of KPH & The Canary Collective. Join me as I interview canaries who are at the forefront of feeling the effects of the Earth’s ecosystem distress in our bodies. I write songs seeking to raise awareness about the connections between human and environmental health. As a former community organizer mostly sidelined due to debilitating chronic illness, I have been feeling called to interview my friends and discuss the issues behind the songs I write, talk solutions to those problems, and imagine what healing and winning justice for all would feel like.
Ep 11: Forgot to Mention with Ssanyu, Bone Healer, M.S.
I, Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm, interview Ssanyu, Bone Healer, who has an M.S. in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University. She combines her Ugandan ancestral medicine healing knowledge with many other modalities across the "East" and "West" and in between and we talk about different ways we envision the Western medical system healing into a more holistic, authentic model that works for more people in a deeper way. I was introduced to Ssanyu through my friend Chelsea Rose's wonderful "Bloom" podcast interview with her. Connect with Ssanyu's work and learn more at https://www.letgoandletlove.com/work-with-me Connect with Kaeley's work at http://www.canarycollective.org/
June 17, 2021
Ep 10: Dam Dam with Steve Hawley, on Orca Whales
I, Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm of KPH & The Canary Collective, get to speak with Steve Hawley, co-creator of the documentary "Dammed to Extinction," about how we can advocate for justice for orca whales, salmon, and Indigenous communities by calling for the removal of the four lower Snake river dams. We also discuss the parallels between human and orca whale health challenges. You can take action in a fun and easy way! Take a selfie with orca art, write a hand-written letter, or dance/sing/play along to a song for a virtual Canary Choir and Orca-stra and post, tag, and mail to public officials who are deciding on whether or not to remove the dams - officials like Governor Jay Inslee and Senator Patty Murray. Visit http://www.canarycollective.org/canary-choir-and-orca-stra.html for instructions on how you can take action! Visit https://www.dammedtoextinction.com/ to view Steve's film https://youtu.be/cw2YmCkVS04 for the trailer Follow @kphcanarycollective on Instagram for more updates.
June 03, 2021
Ep 9: No is Not Enough with Jeff Tkach
I (Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm of KPH & The Canary Collective) got the dirt in this episode for ya! As Naomi Klein says, "no" is not enough - what do we want to say "yes" to? We say "No" to pesticides making people sick, "no" to the hunger epidemic around the world, "no" to storms and droughts ruining communities. Let's say "yes" to organic and regenerative agriculture! I interviewed Jeff Tkach of The Rodale Institute about organic farming, soil health, and his own chronic illness story back in May 2020. He is doing some seriously amazing work. We are living out a nature metaphor in our bodies through our canary chronic illness experience right now - if we don't heal the soil ecosystems on this planet, we will only have 59 years left of food we can grow on this planet and the storms will keep getting more intense. If we don't heal the ecosystems in our bodies (and heal our food, water, and air so that we can heal our bodies), then the storms of chronic illness and inflammation within our bodies will keep getting more intense. Let's save ourselves and the planet with smart, sustainable solutions! To find out more about The Rodale Institute and become a monthly sustainer of their work, visit https://rodaleinstitute.org/ To find a Functional Medicine practitioner, visit: https://www.ifm.org/find-a-practitioner/ This episode was recorded across space and time on occupied lands of Arapahoe and other indigenous First Nations communities across the "United States of America."
April 20, 2021
Ep 8: Believe Her with Author and Musician Sarah Ramey
Explicit Language warning! We get feisty with a few f-words, but who can blame us after what we've been through thanks to gaslighting doctors?! In this special extended episode of The Canary Collective Podcast, I, Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm, interview author and musician Sarah Ramey. Sarah and I share many similarities, the most important being that our devastating illnesses that hit us in our twenties launched us into a "medical labyrinth" that connected us with all kinds of other sick womxn. We were told our debilitating chronic illness and chronic pelvic pain symptoms were rare, and then proceeded to meet thousands of others like us - "WOMIs," as Sarah likes to call us, or "Women with Mysterious Illness," - or "canaries," as I like to say. Sarah wrote an absolutely riveting, "oh-snap!"-moment-filled, deliciously humorous book called "The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness: A Memoir," which was reviewed by the likes of Chelsea Clinton and published by Penguin Random House. I interviewed her before I had read her book, just to capture the conversation of "you too? me too!" I thought we might have. Follow Sarah Ramey's work, order the book, plus listen to her excellent music she releases as "Wolf Larsen": https://www.sarahmarieramey.com/ Watch the Sarah Ramey interview on youtube: https://youtu.be/17K0nHG0QYg
March 04, 2021
Ep 7: Geoship Co-Founders Morgan Bierschenk & Bas Kools
Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm of The Canary Collective Podcast interviews Geoship co-founders Bas Kools and Morgan Bierschenk about their vision for the future of sustainable, non-toxic, fire and climate crisis-resilient housing. There are some audio issues with this episode, so if you're having trouble hearing, please go to the Youtube link here: https://youtu.be/_sJAQr63hxA and turn on "closed captions" here on Youtube and hopefully the auto-generated subtitles will give you a bit better of an idea of what the heck we're saying. If you'd like to support this podcast and the music behind it so that the one-woman volunteer tech team for this podcast can improve the quality of future interviews, you can pledge $1/month or more on https://www.patreon.com/kph Geoships are geodesic domes made out of non-toxic bioceramic material that is made to live in harmony with the land, in communities of people, for healthy humans and a healthy planet. As the canaries of the world feel the effects of our toxic housing crisis in our bodies through chronic illness, Geoship provides hope for solutions that are affordable and accessible to more people of all abilities. Plus, they are built based on ancient principles of sound healing and harmonizing architecture pioneered by Egyptians during the time of the building of the pyramids. We mention in the podcast that you can invest in Geoships through a crowdfunding site. That window has since closed, but there are more ways to get involved with and invest in Geoship still! Learn More about Geoship: https://geoship.is/
September 21, 2020
Ep 6: One Sided Glass with Grandma Mary Margaret Pruitt
Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm of The Canary Collective Podcast goes into themes behind her song "One Sided Glass" with her grandmother, Mary Magaret Pruitt. Mary Margaret is a retired nurse and social justice activist. They discuss healing and grieving after a death in the family and tell a hard-to-believe story about Kaeley's interaction with a psychic medium who claimed she had a message from Kaeley's great grandmother, Mary Margaret's mother, who dealt with similar chronic illness and barriers to healthcare as Kaeley has been dealing with as a canary in a world with rising difficult-to-diagnose disease. This interview was conducted in May 2020 between Kaeley's location in Joshua Tree and Mary Margaret's location in Seattle. Listen to the full Canary Collective album of songs, including "One Sided Glass" and download for free or pay what you can: https://kphmusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-canary-collective-vol-1 Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2V3CfUh3oJBz4OTpw2rQUk?si=ig2axxrPSamh2T1HfXhP3A Support Kaeley's medical treatment on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/kph
July 25, 2020
Episode 5: Disobey with Daniel Lee
Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm of KPH & The Canary Collective interviews Daniel Lee, Culver City Council Member and James Lawson Institute Program Coordinator. They talk about civil disobedience, nonviolent struggle, being an activist and elected official with chronic illness, and what allies can do to support the Movement for Black Lives, which are themes that originally inspired KPH to write the song "Disobey." The Canary Collective podcast features interviews with canaries who are at the forefront of feeling the effects of the Earth’s ecosystem distress in our bodies. I write songs seeking to raise awareness about the connections between human and environmental health. As a former community organizer mostly sidelined due to debilitating chronic illness, I have been feeling called to interview my friends and discuss the issues behind the songs I write, talk solutions to those problems, and imagine what healing and winning justice for all would feel like. Read more about Daniel Lee on his City Council website: http://danielwaynelee.com/sample-page/ And here's more about the James Lawson Institute: https://jameslawsoninstitute.org/
July 02, 2020
Episode 4: Creer with Luz Elena Mendoza of Y La Bamba for The Canary Collective Podcast
The Canary Collective Podcast discusses themes of believing womxn for their pain with indie band Y La Bamba's Luz Elena Mendoza. Join Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm of people power indie folk band KPH & The Canary Collective as she traces the themes of gender, healthcare, and environmental justice issues behind her songs through conversation with her fellow canaries, colleagues, friends and family. The song "Creer" was co-written, interpreted, and translated in Spanish by Luz Elena Mendoza on KPH & The Canary Collective's album "The Canary Collective: Vol 1." You can listen to the full album, including the song "Creer," here: https://open.spotify.com/album/2V3CfUh3oJBz4OTpw2rQUk?si=ig2axxrPSamh2T1HfXhP3A Luz's music with Y La Bamba: http://www.ylabamba.com/ Luz's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/luchamontana1/posts BANDCAMP link to "Creer": https://kphmusic.bandcamp.com/track/creer-feat-luz-elena-mendoza
July 02, 2020
Episode 3: Believe Her with Lisa Seilkopf Medical Medium Coach
The Canary Collective Podcast Episode Three: Believe Her with Lisa Seilkopf Medical Medium Coach Join Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm of people power indie folk band KPH & The Canary Collective as she traces the themes of environmental and human healing behind her songs through conversation with her fellow canaries, friends and family. In today's episode, Kaeley interviews Lisa Seilkopf, a health coach who shares a really similar health story to Kaeley. They both had been diagnosed with "autoimmune diseases" but did not get better from their debilitating symptoms until they started treating the root causes of their symptoms holistically. They ask questions such as "why are so many people getting diagnosed with autoimmune disorders? What are some potential root causes - such as chronic infections and toxins that the body is reacting to - that the mainstream medical community might be missing?" These gals are not doctors and are not giving medical advice, but it's fun to compare notes between canaries on their healthcare journeys and dream about a future in which it's easier to afford healthcare that actually addresses the whole body and environmental factors that influence our insides. You can book a session with Lisa by DMing her on Instagram: @feelfreetoheal https://www.instagram.com/feelfreetoheal/?hl=en
May 14, 2020
Episode 2: Dam Dam with Chiara D'Angelo
Join Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm of KPH & The Canary Collective for the second episode of The Canary Collective Podcast, an interview with Chiara DAngelo, Salish Sea activist. If you want to support her work on Glenda Brelier's campaign, a woman with Native American ancestry seeking to save the Salish Sea through work in the Washington State legislature, go here: https://www.glendaforwa.com/ And if you want to support her work saving orca whales and restoring rivers with dam removal: https://www.whaleresearch.com/action?fbclid=IwAR2myxDa9A79aOK7-S02kHBNLJovQFD2jBbO0_zPCXRUS7gW5N9LGG-HgCU Following the theme of the next track of the album of music, "Dam Dam," we will talk dam removal, orca whales, neurotoxins, housing, and pandemics. Chiara chained herself like a mermaid to an Arctic oil drilling rig in protest for hours and hours. She's a badass. I released an album "The Canary Collective: Vol 1" seeking to raise awareness about the connections between human and environmental health cries for healing. As a former community organizer mostly sidelined due to debilitating chronic illness, I have been feeling called to interview my friends and discuss the issues behind the songs and beyond. How are we feeling the Earth's ecosystem distress in our bodies' ecosystems? Who's at the forefront of that? What can we do to heal land, water, and bodies at all levels?
May 05, 2020
Episode 1: Been to the Future with Nickie and Luke Sekera
This episode features mother-son water rights activist team Luke and Nickie Sekera. Nickie's T-shirt saying "I've Been to the Future...and We Won!" -not to mention Luke and her badass work against water privatization - inspired me to write the first song on "The Canary Collective: Vol 1" album, "Been to the Future." We imagine and even pretend we won and revel in our success during a podcast reunion interview in the year 2045. Support their work at https://www.communitywaterjustice.com/ Watch the video of our Zoom interview on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qxS5b0gv2s
May 01, 2020
The Canary Collective Podcast Trailer
Hi, I'm Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm of people power indie folk group KPH & The Canary Collective. Being an activist and a musician have always been a part of who I am. I've always aspired to be a sort of "musical Erin Brockovich," helping connect the dots and not sit silently while my friends and family are made sick because of corporations taking shortcuts in the name of profit. Since becoming disabled by chronic illness in 2015 and sidelined from my job in the non-profit world, I'm feeling more than ever the need for conversation around healing - healing the ecosystems of our bodies and healing the ecosystems of our Earth. So I started a podcast! During a global public health epidemic. What better time than now to interview canaries who are at the forefront of human and environmental crises? We'll talk about problems of the world - from orca whales going extinct to the rise of autoimmune diagnoses. And most importantly, we'll talk about solutions. And we'll even sometimes sing and play games on air dreaming up what the world would look like if it were healed of these problems. In February 2020, I released an album of music called "The Canary Collective: Vol 1" full of songs about healing and building the world we want. So this podcast is going to start out by tracing the steps of these songs and delving deeper through conversation, exploring the people and topics that inspired me to write these tunes. So welcome! Join us! Let's sing our way out of this mine together!
May 01, 2020