A podcast by Elisabetta Tola and Giulia Bonelli revolving around our relationship with our world: how we live, shape, cultivate, destroy, pollute and conserve the environment. A choral reflection through the archive of voices from Festivaletteratura of Mantua, Italy. Oltrenatura is produced as part of the “Reading Science” project, supported by the Ministry of University and Research.


A podcast to reflect on our relationship with the environment: how we inhabit it, shape it, narrate it, cultivate it, think about it, destroy it, pollute it, conserve it. A choral reflection through voices from the Festivaletteratura archive.




A story focusing on seeds, soil, food from different worlds and what they mean, on how our relationship with taste has changed, on how we are learning to produce even in unusual places – such as city terraces, on the differences between today and the past. With the voices of Stefano Mancuso; Salvatore Ceccarelli; Franca Roiatti; Pasquale Polito; Danielle Nierenberg; Hans Herren.



Countryside and cities are places chosen by human communities, but so are coastlines, riversides, hillsides. What does it mean to live in these different environments? To recognise their characteristics or, as is often the case, to try to conform them to our needs? How have these living environments changed? The countryside has emptied, the cities are growing, uncontrolled organisms that risk becoming hypertrophic and unsustainable. With the voices of: Franco Arminio, Stefano Boeri, Luca Molinari, Michela Pasquali, Pia Pera and Matthias Sauerbruch.

Wars have devastating impacts not only on lives but also on places, cities, waterways, land, forests and fields. But, if wars have a great impact on the environment, the environment in turn can also give rise to conflicts: continuous attacks on the planet by human beings increase inequality, poverty, scarcity of resources, and new wars. With the voices of: Nadine Kadaan, Valerio Pellizzari, Andrei Kurkov, Grammenos Mastrojeni, Emanuele Bompan



Exploring, near and far, has always been a drive of human communities. In search of new lands, in flight from others. Humanity has moved, walked and travelled constantly. And has adapted as it has chosen where to set up home. Exploration continues even today, even when we know most of the earth, and is a stimulus to always find something new to tell and experience. Sometimes, then, migration is forced and the choice just isn’t there. With the voices of: Peter Wadhams, Carlo Barbante, Maria Pace Ottieri, Janne Teller, Fabio Geda, Enaiatollah Akbari.

Indigenous peoples and communities that choose to live far from the urban context are an essential reference point in the contemporary ecological crisis for thinking about the relationship between men, women and the environment. Indigenous peoples, and rural communities, even the new ones that are being formed with the recovery of an idea of life ‘in nature’, have a drastically different relationship with the environment from that based on a functional idea, which sees it only as a resource to be exploited. We recount these different ways of living in order to understand the foundations of a non-extractive relationship with the environment. With the voices of Marco Aime; Gianandrea Piccioli; Irene Borgna; Fabio Deotto; Nicola Fannino; Antonello Pasini; Lance Henson.

Between settledness and continuous movement, the Sapiens have been on the move for about 100,000 years. How have the places where we live changed throughout history? What marks have populations left behind and what relationship do we have with the ways of life of the past? What have we lost and what have we learned? With the voices of: Michael Pollan, Luca Molinari, Michael Jakob, Giancarlo Marconi, Giorgio Manzi, Masolino D’Amico, Emanuela Rosa-Clot and Chicca Gagliardo.

The Oltrenatura podcast is produced as part of the “Reading Science” project, supported by the Ministry of University and Research – Directorate General for the Coordination, Promotion and Enhancement of Research.