Going across the country to understand off-grid living

Gina Murphy-Darling

School of Communication and Culture Prof. Phillip Vannini discusses his research on living off the grid with Mrs. Green’s World Radio Network, which is based in Tucson, Arizona. Over the course of an hour, they discuss Vannini's inspiration for the project, the making of the film and book, and stories from the adventure.

Here is the promo for the show:

Are you ready for this? From 2011 to 2013, Phillip Vannini and his partner, photojournalist Jonathan Taggart, travelled across Canada to find off-gridders and visit them in their homes. Following the ethnographic tradition, sometimes they even lived with them for a short period of time. Sometimes they followed them around as they hunted, fished, harvested, collected wood, and built their homes. And at times they too practiced living in off-grid homes and cabins. Over two years, they visited about 100 homes and interviewed about 200 off-grid Canadians, as well as many American and British expats living in Canada. Are you ready to hear about their excellent adventures? Trust me, we are in for some surprises. 

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