What do the poisoned Emperor Claudius, the Aztec storm deity Quetzacotl and a 5,500 year old Ice Man have in common? They were all crazy about mushrooms! For thousands of years, people the world over have cherished mushrooms as food, medicine and a gateway to the divine. Why do some people love mushrooms? What can we learn from them? "Crazy About Mushrooms" is a radio documentary and educational project that explores these questions.
The radio documentary was produced by journalist and mycophile (mushroom-lover) Anna McHugh. Funded by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and supported by KVMR-FM in Nevada City, CA, McHugh traveled the United States speaking with mushroom luminaries from all over and bringing their stories, and the story of the mysterious mushroom, to light.
Anna is also working on a companion book and maintains a blog about Kingdom Fungi, and the human encounter with mushrooms. Anna also regularly presents at nature centers, festivals, conferences and other educational venues, sharing her knowledge about the fungal ecology and culinary mushroom cultivation. Check back on this website for updates, follow the project on Kickstarter and Facebook, or contact us to support the project!
© Anna McHugh 2010