Shortleaf uses storytelling, live music, and a variety of visual aids to present the programs listed below.
Highlights the importance of maple trees as a wood product that is used extensively in the construction of musical instruments. Some trees are destined to become coffee tables and some are not....listen to the difference!
The Scots/Irish came into the Ozarks just prior to the Civil War. This program describes that culture and how it depended on the natural resources they discovered upon arrival.
Regarded as the father of modern conservation, Aldo Leopold was a poet, writer, educator and scientist ahead of his time. This program focuses primarily on a musical journey inspired by his most famous book, "A Sand County Almanac".
Lewis and Clark
Lewis and Clark recruited a colorful character by the name of Pierre Cruzatte to guide the keel boat. There are over 15 journal entries describing Cruzattes fiddling at various stops along the journey. Michael portrays Cruzattes character in third person; highlighting the discoveries of flora and fauna, as directed by President Thomas Jefferson.