Hiking over the Alps with a donkey had been Lotta Lubkoll’s childhood dream. Following a tragic loss, she decided to make it come true: Together with Jonny the donkey, she hiked over the alps from Munich, Germany to Italy’s Adriatic Coast. The trek – around 600 kilometers – lasted 80 days, and turned the two travelling companions into the best of friends. That was just the beginning: In December of 2020 they set off again, to Portugal. Find out why a donkey is the ideal travel partner!
Contributing Correspondent Cathleen O’Grady joins host Sarah Crespi to talk about a company that stores renewable energy by hoisting large objects in massive “gravity batteries.”
Also on this week’s show, Erick Lundgren, a postdoctoral researcher at Aarhus University, talks about how water from wells dug by wild horses and feral donkeys provides a buffer to all different kinds of animals and plants during the driest times in the Sonora and Mojave deserts.