Radio Show

“I just thought you should know that KHSU loves The Plant Detective show. I was very excited to receive the new Plant Detective CD today. Thank you.” KHSU, Arcata, California

“These are delightful and informative, clever without being cute. . . .  Our audience will love this program.” WHRV, Norfolk, VA

“We are carrying your features now and will be happy to have the second volume and any others that come after that. I find [The Plant Detective] to be a very interesting program and realize how little I really know about plants. Thanks for the show and I’m looking forward to the next installment.” KENW, Portales, New Mexico

“The program is great! If you come up with a Spanish version, I’d love to air it.” WRTU, San Juan, Puerto Rico

“This is a very interesting show. Thank you for your work. Look forward to placing this show in our new drive-time block.” KIDE, Hoopa, California

“Lots of people in our area are interested in the subject.” KRZA, Alamosa, Colorado

The Plant Detective

The Plant Detective was born on the University of Montana campus in Missoula. In 1995, Pharmacy professor Rustem Medora heard a short informational show on Montana Public Radio about herbs and spices by Beth Judy, freelance producer and writer. He approached the radio station about a similar show on medicinal plants. Judy came up with Flora Delaterre, plant detective, and the first show aired in 1996. For years it was five minutes long and opened with the theme from Peter Gunn. The latest version weighs in at 90 seconds and tracks Flora and her plant investigations around the world. It began airing in March 2006. Charles Nichols composed the theme music. The Botanical Medicine Department at Bastyr University guides and reviews content for the show.

The Plant Detective is designed to air once a week. The show doesn’t endorse herbal medicine, rather it provides general information about medicinal plants, including efficacy, benefits, risks, and lore. The show is free and available to any public or community radio station. Its goals are:

  • To provide information about benefits, risks, and efficacy of individual medicinal plants
  • To increase awareness of plants and their vital importance to people
  • To encourage the active preservation and protection of plants and plant species
  • To increase appreciation for the amazing natural systems around us–including our own bodies
  • To entertain and encourage
  • To stimulate demand for more research on phytomedicinal compounds

Listen to a sample radio show of The Plant Detective!


We gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship, since The Plant Detective's inception, of Missoula, Montana, naturopathic physician Nancy Dunne.