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Week of July 24, 2016

Parks and Recreation

July 24, 2016

"We live by wild mercy," Terry Tempest Williams writes. In this hour, she takes us to some of her favorite national parks, from Big Bend to Arches. We also explore the desert wilderness of Utah's Escalante area, and hear about a father and daughter's remarkable adventure into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Lauret Savoy says the American landscape also has a complicated history that can't be separated from the country's racism. And Robert Moor talks about the wisdom of trails.

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  1. A Father and Daughter Venture Into the Alaskan Wild

    Aidan Campbell was 15 when she butchered a caribou at -35 degrees. Now she's 17 and she's already made three trips deep into the Alaskan wilderness with her dad, James. They describe some of their hair-raising adventures into places that few people go. 

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  2. Terry Tempest Williams on National Parks

    Losing yourself in wilderness can also be a way of finding yourself, and one place you can do that is in our national parks. Renowned nature writer Terry Tempest Williams reflects on her love for these parks - especially those with desert landscapes.

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  3. Desert Mind

    Where do you go if you want to see dinosaur footprints, ancient rock art and remote desert wilderness? There's no better place than the Grand Staircase-Escalanate National Monument in southern Utah. Steve and Anne spent an afternoon exploring this area with nature guide Nate Waggoner - and they came away with a new appreciation of deep time.

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  4. Land, Race, Memory

    Nature is more than pristine meadows and eroded canyons. There's also a history of how people have shaped and sometimes fought over the land. Lauret Savoy uncovers this shadow history and the racism that's embedded in the American landscape.

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  5. The Wisdom of Trails

    Any hiker has to wonder about the trails they walk on. Who made them? And why does the trail follow this particular route? Robert Moor has traveled around the world exploring animal and fossil trails, and he's investigated ancient roads and neural networks. He says paths embody a deep wisdom.

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Up In The Air -- Air Travel (Updated)

July 24, 2016

We explore what modern air travel tells us about ourselves -- from the "aerotropolis" city of the future to a new best-selling novel about a private jet that mysteriously plunges into the Atlantic Ocean.

  1. A Week at the Airport - Alain de Botton

    Alain de Botton talks about his book, "A Week at the Airport."

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  2. Sonic Sidebar: Brian Eno's Music for Airports

    David Sheppard talks about Brian Eno's ground-breaking album, "Ambient 1: Music for Airports."

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  3. Aerotropolis - Greg Lindsay

    Greg Lindsay talks about his book, "Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next."

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  4. Creator of "Fargo" TV Series on His New Best-Selling Novel

    On a foggy summer night, eleven people depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet bound for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the plane plunges into the ocean and only two people survive. This is how the new novel, "Before the Fall," opens. It's one of the best suspense novels of the year. The author is Noah Hawley, who's made a name for himself as the executive producer and writer of the award-winning TV series, "Fargo." And yes, "Fargo" is inspired by the Coen Brothers' film of the same name.

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  5. Deep Tracks: Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

    Music professor Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis recommends Owen Pallett's 2010 album, "Heartland."

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  6. On Our Minds: Theme Parks

    We've got theme parks on the brain so we're revisiting Steve's conversation with Karen Russell re. her novel, "Swamplandia!," which is set in a gator wrestling theme park.

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