There are many ways to live dangerously. Sure, you can take part in a death defying feat like skydiving, but living dangerously also sometimes involves taking intellectual risks, opening up, and being honest with yourself. To the Best of Our Knowledge recently travelled to Salt Lake City to speak with a few people, live onstage, about what it means to live dangerously.
Steph Davis is a renowned rock climber who's considered one of the best in the world. But after the death of her husband, Mario Richard, nearly a decade ago, she discovered a new and potentially more dangerous career -- as a skydiver, BASE jumper and wingsuit flyer.
One way to live dangerously is to stand up for your principles, especially if it means challenging those closest to you. Documentary filmmaker Kendall Wilcox and feminist activist Kate Kelly both exposed themselves to enormous risk when they pushed for change within the LDS Church and community.
Nalini Nadkarni has been called “the queen of canopy research,” in part because of her personal philosophy to bring together two groups - the trees and the general public. She does this by collaborating with dancers, rappers, artists, and prisoners, just to name only a few. She created the Big Canopy Database to help researchers around the world to store the rich trove of data she and others are uncovering.
If you had to pick one writer, one poet, who has persistently reminded us of the connection between inner and outer landscapes it would be Terry Tempest Williams. She's advocated again and again for the preservation of wild places and the importance of national wilderness through books like “Refuge,” “Desert Quartet,” “Finding Beauty in a Broken World” and “When Women Were Birds.” She'll soon be releasing a new book -- “The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks.”
Somewhere along the way, I think we ruined poetry? Have the heartfelt angst of young lovers and the epic elegies of heroes become elitist and academic? But poetry is back, and we have new technology to thank.
Elegy for a Dead World is a new video game developed by Dejobaan Games, and it's based on some very old-school romantic poets: Shelley, Keats, and Byron. Game designer Ichiro Lambe described the inspiration and execution of a game where players write the story as the game unfolds.
Poet Anja Sieger, who often writes under the pen name Notanja, is the current Narrator-in-Residence at the storied Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. Her writing implement of choice? A vintage typewriter.Hear the interview as well as the bonus reading of a poem that she wrote on-site for producer Seth Jovaag's daughter, Lydia.
Patricia Lockwood is a rising star on the poetry scene. She's been dubbed the "poet laureate of Twitter,” and her latest collection, “Motherland, Fatherland, Homelandsexuals" is making waves. This also includes a bonus reading of Lockwood's poem, "Revealing Nature Photographs."
We're honoring Veterans Day with a story from Glenn Boyd. He's a WWII vet who served in the Pacific theater along with his 2 brothers. He told his story to Thor Ringler, the director of the VA's "My Life, My Story" project.
For more innformation on this project and on Glenn Bloyd please click here.