On the Radio

Week of May 10, 2015

Going Wild

May 10, 2015

We're all a little wild, inside.  But if you've been spending too much time indoors in front of a screen, maybe you need a dose of the real thing.  This week, stories of people who went looking for wilderness.    

  1. Kids Go Wild

    "See them before they're gone" is the Lanza family's motto.  Michael Lanza describes his quest to take his two young kids -- ages 7 and 9 -- to as many wilderness locations as possible, to see glaciers and icebergs and coral reefs, before climate change destroys them.

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  2. How To Reclaim Your Sense of Wonder

    Leigh Ann Henion was a young mother when she felt her world closing in.  So she did something unconventional: she set off on a "wonder pilgrimage" to see some of the world's most astonishing natural phenomena.  She tells us about juggling motherhood with swimming in bioluminescent oceans, standing at the edge of active volcanoes, and witnessing vast animal migrations.

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  3. The Adventure Gap: Diversity In Outdoor Recreation

    Outdoor journalist James Mills is tired of being the only African-American on the mountain, or the rock face, or hiking in a national park.  In an effort to increase diversity in outdoor recreation, he helped organize Expedition Denali -- the first all-African-American team to attempt America's highest peak, Denali.  

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  4. "More Hawk Than Human": Helen Macdonald Battles Grief With a Goshawk

    Shattered by her father's sudden death, writer Helen Macdonald began dreaming of wild hawks.  In an effort to move beyond her grief, she bought and trained a wild goshawk -- one of the world's fiercest birds of prey.   But between the bird and her grief, she became, in her words "more hawk than human."

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  5. BookMark: Werner Herzog on "The Peregrine"

    Filmmaker Werner Herzog bookmarks "The Peregrine" by J.A. Baker,

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  6. The Dead Lands - Ben Percy's Post-Apocalyptic Wilderness Thriller

    Benjamin Percy's new novel"The Dead Lands" is a wilderness thriller set in a post-apocalyptic landscape.  The descendants of Lewis and Clark reprise their ancestors' epic cross-country journey in search of a new beginning.

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hitchhiker

Hitchhiking (Updated)

May 10, 2015

Does anyone still hitchhike?  Cult film director John Waters does.  At the age of 66, he hitchhiked 2,800 miles, from Baltimore to San Francisco.  He tells us about the people who picked him up, along with some who didn't.  And did the America Interstate System pave the way for fear and violence on the highways?

  1. Killer on the Road - Ginger Strand

    Ginger Strand talks about her book, "Killer on the Road: Violence and the American Interstate."

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  2. Carsick: Hitchhiking Across America - John Waters

    John Waters talks about his book, "Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America."

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  3. Anywhere - Mishy Harman

    Mishy Harman, host of the "Israel Story" radio program, shares his story of trying to win back his ex-girlfriend by hitchhiking around the world.

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  4. PEN World Voices Festival Chairman on Charlie Hebdo Controversy

    The French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, was presented with a Freedom on Expression award from the PEN American Center this week.  Six high-profile writers boycotted the awards ceremony at PEN's big annual gala.  Hundreds more protested, while others gave the magazine's editors a standing ovation.  The chariman of the PEN World Voices Festival is Colm Toibin, the celebrated Irish novelist.  Toibin shares his thoughs on the controversy.

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  5. Colm Toibin on Poet Elizabeth Bishop

    The celebrated Irish novelist Colm Toibin talks about his admiration for the poet Elizabeth Bishop and the kinship he feels for her.

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  6. BONUS SEGMENT -- Sonic Sidebar: John Waters' Hitchhiking Playlist

    John Waters talks about the playlist of hitchhiking songs that he imagined the characters in his best-case and worst-case scenarios would be listening to when he picked them up,

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