Lace up the hiking boots and grab the bug spray! Spring is here and we'reheading Into The Woods. Learn how to read a forest. Unlock the meanings hidden in leaf and bole, twig and soil. And celebrate the woods in fairytale, myth, story and song.
Biologist David George Haskell spent a year making weekly visits to the same one-square-meter patch of old-growth forest near his home in Tennessee. His writes about his experiment in "contemplative science" in a series of gorgeous essays, called "The Forest Unseen".
Noted nature writer Terry Tempest Williams knows that the woods can be frightening, if you go walking in them with the wrong person. She tells the story of how she narrowly escaped a brutal attack while hiking.
The Back to the Land spirit of the 60s lives on today, in the proliferation of farmer's markets, increased interest in sustainability and growing our own food. This hour, what the Back to the Land spirit looks like today.
Melissa Coleman spent the formative years of her chilldhood roaming the lands of her family's farn in rural Maine. Melissa, her sister Heidi, and their parents, Eliot and Sue Coleman, lived off the grid, and became media darlings when the Wall Street Journal ran an article about her father. Coleman writes about that time in her memoir "This Life is in Your Hands."
Jeremy Seifert fed his family on pickings from the local dumpsters in Los Angeles California. The adventure awakened him to the immense waste of food going on in America every day. The result is his documentary "Dive!" which tackles food waste in our throw-away culture.
William Powers had returned home from abroad, in shock at the excess of American culture. Then he found a woman he calls Dr. Jackie Benton, living sustainabily in a 12 x 12 house in rural North Carolina. He tells her story in the book "Twelve by Twelve."
Devastated at the unexpected death of her morther, Cheryl Strayed embarked on a three-month solo trip along the rugged Pacific Crest Trail. She writes about that transformative time in her memoir "Wild."