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To the Best of Our Knowledge: A Sense of Place

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In this hour, writer and ecologist Terry Tempest Williams talks with Steve Paulson about prairie dogs and their language and her trip to a village for genocide survivors in Rwanda. These are two of the landscapes featured in her new book, Finding Beauty in a Broken World.

Next, Martyn Stewart is one of audio engineers who went to Alaska in 2006 as part of the Arctic Soundscape Project to record the sounds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. You can hear more of his work at the Western Soundscape Archive at the University of Uta.

Then, several grammy-winning folk musicians have written songs based on the stories in a book called Wilderness Plots by Scott Russell Sanders. Now they've recorded an album and mounted a traveling stage show of songs and stories. Sanders talks with Anne Strainchamps and explains that his stories grow out of his on-going effort to understand the place where he lives and are based on real people and events.

After that, Jerry Apps is a rural historian and chronicler of country life. His book Old Farm is a kind of deep history of his land in Wisconsin. Apps tells Anne Strainchamps he got the land from his father, who bought it on a whim for back taxes.

Following that, Caryl Owen, TTBOOK's Technical Director, provides an essay on her efforts to restore part of her Wisconsin property to its native prairie state.

Then, Geoff Nicholson is the author of The Lost Art of Walking: the History, Science and Literature of Pedestrianism. He tells Jim Fleming about his adventures trying to take walks in Los Angeles, about some famous walkers of the past, and the secret of a great walk.

Finally, Chinese actress Gong Lee takes us for a walk through Beijing. And, Sean Bonner tells Anne Strainchamps about "Met Blogs" a worldwide network of city-focused blogs. [Broadcast Date: April 9, 2010]

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