A SENSE OF PLACE
How much do you know about the place where you live?
You probably know your neighbors, your local schools, the grocery store...
but can you describe what your neighborhood looked like before there were
houses in it? Can you name the native birds and plants and insects? How
much local history can you tell? In this hour of To the Best of Our
Knowledge, constructing a sense of place. Lessons in the new localism.
And, a history of walking.
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." Also, 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
and there's MORE HERE.
And, 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.
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. Also, Caryl
Owen, TTBOOK's Technical Director, provides an essay on her efforts
to restore part of her Wisconsin property to its native prairie state.
|Why we burn the prairie...
because we go from this...
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. Also, Chinese actress Gong Lee takes us for a
walk through Beijing. Also, Sean Bonner tells Anne Strainchamps
about "Met Blogs"
a worldwide network of city-focused blogs.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 09-05-24-A.
Books & CDs:
|Geoff Nicholson, The Lost
Art of Walking: The History, Science, Philosophy, and Literature of
Jerry Apps, Old Farm: A History
(Wisconsin Historical Society Press)
|Scott Russell Sanders, Wilderness
Plots (Wooster Book Co)
|Krista Detor, Tim Grimm, Carrie Newcomer,
Tom Roznowski, Michael White, Wilderness Plots: A stunning
compilation album by 5 exceptional midwestern songwriters, based on
the work 'Wilderness Plots' by renowned author Scott Russell Sanders.
- - After Terry Tempest Williams: Kemokete,
Alexandra Youth Choir, on the CD South African Choral (Naxos)
- -Living Things, Tom Roznowski on Wilderness
Plots (Rosehill Records). www.myspace.com/wildernessplots
- - Fruit, Tim Grimm on Wilderness
- - Ice Mountains and Hairy Elephants, Krista
Detor on Wilderness Plots
- - One Woman and a Shovel, Carrie Newcomer
on Wilderness Plots
- -After Jerry Apps: Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Mark
OConnor, 1B and Poem for Carlita, on the
CD Appalachian Journey (SONY)
- -After Caryl Owen: Vandervelde, Monapacataca,
String Quartet No. 1 performed by the Enso String Quartet. Private
recording, made available by the composer.
- -After Geoff Nicholson: Walking After Midnight
(Don Hecht, Alan Block), performed by The Dang-Its, on their CD Our
- - Close music: Dumisani Maraire, Kronos
Quartet. On the CD Pieces of Africa. (Elektra)
week of 04/04/2010 - hour 2
week of 05/24/2009 - hour 1
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