Sense of Place

April 4, 2010
(was 05.24.2009)

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.

  1. Terry Tempest Williams on Finding Beauty

    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.

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  2. Martyn Stewart on Arctic Sound

    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.

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  3. Scott Russell Sanders on Songs of Place

    Several grammy-winning folk musicians have written songs based on the stories in a book called "Wilderness Plots" by Scott Russell Sanders.

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  4. Jerry Apps on "Old Farm"

    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.

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  5. Caryl Owen on Prairie Fire

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

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  6. Geoff Nicholson on the Art of Walking

    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.

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  7. Gong Lee's Beijing Soundwalk

    Chinese actress Gong Li takes us for a walk through Beijing.

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  8. Sean Bonner on "Met Blogs"

    Sean Bonner tells Anne Strainchamps about "Met Blogs" a worldwide network of city-focused blogs.

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