Jordan Fisher Smith talks about the National Park Service's bear and environmental policies. He also describes the story behind 'Engineering Eden' and reads a passage from the book.
The fascinating story of a trial that opened a window onto the century-long battle to control nature in the national parks.
When twenty-five-year-old Harry Walker was killed by a bear in Yellowstone Park in 1972, the civil trial prompted by his death became a proxy for bigger questions about American wilderness management that had been boiling for a century. At immediate issue was whether the Park Service should have done more to keep bears away from humans, but what was revealed as the trial unfolded was just how fruitless our efforts to regulate nature in the parks had always been.
My brother, expecting, thinking, what? That the wind would waft our father's ashes Gently out of his hand, convey them As though a squall of butterflies, as White bits of the soul, as wafer Upon the tongue, to dissolve
'Food Guys' Recipe: Plum Torte ("The Food Guys," February 5 & 9, 2017)
Food Guy Greg Patent writes:
Once in a while a recipe catches on like wildfire and sends people straight to the kitchen. One such recipe is Plum Torte, a simple-to-make butter cake topped with Italian prune plums, lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon baked in a spring-form pan.
Threshold Season 01 - Episode 01: For The Benefit And Enjoyment Of The People
Yellowstone National Park is where we saved the American bison from extinction. But each year, we slaughter hundreds of animals from this prized herd. Why? Find out now on the first episode of Threshold.
Chris Dombrowski talks with Sarah Aronson about 'Body of Water: A Sage, A Seeker, and the World's Most Alluring Fish,' which is part memoir, part reportage.
Chris Dombrowski was playing a numbers game: two passions — poetry and fly-fishing; one child, with another on the way; and an income hovering perilously close to zero. Enter, at this particularly challenging moment, a miraculous email: Can’t go, it’s all paid for, just book a flight to Miami. Thus began a journey that would lead to the Bahamas and to David Pinder, a legendary bonefishing guide.
David Moore And N. Scott Momaday Reflect On Reconnecting What's Broken ("Reflections West," July 27, 2016 and February 1, 2017)
"Like many today, my troubled inheritance is the great wave of settler colonialism that washed from Europe over the Americas for the last five centuries. I carry its invisible weight when I walk these Rocky Mountains and when I drive America’s freeways—all on stolen Indian land," writes "Reflections West" co-host, David Moore.
The Hornaday Bison: Killing Buffalo In Order To Save Them ("Fieldnotes," January 29 & February 3, 2017, and December 28, 2014)
Montana is known for tall mountains, deep valleys, and expansive forests, but most of the state is comprised of vast prairie landscapes that were once home to thundering herds of American bison. Scientists and historians believe that bison in North America numbered between 3 and 6 million prior to their government-ordered extermination in the late 1800s. Millions of bison were slaughtered simply for their tongues and hides.
Losing The Junk That Goes With Being Human: Melissa Mylchreest And Gary Snyder ("Reflections West," July 20, 2016 and January 25, 2017)
"A decade ago I packed everything I owned into my little car and drove across the country to Montana, in part because of a few poems," writes essayist, poet and two-time winner of the Obsidian Prize for Poetry, Melissa Mylchreest.
Joe Wilkins talks about the poems in his collection 'When We Were Birds' and reads a few of the poems and an essay.
In When We Were Birds, Joe Wilkins wrests his attention away from the griefs, deprivations, and high prairies of his Montana childhood and turns toward “the bean-rusted fields & gutted factories of the Midwest,” toward ordinary injustice and everyday sadness, toward the imminent birth of his son and his own confusions in taking up the mantle of fatherhood, toward faith and grace, legacy and luck.