Program 325a: The Desert Wisdom of Terry Tempest Williams; Sahara by Motorbike

Release Date: 07-25-2015


Naturalist Terry Tempest Williams reflects on a mystery her late mother left behind, and explains her drive to speak out on behalf of the rugged Utah wilderness she calls home. Then a tour guide from Italy describes how he likes to get away from it all: on a motorbike across the vast Sahara desert.


  • Naturalist Terry Tempest Williams, author of "When Women Were Birds" (Picador)
  • Riccardo Panareo, tour guide based in Gradara, Italy 

Related Links

  • Terry Tempest Williams' website is
  • The publisher's website for Terry Tempest Williams' book "When Women Were Birds" includes reviews and a short excerpt from the open to her book.
  • Terry Tempest Williams says she has relied on the "Peterson Field Guide to Western Birds" since her grandmother introduced her to it as a guide to the outdoors in Utah. 
  • The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance has information about the proposed Red Rocks Wilderness Act.
  • Terry mentions Wild Earth Guardians as one of the organizations trying to protect endangered species, such as prairie dogs in Utah.
  • Terry recommends the Edward Abbey autobiography "Desert Solitaire" to better understand the culture and environment of the US desert southwest, and the writings of Wallace Stegner
  • Riccardo Panareo and his wife Sabine Jacobs have contact information for personalized tours on their website.
  • Riccardo Panareo writes about his town in Italy, and has many other observations about life and food in Italy on his Piano-Piano website.