Program 476: American Women's History Sites; Diana Nyad; Wilderness Healing

Release Date: 03-04-2017


Celebrate 30 years of Women's History Month in the USA by visiting sites where women changed the nation's history, recommended by a former director of the National Museum of American History. Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad tells us how she set a world record swimming from Havana to Key West. And naturalist Gary Ferguson describes the fierce nature of the wilderness.


  • Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Brent D. Glass, author of "50 Great American Places" (Simon and Schuster)
  • Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, author of "Find a Way" (Vintage)
  • Naturalist Gary Ferguson, author of "The Carry Home" (Counterpoint)

Related Links

  • Information about Diana Nyad's book "Find a Way" is on her website.
  • CNN covered Diana's record-setting 2013 swim from Cuba to Florida.
  • Diana writes in the Huffington Post about joining President Obama's entourage to Cuba in 2016.
  • Diana Nyad gave a TED talk in 2011 about her previous incomplete attempts to swim across the Straight of Florida.
  • Diana's latest project, Everwalk, is to encourage sedentary Americans to walk more often.
  • Gary Ferguson has written 23 books on nature, science and culture, and is a member of the National Geographic Lecture Series. The Wildwords website summarizes Gary's works and speaking schedule.
  • Gary wrote an editorial for the Los Angeles Times for the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Program Extras

Pgm 478 extra - Diana Nyad talks about her latest venture, EverWalk, which is an initiative to get Americans walking more. Rick also asks her about the tattoo she got when she finished her swim to Florida, and a caller from Dallas asks how Diana funded her historic swim.