Program 503: The Nez Perce War; American Nomads
Release Date: 11-04-2017
Learn about the post-Civil War struggles between Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce and US General Oliver Otis Howard, then hear about the growing number of older "houseless" Americans living full time in RVs and camper vans: For some, it's the ultimate freedom; for others, it's all they have left.
- Daniel Sharfstein, author of "Thunder in the Mountains" (Norton)
- Jessica Bruder, author of "Nomadland" (Norton)
- Daniel J. Sharfstein is the author of "Thunder in the Mountains."
- Filmmaker Ken Burns explores the history of the Nez Perce in Oregon's Wallowa Valley in his series "The West."
- Jessica Bruder is the author of "Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century."
- The next Rubber Tramp Rendezvous will be held in January 2018 near Flagstaff, Arizona. The host of the rendezvous, Bob Wells, is an enthusiast of fulltime RV living. He hosts message boards and detailed information for people considering scaling down to fulltime RV or camper living, on the CheapRVLiving.com website.
In Plovdiv's Rose Valley
pick the petals before the
sun dries their love-oil.
— Leah Watson, Rochester, New York
First blush of sunrise
Sweeps across quiet water
Then bursts into flame
— Celeste Sanford, Kentville, Nova Scotia
ascends over Sognefjord
slumbering trolls snore
— Bruce Huang, Rockville, Maryland
More with Jessica Bruder - <p>Jessica Bruder describes her 19-foot 1995 GMC Vandora, which she calls "Van Halen," in which she lived for the two years she traveled the country as a "working nomad." She also expands on the "vamily style" camaraderie that campers can find at the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous. (runs 4:24)</p>