Program 579a: Kerouac’s Firewatch; Erosion; USA National Parks
Release Date: 08-27-2022
British travel writer Dan Richards describes his hike to the remote post in Washington's North Cascades where Jack Kerouac spent two months as a fire lookout. Then author and naturalist Terry Tempest Williams describes how the processes of erosion define the Utah desert landscape she calls home, and how understanding them can provide a helpful perspective on our civic and social territory, as well as our physical. And photographer and guidebook writer Becky Lomax shares more of her favorite experiences in America's national parks.
- Dan Richards, RLF Fellow at Bristol University, and author of "Outpost: A Journey to the Wild Ends of the Earth" (Canongate)
- Terry Tempest Williams, author of "Erosion: Essays of Undoing" (Sarah Crichton Books)
- Becky Lomax, author of the "National Parks USA" guidebook (Moon)
- Dan Richards, author of "Outpost," includes photos of sites he encountered on his trip up Desolation Peak in an article he wrote for the Telegraph.
- Terry Tempest Williams is the author of "Erosion: Essays of Undoing."
- Terry's latest work is a collaboration with Swiss photographer Fazal Sheikh, which was released in 2021, called "The Moon is Behind Us."
- Becky Lomax has compiled detailed information about all 59 of the U.S. National Parks in the Moon guidebook "USA National Parks," which earned her a Lowell Thomas Award in 2019.
- Caller Tricia from Madison, Wisconsin shares the photo of her re-climb to the top of Morro Rock, in Sequoia-King's Canyon National Park.
More with Terry Tempest Williams - Terry Tempest Williams tells us more about how she viewed the physical erosion of her home turf in the Utah desert at the time she wrote her book “Erosion,” while also grappling with home sickness while working at the Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts for most of the year. (runs 5:21)