Interview with Wendell Berry

Poet, Essayist, Farmer, And Novelist Wendell Berry

We’re members of each other—all of us—everything. The difference is not whether you are or not, but whether you know you are or not. Because we’re all under each other’s influence. We’re all are affected by one another’s others lives and decisions. And there is no escape from this membership.

Wendell Berry is an American man of letters, academic, cultural and economic critic, and farmer.

The author of more than forty works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, Berry has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors.

Born in 1934 in Henry County, Kentucky, his writing is grounded in the notion that one’s work ought to be rooted in and responsive to one’s place.

His nonfiction serves as an extended exploration of the good life: sustainable agriculture, appropriate technologies, healthy rural communities, the pleasures of good food, husbandry, good work, local economics, fidelity, frugality, and reverence.

Interview with Shana Ritter, January 21, 2011

Gary Snyder * NCTV interview 2008

An wide-ranging interview with poet, essayist, environmental activist and philosopher Gary Snyder on NCTV: March 2, 2008. Lots of good conversation on his upbringing in Washington State and his current home in the Sierras.

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Robert Michael Pyle's "Buterfly Big Year"

Author, naturalist and leading lepidopterist Robert Michael Pyle was interviewed today on KUOW, a Seattle-based NPR station, about his latest book “Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year.” Here’s a review of his latest tome from Booklist:

Kenn Kaufman wrote the wonderful Kingbird Highway (1997) about his attempt at a “Big Year,” an effort to find more birds in one calendar year than anyone ever had before. Pyle, author of the equally wonderful Chasing Monarchs (1999), in which he followed the migrating monarch butterflies, decided to try a butterfly “Big Year” and the present book is his delightful travelogue of butterfly hunting around North America. True to his other inspiration, Pyle’s paean to the mariposas (Spanish for butterflies) is as much about the people he met and the places he chased his sometimes elusive prey as it is about butterflies. Pyle keeps things low-tech: Marsha, a cottonwood-limb butterfly net; his 35-year-old Leitz binoculars; and a bunch of field guides, maps, notebooks, and mechanical pencils. Many pints of beer (all mentioned by name) are consumed; many fellow naturalists met up with; and many insect bites, minor injuries, vagaries of weather, and car repairs are dealt with, until by the end of the year Pyle had seen 477 species, all of which are listed in the appendix. This one is great fun. --Nancy Bent

Bob is a good friend of mine through my work with him at North Cascades Institute and it was a pleasure to hear his stentorial voice coming across the airwaves on this sunny first day of February.

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Gary Snyder * 5.27.09 * KUOW FM Seattle

Podcast featuring Snyder interview on KUOW 94.9 FM Seattle, May 27, 2009 + Gary Snyder on Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" via NPR 2008 + "Poetry Off the Shelf" profile, June 2008

Poet Gary Snyder returns to Seattle for reading
By Lynda V. Mapes
Seattle Times staff reporter

Back before all the asphalt, the cars and the strip malls, this was a forested glade, where Gary Snyder, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, would beat a path into the woods to his secret camp, to snug down with the quiet night, dreaming a fifth-grader's skinned-knee dreams.

One of America's most celebrated environmental writers and a lifelong conservationist, Snyder returned to his boyhood home Tuesday in Lake City. He is in town for a reading tonight at Benaroya Hall, part of the Seattle Arts & Lectures series.

Known for his writings imbued with sense of place and love of nature, Snyder reflected on how the local landscape has changed since he first explored its tangled woods as a boy, and how loving and knowing a place is the first step to preserving it.

Long before he grew into one of America's most famous Beat poets and was immortalized as Japhy Ryder, the fictional hero in Jack Kerouac's "The Dharma Bums," before he put down roots in California and crisscrossed the Pacific, over and over, to study Buddhism in Japan, Snyder grew up here, living with his parents on a subsistence farm.

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An Interview with Freddie Hubbard

Twenty-some years ago, Ben Sidran was asked by National Public Radio to interview jazz musicians for a show called Sidran On Record. The pieces, recorded between 1984 and 1990, were taped in New York and were unscripted, free-ranging conversations between Sidran and musicians or other people involved with jazz. The interviews reveal themselves on a variety of levels: Sidran acts as interviewer plus fellow musician, fan and record collector. Non-playing fans can easily identify with Sidran, because he emotes a mutual enthusiasm, but he also brings along the perspective of a musician who has shared the experience of trying, at the end of the night, to get paid for a gig.
This episode features Sidran interviewing trumpet master/jazz legend Freddie Hubbard.

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