Go West, Young Scholar

Or, how to enjoy a California wine in a national park full of rattlesnakes

Cheryl Himmelstein
Cheryl Himmelstein


Terry Tempest Williams talks America’s national parks and her new book, The Hour of Land; James Conaway explains how to survive a California wildfire while downing petite syrah; and Ted Levin sticks up for the beleaguered timber rattlesnake.

Mentioned in this episode:

• Our Summer 2016 cover story about America’s national parks, “The Taming of the Wild”
• James Conaways’s essay about the Valley Fire, “Waiting for Fire”
• Ted Levin’s Shelf Life excerpt

Tune in every two weeks to catch interviews with the liveliest voices from literature, the arts, sciences, history, and public affairs; reports on cutting-edge works in progress; long-form narratives; and compelling excerpts from new books. Hosted by Stephanie Bastek.

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Stephanie Bastek is the senior editor of the Scholar and the producer/host of the Smarty Pants podcast.


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