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Engineering Eden

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Tourists and a bear in Yellowstone in 1956.

In the summer of 1972, a young man named Harry Walker left his family’s farm in Alabama and headed for adventure in Yellowstone where he was killed by a grizzly bear. The subsequent court battle raised serious questions about how we manage America’s national parks. In a new book, the writer Jordan Fisher Smith traces Walker’s fatal path, which led him to questions about how much humans should try to engineer nature and soften its sharp edges for our own enjoyment. Jordan joins us Monday to talk about it.

Jordan Fisher Smith will be in Utah on Wednesday, September 28, to give the Wallace Stegner Center Lecture at the University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of Law. That event is from 12:15 to 1:15 and is free and open to the public. DETAILS

Jordan Fisher Smith worked for 21 years as a park ranger in California, Wyoming, Idaho, and Alaska. He’s the author of two books, Nature Noir [Amazon|Indiebound] and his newest, Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight Over Controlling Nature [Amazon|Indiebound].

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.