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Writer Richard Powers on ‘The Overstory’

Tim Slover

If trees could speak to us, what might they say? 

In The Overstory, 2019’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Richard Powers, a tree tells a woman, “Your kind never sees us whole.” Powers says that’s true in more than a literal sense. It’s not just that the part of a tree that’s above ground is only half of the creature; it’s that we see trees only as extensions of our own needs and aspirations. Powers joined us in 2019 to talk about his novel and how to see trees as more than “amputations.” (Repeat) 

Richard Powers’ book is The Overstory. [IndieBound|Amazon|Bookshop|Audible].

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.