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Staff Pick: The Joys Of Walking

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Renee Bright
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For a society that is currently homebound, there seems no greater pleasure at this time than a simple walk. A month ago, we would go out to eat, to a concert or to see friends. These days, we walk the hills and our neighborhoods, the movement and outdoors our solace.

Writer Robert Macfarlane has walked plenty and thought plenty about the joys of walking over his life. The author of The Old Ways and last year’s prize-winner Underland, Macfarlane is an explorer of places and ideas, using his writer’s eye to share insightful observations. We’ll talk with him this week about what he has learned through the miles he’s spent on foot, and why more of us are taking to the trails during this challenging time. 

Robert Macfarlane is the author of The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot [IndieBound|Amazon|Audible] and most recently, Underland: A Deep Time Journey. [IndieBound|Amazon|Audible].

Here's what RadioWest producer Tim Slover has to say about this episode: 

One more think-y, nature-y, British-y pick from me. I love a good walk, especially through the kind of countryside one might describe as “rolling” — the kind of terrain that doesn’t ask so much of you physically that you’re too busy trying to breathe to really take-in the scenery. This conversation with Robert Macfarlane will make you want to get your boots on right quick and get to stumping along in the nearest forest you can find.

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.
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