He’s a world acclaimed author, speaker, professor of geography, evolutionary biologist and Pulitzer Prize winner. His book, Guns, Germs and Steel, is a worldwide bestseller and argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. In this episode of Field Notes, Thane Maynard talks by phone with the fascinating Dr. Jared Diamond.
Louisville-based author Brian Leung joins Mark Perzel to discuss his historical novel, Take Me Home, set in the 1880’s Wyoming and based on the racial tensions between white and Chinese coal mine workers.
In 2006, talented Canadian actress Sarah Polley took a chance on making her first feature as a writer-director. The film was Away From Her, a sad yet hopeful story about a woman with Alzheimers, which managed to nab Oscar nominations for both Polley for her screenplay, and her star Julie Christie for Best Actress. Now Polley is back with another journey of discovery, but more about her than anyone else, in Stories We Tell. Polley’s mother died early, and as she grew up, kept hearing rumours that her father might not actually be her father. Both parents had been actors and stories abounded. Dad was an introvert, who could do well without a lot of people around. Mom was a loving, living free spirit who needed to express herself.