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5 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Doug Peacock. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Doug Peacock, often where they are interviewed.

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5 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Doug Peacock. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Doug Peacock, often where they are interviewed.

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Step into Grizzly Country with Doug Peacock

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After two tours as a Special Forces medic in the Central Highlands of Vietnam (for which he received the Soldier’s Medal, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Bronze Star), Peacock was repatriated to the Rocky Mountains, the wild deserts and tundras of North America. It was there he met the late author Edward Abbey, who used Peacock to mold his iconic character, George Washington Hayduke.

After the war, Doug crawled back into mountains and found solitude in wilderness to be exactly what he needed to confront the demons of Vietnam. In Grizzly Years, Doug credits grizzly bears with restoring his soul. He has been the most consistent advocate for grizzly bears for the last 40 years, traveling between Yellowstone and Glacier national parks to film them and document their struggles to survive. For the last three decades, he has lectured and written widely about wilderness: from bears to buffalo, from the Sierra Madres of the Sonoran desert to the fjords of British Columbia, from the tigers of Siberia to the blue sheep of Nepal.
Apr 29 2020 · 17mins
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Episode 247 Doug Peacock Be a Bank

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Coaching football can be tough. Then along comes this guy. Coach Doug Peacock was a hell of a coach. And as it turns out, one hell of a teacher as well. Be A Bank is the newest ground breaking work by this author. Joined on the mic by Brian Alvey, owner of The Mint in Franklin, and my right hand dude, Mandy Montgomery.

Dec 23 2019 · 57mins

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Dispatches: Doug Peacock on the Fight to Protect Grizzly Bears

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Doug Peacock took an unlikely path to becoming an icon of conservation. Following two tours in the Vietnam War as a Green Beret medic, he sought solace and comfort in the American Wilderness, where he began observing and then filming grizzly bears. He believed the bears saved his life, and he felt compelled to return the favor. Many people know Peacock as the inspiration for George Hayduke, the infamous character inThe Monkey Wrench Gang, the 1975 novel by Ed Abbey. Over the years, Peacock authored a number of books about his journey. At the 2019 Mountainfilm festival, in Telluride, Colorado, he sat down with veteran radio producer Scott Carrier to offer an enlightened perspective on the history of bears in this country, share some hysterical stories about his own encounters with the animals, and give his take on the big challenges that grizzlies face today.

Aug 27 2019 · 39mins
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Anarchy, Environmentalism, and Doug Peacock

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In this episode of Wine, Women, and Revolution Heather is thrilled to be joined by author, environmentalist, an activist Doug Peacock. This man is one of the great inspirations of the environmental movement in general and Heather specifically. So needless to say, she was a little in awe of getting to speak to Mr. Peacock. If you are someone who generally just reads the articles and skips the interviews, Heather requests, humbly, you listen to this one as Mr. Peacock’s words on eco socialism or eco anarchism are grander than she will ever present you.

The Birth of an
Environmentalist

From his boyhood, Doug Peacock developed a love for wild
places. He was raised in Michigan and his father was a Boy Scout leader after
inheriting his troupe when his brother went off to WW2 and never returned. As a
little boy, Doug got brought along on scouting activities; although too young to
be a part of the scouts he was allowed to roam and explore the forests on his
own. His love for the wilderness was born.

A War Changes a
Person

It was another war, this time Vietnam, that solidified his
love of nature. As a college student, Doug was already an activist, but he
sadly hated being in school. One semester he dropped his credit load to low and
the draft board came knocking.  He
allowed himself to be taken and ended up as Green Beret Medic for 2 tours in
Vietnam. He was stationed in the rural mountainside and was enchanted with its
beauty. Unfortunately, even his little mountainside was not spared from the
devastation of the war. During the Tet Offensive his job primarily became patching
up the small bodies of children caught in the crossfire of the war.

A View of Death

Eventually he could take no more and was ordered out.  A helicopter came to get him, and on the way
out he was flown over My Lai as the massacre of March 16th, 1968 was
happening. He saw those images on the cover of Time magazine one year later. In
his own way, he inherited all the pain of that day. In his mind, he owned all
that devastation. He was a man broken by humanity and returned to the
wilderness of his childhood, the one place he always felt comfortable.

A Time for Recovery

He bounced around the west until a malaria attack sent him
to Yellowstone to mend in the hot springs and that was where he met the Grizzly
Bears that would save his life. The thing he most needed in his life was to
find a source of true humility. For Doug, that humility was coming face to face
with a giant carnivore that could kill him in seconds but almost always will
choose not to. This was one-time humans were not in charge. This solidified his
views that arrogant human views on dominion, ownership, and capitalization were
true wrongs.

Bears saved his life
and his humanity so he will save them.

Doug credits his experiences with saving his life and
allowing him to regain some of his humanity that he lost in Vietnam. He saw these
bears were in trouble from extinction, hunting, and habitat loss and decided it
was time to pay them back for what they had given him.  The grizzly bear taught him restraint and humility.
Mankind is much more dangerous than bears. Doug talks about a moment when a
mama grizzly bear nursed her cubs right beside him.

A Relationship with Edward
Abbey

Edward Abbey and Doug Peacock were friends for over 20 years.  They met in late 1968 and they were friends
until the day Mr. Peacock buried Edward’s ashes in the Arizona wilderness. They
were like brothers and on occasion fought like brothers. One of the characters
in Edward Abbey’s book “The Monkey Wrench Gang” was loosely based on Doug. Although
Mr. Peacock is much more well-rounded and more an intellect than Hayduke (the
character modeled after him). The two men fought over this but eventually buried
the hatchet in where else but the wilderness. What they always had in common
was their belief in fighting for wild spaces.

A Culmination of Arrogance

Mr. Peacock speaks on the arrogance of mankind and how all our past blunders are accumulating in catastrophic climate change. He talks about his friend Guy McPherson (listen to his interview here) and calls him the greatest truth teller around. He speaks in time tables of a decade instead of a century for climate change to destroy us. It is our responsibility to face these truths no matter how uncomfortable they make us. We can not hide from our blunders, for they will not go away.  This monster is on our doorstep. In his work with the Inuit, he sees the drastic loss of sea ice. It is completely off the continental shelf.

Wildlife and
Wilderness Management

Doug Peacock does not consider the federal wildlife management
to be allies. Their conservation plans are archaic 19th century-based
thinking. It is another form of human dominion and ownership of animals and
lands. Doug has worked with native people to preserve and protect 10 million
acres of land from the Federal Government. 
The federal government delisted Grizzly bears and stripped their
protections and opened the way for a trophy hunt. Doug had managed to prevent
that hunt from ever happening.  Heather
and Doug discuss the New Jersey bear hunt and what activists can do to prevent
the hunts here in New Jersey. They also discuss the arrogance of the pipeline
developers in NJ.

The Value of Wild
Places

Doug thinks that relationship between humanity and wild
places is crucial to our wellbeing. Wild places were everything to him during
his developmental years and we must preserve those spaces.  When Doug lectures his tells people to start
protecting the wilderness in their back yards first and move from there. Doug
tells a story of a friend of his, who ultimately committed suicide, but found
his humility before nature simply by watching ants in a park. We all have a
deeply personal, intimate, and unique relationship with wilderness. He speaks
especially how valuable nature is to returning and injured veterans. It’s a source
of healing for so many.

Anarchy and
Environmentalism

Doug doesn’t self-label as an anarchist, but he doesn’t deny
the label either. He sees the sickness of society and wants no part of it, but
also happens to be standing in the middle of it. What lies on the fringes of
those societies is a view of anarchy. He sees his work as just working with a
bunch of friends. That’s what he and Abbey did. Friends and Comrades on the
fringe must lead the way for environmentalism and social justice because capitalism
has failed us, and climate change will become the one thing that takes over all
other issues. Doug says he will never stop his work even in the face of climate
change. He is committed to the noble fight even if he knows the deck is stacked
against him. The future is dire but maybe just maybe some species can survive
for a while in these wild places and that is everything.

Jan 21 2019 ·

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Episode 22 - Doug Peacock - Grizzly Bear Expert, Author, Vietnam Veteran

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Grizzly Times speaks with Doug Peacock, world-renowned writer, naturalist, vietnam veteran, and defender of the Wilderness, for his perspectives on the Yellowstone grizzly and what may happen if the recent removal of endangered species protections (delisting) is not reversed.
Sep 01 2017 · 32mins