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Writer Craig Childs On The Beauty Of Dry Places

RadioWest

In his latest book, the writer and adventurer Craig Childs writes that he dreams of canyons and was born to deserts — deserts ruled by a god of drought who leaves them dry on purpose.

50mins

30 Apr 2021

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Craig Childs - "The Madness of Disassociation"

In Site

Craig Childs makes a point of going to the very places he’s writing about and immersing himself in them. In The Secret Knowledge of Water, he traces his very being into the rock itself by mapping waterholes in the Cabeza Prieta. In House of Rain, he follows the Ancestral Puebloans across the desert, walking in their footsteps to gain a particular kind of understanding. In Virga and Bone, he immerses himself in aridness and walks through it with curiosity directed at his very affinity for it. In Apocalyptic Planet he backpacks through cornfields in Iowa, among other similarly wild trips, because, as he puts it, “that’s the way I prefer to be in the world.”In this episode, Craig joins us from the front porch of his home in western Colorado, with snowflakes swirling around him and ravens croaking in the junipers. He talks about how stories are not the place but show the shape of a place. He shares several examples of how stories tend to repeat in the same places over and over again simply because of the geology, or other mysterious (but possibly simple) factors science hasn’t yet caught up to. We decided to save ghost stories for another time. We ask Craig to share his thoughts on the many obstacles that can keep us from connecting deeply to place today. He touches on social media, the internet, and other things that can remove us further and further from the land. This removal results in disassociation, Craig says. “We won’t remain disassociated as a species and survive,” he continues, “because then you don’t care about anything.”We discuss the conundrum of being descendants of white colonizers, while at the same time being rooted in the places where fate has deposited us. Craig believes that we have a responsibility to give back to these places and their people who have given so much to us. Much of his work is an effort to do this. “I’ll be dead and gone before I ever really figure out what needs to be fed back to this place and the people of this place,” he says. “But at least I can get close, at least I can do my best.”Finally, Craig reads from his journal, excerpts that may or may not make it into his forthcoming book about rock art, to be published by Torrey House Press. Craig Childs has published more than a dozen books. He has won the Orion Book Award and has twice won the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, the Galen Rowell Art of Adventure Award, and the Spirit of the West Award for his body of work. He is contributing editor at Adventure Journal Quarterly, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men's Journal, and Outside. He is a contributor to the blog “The Last Word on Nothing.” He has a B.A. in Journalism from CU Boulder with a minor in Women's Studies, and from Prescott College, an M.A. in Desert Studies. An occasional commentator for NPR's Morning Edition, he teaches writing at the University of Alaska in Anchorage and the Mountainview MFA at Southern New Hampshire University. He lives outside of Norwood, CO.He is interviewed by Zion Canyon Mesa’s Ben Kilbourne.

1hr 12mins

2 Mar 2021

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VIRGA & BONE by Craig Childs, read by Rick Adamson

Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine

Rick Adamson presents naturalist and adventurer Craig Childs’s essays about the deserts of the American Southwest in a fitting gruff, masculine voice. AudioFile’s Robin Whitten tells host Jo Reed about this audiobook for those who love deserts -- and those who long to visit them. During a pandemic, this might be exactly the listening experience many are after. Adamson narrates the journeys to deserts in Arizona, Utah, and the Monument Valley with a balance of restraint and enthusiasm, and the author’s deep love for and knowledge of the desert shine through. Published by Tantor Media.Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.comSupport for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE AUDIO, dedicated to producing top-quality fiction and nonfiction audiobooks written and read by the best in the business. Visit penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/audiofile now to start listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

5mins

19 Nov 2020

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Craig Childs: Tracking the First People into Ice Age North America

Long Now: Seminars About Long-term Thinking

Craig Childs chronicles the last millennia of the Ice Age, the violent oscillations and retreat of glaciers, the clues and traces that document the first encounters of early humans, and the animals whose presence governed the humans chances for survival.With the cadence of his narrative moving from scientific observation to poetry, he reveals how much has changed since the time of mammoth hunters, and how little. Across unexplored landscapes yet to be peopled, readers will see the Ice Age, and their own age, in a whole new light.Craig Childs is a writer, wanderer and contributing editor at High Country News, commentator for NPR's Morning Edition, and teaches writing at University of Alaska and the Mountainview MFA at Southern New Hampshire University. His books include Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America (02019), Apocalyptic Planet (02013) and House of Rain (02008).

1hr 2mins

17 Aug 2020

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Stories from the Edge with Flash Flood Chaser and Author Craig Childs

Utah Stories Show

Risking life to witness nature's most furious moments. Craig Childs is a writer for Outdoor Magazine, New York Times, and is the author of numerous books including The Secret Knowledge of Water. Learn about desert survival, how to find water, survive flash floods, and freezing temperatures.

48mins

11 Jul 2020

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Episode 21: Craig Childs on life in the pandemic

Emerging Form

Hula hooping story tellers on street corners? That’s one topic of discussion in this episode of Emerging Form, part of our miniseries on how creatives are responding to the pandemic. We speak with our friend, author and adventurer Craig Childs, whose new book, Virga and Bone: Essays from dry places, is a celebration of the primacy of land. We talk about the pleasures and challenges of staying in one place, postcards to our pre-pandemic selves, what earthquakes have in common with pandemics and also how to place our present predicament in big time--both future and past. We talk about how cultures repeat themselves, how to move forward, and how to welcome what comes. Craig ChildsVirga and Bone: Essays from Dry PlacesCraig’s postcard to his 2010 self on Last Word on NothingChristie’s postcard to her 2010 self at Last Word On NothingRosemerry’s poem on resilience Christie's 100-mile habitat projectRose Eveleth’s Flash Forward episode: Imagine Better Futures This is a public episode. Get access to private episodes at emergingform.substack.com/subscribe

35mins

4 Jun 2020

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Writing About Dry Places with Craig Childs

Travel Writing World

Today’s episode brings us to Colorado, where Craig Childs speaks with us about the desert and dry places, and the importance of familiarity, meaning, and intimacy in writing about place.Craig is an adventurer and writer who focuses on natural sciences, archaeology, and journeys into the global wilderness. He is a commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men's Journal, Outside, The Sun, and Orion to name a few. You can follow Craig Childs on his personal website or on The Last Word on Nothing, an online journal he keeps with a small group of writers. In the episode, Craig and I spoke about Ellen Meloy's book The Anthropology of Turquoise: Mediations on Landscape, Art, and Spirit, Mary Oliver, Barry Lopez, Gretel Ehrlich, and Joy Harjo.More Episodes & SupportPlease consider supporting the show with a few dollars a month, less than a cup of coffee, to help keep our show alive and advertisement-free. You can also support the show by leaving a positive review on Apple Podcasts or in your favorite podcasting app, subscribing to the show, and following us on Twitter & Instagram. Lastly, consider using our affiliate links to purchase your books. If you use our links to make a purchase, we will receive a few cents commission at no additional cost to you. These funds help keep the podcast alive and ad-free.Finally, join the Travel Writing World newsletter to receive your free copy of The Travel Book Guidebook. You will also receive quarterly dispatches & reports with podcast interviews, travel writing resources, & book recommendations. Thanks for your support!Listen to the Episode on YouTubeListen to the episode on YouTube on the Travel Writing World channel. Remember to subscribe to the channel. Intro MusicPeach by Daantai (Daantai’s Instagram)Disclaimer*Some of the links on this site are affiliate links. This means that, at no additional cost to you, this website will earn a very small commission if a purchase is made using these links. Also, "as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases" using the Amazon links on this site.

34mins

3 Dec 2019

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Writing About Dry Places with Craig Childs

Travel Writing World

Listen to the EpisodeCraig Childs Interview SynopsisToday’s episode brings us to Colorado, where Craig Childs speaks with us about the desert and dry places, and the importance of familiarity, meaning, and intimacy in writing about place.Craig is an adventurer and writer who focuses on natural sciences, archaeology, and journeys into the global wilderness. He is a commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men’s Journal, Outside, The Sun, and Orion to name a few. You can follow Craig Childs on his personal website or on The Last Word on Nothing, an online journal he keeps with a small group of writers. In the episode, Craig and I spoke about Ellen Meloy’s book The Anthropology of Turquoise: Mediations on Landscape, Art, and Spirit, Mary Oliver, Barry Lopez, Gretel Ehrlich, and Joy Harjo.More Episodes & SupportI hope you enjoyed this episode of the Travel Writing World podcast! Please consider supporting the show with a few dollars a month, less than a cup of coffee, to help keep our show alive and advertisement-free. You can also support the show by leaving a positive review on Apple Podcasts or in your favorite podcasting app, subscribing to the show, and following us on Twitter & Instagram. Finally, join the Travel Writing World newsletter to receive your free copy of The Travel Writer’s Guidebook. You will also receive monthly dispatches & reports with podcast interviews, travel writing resources, & book recommendations. Thanks for your support!Intro MusicPeach by Daantai (Daantai’s Instagram).ugb-89b9fac .ugb-block-content{justify-content:center}.ugb-89b9fac .ugb-button1{background-color:#0693e3;border-radius:4px !important}.ugb-89b9fac .ugb-button1 .ugb-button--inner,.ugb-89b9fac .ugb-button1 svg{color:#ffffff}.ugb-89b9fac .ugb-button1:before{border-radius:4px !important}.ugb-89b9fac .ugb-inner-block{text-align:center}SUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST

34mins

3 Dec 2019

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Episode 275 - Craig Childs

Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by author Craig Childs to talk about his new book, “Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America.” They discuss his intersecting interests of journalism, desert studies, adventure, and exploration. As an expert in ancient migration on foot, Craig also shares what its like to retrace the steps of ancient people in the Americas. Follow Craig: @CraigChilds_

1hr 8mins

16 Sep 2019

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Craig Childs Got Into A Mammoth Mindset For New Book; Plight Of Agriculture During Drought

Colorado Matters

The Colorado author scaled ice fields and ancient caves to follow the route early humans would’ve taken to cross the Bering Land Bridge into North America. Ryan Warner interviewed him live on stage at the Avalon Theatre in Grand Junction. Then, extreme drought has put Colorado farmers and ranchers in a tight corner.

46mins

19 Jul 2018

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