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On this latest episode, author Kim Stanley Robinson talks to environmentalist Bill McKibben about his book, The Ministry for The Future.
Kim Stanley Robinson is widely recognized as one of the foremost living writers of science fiction. In The Ministry for the Future, Robinson imagines a near-future where climate change has wreaked havoc, from severe heat waves, to flooding, limited resources, and a global refugee crisis. It’s a terrifying set of circumstances, but it’s not without hope —Robinson brings to life a possible path for survival. Robinson has also published a memoir, The High Sierra: A Love Story, a “sublime” and “radically original” exploration of the Sierra Nevadas.
Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist, activist, and the co-founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. His first book, The End of Nature, is considered the first book about climate change written for a general readership. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, McKibben regularly contributes to The New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone, and teaches at Middlebury College. In his most recent book, The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon, McKibben explores this country’s history, his own “well meaning but not all-seeing past,” and current scholarship on racial inequality and the environmental crisis to try and make sense of our current moment.
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