Interesting episode about the over-arching history of our area.
Show description: “It’s our privilege today to have author Dan Flores on the podcast. Dan Flores is A. B. Hammond Professor Emeritus of Western History at the University of Montana. A distinguished historian of the American West, he is the author of the best-selling books Coyote America and American Serengeti. Daniel had the opportunity to interview him back when those books were published, and he’s pleased to be talking with him now about his latest book, Wild New World, The Epic Story of Animals and People in America.
“Dan is a uniquely gifted environmental historian, and this was on full display in American Serengeti where he wrote about North America’s incredible late Pleistocene bestiary, a topic we find incredibly compelling. If you’ve listened to the show for a while you’ve no doubt figured that out about us. When the topic of North America 10,000 years ago comes up, we just can’t resist it.
“Dan’s newest book is even more ambitious in its scope, beginning with the comet that ended the reign of the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago, and taking us up through to the present and even into the future.
“Daniel really enjoyed this interview with Dan, but if he had one regret, it’s that he hadn’t finished the book before they spoke. So, it’s his hope to bring him back soon to discuss it further. But for now, this interview is incredible, and we trust you’ll really enjoy it.
“If you haven’t read his books before, we highly recommend you do. He’s not just a great author, but an important one. And understanding the past he writes about is — in our opinion — crucial to understanding both where we are today, and where the future might carry us.”