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"The Human Age" Author Diane Ackerman On Wednesday's Access Utah

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In her new book “The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us” Diane Ackerman writes that “our relationship with nature has changed radically, irreversibly, but by no means all for the bad. Our new epoch is laced with invention. Our mistakes are legion, but our talent is immeasurable.”

 

Ackerman, who appeared recently at the Utah Humanities Council Book Festival, confronts the fact that the human race is now the single dominant force of change on the planet. She says that humans have “subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness.” We now collect the DNA of vanishing species in a “frozen ark,” equip orangutans with iPads, create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us. Ackerman, author of “A Natural History of the Senses,” seeks to help us understand this new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating — perhaps saving — our future.

 

Ackerman's other works of nonfiction include: the memoir “One Hundred Names for Love;” “The Zookeeper's Wife;” “An Alchemy of Mind;” “Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden;” “A Natural History of Love;” and “On Extended Wings,” her memoir of flying. She is also the author of numerous collections of poetry and books for children.

Diane Ackerman joins Tom Williams for the hour on Wednesday’s AU.  

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.