Walking Matters, Part 1
Ever since our ancestors rose to their feet, our species has been defined by walking upright. But the act involves our minds as well as our bodies. We interpret the act of walking, and give it our stamp - from ramblers to Rousseau, from models and tramps to Buddhist monks. In this two-part series, Marilyn Powell explores the world of walking and what it means to us. Part 2 airs September 1.
**This episode originally aired March 12, 2014.
Participants in the program:
Dean Falk, Hale G. Smith Professor of Anthropology at Florida State University and Senior Scholar at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Wayne Curtis, journalist, contributing editor to The Atlantic magazine.
Robert Macfarlane, writer, critic, academic, Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Heidi Manicki-Klaffey, keeper, western lowland gorillas, Toronto Zoo.
Peter Newman, family physician
Susan Orlean, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine
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