Radio Open Source: A 3-Part Celebration of Henry David Thoreau

Susan Coyne, Thoreau, Radio Open Source

Christopher Lydon, WBUR, 90.9:  "A Wild & Disobedient Life," a multifaceted conversation about the multiple facets of Thoreau

Part One, Part Two, Part Three

Henry David Thoreau, on his 200th birthday, is an American immortal who got there the hard way – against the grain of his town and his times.  By now he’s the heroic non-conformist who modeled his brief life on religious convictions: that every human being has an original relation with divine spirit, and that on earth a man must become a majority of one.  So he made a dissenting record living apart, and walking the woods more like a Native American, he felt, than a Yankee.  Never to church, never married, never voted and didn’t pay his taxes.  He talked to the trees as almost-people, and he caressed the fish in his stream like almost-children. Manly and able “but rarely tender,” he won Emerson’s obituary praise that flatters us, too: “no truer American existed,” Emerson said, than Henry Thoreau. 

Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon

 

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