Dr. George Kimble, Marcia Davenport, and Ernest Henry Gruening

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Host Irita Van Doren introduces Dr. George Kimble, who talks about his book "Our American Weather," first published in 1943. Kimble was a one-time Royal Navy meteorologist who went on to become First Professor of Geography at McGill University in Canada and Director of the American Geographical Society. While not calling us to action, Kimble raises many of the issues we now hear about daily regarding global warming and extreme changes in the weather.

Van Doren introduces Marcia Davenport, who talks about her novel "My Brother's Keeper," and the public fascination with recluses like the hording Collyer brothers. The work was inspired by the 1947 New York Times articles detailing items taken from the Collyer's brownstone after their deaths, Davenport constructed a tale of the Holt brothers, one a failing concert pianist and the other a naval architect, and the events that prompted them to become recluses in later life.

Van Doren introduces Ernest Henry Gruening, who talks about Alaskan history and the need for statehood in the face of federal neglect and treatment like a colony. Gruening was an American journalist and Democrat who was the Governor of the Alaska Territory from 1939 until 1953, and a United States Senator from Alaska from 1959 until 1969. Gruening also touches on climate change and receding glaciers in Alaska at that time.

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