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After Nature: A Politics For The Anthropocene

Jedediah Purdy
Travis Drove
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  This show originally aired on October 6, 2015.

In an era where humans and the environment are inextricably tied, how do we approach environmental politics, economics and ethics?

In what ways do the historical perspectives on the relationship between humanity and nature shape how policymakers approach current environmental issues like climate change and global warming?

Duke Law professor Jedediah Purdy tackles the complexities of life in the anthropocene period and the possibilities for the future in his latest book, "After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene" (Harvard University Press/2015). 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Purdy about the controversy of the term "anthropocene," the history of the environmental movement and the present state of the relationship between humans and the world. 

Purdy speaks Friday at 12:30 p.m. at the Franklin Humanities Institute Garage - C105, Bay 4 at the Smith Warehouse on Duke University’s campus.

Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.