Mike Branch ’85 is a writer, humorist, environmentalist, father, and desert rat who lives with his wife and two young daughters in the western Great Basin Desert. His work includes nine published books, one of which is the Pulitzer Prize-nominated "John Muir’s Last Journey: South to the Amazon and East to Africa" (Island Press). He has four recent books: "Raising Wild: Dispatches from a Home in the Wilderness" (Shambhala / Roost Books, 2016), "Rants from the Hill: On Packrats, Bobcats, Wildfires, Curmudgeons, a Drunken Mary Kay Lady, and Other Encounters with the Wild in the High Desert" (Shambhala / Roost Books, 2017), and "‘The Best Read Naturalist’: Nature Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson" (co-edited with Clinton Mohs, University of Virginia Press, 2017), and "How to Cuss in Western" (Shambhala / Roost Books, 2018).
Originally aired on November 12, 2020
Presented by Michael P. Branch ’85