Eco World: What Price Fun? with Mark Hertsgaard

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In 1991, Mark Hertsgaard began an odyssey that lasted six years and spanned nineteen countries. His was a journey into the gripping truth about the escalating environmental crisis. Here, in his remarkable account of his travels, he faces the hard realities of nuclear technology, overpopulation, excessive consumerism and greed with heart and hope. "When you see that little nine-month old girl in the Sudan whose leg is no thicker than my little finger, breathing her last breaths in front of you, it changes you forever." Hertsgaard's down-to-earth encounters and experiences have given him surprising revelations about what's at the heart of the environmental crisis and what we can do about it. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Mark Hertsgaard provides media commentary for National Public Radio.

He is the author of several books including:

  • Earth Odyssey: Around the World in Search of Our Environmental Future (Broadway Books 1998)
  • The Eagle's Shadow: Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World (Farrar Straus & Giroux 2002)

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How you can meet the ecological challenge
  • A surprising solution to our biggest environmental problem
  • Why China is at the epicenter of the global ecological crisis
  • Why overpopulation is more of a problem in America than elsewhere
  • Some startling new information about nuclear energy
Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 4/23/1999       Program Number: 2772