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Poets and navigators have in common the need to know where one is -- accurately -- this common point is called "the truth."  Without it, ships founder, planes crash, self-driving cars fail, emperors are encouraged in their delusions and lose their power. 

Today we hear from scientists, explorers, oceanographers and a mountain climber.  All explore this planent and all see the climate change.  Their lives are amazing as you will hear:

JIM WHITTAKER, author of Life on the Edge, his memoir of mountain climbing, sailing, and starting REI.  The importance of the out-of-doors for the first American who summitted Mt Everest. 

SUSAN CASEY author of The Wave, an astonishing book about colossal, ship-swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out.

HOWARD ULRICH, Alaskan fisherman who survived the 1958 Lituya Bay megatsunami, largest in recorded history at 1720 feet tall.

DICK DALE, known as King of the Surf Guitar, he pioneered surf music in the 1950s, drawing on Eastern musical scales and experimenting with reverberation.

DANIEL LENIHAN surfaces from the Bay for just long enough to be interviewed about his book Submerged: Adventures of America's Most Elite and Extreme Underwater Archeology Team.

DONOVAN HOHN, author of Moby Duck: the True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea.

SUSAN FREINKEL, author of Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, taking us through history, science and the global economy to assess the real impact of plastic in our lives.

Plus some thoughts on walls.


Photo by Robert Rohde




SEDGE this week features two significant, engaging, and funny interviews about freedom, the quest for it, the human practice of enslaving others, and the travails of migration between the US and Mexico.  We do not limit ourselves to 140 characters of calculated insults; rather we seek illumination through thoughtfulness, imagination, and humor.

Nobel Laureate TONI MORRISON discusses the human history of slavery and how telling stories and making music keeps human creativity alive in dire times. She is the author of Beloved, The Bluest Eye, and Song of Solomon.

LUIS ALBERTO URREA researched a brilliant and moving account of the "walkers" who seek to cross the infernal heat of the Southwest Desert and encounter the Border Patrol.  Luis finds human stories on both sides of the border.


Mike Greensill is our audio gaffer's tape with some gorgeous piano pieces.

Toni Morrison receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  Photo courtesy NY Times.






Sedge Thomson talks about how our internet bubbles isolate us; how President Eisenhower led in a racially-charged time while warning about the military-industrial complex; and about the nature of facts and inner truths with


ELI PARISER-- author of The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding From You -- and how the google, facebook etc and algorithms undermine democracy in their pursuit of "personalizing" your pages;




JIM NEWTON, biographer of President Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower, who led through a racially-charged era and with prescience warned us about the "military-industrial complex;" 




GLORIA STEINEM and JEAN SHINODA BOLEN who connect the inner truths with the external world of "facts" and how to keep truth grounded in reality through Jung and feminism. 


These moving, engaging and funny conversations about issues of our day are accompanied by great musicians. 

 SEDGE welcomes presents voices of song and wisdom, hope, inspiration and laughter:

LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO, the phenomenal South African acapella choir who sang with Paul Simon and Michael Jackson sing for us;

JAMES McBRIDE, author of The Color of Water and The Good Lord Bird, among other best-selling novels informed by his life, his music and his wit;

MAYA ANGELOU, whose thoughts on red beans and rice, motherhood, literature and spirituality and struggles will uplift you and make you laugh.  She's joined by her son, born when she was 17, also a poet, GUY JOHNSON.

The T-Sisters and Mike, back up JAMES McBRIDE for a spiritual with saxophone.

MIKE GREENSILL on piano.  We are real radio, real people, real ideas.