Author Craig Childs - Part Two

Air Dates: September 26-28, 2015

This week's show on REPORT FROM SANTA FE is Part Two of our interview with Craig Childs, naturalist, adventurer, storyteller, and author. His widely acclaimed books include “The Secret Knowledge of Water,” “House of Rain,” “The Animal Dialogues,” “Finders Keepers,” and “Apocalyptic Planet.”

In this second part of a 2-part interview, Childs focuses on his book "Apocalyptic Planet," and then describes his explorations and discoveries about Ice Age Man in New Mexico.

New Mexico is home to two benchmark sites for American archeology, the Clovis and Folsom sites dating back some 10,000 to 13,000 years ago.

There are also 20,000 year old tracks from mammoths and other ice age megafauna like dire wolves and saber cats to be found on old dry lake beds in Southern New Mexico.

The Black Water Draw site at Clovis, New Mexico, was one of the first solid pieces of evidence that humans and megafauna lived together at the same time.

Craig Childs writes about the relationship between humans, animals, landscape, and time. His stories come from visceral, personal experience, whether in the company of illicit artifact dealers or in deep wilderness.

Childs has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed books, including his most recent book, “Apocalyptic Planet,” which won the Orion Book Award and the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men's Journal, Outside, and on NPR.

Quotes about “Apocalyptic Planet”:

“An elegant and absorbing account of just how violently the earth can change.”-- Bill McKibben, author of “Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet”

“It is impossible to read Craig Childs and see the world in the same way again.” -- Neil Shubin

“Childs's own feats of asceticism are nothing if not awe-inspiring:he's a modern-day desert father.” -- The New York Times Book Review