Welcome to The Possibilists!
The Possibilists is a podcast collaboration between The Smithsonian Earth Optimism and Pelecanus.
In this partnership we spotlight conservationists working with a possibilistic attitude for solutions-based efforts to tackle the world's critical environmental struggles. We’re attempting to reframe the narrative around conservation to show that conservation successes are possible through changes in attitude and implementation of intentional change.
On today’s episode of The Possibilists we talk to Jonathan Franklin, author and investigative journalist. Jonathan has written multiple books and dozens and dozens of articles for The Guardian, the New York Times and others on topics ranging from Narcos in Colombia to interviewing Timothy McVeigh among so much more. His latest book, A Wild Idea, is a biography of Doug Tompkins, the founder of apparel companies The North Face and Esprit, who then moved to Chile to purchase large amounts of land for the sole purpose of Conservation and reWilding. In this conversation we dive deep into the book and the life of Doug Tompkins, so please enjoy our conversation with Jonathan Franklin about the amazing story of Doug Tompkins and his love affair with South America and Patagonia.
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Host and producer for this episode are Austin Parker and Taylor Parker
Producers are Cat Kutz and Andrea Santy
Music was provided by A Picture Book Studios
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