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photoWith the 150th anniversary of David Thoreau's "Walden" fast-approaching, we step back to take stock of where one of the best known works of nature writing has brought us.

Hundred of teachers, students and academics have devoted hours--and some even lifetimes--to the study of Thoreau's wit and wisdom. Now the legacy of "Walden" has grown to mythic proportions and in the midst of all the hoop-la it can be easy to miss the meaning of the man behind the message.

Tune in to hear Thoreau experts weigh in on the legacy of America's best-known nature writer and 150 years of his greatest work, "Walden".

Guests:

Jeffrey Cramer, curator, Thoreau Institute at the Walden Woods Project and author of "Thoreau's Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition"

Lawrence Buell, professor of American literature, Harvard University and the author of several books about Thoreau including "The Environmental Imagination: Thoreau, Nature Writing, and the Formation of American Culture"

David Gessner, nature writer and author of several books including "Sick of Nature"

Bill Schechter, history teacher, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. He teaches a course called "Meet Mr. Thoreau," and an independent study seminar course of Thoreau's "Walden" and Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass."

This program aired on August 6, 2004.

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