Host Tom Healy welcomes author and educator Scott Russell Sanders to the studio to discuss his newest book, A Conservationist Manifesto. Sanders is renowned for his evocative style and his love of his adopted home, Indiana. After 38 years in Bloomington, he says he feels native to South Central Indiana and has spent the better part of three decades learning about the culture, flora, fauna and history of the region. Sanders unites a scientist’s appreciation of rigorous inquiry with a poetic sensibility. Sanders reads a short excerpt from his book on Donaldson Woods, now part of Spring Mill Park. He talks passionately about the need to preserve farms and forests as well as culture in the Hoosier State. He and Healy discuss the controversial I-69 new terrain route as well as recent efforts by a statewide coalition to place Morgon-Monroe & Yellowwood State Forests under permanent protection.