An Author’s Reflections
Meet a great modern nature writer.
The Urgent Need for Justice Reform in America
Learn about the justice system— inside and out.
A Freedom Rider Remembers
Experience the Civil Rights Movement through a first-hand account.
The Life and Work of Andrew Wyeth
Find out what it’s like to grow up in the “first family of American art.”
The Lasting Impact of Child Maltreatment
How does chlildhood abuse impact life as an adult?
Linda Patterson Miller
Writers of the Lost Generation
How did the relationships of America’s great writers affect their work?
The Sex-Wise Parent
The way you talk with your children about sex could save them from serious harm.
The “T” Community
Gain a better understanding of what it means to be a transgender person.
America’s Role in the World
Learn about the relationship between foreign policy and nuclear weapons.
Discover what’s being done to stop the spread of infectious diseases.
- 13 Indigenous Grandmothers
- Activism/Civil Rights Movement
- American Indian Identity
- Art & Design, Publishing
- Art, Caregiving
- Art, Filmmaking
- Black Middle Class
- Child Abuse
- Chinese Culture
- Climate Change
8:14Inspirations and Travel
7:11A Writer Work
10:44Shaping a Story
1:52In the Grace of Nature
3:17What the Future Holds
4:36Family Ties Web Exclusive
0:53Making Sense of Things Web Exclusive
2:30Recommended Reading Web Exclusive
1:29Self-Examination Web Exclusive
Which do you think has a greater capacity to influence people: fiction or non-fiction?
ABOUT THE EPISODE
Renowned author, naturalist, and activist Peter Matthiessen discusses his books and travels and reveals the only adventure he’s ever regretted.
For a captioned version of this interview, go to YouTube.
ABOUT THE GUEST
Peter Matthiessen is a renowned novelist, nature writer, environmental activist, and Zen master. The New York Times Book Review calls him “one of our greatest modern nature writers.” He has written more than 30 books and is one of the few American writers ever to win a National Book Award for both fiction and nonfiction.
Matthiessen has traveled to the far reaches of South America, Asia, and Africa.
More About Matthiessen
- NewsHour Interview
- No Boundaries (PBS Documentary)
- Excerpt from Shadow Country
- The New York Review of Books
- The Paris Review
PENN STATE CONNECTION
WHERE TO WATCH
Big Ten Network
Monday, January 11 at 3pm
Tuesday, January 12 at 1am
Thursday, January 21 at 9pm
ABOUT THE HOST
Veteran interviewer Patty Satalia hosts in-depth conversations with a broad range of remarkable people.