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Conversations: Vince Beiser, "The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization"

The World in a Grain

The global demand for sand has led to shortages, environmental damage, and black market crime. Where do we go from here? On this edition of Conversations, Vince Beiser joins us to talk about his book, The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization.

Larry Saves the Prairie; Children’s Book Author Interview

A Kansas prairie dog looks upon the children's book, "Larry Saves the Prairie." (Flickr Photo by Randy Watson)

Ever since the pioneers first arrived in western Kansas, settlers have been trying to kill off the prairie dog. The animals were seen as a nuisance and carrier of disease. A few people saw things differently. Larry Haverfield was one of them. A new children's book tells the story of this western Kansas rancher.


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