Earth Notes

The Colorado Plateau is one of North America’s human and environmental treasures. Ancient cultures have called this land of sun-baked deserts and lush mountain landscapes home for centuries. Earth Notes, KNAU’s weekly environmental series, explores the Plateau by telling stories of the intricate relationships between environmental issues and our daily lives.

Rooted in science and wrapped in human interest, the two minute long segments encourage listeners to think of themselves as part of the solution to environmental problems. Upbeat and informative, the program tries to foster hope and dampen despair about the environment, and motivate listeners to become more conscious and informed stewards of the Colorado Plateau.

Flagstaff, AZ – Northern Arizona is a photographer's Eden. But as commentator Scott Thybony tells us, what goes on behind the lens is often just as interesting.

Commentator Scott Thybony is a writer based in Flagstaff. This commentary was funded with a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council.

Colorado City, AZ – The streets of Colorado City, Arizona, are lined with especially large two- and three-story houses. But even the giant homes are dwarfed by the snow speckled cliffs of Zion National Park.

WYLER: That's the ugly side of Zions and that's pretty (laughter). So it's a beautiful place around here.

Colorado City, AZ – The streets of Colorado City are lined with especially large two- and three-story houses. But even the giant homes are dwarfed by the snow speckled cliffs of Zion National Park.

WYLER: That's the ugly side of Zions and that's pretty (laughter). So it's a beautiful place around here.

Isaac Wyler is accustomed to the view. He has lived here all of his life. Sitting in a park in the middle of town Wyler says the children with the disorder are virtually helpless. (Park amby under next graf)

Flagstaff, AZ – Everyone has a story to tell. That's what David Isay believes. He's the man behind StoryCorps, the oral history project that's been traveling around the country for the last 10 months collecting people's stories. Flagstaff was chosen as the latest stop on StoryCorps' national tour. David Isay recently visited Flagstaff to raise awareness about the project and spoke with Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Druley.

Flagstaff, AZ – A StoryCorps mobile booth is parked at Wheeler Park in Flagstaff for the next several weeks archiving the stories of northern Arizonans. Here, twenty year old Adam Asplund interviews his mother Ilse of Prescott. She reveals to her son a surprise from her past proving the great lengths she was willing to go for her children.

StoryCorps was locally produced by Gillian Ferris Kohl for KNAU, Arizona Public Radio.

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