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Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, award-winning author Leila Phillip discusses her new book, Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America.

Beginning with the early trans-Atlantic trade in North America, Philip explores the profound ways in which one odd creature has shaped our history, culture, and environment. Throughout the book, she writes about Indigenous stories and resistance, and the connections between the fur trade, violence against Indigenous people, and genocide.

Guest:

Leila Philip, professor of English at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and author of Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America

Resources:

Globe and Malil: Beavers could be North America’s secret weapon against the climate crisis

BBC: Why do beavers build dams?

WIRED: Spying on Beavers From Space Could Help Save California

Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.