Outside/In: A Visit with Mountaineer and Writer Laura Waterman | New Hampshire Public Radio

Outside/In: A Visit with Mountaineer and Writer Laura Waterman

Feb 13, 2021

Laura Waterman holds a handmade plaque that she and her husband Guy awarded to Mad Dog, the maple tree on their homestead with the highest maple sap production.
Credit Justine Paradis

In New England, the Waterman name is like mountain royalty. But beyond a tight circle of outdoors-people, they're not a household name. 

In February 2020, Sam Evans-Brown visited Laura Waterman, one of the most influential voices in American wilderness philosophy, for a conversation about writing, living off-grid, protecting Franconia Ridge, and how she's changed following the death of her husband.

Plus, another round of Ask Sam, in which the team discusses plant hair, shellfish, and birds-as-dinosaurs.

For more about Laura Waterman, visit her website.

Ask Sam: Trichomes, Bug Hair, Bug Tumors, and Mollusk Shells

Ask Sam: that special segment in  which scientists worldwide cringe as Sam and the team speculate wildly on a diverse range of topics before picking up the phone to call in the real experts. 

This time, we've got another hirsute mystery: are insect and plant hairs also made from the magical (seeming) protein called keratin? Also, do bugs get cancer? And which came first: the chachalaca (not a typo) or the turkey? And finally, why do ocean mollusks have tougher shells than their freshwater comrades?

Send us your nature questions! The Ask Sam Hotline (1-844-GO-OTTER) is always open, so do your best to stump the team and send us down another (figurative or literal) rabbit-hole.