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The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times co-author Doug Abrams | Nov. 4, 2021

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Best-selling author Doug Abrams, along with Jane Goodall, the most celebrated naturalist of our time have co written a book that argues for hope |The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times | Nov. 4, 2021

John and Lynn speak with International best-selling author Doug Abrams, who has co-written a book with renowned naturalist Jane Goodall called The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times. The concept of HOPE has been elusive or even absent for many in these trying times in which our fundamental beliefs about the world are challenged to their very core. The Pandemic, climate change, the wealth gap, lack of civility, and divisiveness among our own countrymen are just some of the underlying reasons many feel a lack of hope.

Together Goodall and Abrams explore one of the most sought after and least understood elements of human nature: HOPE. In the book Jane Goodall focuses on her “Four Reasons for Hope”: The Amazing Human Intellect, The Resilience of Nature, The Power of Young People, and The Indomitable Human Spirit.

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John's curiosity with science and technology began at the age of 7 with the country's space program. With a subscription his parents gave him to Popular Science and Popular Mechanics along with other periodicals and Walter Cronkite's evening broadcast he studied everything space. He followed the lives of America's test pilots and astronauts who piloted Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. His curiosity in how things were built led him to dismantling the family's window fan, toaster and lawnmower. Taking apart things was easy. Putting them back together, well, not so much. John grew up in New York state and Massachusetts with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He received a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Maryland.
Lynn Ware Peek is a long-time contributor to KPCW. She joined the station in 2008 with Tales from the Wasatch Back, was a reporter from 2012 to 2016, and co-hosts and produces two of KPCW’s Public Affairs Hour shows, The Mountain Life, on health and lifestyle, on Wednesdays and Cool Science Radio, tackling science and technology every Thursday.