The End of Night: A conversation with author Paul Bogard
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For this episode of "Beyond the Headlines," we talk about something that most of us take for granted: nighttime.
When dusk rolls through, streetlights and porch lights flickers on, and many of us actually spend those hours of darkness still in light. Of course, that light is artificial light, though. And there are many good reasons to keep our world illuminated: we want to be able get our work done, see the faces of our family at the dinner table, keep the streets safe and simply not trip over objects on our way to the bathroom.
But there's also a hidden toll to all this light. It impacts our health, our environment and the way we come to know the world. That's what author Paul Bogard explores in his new book, "The End of Night," published by Little Brown and just released this week.
Bogard has spent years thinking about darkness--how every day there are fewer and fewer places across the world, but particularily in the U.S., where you can experience real night, without the intrusion of artificial light. His new book weaves together science and journalism, as well as personal narratives of visiting some of the darkest and brightest places.
Bogard currently teaches creative writing at James Madison University in Virginia, but he's also taught in New Mexico, Nevada, Wisconsin and North Carolina. He received his PhD in Literature and Environment from the University of Nevada, Reno. I'm pleased that he joins us on "Beyond the Headlines."