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Joe Kane Discusses "Running the Amazon."

Writer Joe Kane. In 1985, Kane, who had been a freelance writer living in San Francisco, was asked to follow the first attempt to navigate the entire Amazon River, starting in the Andes of Peru and ending in the Atlantic Ocean. Kane was going to follow the group at intervals, publicizing their progress for the American and European press. But the logistics of the trip quickly fell apart and Kane went from observer to participant in a harrowing journey through some of the most difficult rapids in the world, and through territory controlled by the Shining Path guerrillas and Peruvian drug lords. In end, only Kane and a companion were left to kayak the 3,600 miles of calm waters to the Atlantic. Kane's account of his odyssey is titled Running the Amazon.

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Other segments from the episode on August 2, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, August 2, 1989: Interview with Joe Kane; Review of performances at the PepsiCo Summerfare Festival; Interview with Marta Renzi; Commentary on moving.

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