Environmentalist William Powers' new book is Whispering in the Giant's Ear: A Frontline Chronicle From Bolivia's War on Globalization. Powers is also the author of Blue Clay People, about Liberia. He has worked for over a decade in development aid in Latin America, Africa and Washington DC.
In 1982, travel writer Eric Hansen traveled to Borneo, sought out local guides, and walked through the rain forest. His new book documents the adventure and what he learned about Western attitudes toward indigenous cultures.
Ethnomusicologist Steven Feld shares soundscapes of the daily life of indigenous rain forest communities in New Guinea. He explains the importance of song as a mode of communication in the cultures he studied.