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Applachian Trail: The Author of a New Book About the Appalachian Trail Discusses Its History & Significance


Every year millions of people hike all or part of the 2,000+-mile Appalachian Trail. But how did it come to be? In his new book, The Appalachian Trail: A Biography, author Philip D'Anieri explores the colorful stories of the A.T.'s founders, their motivations and who it serves.

Philip D’Anieri, lecturer in architecture and regional planning, University of Michigan

Jennifer walked into her college radio station as a 17-year-old freshman and never looked back. Even though she was terrified of the microphone back then — and spoke into it as little as possible — she loved the studio, the atmosphere and, most of all, the people who work in broadcasting. She was hooked. Decades later, she’s back behind the radio microphone hosting Maine Public Radio’s flagship talk program, Maine Calling. She’s not afraid of the mic anymore, but still loves the bright, eclectic people she gets to work with every day.
Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.