Monroe Robinson, author of “The Handcrafted Life of Dick Proenneke,” was recently interviewed by Charles Monroe-Kane, senior producer and interviewer of “To the Best of Our Knowledge.” The episode, “Forged by Hand,” which also includes interviews with coppersmith Sara Dahmen, and actor, author, humorist and woodworker Nick Offerman, is airing today on some 220 NPR stations across the U.S.
“To the Best of Our Knowledge” is a Peabody award-winning public radio show “that dives headlong into the deeper end of ideas.” The show has conversations with “novelists and poets, scientists and software engineers, journalists and historians, filmmakers and philosophers, artists and activists – people with big ideas and a passion to share them.”
In today’s episode, Sara talks about being one of the only women in the country making pots and pans out of copper, iron and tin. Nick talks about the craft and wisdom of poet, novelist and environmentalist Wendell Berry, whose philosophy was the subject of a film he recently co-produced, “Look & See.” And Charles, who has roots in Alaska, spoke with Monroe about Dick Proenneke’s life in Twin Lakes, Alaska, and Monroe’s work repairing, restoring and reproducing Dick’s handcraft for 19 summers.
It’s a wonderful, beautifully produced show, and well worth the listen.
You can find the podcast here.
The audio for the entire show (which is the same as what will be on today’s broadcast) can be found here.
The audio for Monroe’s interview can be found here.
The show and the interview pages will be part of the permanent archive.
— Kara Gebhart Uhl