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Are we choosing to collapse?

In this podcast Knoxville News Sentinel editor Jack McElroy summarizes and comments on the book Collapse: How societies choose to fail or succeed, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond. (Recorded June 19, 2013)

"The subject matter of Jared Diamond’s Collapse is, in some ways, the opposite of his earlier Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs and Steel," McElroy says. "That book dealt with the development of human civilization. This more recent book looks at examples of societal collapse. Both works are ruthlessly analytical, and that makes Collapse especially thought-provoking, and frightening. As you read the book, it becomes all too clear that the factors confronted by people in such isolated societies as Easter Island or Pitcairn Island are the same basic issues we are now facing on our much larger but ultimately just-as-isolated planet."

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Melissa Brenneman

Melissa listens to hours of podcasts on most days. She started the habit with the intention of taking long walks, but podcasts proved to be more addicting than exercise. She records, edits and mixes podcasts for the library.
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Alan May

Alan May works as a reference librarian at Lawson McGhee Library. In his spare time, he reads and writes poetry. May's most recent books are Dead Letters (2008) and More Unknowns (2014). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New York Quarterly, The Hollins Critic, New Orleans Review, Plume, and others.