Episode 177 Piano Tide with Kathleen Dean Moore

“Do we belong to the Earth or does the Earth belong to us?” - Chief Seathl


Piano Tide is the debut novel by award-winning naturalist, philosopher, activist and author Kathleen Dean Moore.  The lyrical and sometimes humorous writing are what makes this book unusual.  Environmentalism is seething below the tides of the fictional town of Good River Harbor, a little village pressed against the mountains—homeland to bears, whales, and a few weather-worn families.  Kathleen Dean Moor is joining Dr. Rebecca Risk to discuss this novel.

Topics Covered In This Episode:

  • What got you involved in writing about climate change?
  • What does piano tide mean?
  • As an environmentalist, were you trying to portray a message?
  • What is the main environmental issues happening in the story?
  • This book centers on the fragile balance between man and the ecosystem.  Can you tell us about this?
  • What were you trying to portray by talking about these issues?
  • Do the characters represent different theories of environmental ethics?
  • Can you tell us about the analogies about the salmon?
  • What is happening to the environment when we are hurting the rivers and trees?
  • What is happening with global warming?
  • How is logging and fishing contributing?
  • Is there something we can do about it?
  • How can someone get ahold of you/your book/website?