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150 Years of Walden

In 1854, a thick book of meditations about a New England pond appeared in bookstores. It took five years to sell those first 2,000 copies, but 150 years later, Henry David Thoreau's Walden is considered a classic of American literature. Join NPR's Neal Conan and his guests to celebrate the anniversary and the history of the man and his book.


Richard smith, historical interpreter of Henry David Thoreau for the Concord Museum

W. Barksdale Maynard, author of Walden Pond: A History

Terry Tempest Williams, author of The Open Space of Democracy

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Neal Conan
Award winning journalist Neal Conan was the final host of Talk of the Nation, which broadcast its final show on June 27, 2013.