Douglas Brinkley | Clinton School Presents

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Interview with Douglas Brinkley for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Douglas Brinkley, who is an award-winning and New York Times best-selling author, a professor of history at Rice University, a fellow at the James Baker Institute for Public Policy, and an editor at Audubon Magazine. In his new book, Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America, Brinkley focuses on FDR and his essential yet under-sung legacy as the founder of the Civilian Conservation Corps and premier protector of America’s public lands. FDR built from scratch dozens of State Park systems and scenic roadways. During his years as president, FDR established hundreds of federal migratory bird refuges, spearheaded the modern endangered species movement, and positioned his conservation goals as economic policy to combat the severe unemployment of the Great Depression. Rightful Heritage chronicles both a portrait of FDR’s passion and skill to illuminate the tension between business and nature of both exploiting and conserving our national resources.