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Blue Dot: Miracle Country: an interview with Eastern Sierra author Kendra Atleework and her father Robert

Author Kendra Atleework and her latest, "Miracle Country: a Memoir of a Family and a Landscape."
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Author Kendra Atleework and her latest, "Miracle Country: a Memoir of a Family and a Landscape."

Dave visits with two very special people. Kendra Atleework is the author of Miracle Country: a Memoir of a Family and a Landscape and her father, Robert Atlee (find out why their names are just a little different by listening!), the publisher of Sierra Maps.

Kendra tells the joyous and sometimes sad story of her family growing up in and near Bishop, California in the Owens Valley. It's a dramatic landscape that you have very likely seen even if you've never been there. A multitude of movies and commercials have been shot in the region that lies between two towering mountain ranges, the Sierra and White Mountains.

The story of the Owens Valley, which is called Payahǖǖnadǖ, meaning "place of flowing water" by the indigenous Piute people who have lived there for millennia, is a tortured one from the near extermination of the Native Americans to the stealing of its water by the city of Los Angeles as made famous in the film Chinatown and chronicled in Marc Reisner's seminal book Cadillac Desert. 

Atleework's book adds a new and remarkable take on the story of this amazing place as told through the lens of her family and growing up at the foot of iconic 13,658 ft. Mt. Tom.

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.