Producer and host Marcia Franklin talks with journalist Eliza Griswold about her latest book, Amity and Prosperity. It chronicles the effects of "fracking" on some residents of a western Pennsylvania community. Fracking is a method of getting natural gas out of rock, and is controversial for several reasons.
Griswold spent seven years researching and writing the book. During the conversation, recorded at the 2018 Sun Valley Writers' Conference, she talks about what motivated her to cover the story, which she calls one of the most difficult she has ever reported, the results of her investigation, and the deep rural/urban divide she observed.
A former Guggenheim Fellow and a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine, Griswold is also the author of The Tenth Parallel: Dispatched from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam, which won the J. Anthony Lukas Prize. She also penned a collection of poems, Wideawake Field. She talks with Franklin about her forthcoming book of poetry.
Franklin and the Dialogue team have recorded over 50 interviews at the Sun Valley Writers' Conference since 2005. The conversations can be streamed at http://video.idahoptv.org/show/dialogue/