Coming into the Country

A conversation about John McPhee’s 1977 classic “Coming into the Country” – a book that defined Alaska for many readers. Alaska’s Energy Desk tracked down policy makers, homesteaders, and river runners that were featured in the book to find out how Alaska has changed over the the past 40 years. A live studio audience asks questions of panelists: Willie Hensley, former state lawmaker and author of the autobiography Fifty Miles From Tomorrow. Reed Stoops, formerly of the Department of Natural Resources, now a lobbyist. Dan O’Neill, author of A Land Gone Lonesome, about the Yukon River. Pat Pourchot, a former state lawmaker, Congressional staffer, and DNR commissioner who had the enviable job of leading the river trip that John McPhee writes about in the first section of the book.

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