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Songs and Audio About John Muir

Audio Books, Interviews, and Spoken Word

  • Audio - Descriptions of available audio books and dramatic audio presentations pertaining to John Muir.
  • The Tree Speech Podcast released in April 2022 two episodes on the topic of "Considering John Muir."
    1. Episode 1 - Considering John Muir with Lee Stetson
     Since 1983, Lee Stetson has presented dramatic live enactments of John Muir in Yosemite National Park. He is often asked to provide Muir "voice overs" for films on Yosemite, national parks, or John Muir, including in Ken Burns' acclaimed PBS series "The National Parks: America's Best Idea."
    1. Episode 2 - Considering John Muir with Aaron Mair
    Aaron Mair is an environmental justice pioneer who has worked over the last 40 years in the spaces of health, environment, climate change disparities, and wilderness protection. He is an urban environmental activist and a regional and national environmental justice organizer and strategist who has advised two presidents and Congress, served on the national board of directors of the Sierra Club as its 57th president, and as the New York State Atlantic Chapter Chair.
  • John Muir radio episodes from Santa Clara University's California Legacy Project - 9 short radio episodes based on the writings of John Muir: California Glaciers, Earthquake, Samoset, Two Pine Logs, The Water-Ouzel, Wild Bees of California, The Wind, A Windstorm in the Forest and Woody Gospel Letter. Website includes Quicktime audio and illustrated scripts, along with links to Google books editon available for viewing online or sometimes as a downloaded PDF format. (Santa Clara University, linke removed)
  • John Muir's Botanical Travels - Radio Interview of Bonnie Gisel and Dean Taylor by Tom Ashbrok, On Point Radio (Boston NPR affiliate wbur.og)
  • KPLU Interview of Lee Stetson - NPR affiliate radio with Tree in a Windstorm story - (3-18-09 (offsite link)
  • Web radio interview of Harold Wood, the Chair of the Sierra Club John Muir Education Committee, a featured guest on's ‘Champagne Sundays’ Online Radio Show. This show was a special Eco & Environment show that aired live on April 6th, 2008.
  • John of the Mountains: Following in the footsteps of John Muir
    BBC Radio Programme - 2003 September 2 - (Real Audio - Off-site link)
    Howard Stableford travels to Yosemite National Park in California to follow in the footsteps of John Muir, virtually unknown in his native Scotland but a national hero in the US, who fought to protect the American wilderness.
  • Lee Stetson - Dramatic Presentations of John Muir
  • John Muir in Alaska - by Alaska Public Media KSTK - Wrangell - March 22, 2013 (streaming audio - approximately 5 minutes)
  • John Muir's Stickeen told by Bill Harley.The classic story of Muir's adventure with a dog on a glacier in Alaska, told with unusual vigor by a famed story-teller. Bill Harley explains: "This story has accompanied me through my whole adult life and I still love it. Muir's overarching message is that we share the world with other living creatures, and they have as much right to it as we do. Muir's ethos is at the heart of the movement to preserve the natural world for all of us. He's one of my heroes." A two-time Grammy award winner, Hartley, usually Accompanied by his guitar, creates narrative songs and stories, both original and traditional, for both children and adults.
  • "Stickeen" by John Muir - Read by Andre Stojka (Listen2Read, 2012). Unabridged, 65 minutes. Available as a Digital Download ISBN: 978-0-9913767-5-9 or CD Library Edition Jewel box ISBN: 978-0-9913767-3-5. Like most John Muir audiobooks, the reader does not attempt a Scottish accent, but reads it with an appropriate level of enthusiasm and inflection. This helps show why John Muir's story about his perilous adventure with the little dog Stickeen is still so popular! A YouTube Video preview is available.
  • As It Was: John Muir Takes "Little Hike" Around Mount Shasta (off-site link) by Kernan Turner - May 29, 2017- A two minute text/ audio presentation of a story about Muir's "Little Hike" Around Mt. Shasta - from "Jefferson Public Radio." The audio is an excerpt from "A Conversation with John Muir." World's Work. [London, England] Nov. 1906, pp. 8249-50, Accessed 28 Apr. 2017.
  • William E. Colby reminiscences (196x) , Concerning John Muir, the Sierra Club, Yosemite Valley, conservation, etc., interviewed by Charlotte Mauk, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. (streaming audio)
  • Recollections of John Muir by Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley - Interviews with John H. Briones, William E. Colby, Herbert M. Evans and Frank Swett conducted by John M. Jencks and Ernest Lowe for radio station KPFA, Berkeley, 1964.
  • Oral History: John Muir by Jean Hanna Clark, Recorded by Mariposa Museum and History Center, off-site link to .
  • Radio Interview - University Of The Pacific Honors 150th Anniversary Of John Muir's First Visit To California - Capital Public Radio, "Insight" (March 7, 2018). Professors Bill Swagerty and Mike Wurtz discuss Muir's impact on California's environmental movement and this year's symposium. The 2018 John Muir Symposium was held on March 23-24, 2018. The Symposium marked the 150th anniversary of John Muir's travels to California and pioneering trip in Yosemite. The outdoorsman and author is considered by many to be a pioneer of the environmental movement in the Golden State. The University of the Pacific in Stockton holds a massive collection of Muir's letters, journals, drawings and photographs from his time in California. This month, they're opening the collection the public and hosting a trip to Yosemite that follows in Muir's footsteps.
  • "The Camping Trip That Changed American History" - from the Sun Also Rises radio program with host Jeremiah Jacques from Trumpet Radio, 101.3 FM, his episode examines how a serious injury sustained by a factory worker in 1867 not only changed the course of that man's life, but also set in motion a chain of events that changed the course of American history—in a way that countless people for generations have benefited from. Off-site link to SoundCloud - appears to have been removed by Soundcloud.


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