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JUSTIN MARTIN and JESSICA SPEART

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Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 9:00pm

Frederick Law Olmsted “may be the most important American historical figure that the average person knows the least about.” He designed Central Park; Boston’s Emerald Necklace; the grounds of the United States Capitol Building as well as numerous parks, universities and hospitals that we all enjoy to this day. He created the idea of landscape architecture and perfected the art of creating natural and beautiful public spaces.  He was an environmentalist who looked at Boston’s Back Bay fens as a wetlands restoration project. Olmsted was also a noted journalist, author, a scientific farmer and even went to sea and had adventures worthy of Two Years Before The Mast. Inquiry’s guest tonight is journalist and author JUSTIN MARTIN here to talk about his new dynamic biography: GENIUS OF PLACE: THE LIFE OF FEDERICK LAW OLMSTED. Tune in and learn about what it took to create Central Park.


The illegal trafficking in ultra rare species of butterflies is a big business, with CITES listed species going for many thousands of dollars a pop. The people who are successful in this type of smuggling are masterminds of deception and cunning, running an international business just like a drug cartel. JESSICA SPEART, a freelance journalist specializing in wildlife enforcement issues, has traced the bizarre cat and mouse game that was played over years between the ‘Indiana Jones” of butterfly smuggling and a dedicated, hardworking officer of law enforcement for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. It is a thrilling, revealing and frightening expose of the world of a small group of unscrupulous men who would sell the planet’s biodiversity to the highest bidder. Speart’s book is titled WINGED OBSESSION: THE PURSUIT OF THE WORLD’S MOST NOTORIUS BUTTERFLY SMUGGLER.

 

 

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