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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.