Jennie Romer, CAN I RECYCLE THIS? & Catherine Raven, FOX AND I

We talk with recycling maven Jennie Romer about making the right recycling choices. Her book is Can I Recycle This? A Guide To Better Recycling And How To Reduce Single Use Plastics.

Then, wildlife biologist Catherine Raven tells us about her bestselling memoir, Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship.

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Jennie Romer

Have you ever stood in front of a recycling bin holding an everyday object and wondered, “Can I recycle this?” I’ll bet you have—lots of times. Have you ever just tossed it in not knowing the answer? That’s not re-cycling, that’s wish-cycling.

It doesn’t make it any easier that recycling rules vary widely from place to place, leaving many of us scratching our heads at the simple act of throwing something away.

But help is on the way! In her illustrated book Can I Recycle This?, Jennie Romer takes readers on a quick but informative tour of how recycling actually works and gives straightforward answers to whether dozens of common household objects can or cannot be recycled.

Romer is a Legal Associate for the Surfrider Foundation’s Plastic Pollution Initiative. She helped author plastic bag bans in California and New York. Can I Recycle This was illustrated by Christie Young.

Listen to a sample from Can I Recycle This?

Catherine Raven

When Catherine Raven finished her PhD in biology, she built herself a tiny cottage on an isolated plot of land in Montana.

She was as emotionally isolated as she was physically, but she viewed the house as a way station, a temporary rest stop where she could gather her nerves and fill out applications for what she hoped would be a real job that would help her fit into society.

Then one day she realized that a fox was showing up on her property every afternoon at 4:15 p.m. She had never had a regular visitor before. How do you even talk to a fox?

She brought out her camping chair, sat as close to him as she dared, and began reading to him from The Little Prince. Her scientific training had taught her not to anthropomorphize animals, yet as she grew to know him, his personality revealed itself and they became friends.

In her bestselling memoir Fox and I, Raven explores her remarkable friendship with the fox. Her beautiful descriptions of the land and the wild creatures she shares it with illumines the fellowship of Nature within which we all reside.

Read An Excerpt from Fox and I

Next Week on Writer’s Voice

We talk with HonorÁ©e Fanonne Jeffers about her novel, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois.