The ‘Uncool’ Passion of Jonathan Franzen

24:01 minutes

Best-selling novelist Jonathan Franzen has fallen in love . . . with birds. Writing for the July issue of National Geographic magazine, Franzen describes how migrating songbirds are being hunted in high numbers in Egypt, Albania, and other places along the Mediterranean. Franzen tells SciFri about the songbirds’ plight and how his passion for birds has evolved.

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Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen is author of Freedom (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010), The Corrections (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2001), Birdwatcher, and wrote “Last Song For Migrating Birds” in July issue of National Geographic magazine in New York, New York.

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About Annette Heist

Annette Heist is a former senior producer for Science Friday.