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William Least Heat-MoonWilliam Least Heat-Moon discusses the start of his journey driving around the country after the collapse of his marriage and the loss of his job. He felt it was time to fulfill a wish to drive along the back roads of America, and discusses his journey with Don in this 1983 interview. It is this journey that he based his book Blue Highways, which became a best seller.

Listen to the William Least Heat-Moon interview with Don Swaim, February 3, 1983
(10 min. 59 sec.)

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William Least Heat-Moon talks about his journey on the roads which became the story of Blue Highways. He avoided Interstate roads, and kept mainly to the back roads writing down names and addresses of the people he encountered along the way. It wasn't until later that he decided to write a book about his travels. Heat-Moon is his Native American name, but usually uses William Least for his business name. Having seen much of the country, this weathered traveler tells why he decided to do it.

Listen to the William Least Heat-Moon interview with Don Swaim, January 31, 1984
(10 min. 33 sec.)

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PrairyErth, William Least Heat-Moon's second book following Blue Highways, is far from being a repeat book with a different name. He chose Cottonwood Falls, a town frozen in time in the late 19th century, to be the scene of his next book because he liked the name of the town when he saw it in a National Geographic magazine. It is hard to believe this town is really frozen in time, but he talks about so many interesting things that happened to him while trying to be part of the culture rather than an outsider.

Listen to the William Least Heat-Moon interview with Don Swaim, October 24, 1991
(36 min. 54 sec.)

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