Christian Cooper on what it means to be a Black man in the natural world

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Christian Cooper’s memoir, “Better Living Through Birding,” describes how birding became a refuge and a joy for a boy who felt ostracized and overlooked.
Courtesy Christian Cooper and Penguin Random House

Christian Cooper’s visibility as a lifelong birder exploded after a woman in Central Park refused to leash her dog and reported, wrongly, that she was being threatened.

Three years later, Cooper is out with a powerful new memoir and a National Geographic TV show he hopes will attract more people of color to the world of bird-watching.

Don’t miss this week’s Big Books and Bold Ideas, when Cooper talks with host Kerri Miller about how a self-described nerdy gay kid from Long Island fell in love with our feathered friends and how the incident that pushed him into the national spotlight distracts from what he sees as the bigger issues.

He also shares stories about his work as a Marvel comics writer and has a few tips for want-to-be birders.

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