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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017
How National Parks Create and Manage Emotions of Spirituality

Whether yourealize it or not, America’s great national parks are not just presented “asthey really are.”  The experience of encountering a national park is one thathas been studied, managed, and tweeked by generations of park rangers andplanners until just the right emotion is most effectively, most unnoticeablyachieved.  And in more times than not, the emotion our nation’s parkplanners are after is one of spirituality, of somehow linking your experiencewith nature to your experiences of god.  It is a very interesting, sophisticatedprocess and one that allows all of us to enjoy our national, natural treasuresto the highest degree possible—though never in some untouched, unmediated way.  Today's guest on Thinking Aloud discusses how and why we feel what we feel when in our national parks.

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Whether yourealize it or not, America’s great national parks are not just presented “asthey really are.”  The experience of encountering a national park is one thathas been studied, managed, and tweeked by generations of park rangers andplanners until just the right emotion is most effectively, most unnoticeablyachieved.  And in more times than not, the emotion our nation’s parkplanners are after is one of spirituality, of somehow linking your experiencewith nature to your experiences of god.  It is a very interesting, sophisticatedprocess and one that allows all of us to enjoy our national, natural treasuresto the highest degree possible—though never in some untouched, unmediated way.  Today's guest on Thinking Aloud discusses how and why we feel what we feel when in our national parks.—Original airdate: 2/15/2017 08:00 PM

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