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The Sound of Ideas

New Look at the New World

Posted Wednesday, February 20, 2008

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The European explorers stumbled on a world vastly more complex than the one commonly taught in history classes. So says writer Charles Mann who describes a western hemisphere crowded with millions of people inhabiting a landscape they'd largely shaped with their own hands. Mann's book is called 1491, New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus. It presents compelling evidence that the earliest Americans built and occupied cities that rivaled anything found in Europe at the time. In South America, they built earthworks and roads that stretched for hundreds of miles. And they planted a garden we know today as the Amazon rainforest. Mann recently came to Cleveland to talk about his book, and he joins us for The Sound of Ideas starting at 9:00 a.m. on 90.3.



Charles Mann, author, 1491

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