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Parks and Recreation

Should parks across the nation be shut down to help stop the spread of COVID-19? In a piece for the Atlantic Monthly, UNC professor Zeynep Tufekci makes a case for keeping them open. While some parks have experienced overcrowding and minimal social distancing between users, Tufekci says with rationing and policies that promote physical distancing, parks and open green spaces will be good for the immune system and the mind.

This hour, we discuss the state of local parks and trails with area leaders and nature enthusiasts. Our guests:

Nick Offerman: Beyond Ron Swanson

Nov 19, 2019
Matt Winkelmeyer

Nick Offerman is a polymath. Though the term typically evokes images of some untouchable legend from the Renaissance, or a public figure relegated to the halls of academia, it also applies to the blue-collar Illinois farm boy-turned-Hollywood actor.

While Offerman is inarguably best known for his portrayal of the meat-loving, libertarian-leaning government official Ron Swanson in NBC's hit sitcom "Parks and Recreation," his film and TV career has been far from one-note.