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EP 484: Max Brooks Talks Sasquatches and Survival

Max Brooks (World War Z) discusses what a fictional Sasquatch massacre can teach us about the perils of eco-utopianism, what happens when man encroaches on nature, and those people who still refuse to wear a mask in public. Max says people in the 21st Century are exchanging resilience and know-how for technological convenience - a trade-off that may not serve us very well when we’re put to the test in a true emergency like the COVID-19 crisis. He talks about his childhood fascination with the legend of big foot, his hatred for the 1987 movie Harry and the Hendersons, and how his research into great apes informed his take on how Sasquatches might behave if threatened. He also recalls his brief stint as a writer of Saturday Night Live, how his mother Anne Bancroft inspired his love of science and research, and how his dad Mel Brooks and the late Carl Reiner got each other through quarantine.

Order Max's book Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre on Amazon, Audible, or wherever books are sold. Keep up with Max at and follow him on twitter at @MaxBrooksAuthor.

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