Richard Bangs


Richard Bangs. Adventure-travel writer and filmmaker Richard Bangs was interviewed for BookCast by Library Director Sam Clay.

BookCast is a project developed with the generous support of the Fairfax Library Foundation. It is a production of Channel 16, the Fairfax County Government Channel in cooperation with the Fairfax County Public Library.  

Richard Bangs has published 19 books, numerous magazine articles, produced a score of documentaries and lectured at the Smithsonian, the National Geographic Society, the Explorers Club and many other venues. Recently he has traveled and written about North Korea and Kashmir and filmed in South America, the Galapagos and Easter Island.

He has spent 30 years as an explorer and communicator, and along the way led first whitewater descents of 35 rivers around the globe, including the Yangtze in China and the Zambezi in Southern Africa. He co-directed the IMAX film, “Mystery of the Nile” and co-authored the book of the same name. His memoir, The Lost River: A Memoir of Life, Death and the Transformation of Wild Water won a National Outdoor Book Award.

He has also been involved in digital travel media and filmmaking. He has produced and hosted several PBS series, most recently “The Quest for Wonder: South America.” 

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