Coyote Healer and Burning Man

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Adventure:  deserts, burning heat, art and literature. 

Pushing Limits takes you to two harsh environments, where people with disabilities only exist through the joys of peer support and imaginative thought.

Black Rock Department of Mobility 2006

First, we go to Black Rock City in Nevada where, during the week of Labor Day, the annual Burning Man Festival took place.  We talk to three people with disabilities, the force behind the Black Rock City Department of Mobility, a volunteer camp for people with disabilities.  They provide free and barter disability services for others who are attending the festival. 

Black Rock city Department of Mobility 2009

What’s it like to push a wheelchair around the Playa?  How can you refrigerate your insulin?  Dani Moore, Wayne Merchant and Kevin Lee provide some answers as they share their Burning Man excitement.

Then… a discussion of revolution, community, limitation and success with local writer Mariana Ruybalid, the author of Coyote Healer, Coyote Curandero.


The book narrates the adventures of Martin, a young boy of mixed heritage living with cerebral palsy.   Placed in the near future, Ruybalid’s novel describes a time when white evangelicals rule the U.S. and her protagonist, Martin, faces death as a minority and a person with a disability. 

Mariana Ruybalid


Part coming-of-age story, part revolutionary vision, Martin’s adventures bring him to a clearer sense of his flaws as well as his abilities.  It’s a book grounded in Ruybalid’s  long life as a woman with both a disability and a minority identity.

Adrienne Lauby produces and hosts.

Air Date: 9-21-12
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