Ian Frazier

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Ian Frazier describes being on a train for 52 hours and never leaving the Russian forest. (6:09)

YOU VERY MUCH.

MY GUEST TONIGHT HAS A NEW BOOK

CALLED "TRAVELS IN SIBERIA."

IT'S A SEQUEL.

PLEASE WELCOME IAN FRAZIER.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

HEY, NICE TO MEET YOU,

MR. FRAZIER.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMING ON.

>> NICE TO BE HERE.

>> Stephen: NOW, I GOT TO TAKE

YOU TO TASK RIGHT OFF THE BAT.

>> OKAY.

>> Stephen: GET YOUR GUARD UP.

TRAVELS IN SIBERIA IS THE NAME

OF THE BOOK, IAN FRAZIER.

WHY SIBERIA, SIR?

WHAT'S WRONG WITH AMERICA'S

FROZEN HELLSCAPE?

GO TO NEBRASKA THIS TIME OF

YEAR.

IT IS JUST CORN STUBBLE AND

DESOLATION.

( LAUGHTER )

WELL, I WENT TO NEBRASKA,

>> Stephen: YOU DID?

>> YEAH, AND OUT WEST, AND I

JUST KEPT GOING.

I KEPT WESTERING.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

YOU MUST HAVE PICKED UP SOME

SPEED WHEN YOU GOT TO THE BERING

STRAIT BECAUSE IT IS VERY HARD

TO SKIP A STONE ACROSS THAT

THING.

>> IT'S A PLACE OF HORRIBLE

WEATHER.

IT'S TRUE.

I WENT THERE A BUNCH.

>> Stephen: YOU WENT THERE

FIVE TIMES.

>> I WENT TO SIBERIA FIVE TIMES.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU PART OF A

FREQUENT GULAG PROGRAM?

WHY THE FASCINATION WITH WHAT WE

AMERICANS KNOW IS A FROZEN,

DESOLATE, ENVIRONMENTALLY DEG

DATED HELLSCAPE?

>> WELL, THAT'S A FAIR QUESTION.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Stephen: THOSE ARE FEW AND

FAR BETWEEN ON THIS SHOW.

( LAUGHTER )

>> WE WESTER AND WE RIDE BOO THE

SUNSET.

WE GO WEST.

>> Stephen: YES, WE DO.

>> RUSSIANS GO EAST.

>> Stephen: THE PLANET SPINS

IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION?

>> WELL, THEY LOOK EAST.

THEIR EMPIRE WENT EAST.

>> Stephen: MOSCOW OVER HERE.

GO EAST, YOUNG MAN.

>> WE HAD A WILD WEST.

THEY HAD A WILD EAST.

>> Stephen: IT STILL IS A WILD

EAST OUT THERE.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> Stephen: TELL US ABOUT THE

SIBERIA AMERICA DOESN'T KNOW

ABOUT, WHICH IS ALL OF IT, BUT

TELL ME ABOUT THE PART YOU WENT

THROUGH.

IS IT A FROZEN HELL SCAPE?

>> NO, IT'S INCREDIBLY HOT IN

THE SUMMER AND JUST FULL OF

MOSQUITOES.

IT'S FAR FROM A...

>> Stephen: DON'T OVERSELL IT.

>> I DON'T THINK THERE'S A

DANGER OF MY BEING A ADVOCATE OF

IT, BUT IT'S A GREAT PLACE FOR

AN ADVENTURE.

IT'S PLACE WHERE PEOPLE HAVE

BEEN GOING TO TEST THEMSELVES

AND SEE WHAT IT'S LIKE, AND

THERE'S A LOT OF BOOKS ABOUT

SIBERIA, SO I'M PART OF A GENRE

OF BOOKS ABOUT SIGH BEERA.

>> Stephen: BUT NONE LIKE

THIS.

>> NONE LIKE THIS?

>> Stephen: I WOULD SAY NONE

LIKE THIS.

>> OKAY, NONE LIKE THIS.

>> Stephen: IF YOU WANT TO

SELL SOME BOOKS, I WOULD SAY

"NONE LIKE THIS."

ARE YOU KIDDING?

I JUST PHOTO PHOTOCOPIED THE

LAST ONE I READ, PUT IT IN A

BINDER.

WHAT'S THE DRAW FOR YOU?

WERE YOU TESTING YOURSELF?

DID YOU WANT THE SEE WHAT YOU

WERE MADE OF?

>> ADVENTURE WAS THE DRAW.

IT WAS OPEN FOR THE FIRST TIME.

THE SOVIETS HAD IT CLOSED.

>> Stephen: PUTIN GOES OUT

THERE ALL THE TIME.

>> ALL THE TIME.

>> Stephen: DID HE TRY TO

BRING YOU DOWN WITH A TANK

QUILLIZER GUN?

HE GOES OUT THERE SHIRTLESS AND

PRINCE DOWN TIGERS WITH A

TRANQUILIZER.

>> THIS IS THE BIG DIFFERENCE.

THE CZARS NEVER WENT TO SIBERIA.

THEY KNEW, DON'T GO THERE.

PUTIN HAS MADE SIBERIA PART OF

RUSSIA AGAIN.

HE'S VERY INTERESTING IN

DEVELOPED SIBERIA.

>> Stephen: IS THAT LIKE

REAGAN WITH HIS WESTERN WHITE

HOUSE, OUT THERE SPLITTING WOOD.

IS THE IMAGE OF SIBERIA A PAUL

BUNYAN IMAGE FOR THEM?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

IT MAKES HIM LOOK TOUGH.

>> Stephen: DO THEY HAVE

LEGENDARY FOLK FIGURES LIKE PAUL

BUNYAN AND THE BIG BLUE OX?

>> YEAH, THEY DO, AND PUTIN

WASSING WITH ONE OF THEM.

HE WAS ENACTING.

>> Stephen: THAT AND HE KIND

OF DOES LIKE PLAY GIRL CENTER

FOLDS AT THE SAME TIME,

SEMINAKED ON HORSEBACK.

>> HE'S VERY BUFF.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Stephen: YOU DON'T HAVE TO

TELL ME.

GUN TO MY HEAD, SURE.

ABSOLUTELY.

>> OKAY.

GOOD.

>> Stephen: HE'D BE A STRONG

LEADER IN 2012 OVER HERE.

>> I THINK HE'S A VERY STRONG

LEADER PERMANENTLY.

I DON'T KNOW HOW THEY'LL EVER

GET RID OF HIM.

>> Stephen: DID YOU SEE

ANYTHING OVER THERE?

THEY GOT GRIZZLIES GALORE OVER

THERE, RIGHT?

DO THEY?

THEY HAVE SOME WEARS OVER THERE

>> EVER

>> THEY HAVE BEARS.

I DIDN'T SEE ANY BEARS.

>> Stephen: FIVE TRIPS, NO

BEARS IN

>> WILDLIFE IS NOT ABUNDANT

THERE BELIEVE IT OR NOT.

WHERE YOU GO YOU DON'T SEE THAT

MUCH WILDLIFE, NO.

>> Stephen: I SEE HERE AT ONE

POINT YOU DROVE ACROSS... WHAT

DID YOU DRIVE IN?

>> I DROVE IN A RENAULT DELIVERY

VAN.

>> Stephen: YOU DROVE IN A

RENAULT?

A DIESEL RENAULT AND IT MADE IT

OUT OF THE PARKING LOT?

>> NOT REALLY.

WE HAD TO KEEP RESTARTING IT.

IT WENT FROM ST. PETERSBURG TO

VLADIVOSTOK, 15,000 KILOMETERS

INCLUDING SIDE TRIPS.

IT SERVED US, BUT IT WAS KIND OF

A PIECE OF JUNK.

>> Stephen: YOU SAY AT ONE

POINT YOU DROVE FOR 52 HOURS AND

NEVER LEFT...

>> I WAS ON A TRAIN FOR 52

HOURS, AND THE FOREST IS JUST

LIKE THIS WAS IN THE WINTER, SO

IT JUST WAS LIKE CHRISTMAS CARDS

UPON CHRISTMAS CARDS.

THERE'S IN FRAME.

IT JUST KEEPS ON COMING AT YOU.

IT'S HARD TO DESCRIBE HOW BIG

THE RUSSIAN FOREST IS.

>> Stephen: IS IT BEING

EXPLOITED IN IMPROPER WAYS?

>> IMPROPER WAYS?

>> Stephen: YOU KNOW, AS MAN

DOMINATES NATURE, ARE THEY

PROPERLY DOMINATING SIBERIA?

>> THEY'RE DOMINATING.

ABSOLUTELY.

>> Stephen: YOU'VE ALSO

TRAVELED ACROSS THE WESTERN

UNITED STATES.

>> RIGHT.

>> Stephen: WHERE ELSE ARE YOU

GOING?

YOU KNOW, MARS WOULD BE A GREAT

PLACE.

HOW OLD ARE YOU?

>> I'M ALMOST 60 YEARS OLD.

>> Stephen: OH, HAVE I GOT AN

OFFER FOR YOU.

IAN FRAZIER, THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR JOINING US.

IAN FRAZIER, THE BOOK IS

"TRAVELS IN

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