A crossroads of life and culture, the Chesapeake Bay straddles the North and the South, mixes salt water with fresh, and is home to about 18 million people and 3,500 species of animals and plants. Although recent cleanup efforts have improved its overall health, they have not been enough to save this national treasure. In The Chesapeake in Focus, award-winning writer Tom Pelton examines which environmental policies have worked and which have failed. Based on Pelton's extensive experience as a journalist and as the host of "The Environment in Focus" on WYPR, this sweeping book takes readers on a tour of the histories of the Chesapeake, as well as the ecological challenges faced by its major tributaries. It details the management of blue crabs. striped bass, and other delicious wildlife, profiles leaders and little-known characters involved in the restoration campaign, and warns of the dangers of anti-regulatory politics that threaten to reverse what has been accomplished. Looking to the future, Pelton offers a provocative vision of the hard steps that must be taken if we truly want to save the Bay. Presented in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Press and WYPR. Book sales provided by The Ivy Bookshop. Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund.