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Doug Fine

Globe-Trotting Journalist; Humorist; NPR Adventure Contributor; Author

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 Doug Fine Biography

After being raised on Domino's Pizza and Brady Bunch re-runs, Doug Fine's method of journalistic investigation was to strap on a backpack and travel to five continents; to the nooks where the world's then-monied media venues weren't sending their people. The deciders at these venues tended to be delighted to have a whippersnapper beam back colorful dispatches for poorly-remunerated publication as long as he didn't identify himself as an employee of said venues. Complicated insurance ramifications for torture treatment might ensue.

As a young freelancer, Fine reported in this manner for the Washington Post, Salon, U.S. News and World Report, Sierra, Wired, Outside, National Public Radio, and other venues from little-visited jungle war zones like Burma, Rwanda, Laos, Guatemala and Tajikistan. He became a world-class adventure writer and investigative journalist, writing culturally insightful and funny dispatches. One of these, about democracy efforts in Burma, was read into the U.S. Congressional Record.

During this time, his 20s, Fine recognized that he lived on an actual planet, and that he felt most alive while living and loving in wild ecosystems. Following this impulse in contradiction to all the suburban values with which he was raised (which can be summarized as, "if youre not going to be a doctor, you can at least be a lawyer"), he moved to extreme rural Alaska to see if a former suburbanite could survive away from Costco. Happiness and self-awareness were the goals. This resulted in his award-nominated first book, "Not Really An Alaskan Mountain Man," a wildly humorous and meaningful adventure narrative, which is now in its third printing.

Realizing that living in sync with his ecosystem is indeed where his own inspiration and personal happiness reside, Fine for his second book decided to embark on a "Hypocrisy Reduction Project," to see if he could truly live a sustainable lifestyle, rather than borrowing from Babylon to live in an ecological Zion. He moved to an obscure valley in Southern New Mexico to write Farewell, My Subaru, to quite simply examine whether a Digital Age Human can live without Petroleum but without giving up any of his Digital Age Comforts. His conclusion? He can, once he figures out how to keep the coyotes from eating his chickens, his solar panels from electrocuting him, his goats from outsmarting him, and his vegetable oil truck exhaust from giving him a bad case of the munchies (it smells like Kung Pao chicken).

"Farewell, My Subaru" has been translated into Chinese and Korean, and garnered Fine his first appearance on "The Tonight Show" and CNN. Now in its seventh printing, it debuted on the Boston Globe Bestseller List in September, 2009, earning comparisons to Bill Bryson and Douglas Adams.

In 2011, Fine turned his attention to America's 40 Year-Old War on Drugs. Coming at it from a both an economic and a sustainability angle, he bumped the vegetable oil-powered truck into the cannabis fields of Northern California, some of them third generation farms that are as old as the war itself. There, following some near-misses with helicopters and profiling police cars (vegetable oil-powered trucks aroused suspicions on a freeway), he found one remote county that had legalized, regulated and taxed the cultivation of the cannabis plant.

In the resulting "Too High To Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution" (Penguin/Gotham, August, 2012), Fine, in what can now be called his usual wild, hysterical fashion, and with typically impeccable investigative journalistic result, extrapolated a model for the multibillion-dollar legal, cartel-crippling economy that can result when the failed Drug War is finally called off and cannabis is regulated like alcohol in North America. As the local Sheriff puts it, "The plant isn't going away. We can tax it, or we can let the drug lords make the profits."

Fine now travels around the world speaking about his sustainability realizations and his Drug Peace research, and is a regular contributor of adventure and investigative features to National Public Radio and many other venues. Despite all the accolades, he still milks his goats one teat at a time like all former suburbanite, neo-Rugged Individualist Organic Cowboys.

He enjoys drumming, spirit dancing, distance running, backpacking, rafting and kayaking, meditation, golf, singing at the top of his lungs, the art of conversation, the art of silence, and Frisbee on the beach.

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Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution

Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution

Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution

Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution

Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living

Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living

Not Really an Alaskan Mountain Man

Not Really an Alaskan Mountain Man

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Doug Fine

Globe-Trotting Journalist; Humorist; NPR Adventure Contributor; Author

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Doug Fine Biography

After being raised on Domino's Pizza and Brady Bunch re-runs, Doug Fine's method of journalistic investigation was to strap on a backpack and travel to five continents; to the nooks where the world's then-monied media venues weren't sending their people. The deciders at these venues tended to be delighted to have a whippersnapper beam back colorful dispatches for poorly-remunerated publication as long as he didn't identify himself as an employee of said venues. Complicated insurance ramifications for torture treatment might ensue.

As a young freelancer, Fine reported in this manner for the Washington Post, Salon, U.S. News and World Report, Sierra, Wired, Outside, National Public Radio, and other venues from little-visited jungle war zones like Burma, Rwanda, Laos, Guatemala and Tajikistan. He became a world-class adventure writer and investigative journalist, writing culturally insightful and funny dispatches. One of these, about democracy efforts in Burma, was read into the U.S. Congressional Record.

During this time, his 20s, Fine recognized that he lived on an actual planet, and that he felt most alive while living and loving in wild ecosystems. Following this impulse in contradiction to all the suburban values with which he was raised (which can be summarized as, "if youre not going to be a doctor, you can at least be a lawyer"), he moved to extreme rural Alaska to see if a former suburbanite could survive away from Costco. Happiness and self-awareness were the goals. This resulted in his award-nominated first book, "Not Really An Alaskan Mountain Man," a wildly humorous and meaningful adventure narrative, which is now in its third printing.

Realizing that living in sync with his ecosystem is indeed where his own inspiration and personal happiness reside, Fine for his second book decided to embark on a "Hypocrisy Reduction Project," to see if he could truly live a sustainable lifestyle, rather than borrowing from Babylon to live in an ecological Zion. He moved to an obscure valley in Southern New Mexico to write Farewell, My Subaru, to quite simply examine whether a Digital Age Human can live without Petroleum but without giving up any of his Digital Age Comforts. His conclusion? He can, once he figures out how to keep the coyotes from eating his chickens, his solar panels from electrocuting him, his goats from outsmarting him, and his vegetable oil truck exhaust from giving him a bad case of the munchies (it smells like Kung Pao chicken).

"Farewell, My Subaru" has been translated into Chinese and Korean, and garnered Fine his first appearance on "The Tonight Show" and CNN. Now in its seventh printing, it debuted on the Boston Globe Bestseller List in September, 2009, earning comparisons to Bill Bryson and Douglas Adams.

In 2011, Fine turned his attention to America's 40 Year-Old War on Drugs. Coming at it from a both an economic and a sustainability angle, he bumped the vegetable oil-powered truck into the cannabis fields of Northern California, some of them third generation farms that are as old as the war itself. There, following some near-misses with helicopters and profiling police cars (vegetable oil-powered trucks aroused suspicions on a freeway), he found one remote county that had legalized, regulated and taxed the cultivation of the cannabis plant.

In the resulting "Too High To Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution" (Penguin/Gotham, August, 2012), Fine, in what can now be called his usual wild, hysterical fashion, and with typically impeccable investigative journalistic result, extrapolated a model for the multibillion-dollar legal, cartel-crippling economy that can result when the failed Drug War is finally called off and cannabis is regulated like alcohol in North America. As the local Sheriff puts it, "The plant isn't going away. We can tax it, or we can let the drug lords make the profits."

Fine now travels around the world speaking about his sustainability realizations and his Drug Peace research, and is a regular contributor of adventure and investigative features to National Public Radio and many other venues. Despite all the accolades, he still milks his goats one teat at a time like all former suburbanite, neo-Rugged Individualist Organic Cowboys.

He enjoys drumming, spirit dancing, distance running, backpacking, rafting and kayaking, meditation, golf, singing at the top of his lungs, the art of conversation, the art of silence, and Frisbee on the beach.

Doug Fine Videos

  • Doug Fine discusses Hemp Bound
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  • How to book Doug Fine?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Doug Fine for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Doug Fine, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Doug Fine or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Doug Fine?

    Booking fees for Doug Fine, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Doug Fine, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Doug Fine?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Doug Fine for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Doug Fine for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Doug Fine or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Doug Fine or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Doug Fine is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Doug Fine for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Doug Fine generally travels from NM, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ed Begley Jr., Amber Jenkins, Tensie Whelan, Jason Clay and Jeff Orlowski. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Doug Fine for an upcoming event.

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