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Best of 2009 and A New Look At Ayn Rand

Anne C Heller
Anne C Heller

Anne C. Heller talks about her biography, AYN RAND AND THE WORLD SHE MADE and we play clips from our list of WV Best of 2009, including creative nonfiction writer Tracy Kidder, poet Richard Wilbur, novelist Nicholson Baker, psychologist Gail Hornstein and journalist David Grann.

Ayn Rand And the World She Made

Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand

Although Ayn Rand has been dead for almost thirty years, her books are still phenomenal best sellers. The two most famous, ATLAS SHRUGGED and THE FOUNTAINHEAD have sold more than 12 million copies in the US alone.

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Rand has been the object of adulation by conservatives for her advocacy of limited government and unfettered individual rights. The reaction to her by progressives has been equally fierce: repulsion against her elevation of selfishness to the highest good. She was charismatic, controversial, idiosyncratic and egomaniacal.

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Watch 1959 Mike Wallace interview with Ayn Rand: Part One

A Selection of Clips from the WV Best of 2009

It’s that time of year to reflect on all the great guests we had on WV this year and pick the Top Ten. This year on WV, it was really tough to choose, because there were so many show episodes I could have included. But we managed. We play some clips from the top five from that list:

  1. Poet Richard Wilbur
  2. Tracy Kidder, STRENGTH IN WHAT REMAINS
  3. Nicholsen Baker, THE ANTHOLOGIST
  4. Gail Hornstein, AGNES’ JACKET
  5. David Grann, LOST CITY OF Z

Read about and listen to any or all of the WV Ten Best of 2009.

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About Francesca Rheannon

Francesca Rheannon is an award-winning independent radio producer. In addition to hosting Writer’s Voice, she’s a freelance reporter for National Public Radio and its affiliates. Recipient of the prestigious Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for reporting on substance abuse issues for her news series, VOICES OF HIV, produced for 88.5 WFCR public radio in western Massachusetts. She is also finishing a book on Provence (PROVINCE OF THE HEART) and working on a memoir of her father, THE ARGONAUTS.

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