Yearly Archives: 2010

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WV Best Ten Shows of 2010

David Grann
Isabel Allende

We hear clips from seven of the top ten shows of 2010, including journalists David Grann, Hampton Sides, and Eric Pooley; novelists Isabel Allende and Sadie Jones; poet Philip Schultz and short story writer Marisa Silver. Also, links to the full interviews with the remaining three picks.

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Martin Keogh: HOPE BENEATH OUR FEET

Martin Keogh

Martin Keogh tells us about the anthology he edited, HOPE BENEATH OUR FEET: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World. It’s about how to live our lives in the face of environmental catastrophe. We’ll also play excerpts from interviews we did with some of the people who contributed to his book: Bill McKibben, Frances Moore Lappé, and Paul Hawken.

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Stephanie Syman: Yoga in America & Alexander Cockburn, Tim Karr on WikiLeaks

Stephanie Syman
Alexander Cockburn

Stephanie Syman talks about THE SUBTLE BODY: The Story of Yoga In America. And columnist Alexander Cockburn and Tim Karr of Free Press discuss what the WikiLeaks controversy means for freedom of the press and the internet.

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Writing Music: Roger Ames & The Yiddish Revival: Aaron Lansky

Roger Ames and Animal Companion
Aaron Lansky

Composer Roger Ames talks about writing music for voice and about his latest projects, including “Laudate Dominum” and a musical adaptation of How Green Was My Valley. Also Aaron Lansky of the Yiddish Book Center talks about his memoir, OUTWITTING HISTORY in a 2006 encore interview.

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Marvin Kitman on Murdoch & Peter Lehner on the BP Gulf Disaster

Marvin Kitman
Peter Lehner

Marvin Kitman talks about his article in November’s Harper’s magazine, Murdoch Triumphant. Peter Lehner tells us about the BP Gulf Oil disaster — what allowed it to happen, and what to do about it now. His book is IN DEEP WATER. And we get tips on eating during the holidays from food psychologist Brian Wansink.

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Brian Wansink: Mindless Eating

Writers Voice aired this interview with Cornell food psychologist Brian Wansink in 2006 about his bestselling book, MINDLESS EATING: Why We Eat More Than We Think. Here’s what the author has to say on the book’s website:

What inspired you to write Mindless Eating?

Twenty years of my research can be summarized in saying “People’s tastes are not formed by accident.” I wanted to make sure people knew this, so they can make small changes which will lead them to eat less and enjoy it more.

What does it mean to mindlessly eat?

Most of us don’t overeat because we’re hungry. We overeat because of family and friends, packages and plates, names and numbers, labels and lights, colors and candles, shapes and smells, distractions and distances, cupboards and containers.

Our studies show that the average person makes around 250 decisions about food every day – breakfast or no breakfast? Pop-tart or bagel? Part of it or all of it? Kitchen or car? Yet out of these 200+ food decisions, most we cannot really explain. Mindless Eating shows what these decisions are and how to make them work for you rather than against you.

There’s a wealth of great tips on how to combat mindless eating on the Mindless Eating website, as well as cool videos of the author’s food psychology experiments.

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New Fiction from Scott Spencer & Dori Ostermiller

Scott Spencer
Dori Ostermiller

Two new works of fiction explore the chiaroscuro of the human heart and the dappled shadow it casts on those we love. We talk with best-selling author Scott Spencer about MAN IN THE WOODS and with Dori Ostermiller about her quasi-autobiographical debut novel, OUTSIDE THE ORDINARY WORLD.

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Encore Episode: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi & Honor Moore

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Honor Moore

This week we feature an encore episode with Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about her story collection THE THING AROUND YOUR NECK. And poet Honor Moore reads from and tells us about POEMS FROM THE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT. Please follow the link to access more information about the episode.

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David Callahan, David Cay Johnston & Arianna Huffington: Rich liberals, Corporate Politics and Third World America.

David Callahan
Arianna Huffington

David Callahan talks about his book, FORTUNES OF CHANGE: The Rise of the Liberal Rich and The Remaking of America. David Cay Johnston talks about corporate welfare. And Arianna Huffington talks about her new book, THIRD WORLD AMERICA.

By the time this episode airs, the mid term elections will be over. If the pollsters and pundits are right, the Democrats will have lost control of one or both houses of Congress and our legislative branch will have lurched violently to the right.

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James Howard Kunstler & John Michael Greer: The Long Descent In Fact and Fiction

James Howard Kunstler
John Michael Greer

Futurist James Howard Kunstler talks about THE WITCH OF HEBRON, his latest novel about a postindustrial, post collapse, America. And John Michael Greer spells out how we get to — and get through — the long emergency. His book is THE ECOTECHNIC FUTURE.

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John Michael Greer on Druidism and The Ecotechnic Future

Archdruid John Michael Greer

John Michael Greer’s book THE ECOTECHNIC FUTURE is a closely reasoned, completely secular treatment of what he calls the Long Descent as our industrial civilization limps to a close. But his faith as a Druid — he’s an Archdruid and blogs at The Archdruid Report — is what spurred him to examine The Long Decline and how human society can optimally deal with it to create a future technology based on ecological principles and respect for the Earth. In this Web Extra, he explains to Writers Voice host Francesca Rheannon the connections between his faith and his science.

Host Francesca Rheannon interviewed him for Writers Voice. You can hear the rest of the interview here.

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Calming the Emotions and the Mind: Judith Siegel & Les Fehmi

Judith Siegel

Family therapist Judith Siegel talks about her book STOP OVERREACTING: Effective Strategies For Calming Your Emotions. And Les Fehmi tells us how to use our powers of attention to calm our stress and handle our challenges. His book is OPEN FOCUS BRAIN: Harnessing the Power of Attention to Heal Mind and Body.

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Cuba Present And Past: Patrick Symmes, T.J. English

Patrick Symmes

Journalist Patrick Symmes talks about living on $15 dollars a month in Cuba. His article in the October Harper’s is “Thirty Days as a Cuban: Pinching pesos and dropping pounds in Havana.” And we air a 2008 interview with T.J. English about HAVANA NOCTURNE. It’s about how the Mob took over Havana and lost it to the Revolution.

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Juliet Schor PLENITUDE & Lyle Estill SMALL IS POSSIBLE

Juliet Schor

[amazon-product align=”right”]1594202540[/amazon-product]Economist Juliet Schor talks about her latest book, PLENITUDE, and what it can tell us about living well in a world where the economy and the environment are in trouble. And social entrepreneur and author Lyle Estill tells us about SMALL IS POSSIBLE: Life in a Local Economy.
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