All posts by Francesca Rheannon

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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Corban Addison, A HARVEST OF THORNS & Heather White, COMPLICIT

Bestselling author Corban Addison discusses his gripping new novel, A HARVEST OF THORNS. It’s a gripping thriller that reveals the ugly underbelly of fast fashion.

Then, Heather White talks about COMPLICIT, the film she co-produced with Lynn Zhang. It’s an explosive undercover exposé about deadly hazards in China’s electronics industry.  Continue reading

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Peter Moskowitz, HOW TO KILL A CITY & Steve Stollman on the Mulberry Street Gang

We talk with Peter Moskowitz about his book, How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood. Then we talk with Steve Stollman about his pop-up exhibit on East Houston Street in New York, The Mulberry Street Gang. Continue reading

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Melissa Febos, ABANDON ME & Trump’s Attack on Social Security &Medicare

Melissa Febos talks about her acclaimed new memoir, Abandon Me. Then we talk with
Los Angeles Times business journalist Michael Hiltzik and Nancy Altman of Social Security Works about Trump’s attack on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Continue reading

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Ellen Meeropol, KINSHIP OF CLOVER & Dan Natale, BAD TIDINGS

Novelist Ellen Meeropol talks about her new work of fiction, Kinship of Clover. Then we talk with filmmaker Dan Natale about his documentary Bad Tidings. It looks at the impact of sea level rise on one vulnerable community in New Jersey. Continue reading

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Florence Williams, THE NATURE FIX & Sarah Williams Goldhagen, WELCOME TO YOUR WORLD

Why is being in nature so good for us? And how can we design our built environment to better serve our needs?

We talk with science journalist Florence Williams about her book The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative. Then we talk with Sarah Williams Goldhagen about her book, Welcome To Your World: How The Built Environment Shapes Our Lives. Continue reading

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Amy Sutherland, RESCUING PENNY JANE & Sarah Ellis, THE TRAINABLE CAT

Amy Sutherland talks about dogs in shelters, getting them adopted and keeping them out of shelters to begin with. We also talk about some of the wonderful dogs she’s rescued and rehabilitated during the years she has been a shelter volunteer. Her book is Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes.

Then, we give equal time to cats. We re-air part of our interview with cat behaviorist Sarah Ellis about her book, co-authored with John Bradshaw, The Trainable Cat. Continue reading

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Gary Taubes, THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR

Have diet scientists been feeding us junk food when it comes to advice on why we get fat? Science journalist Gary Taubes thinks so. He talks about his latest book, The Case Against Sugar.

Taubes says our massive consumption of refined sugars can be linked to diabetes, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s. And, he says, the sugar industry is doing everything it can to throw the blame elsewhere. Continue reading

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Min Jin Lee, PACHINKO & Suki Kim, WITHOUT YOU THERE IS NO US

Min Jin Lee talks about her acclaimed new novel Pachinko. It’s a multigenerational saga about a Korean family in Japan that  defies oppression to thrive in a society stacked against them.

Then we air an edited version of our 2015 interview with Suki Kim about her book Without You There Is No Us. It’s her memoir of going undercover with the sons of the North Korean elite. Continue reading

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ARE THE DEMOCRATS OVERREACHING ON RUSSIA?

Francesca Rheannon talks with James W. Carden about what could turn out to be the Democrat’s Benghazi — the campaign against Russia charging that Putin colluded with Donald Trump to influence the presidential election.
Could it lead to a nuclear showdown with Russia?

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Ceridwen Dovey, ONLY THE ANIMALS & Sally Parry on Sinclair Lewis’ IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE

Ceridwen Dovey talks about her wonderful new short story collection Only The Animals (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). These poignant stories are told by the souls of ten literature-loving animals who were killed in the course of human conflict.

Then, a novel from the 1930’s is selling like hotcakes in 2017, as people wonder, “could it happen here”? We talk with Sally Parry, director of the Sinclair Lewis Society about Lewis’ novel about the coming of fascism to America, It Can’t Happen Here (Random House). Continue reading

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Diogo Castro Freire, FACING THE SURGE & Paul Blanc, FAKE SILK

Diogo Castro Freire talks about his film, Facing The Surge. It’s the first in a series planned about the impact of climate change on you and me.

Then, we hear about the little known dangers of rayon manufacturing. Environmental and Occupational  Medicine expert Paul Blanc talks about his book Fake Silk: The Lethal History of Viscose Rayon. Continue reading

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Melissa Fleming, A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA & Alan Furst, A HERO OF FRANCE

Melissa Fleming talks about her book A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival. Then Alan Furst returns with a new thriller about the French Resistance during World War II. The book is A Hero of France. Continue reading

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Sebastian Barry, DAYS WITHOUT END & Adelia Saunders, INDELIBLE

Sebastian Barry talks about his acclaimed new novel Days Without End. It won the prestigious Costa Book of the Year prize in January. Then, Adelia Saunders discusses her debut novel, Indelible. It’s about a young woman who can read details of people’s lives written on their skin and the father and son whose secrets and searches become intertwined with hers. Continue reading

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Kimball Taylor THE COYOTE’S BICYCLE & Richard Cahan UN-AMERICAN

Kimball Taylor talks about his book The Coyote’s Bicycle: The Untold Story of 7,000 Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderland Empire. It shows how human ingenuity and the humble bicycle are defeating the most expensive border barrier the US has ever built.

Then, it’s the 75th anniversary of the decree ordering the mass incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Richard Cahan tells us about his book Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II. It’s a collection with text of Images by Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and other government photographers. Continue reading

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Nathan J. Robinson, TRUMP: ANATOMY OF A MONSTROSITY

Nathan J. Robinson talks about his book Trump: Anatomy of a Monstrosity. It examines why Trump won; what the press, pundits and Democratic Party got wrong; and how they can get it right next time.

Also, Parneshia Jones reads her poem “What Would Gwendolyn Brooks Do? Continue reading