Writer’s Voice: October 6, 2006

Francine Prose
Francine Prose
Spencer Overton
Spencer Overton

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Law professor Spencer Overton says the election system is rigged. It’s not just problems with electronic voting machines, as we’ve talked about on Writer’s Voice in previous shows in our Election 2006 series: it’s a myriad of election practices and bureaucratic hurdles, Overton says, that determines who votes and how votes are counted. And he has a lot of real-life stories to illustrate his point. Tune in to hear those stories — and some of his prescriptions for reform.

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Also…what’s the best way to learn to write? Do you have to spend thousands of dollars on an MFA program? What in the world did writers do before the Iowa Writers’ Workshop? They read good books, says Francine Prose. She’s taught writing by turning her students on to wonderful literature. In her new book, READING LIKE A WRITER, she shares her insights with us. Tune in for some inspiring conversation with Prose, whether you are writing the next great American novel…or not.

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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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