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We talk with National Endowment for the Arts chairman Dana Gioia about poetry, the state of reading in America, and what government can do to promote literature. We also play a selection from POETRY OUT LOUD, a CD produced by the NEA and the Poetry Foundation. On our show for broadcast, we read Jour de l’An, an excerpt from a story about New Years Day in Provence by Writers Voice host, Francesca Rheannon, but are unable to include it in this podcast, since it has copyrighted music embedded, and the musician complained. (Some say rebroadcast on the Web from licensed radio broadcast is legal, but WV prefers to take this portion of the show down). But you can read the whole piece here — and get the story’s delicious Internet Apple Crisp recipe! It was a “hit gastronomique” in Provence.
Vagina Monologues creator Eve Ensler talks with host Francesca Rheannon about her new book, INSECURE AT LAST: Losing It In Our Security Obsessed World. In it Ensler asks whether our obsession with security is making us more fearful than ever. Part One of this week’s podcast.
Working Assets cofounder Peter Barnes says capitalism needs a new operating system that will protect our common wealth as citizens of the planet: nature, culture and community. He tells us about it in a conversation about his book, CAPITALISM 3.0: A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons. To read or download the book for free, go to Barnes’ blog at www.onthecommons.org. Part Two of this week’s podcast.