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.
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.
William Powers talks about bringing balance into our digital lives. His book is HAMLET’S BLACKBERRY. And Joanne Cantor talks about how to declutter the digital domain in her book, CONQUER CYBER OVERLOAD.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Journalist Bruce Watson talks about FREEDOM SUMMER: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy (Viking Press). And the great civil rights leader Bob Moses talks about the link between the right to vote and the right to a quality education. The new book he’s edited is QUALITY EDUCATION AS A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT: Creating a Grassroots Movement (Beacon Press).