Monthly Archives: June 2016


Catie Marron, City Squares & David Kishik, The Manhattan Project

We talk with Catie Marron about her celebration of the essential urban space, the city square. Her new book is titled City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World.

Then we re-air our 2015 interview with urban philosopher David Kishik about his book, The Manhattan Project. It imagines what Walter Benjamin might have written about New York, had he survived World War II. Continue reading


Richard Zacks: Chasing the Last Laugh & Island of Vice

Richard Zacks talks about his new book about Mark Twain’s world lecture tour to get himself out of debt. It’s called Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain’s Raucous and Redemptive Round-the-World Comedy Tour.

Then we re-air the 2012 interview Zacks gave Writers Voice in 2012 about his book Island of Vice. It’s about Teddy Roosevelt’s stint as New York City’s crusading anti-vice Police Commissioner. Continue reading


John Muir Laws, The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling & Corinne Smith, Henry David Thoreau for Kids

Naturalist and environmental educator John Muir Laws talks about his book The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling. Then we talk with author Corinne Smith about another great lover of nature, Henry David Thoreau. Her latest book about the great 19th century writer is Henry David Thoreau For Kids, His Life And Ideas, with 21 Activities

John Muir Laws

For John Muir Laws paying attention is an act of love — love for the plants, animals and insects with whom we share our beautiful and terribly endangered home. Perhaps — no, surely — if we all paid the kind of attention that Laws does to the world that sustains us, we would be incapable of inflicting the monstrous harm on it that we do.

Laws GuideThe instrument of his love is his nature journal. John Muir Laws has been keeping nature journals since he was a child roaming the California wilderness. His first published book is an illustrated guide to part of that wilderness,  The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada. He went on to write more books — guides to birds, guides to drawing birds, and now The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling.

It’s filled with stunning drawings and practical exercises for developing your eye, hand and mind for a deeper understanding of the natural world — whether that be in a spectacular national park or just in your own backyard. But the book is also more than a guide to drawing, it’s a guide to living with more attention, appreciation and love for what surrounds us.

Corinne Smith

As the spring ripens and the days grow warmer, families turn their thoughts to outdoor adventures. Research shows that bringing kids into nature creates a lifelong sense of wonder — the foundation of learning.

thoreauforkidsWhat better way to do that than to involve kids in hands-on activities that foster their inner naturalist. Combine that with a lively biography of America’s most famous nature lover, Henry David Thoreau, and you have a book that delights and instructs in nature and history at the same time.

That’s just what Corinne Smith has done with her book Henry David Thoreau For Kids. Whether it’s building a model of Thoreau’s cabin, planting a garden, keeping a journal or creating a sound map of a forest, the 21 activities in the book bring Thoreau and his ideas to life in a vivid an engaging way.

Corinne Smith is a writer, speaker and outdoor educator. Henry David Thoreau For Kids is her second book about the great American thinker. Her first was Westward I Go Free: Tracing Thoreau’s Last Journey.


Are American Elections Being Hacked? Jonathan Simon: Code Red & Commissioner Virginia Martin

Jonathan Simon talks about the shocking vulnerability of our electronic voting machines and the evidence that that vulnerability is and has been exploited to flip elections. His book is Code Red: Computerized Election Theft and The New American Century.

Then, there is one way to make sure your voting machines aren’t being hacked and it’s being used by one county in New York State. We talk with Board of Elections Commissioner Virginia Martin. She’ll tell us how and why they hand count the vote in her county. Continue reading