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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Anna North OUTLAWED & Emily St. John Mandel, THE GLASS HOTEL

We talk with Anna North about her acclaimed new novel, Outlawed. It’s about an alternate reality 1890s Hole in the Wall Gang—this one, run as a feminist collective.

Then Emily St. John Mandel is back from her triumph with Station Eleven with another exploration of catastrophe, this time the 2008 financial collapse. It’s called The Glass Hotel.

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Nancy Folbre, The Rise and Decline of Patriarchal Systems & Catherine Rothenberg & Lynne Segal, The Care Manifesto

The Crisis in Care and How to Solve It

We talk with feminist economist and MacArthur Fellow Nancy Folbre about her new book, The Rise and Decline of Patriarchal Systems. She writes about the political economy of care provision, including at her blog Care Talk.

Then, Catherine Rothenberg and Lynne Segal talk about The Care Manifesto: The Politics of Interdependence. It’s about the global crisis of care and how to solve it.

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Elizabeth Kolbert, UNDER A WHITE SKY & Ian Shive, THE LAST UNKNOWN

New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert talks about her new book Under A White Sky: The Nature of the Future.

Then, wildlife photographer extraordinaire Ian Shive goes to the volcanic Aleutian islands of Alaska to tell us about the stunning new documentary he’s in, The Last Unknown. It’s streaming now on Discovery2.

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Suketu Mehta, THIS LAND IS OUR LAND & Lew Daly, FALSE SOLUTIONS

We talk with Suketu Mehta about his powerful book, This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant Manifesto.

Then, we speak with researcher Lew Daly about his report on some of the false solutions being proposed in the Green energy space.

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Abdul El Sayed & Micah Johnson, MEDICARE FOR ALL: A Citizen’s Guide & Norton Juster Remembered

We talk with Dr. Micah Johnson and Dr. Abdul El Sayed about their book, Medicare For All: A Citizen’s Guide.

Then, we remember Norton Juster, the author of the beloved children’s classic, The Phantom Toll Booth. He died March 9. We air a gem of an excerpt from our 2005 interview with him.

NEWSFLASH! Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Debbie Dingell will reintroduce their Medicare for All bill on March 17. This is several months earlier than we reported in this episode. The timeline was moved up!

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Dean Spade, MUTUAL AID & Rachel Louise Snyder, NO VISIBLE BRUISES

We talk with Dean Spade about his book Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (And The Next).

Then, at a time when domestic violence is skyrocketing, we re-air our 2019 interview with Rachel Louise Snyder. Her book is No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us.

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Writer’s Voice: Jenny Offill, WEATHER & Ben Ehrenreich, DESERT NOTEBOOKS

We talk with Jenny Offill about her acclaimed cli-fi novel, Weather. Then, Ben Ehrenreich tells us about Desert Notebooks: A Road Map for the End of Time.

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Heather McGhee, THE SUM OF US & Michelle Commander, UNSUNG

We talk with Heather McGhee about her important new book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone And How We Can Prosper Together. It’s about how the politics of racial division keeps working class people of all races from having what they deserve.

But first, we talk with Michelle Commander of the Schomburg Center about the anthology she’s co-edited: UNSUNG: Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition.

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Rebecca Sacks, CITY OF A THOUSAND GATES & Susan Abulhawa, The Blue Between Sky and Water

We talk with Rebecca Sacks about her powerful debut novel, City of a Thousand Gates. It’s about the intersecting stories of the peoples of Israel and Palestine, and how oppression twists and informs the humanity of perpetrators and victims.

Then, we replay our 2016 interview with Palestinian-American novelist Susan Abulhawa about her second novel, The Blue Between Sky and Water.

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Michael Mann, THE NEW CLIMATE WAR & John Nichols on Covid9 relief

We talk with world renowned climate scientist Michael Mann about his book, The New Climate War. It’s about all the ways the fossil fuel industry and its allies seek to discredit, divide, and deflect the movement to save the climate from making our planet uninhabitable.

Later, we check in with Nation magazine political correspondent John Nichols about his recent post about the fight over the COVID19 relief plan.

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Paul Pitcoff, COLD WAR SECRETS & Laura Levitt, THE OBJECTS THAT REMAIN

We talk with Paul Pitcoff about his memoir, Cold War Secrets. It’s about growing up in leftwing circles in New York City in the 1950s and 1960s with a father who had a hidden past.

Then, a woman is raped and finds a path toward healing by examining the objects associated with her trauma. We talk with Laura Levitt about her memoir, The Objects That Remain.

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Guido Girgenti, WINNING THE GREEN NEW DEAL & Ian Shive, REFUGE

What’s the prospect for a Green New Deal in the Biden administration? We talk with Guido Girgenti about the book he co-edited with the Sunrise Movement’s Varshini Prakash, Winning The Green New Deal.

Then, we talk with wildlife photographer Ian Shive about his stunning book of photos and essays about America’s wildlife refuges. It’s called Refuge: America’s Wildest Places.

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Hugh Raffles, THE BOOK OF UNCONFORMITIES & More

We spend the hour talking with Hugh Raffles about his new book, The Book Of Unconformities: Speculations On Lost Time. It’s part natural history, part memoir, part meditation on the relationships between people and rocks throughout time.

Then, at the end, a short story about the Cure Hunter from Francesca’s book Province of the Heart.

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Meghan Herron, DECODING YOUR CAT & Amy Sutherland, RESCUING PENNY JANE

We talk with veterinary behaviorist Meghan Herron, editor of Decoding your cat: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Cat Behaviors And Reveal How To Prevent Or Change Unwanted Ones. It’s out from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.

Then, let’s not forget the puppies! We re-air our 2017 interview with dog rescuer and rehabilitator Amy Sutherland about dogs in shelters, getting them adopted and keeping them out of shelters to begin with. Her book is Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes.

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Michael Lerner, REVOLUTIONARY LOVE & A 2020 Look-back on Building Solidarity

This week on Writer’s Voice, we talk with Rabbi Michael Lerner about his book Revolutionary Love: A Political Manifesto to Heal and Transform the World.

Then we look deeper into how to build solidarity in our divided nation. We air excerpts from some other conversations about that issue that aired this year on Writers Voice.

We talk with Tim Wise about Dispatches from the Race War, Jane Kleeb about Harvest The Vote; Dr. Abdul El Sayed about Healing Politics and Tyson Yunkaporta about Sand Talk. How Indigenous Thinking Can Save The World.

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