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Rob Okun, VOICE: MALE & Honor Moore, POEMS FROM THE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT

Rob Okun
Rob Okun
Honor Moore
Honor Moore

Rob Okun talks about the collection of essays he edited, VOICE MALE: The Untold Story of the Pro-feminist Men’s Movement. Then we re-air our 2009 interview with feminist poet Honor Moore about the anthology she edited, Poems From The Women’s Movement. Continue reading

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Rebecca Solnit, THE FARAWAY NEARBY & Martine Bellen, THE WABAC MACHINE

Rebecca Solnit
Rebecca Solnit
Martine Bellen
Martine Bellen

Rebecca Solnit talks about her latest book, THE FARAWAY NEARBY (Viking, 2013.) It weaves memoir, history and natural science into a contemplation of the stories that define, comfort, and entrap and free us. And Martine Bellen reads from and tells us about her new poetry collection, THE WABAC MACHINE (Furniture Press Books, 2013.)

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Martine Bellen, THE WABAC MACHINE: Unabridged Interview

Martine Bellen
Martine Bellen

Reading the poetry of Martine Bellen is an excursion into a fascinating labyrinth of language that evokes multiple meanings. Her work is more to be experienced with the heart than dissected with the mind.

Her latest poetry collection is The Wabac Machine — with reference both to the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, as well as to the past iterations of the internet. Fellow poet Charles North wrote:

Martine Bellen’s psychological and linguistic adventures in poetry are unlike anyone else’s. Celebrating the instabilities of our experience, her poems maneuver kaleidoscopically between ordinary life and myth or fairy tale, vital human concerns such as identity and dreamlike atmospheres where nothing stays as it appears for long. Her “host of unlikely divinities” display a reality that is never ordinary, always evocative.

Bellen is the author of eight collections of poetry including Tales of Murasaki and Other Poems, which won the National Poetry Series Award; as well as the novella 2X(Squared) and several librettos for opera. Bellen is a contributing editor of the literary journal Conjunctions.

A Zen practitioner, Bellen says there is an intimate connection between Zen Buddhism and poetry — a connection that informs her work. She explores that connection more deeply in the unabridged version of our conversation.

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INTERNET & PRESS FREEDOM: Rebecca MacKinnon, Tim Karr, Alexander Cockburn

Rebecca MacKinnon
Rebecca MacKinnon
Alexander Cockburn
Alexander Cockburn

We re-play our 2012 interview with Rebecca MacKinnon about her book Consent of the Networked. Then we look back again at Wikileaks and what it means for press freedom: we air our 2010 interviews with the late Alexander Cockburn and with Tim Karr of the organization, Free Press. And finally, we hear a Spring poem from Philip Schultz: Bleeker Street.

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Tyler Graham, THE HAPPINESS DIET & Julie Guthman, WEIGHING IN

Tyler Graham talks about the book he co-authored, THE HAPPINESS DIET: A Nutritional Prescription for a Sharp Brain, Balanced Mood, and Lean, Energized Body. And geographer Julie Guthman discusses her award-winning book WEIGHING IN: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism. Then, two poems for Spring by Susie Patlove. Continue reading

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Fiction from Thrity Umrigar & Michael David Lukas & OWS Poetry

Michael David Lukas
Thrity Umrigar

Michael David Lukas talks about his novel, THE ORACLE OF STAMBOUL. It’s the story of a young girl of astonishing talents who changes the course of the Ottoman Empire. And Thrity Umrigar tells us about her new novel, THE WORLD WE FOUND. Four college friends from Bombay India reconnect decades later when one of them falls gravely ill — and find their lives profoundly changed. Continue reading

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Jessica Speart, WINGED OBSESSION, Hugh Raffles, INSECTOPEDIA & more

Jessica Speart
Hugh Raffles

Jessica Speart talks about WINGED OBSESSION: THE PURSUIT OF THE WORLD’S MOST NOTORIOUS BUTTERFLY SMUGGLER; Hugh Raffles talks about his award-winning book INSECTOPEDIA; and poet Patrick Donnelly tells WV about the poetry program at the Frost Place.

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Three Writers on Nature: Elizabeth Tova Bailey, David Gessner & Carl Safina

Elizabeth Tova Bailey & friend

Elizabeth Tova Bailey talks about her beautifully written and poignant book, THE SOUND OF A WILD SNAIL EATING. It’s a memoir of a year spent closely observing a snail by her bedside while she lay bed-ridden during a severe illness. We also hear Francesca’s 2007 interview with David Gessner about his book, SOARING WITH FIDEL. It’s about his month’s long observation of a somewhat swifter creature than a snail — an osprey. Then Carl Safina reads from his acclaimed book, THE VIEW FROM LAZY POINT and poet Richard Wilbur reads his poem, “A Barred Owl.”

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Mark Hertsgaard & Thomas Yezerski

Mark Hertsgaard
Thomas Yezerski

Journalist Mark Hertsgaard on HOT: Living Through the Next 50 Years on Earth and children’s book author and illustrator Thomas Yezerski on his picture book for children, MEADOWLANDS. It’s the inspiring story about how nature is healing itself in what was one of the most polluted places in America. Also, Maxine Kumin talks about writing poetry about nature.

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T.J. English, THE SAVAGE CITY

T.J. English

Journalist T.J. English talks about his new book, The Savage City: Race, Murder and a Generation on the Edge (Harper Collins, March 2011.) And for St. Patrick’s Day: Seamus Heaney’s poem Bogland, read by the poet.

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Poetry From The Right Brain – Jean Valentine

Jean Valentine

Poet Jean Valentine talks about her most recent poetry collection, BREAK THE GLASS (Copper Canyon Press, September 2010).  And, in an encore interview, Tracy Kidder talks about MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS.

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A New American Revolution? Ted Rall, THE ANTI-AMERICAN MANIFESTO

Cartoonist and author Ted Rall talks about his book, THE ANTI-AMERICAN MANIFESTO. It’s about the need for a new American revolution. Then poet Martin Espada reads a poem about the nonviolent people’s rebellion in Mexico, called “Sing Zapatista.”

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WV Best Ten Shows of 2010

David Grann
Isabel Allende

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.

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Encore Episode: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi & Honor Moore

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Honor Moore

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.