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10:52 am
Wed May 13, 2009

How to Sell - A Novel

Clancy Martin joins us to discuss his new novel, How to Sell, which explores consumerism, marketing and the American entrepreneurial spirit.

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Ethics Professor Clancy Martin joins us to discuss his new novel, How to Sell, which explores consumerism, marketing and the American entrepreneurial spirit.

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9:17 am
Tue May 12, 2009

Author Tobias Wolff and the Big Read

Steve Kraske welcomes author Tobias Wolff to talk about Old School, his novel about a teenage boy who feels awkward and out of place at an elite New England prep school in the 1960s. The book is this year's Big Read selection at area libraries.

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3:27 pm
Mon May 4, 2009

Mei-Ling Hopgood on Lucky Girl

Journalist Mei-Ling Hopgood talks about her memoir Lucky Girl, the story of her adoption as a young girl from Taiwan, her middle-class upbringing in Michigan, and the reunion with her Taiwanese birth family at age 23.

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9:55 am
Thu April 30, 2009

The Horse Boy: A Father's Quest to Heal His Son

Rupert Isaacson, author of The Horse Boy: A Father's Quest to Heal His Son talks about taking his son with autism to Mongolia, his willingness to go to the ends of the earth to help their son, and of a boy learning to connect with the world for the first time.

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9:37 am
Wed April 29, 2009

The Book Doctors: Country Skies

The Book Doctors join us to share reading recommendations and the latest in literary news.

Kansas City, MO – The Book Doctors join us to share reading recommendations and the latest in literary news. Last time, we explored the city in a show titled "City Lights". We finish the second part in our two part series with books that feature rural life and the country in a show we've dubbed "Country Skies".

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9:31 am
Wed April 8, 2009

Come Home, America: The Rise and Fall (And Redeeming Promise) of Our Country

Bill Grider, a former writer for the Washington Post and Rolling Stone and now The Nation talks about his latest book.

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2:03 pm
Mon April 6, 2009

Holocaust Survivors Write About Their Experiences

Local Holocaust survivors talk about and read from a newly-published collection of essays.

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9:09 am
Mon April 6, 2009

Poet Michelle Boisseau Explores Time and Family History in New Work

A Sunday in God-Years, a new collection of poetry by Michelle Boisseau, takes its title from the notion that within geologic time, human history happens in the blink of God's eye.

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11:35 am
Tue March 31, 2009

The Lost City of Z

New Yorker writer David Grann talks about Amazon explorer Percy Harrison Fawcett and his search for the Lost City of Z.

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9:25 am
Mon March 23, 2009

John Scieszka and the DNA Children's Literature Festival

The Stinky Cheese Man author joins us to discuss writing for children and the upcoming 13th Annual Children's Literature Festival here in Kansas City.

Kansas City , Mo. – Jon Scieszka, author of THE STINKY CHEESE MAN, THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS, and the "Time Warp Trio" books, was recently named America's first-ever Children's Book Laureate. He joins The Walt Bodine Show to discuss what it's like to write entertaining books for kids.

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11:37 am
Thu March 19, 2009

The Book Doctors: City Lights

The Book Doctors meet with us to share their reading lists and to give literary news. During the second half of the show, we talk about books that feature "the city" - as a setting, character or important symbol in literature.

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Mark Luce, The Barstow School

Kaite Mediatore Stover, The Kansas City Public Library

Steve Paul, Kansas City Star

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10:16 am
Thu March 5, 2009

Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

Children do it by instinct yet by the time many of us are adults, we've buried our capacity to engage in play in its purest form.

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In this edition of Up to Date Steve Kraske talks with Dr. Stuart Brown, author of Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul.?

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11:58 am
Fri February 27, 2009

Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy

Boston Globe Washington bureau chief Peter E. Canellos talks about his newspaper's new book Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy.

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11:16 am
Fri February 27, 2009

The Book Doctors Reading Lists Plus LOL Books

The Book Doctors join us to share the latest in literary news and to share what's new on their reading lists. During the second half of the show, we talk about books that caused us to laugh out loud.

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8:07 am
Tue February 24, 2009

Thomas Cahill on the Middle Ages

A conversation with Historian and Author Thomas Cahill. Learn how the Middle Ages changed the modern world as he discusses his book Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science, and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe.

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11:04 am
Wed February 18, 2009

New Letters on the Air: Claudia Rankine

Jamaican-born poet Claudia Rankine's work "goes directly to the objective of literary writing--to write a book that is deeply interesting despite the expectations that received forms give us," according to interviewer and New Letters editor Robert Stewart.

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8:57 am
Wed February 18, 2009

Traveling Light with Rolf Potts

Writer Rolf Potts, author of Vagabonding and Marco Polo Didn't Go There, travels the world off the beaten path - and on a shoe string budget.

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9:19 am
Wed February 11, 2009

New Letters on the Air: Sean Hill

Sean Hill, a native of Milledgeville, Georgia, is the author of the poetry collection Blood Ties & Brown Liquor. An homage to African-American life in the segregated South, the poems create a call and response across six generations of the fictional Silas Wright family.

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1:07 pm
Mon February 9, 2009

Writing for Comics: Jason Aaron

Local comic book writer Jason Aaron had a breakthrough year in 2008. It started off with him landing an exclusive contract at Marvel Comics, writing stories for superheroes like Wolverine and Ghost Rider. Then Scalped - his original series about crime, poverty and activism on a Native American reservation - was nominated for an Eisner. That's the Oscar of the comic book world. Finally, he was named 2008's best comic book writer by the industry magazine Wizard.

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10:55 am
Wed February 4, 2009

New Letters on the Air: Past American Voices, John Updike

A master of twentieth century American prose, John Updike died on January 27, 2009. This week on New Letters on the Air, we remember his life with a 1998 interview with former New Letters editor Jim McKinley. In this interview, Updike talks about his devotion to his legendary characters Henry Bech and Rabbit Angstrom, reflects on his humble origins in "the hinterlands of Pennsylvania," and examines his life as a man of faith.

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8:47 am
Tue February 3, 2009

Azar Nafisi on Things I've Been Silent About: Memories

Azar Nafisi, author of the beloved international bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran, returns to Iran and her childhood in her new book, a deeply personal reflection and exploration of a young girl's pain over family secrets and a mother's lost life, a young woman's discovery of the power of sensuality in literature, and the price a family pays for freedom in a country beset by political upheaval.

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8:17 am
Thu January 29, 2009

The Venturesome Economy: How Innovation Sustains Prosperity in a More Connected World

Many warn that the next stage of globalization--the offshoring of research and development to China and India--threatens the foundations of Western prosperity. Amar Bhide disagrees.

Kansas City, MO – Acclaimed business and economics scholar,Columbia Business School Professor and author Amar Bhide provides a different take on the role of new technologies in sustaining financial security.

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10:41 am
Tue January 27, 2009

New Letters on the Air: Remembering John Updike

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John Updike, who died at the age of 76 on Tuesday, January 27th, 2009, talks about his inelegant beginnings that inspired him to become one of the most elegant writers of the 20th century.

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1:32 pm
Mon January 26, 2009

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.

You can make the case that Andrew Jackson set the table for President Barack Obama.

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Newsweek editor Jon Meacham writes about our seventh President in a new book titled American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.

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3:59 pm
Fri January 23, 2009

Five Island Diaries: Stories of Love Lost and Found

In her memoir Five Island Diaries: Stories of Love Lost and Found, author Martha McCarty recalls moments from her childhood in Iowa in the 1950s, a stint in college in Nebraska in the 60s, and adult life in Missouri in the 70s.

Kansas City, MO – McCarty told KCUR's Laura Spencer that in some ways she approached her memoir as she did her feature writing for newspapers and magazines.

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11:09 am
Thu January 22, 2009

The Book Doctors Jan 22, 2009

The Book Doctors join us to share the latest in literary news and to share what's new on their reading lists.

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Book Doctor Recommendations

Steve Paul's Recommendations

* A Mercy, Toni Morrison

* Dreams from My Father, Barack Obama

* Year of the Dog, Henry Chang

Mark Luce's Recommendations

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12:55 pm
Wed January 21, 2009

New Letters on the Air: Kai Wright & The African-American Experience

Editor of the 2009 collection, The African- American Experience: Black History and Culture Through Speeches, Letters, Editorials, Poems, Songs, and Stories, Kai Wright talks specifically about the great speeches in American history, including those of Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr and Barack Obama.

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1:36 pm
Tue January 13, 2009

Hamburger: A Global History

Steve Kraske talks with Andrew F. Smith, author of Hamburger: A Global History. The book covers the early days in the nineteenth century of hamburgers sold from street vendor carts - through the first hamburger chain - to the globalization of a beef patty on a bun.

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9:24 am
Tue January 13, 2009

New Letters on the Air: Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang, author of the poetry collections Circle and Salvina Molesta, discusses her poetry with New Letters editor Robert Stewart.

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9:34 am
Fri January 9, 2009

The Tale of Despereaux author Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo is one of America's most beloved children's authors, but there are many adults who have fallen in love with her books too.

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