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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.

Listen in for his perspective on innovation in the global economy.

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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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3:01 pm
Thu January 8, 2009

The Great Brain Suck

Do cell phones, iPods, and other automated devices make us smarter? Or could the opposite be true?

Kansas City, MO – As smarter technologies continue to be developed and used in our everyday lives, how do the ways we interact with one another change? Author Eugene Halton joined us for a conversation on the relationship between technology and American culture, the topic of his book The Great Brain Suck: And Other American Epiphanies.

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11:27 am
Wed January 7, 2009

New Letters on the Air: M.T. Anderson

Young adult writer M. T. Anderson, author of The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing (listed by Amazon in their top 20 books of 2008), talks about his immersion into 18th century literature in preparation for writing this National Book Award-winning novel.

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2:44 pm
Wed December 31, 2008

New Letters on the Air: Let's Hear That Again, 2008

Listen to memorable excerpts culled from a collection of this year's New Letters on the Air, ranging from the poignant to the humorous.

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8:51 am
Fri December 26, 2008

Author David Macauley Reveals Inner Workings of Human Body

Author and illustrator David Macaulay has gained a reputation for his architectural investigations with books like Castle, Cathedral, Pyramid, and Mosque. In his latest book, he explores the architecture of the human body.

Kansas City, MO – KCUR's Laura Spencer spoke with the author about how he got his start.

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12:35 pm
Thu December 18, 2008

New Letters on the Air: Chanukah Tales

Poet Marilyn Kallet reads from her book, One for Each Night: Chanukah Tales and Recipes, that she wrote for families to share in lean times.

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11:17 am
Thu December 18, 2008

The Book Doctors Reading Lists

The Book Doctors give their ideas and advice on finding a gift for the bibliophile on your list this holiday season. They also share what's on their reading lists, and discuss the latest literary news.

Kansas City, MO – The Book Doctors appear on The Walt Bodine Show every month.

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Mark Luce's Recommendations

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2:23 pm
Wed December 17, 2008

New Letters on the Air: Thomas E. Kennedy

The essay "I Am Joe's Prostate," by Thomas E. Kennedy garnered New Letters the National Magazine Award in the category of the essay earlier in 2008. In this interview, Thomas E. Kennedy talks about some other essays in his 2008 collection, Riding the Dog: A Look Back at America.

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1:29 pm
Wed December 10, 2008

Sandra Tsing Loh is a 'Mother on Fire'

Public radio commentator and author Sandra Tsing Loh talks with Steve Kraske about her new book Mother on Fire: A True Motherf%#$@ Story About Parenting!

Kansas City, MO – Public radio commentator and author Sandra Tsing Loh talks with Steve Kraske about her new book Mother on Fire: A True Motherf%#$@ Story About Parenting!, her experiences in attempting to find a suitable school for her four-year old daughter and the major realization it brought her.

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11:38 am
Wed December 10, 2008

New Letters on the Air: Kevin Prufer

Kevin Prufer, the author of four collections of poetry, talks about why he's drawn to the elegy, and reads from his books, including the 2008 National Anthem.

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12:43 pm
Fri December 5, 2008

Dewey

Vicki Myron discusses her best-selling book, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World.

Kansas City, MO – We discover how Dewey the cat survived being abandoned on one of the coldest days of the year, to inspire those around him with his affection, enthusiasm and antics. Find out how, throughout his nineteen years, Dewey became not just a local but an international celebrity.

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9:53 am
Wed December 3, 2008

New Letters on the Air: Patricia Hampl

The author of I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory, Patricia Hampl discusses the importance of the memoir and reads from that book, and her latest, The Florist's Daughter.

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3:39 pm
Wed November 26, 2008

New Letters on the Air: Matthew Eck

Named one of the top five writers under 35 to watch by the National Book Foundation, Matthew Eck discusses his novel, The Farther Shore, touted by Salon as "the first great war novel of our generation."

Kansas City, MO – Eck enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1992 and served in Somalia and Haiti before returning to the U.S. to earn degrees in literature and creative writing.

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10:46 am
Thu November 20, 2008

Book Doctors: Ode to Food

The Book Doctors share their reading lists and literary news. During the second half, a talk about favorite books that have food as a major theme or character.

Kansas City, MO – Recommendations by the Book Doctors

Mark Luce

General Recommendations:

The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick (Caldecott Award Winning Book)

Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Wolf

The Hours, by Michael Cunningham

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11:02 am
Wed November 19, 2008

New Letters on the Air: Anchee Min

Best-selling memoirist and fiction writer, Anchee Min talks about her life in China and America, and how both have shaped her many books, including Red Azalea and Becoming Madame Mao.

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1:01 pm
Thu November 13, 2008

Harold Holzer on <i>Lincoln President-Elect</i>

Author Harold Holzer examines the four months between Lincoln's election and inauguration, when the president-elect made the most important decision of his coming presidency -- there would be no compromise on slavery or secession of the slaveholding states, even at the cost of civil war.

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