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8:57 am
Wed August 18, 2010

Back To Reality: Nonfiction For The Summer's End

As the days get shorter, here are five titles that will gently ease you out of the summer months.

Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India
By William Dalrymple, hardcover, 304 pages, Knopf, list price: $26.95

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9:02 am
Mon August 16, 2010

The Sense And Sensibility Of Goodman's 'Collector'

Book reviews can be pretty liberal about comparing authors to Jane Austen, but here's a writer who actually lives up to that association.

Allegra Goodman's The Cookbook Collector has much of what Jane Austen is most loved for: admirable and lovable heroines, ridiculous and foolish characters, and love stories that must overcome the impediments both society and fortune place in their path. And there's also food.

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3:05 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

The Book Doctors: Summer Reads and Ernest Hemingway

It can be tough to read on hot, humid mornings in Kansas City in the summertime ? and then the sun also rises. Always persevering, KCUR's Maria Carter welcomed back the Book Doctors to offer ideas for your summer reading. In the first half of the program, they offer up what they've been reading and invite listeners to pitch in with their current favorites. In the second half, we wish Ernest Hemingway a happy 111th birthday and celebrate some his classic works and their impact on the rest of literature and culture.

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12:53 pm
Wed July 21, 2010

2010 Kansas Notable Book List Features Kansas Authors, Kansas Stories

The Kansas Notable Book List, a project of the Kansas Center for the Book (KCFB) at the State
Library of Kansas, is an annual selection of 15 titles written by Kansans or about Kansas published in the previous year.

The 2010 Kansas Notable Books are (alphabetical by title and brief synopsis):

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10:04 am
Wed June 23, 2010

Summer Reading for Kids of All Ages

Books hold the power to influence children, shaping their lives in a way few other things can. So, why not pick the best books to read to your kids?

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8:50 am
Tue June 15, 2010

Book Doctors: Summer Reading and Tales of Fatherhood

Summertime officially approaches, and the days are marked in Kansas City with thunderstorms and flood watches. No matter, though, if you're holed up inside with a good book.

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3:34 pm
Tue May 25, 2010

New Technology Changes Relationships with Books

The information explosion has created some unique challenges for libraries. How do you keep track of a growing number of books? And where do you store them all without running out of space?

Kansas City, MO – UMKC's Miller Nichols Library has one solution: librarians have decided to install a book robot.

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9:11 am
Mon May 24, 2010

David Grann on The Devil & Sherlock Holmes

The author of "The Lost City of Z" delves into tales of murder, madness, and obsession.

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3:12 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

Laura Bush Speaks from the Heart

Steve Kraske talks with former First Lady Laura Bush about her new memoir "Spoken from the Heart".

Many in America remember former First Lady Laura Bush as a one-dimensional person - the wife of the most powerful man in the world - who for the most part shied away from the political affairs of her own or those that defined her husband's presidency.

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10:28 am
Wed May 19, 2010

New Letters on the Air: Clancy Martin

Chosen by Publisher's Weekly as one of the Best Books of 2009, How to Sell is a funny expose novel about the jeweler's trade, in which author Clancy Martin worked for many years before becoming an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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9:27 am
Mon May 17, 2010

The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Bestselling author and National Book Award-winner Nathanial Philbrick reveals the context and realities of Custer's unexpected 1876 defeat at the hands of his Indian enemies under Sitting Bull, and the character of each leader.

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1:53 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

New Letters on the Air: Hilda Raz

A literary editor since she graduated from college, Hilda Raz became a public poet after she was sent by Prairie Schooner to the Breadloaf writing conference to represent the magazine, and there, found her own poetic voice as well.

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12:22 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Anna Quindlen and Every Last One

Brian Ellison talks with Quindlen about her life as a writer, her family, American culture and politics and her latest book "Every Last One."

Kansas City, MO –

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9:49 am
Wed May 5, 2010

New Letters on the Air: Demetria Martinez

Known for her journalistic investigations in the 1980s into stories about El Salvadoran refugees, Demetria Martinez is a fearless writer.

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12:44 pm
Wed April 28, 2010

New Letters on the Air: Beth Ann Fennelly

Beth Ann Fennelly has written four books in the last decade, working in creative partnership with her husband, novelist Tom Franklin. Born in New Jersey and raised in Illinois, she talks about her relocation to Mississippi and how the south now reverberates in her work.

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10:53 am
Wed April 28, 2010

Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran

Journalist Roxana Saberi shares her experiences of being imprisoned in Iran while researching a book on Iranian society.


Journalist Roxana Saberi spent 4 months in an Iranian prison for espionage in 2009 while researching her book on Iranian society. While the charges were false, the experience led Saberi to speak out about prisoners of conscience in Iran.

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12:07 pm
Wed April 21, 2010

New Letters on the Air: Robert Dana

New Letters on the Air remembers Robert Dana, former poet laureate of Iowa, who passed away in February, 2010. Recorded on his 80th birthday in 2009, he reminisces about attending the Iowa Writers Workshop after World War II, and being in class with poets Donald Justice and Henri Coulette.

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11:52 am
Wed April 21, 2010

Book Doctors: Recent and Musically Inspired Reads

An exploration of favorite books that employ music, or a musical instrument, as key elements of the story, as well as recent reading recommendations.

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9:57 am
Mon April 12, 2010

Representing Kansas in Poetry Recitation

Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR.

April is poetry month, and at the end of the month, high school students from around the country will be competing in the National Poetry Out Loud competition, sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Kansas City, MO – Representing Kansas will be Shawnee Mission North sophomore Casha Mills. She told KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross about her passion for poetry, theater, and gave a taste of her reading.

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12:53 pm
Tue April 6, 2010

The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War

From the author of The Children's Blizzard comes an epic story of the sacrifice and service of an immigrant generation.

Kansas City, MO –

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10:16 am
Tue April 6, 2010

Book Critic Michael Dirda

Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda knows books. He joins Steve Kraske for a talk about literature and the NEA's "Big Read".

Kansas City, MO –

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3:14 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

Lighting Out for the Territory: How Samuel Clemens Headed West and Became Mark Twain

The story of how Samuel Clemens went west in 1861, reinvented himself as a writer, and returned 6 years later as Mark Twain.

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3:10 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

Learning about America from Starbucks

For the last 15 years Starbucks has been giving middle-class Americans exactly what they thought they wanted... and it isn't the coffee.

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12:06 pm
Thu March 18, 2010

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.

Journalist Christopher McDougall believes that we think wrongly about running.

Kansas City, MO –

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9:22 am
Wed March 17, 2010

Poet Ray Young Bear at Rockhurst University

Poet Ray Young Bear and his son, Micah
photo: courtesy of Stella Young Bear

Native American poet Ray Young Bear has been writing since he was a teenager on the Meskawki settlement in Iowa, translating poems from his native language into English. Poet and writer Sherman Alexie has said, "I am not exaggerating when I say that Ray Young Bear is the best poet in Indian Country."

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2:15 pm
Thu March 4, 2010

To Hell on a Fast Horse

Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and the Epic Chase to Justice in the Old West.

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12:52 pm
Mon February 22, 2010

City Boy: My Life in New York During the 1960s and '70s

Edmund White talks with Steve Kraske about his coming of age as a gay man, encounters with famous names and cultural icons, and the inner struggle that he and many other men of his generation faced.

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1:39 pm
Thu February 18, 2010

Holy Hullabaloos!

Buckle up for a road trip to the battlegrounds of the church-state wars.

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2:40 pm
Fri February 12, 2010

Author Amy Stewart and Wicked Plants

A new book about plants that kill, wound, and intoxicate... from exploding shrubs, to the vine that ate the South, and the weed that killed Abraham Lincoln's mother.

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12:14 pm
Tue February 9, 2010

Book Doctors: Love Gone Wrong

Favorite works of literature evoking heartache and heartbreak.

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