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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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11:31 am
Tue January 19, 2010

First Missouri Poet Laureate Ends Term

Walter Bargen's two year term as the state's top poetry official ends this month.

Columbia, MO – Poet Walter Bargen talks about his active role promoting poetry in the state of Missouri. And he reads a kind of commentary on the position, called, Poet as Grand Marshall of the Fall Parade.

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8:08 am
Mon January 4, 2010

Poet Iris Appelquist on Beginnings

To mark the new year, KCUR's Gina Kaufmann caught up with friend and fellow writer Iris Appelquist, and asked her to read a poem that seems appropriate for the occasion.

Kansas City, MO – The poem ok, ok? was originally published in the 2009 book Blunt Trauma, a collection of poems by Jason Ryberg and Iris Appelquist.

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8:34 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Book Doctors: Stories of Redemption

The Book Doctors share what's new on their reading lists and look back on 2009 in literature and literary news.

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10:47 am
Thu December 17, 2009

Word Wizards: Odd Things Grandparents Used to Say

The Word Wizards accept the challenge of trying to translate old-timey phrases into modern parlance, and explain their fascinating origins.

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2:58 pm
Mon December 14, 2009

Best Children's Books of 2009

Johnson County Librarians Debbie McLeod, Kate Pickett, and Dennis Ross share their picks for the best children's books of 2009.

Picture Books

Alphabeasties by Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss
Animals are formed using letters of the alphabet in different printing fonts.

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9:31 am
Fri December 4, 2009

Packaging Boyhood

Player. Jock. Slacker. Competitor. Superhero. Goofball. Boys are besieged by images in the media that encourage slacking over studying; competition over teamwork; power over empowerment.

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10:17 am
Wed December 2, 2009

New Letters on the Air: Laura Moriarty

Novelist Laura Moriarty is the author of the acclaimed book group favorite, "The Center of Everything," as well as the two subsequent novels, "The Rest of Her Life" and "While I'm Falling."

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2:00 pm
Mon November 30, 2009

The Book Doctors and Guilty Pleasures

The Book Doctors are back to talk about what's on their reading lists and to discuss the latest literary news, but quickly the conversation turns to those guilty pleasure reads that are so bad they're good.

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9:52 am
Wed November 18, 2009

New Letters on the Air: Sarah Dunant

English writer Sarah Dunant is recognized in her home country as a former BBC television/radio host turned popular novelist. Her fame in America, though, rests on her recent historical fiction, The Birth of Venus, and In the Company of the Courtesan.

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10:44 am
Tue November 17, 2009

Shane Evans and Olu's Dream

Kansas City artist Shane Evans may be best known around the country for his illustrations in children's books, but his impact on the local community goes far beyond paper.

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1:11 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

From the Battlefields of Iraq to HBO: Rudy Reyes

Rudy Reyes in the KCUR studio.
Photo by Sylvia Marie Gross

The story of a Marine Veteran who fought in an elite Recon unit in Afghanistan and Iraq, and then played himself in the HBO series Generation Kill.

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9:29 am
Thu November 12, 2009

Author John Irving on Writing Process and His Latest Novel

John Irving in the KCUR studios
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Steve Kraske talks with novelist John Irving about his unique writing style, his latest book Last Night in Twisted River and its theme of wanting to control the uncontrollable.

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2:03 pm
Wed November 11, 2009

New Letters on the Air: Matthew Eck

Named one of the top five writers under 35 to watch by the National Book Foundation in 2008, Matthew Eck discusses his novel, "The Farther Shore," touted by Salon as "the first great war novel of our generation."

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2:37 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

Famous Minor Television Personality John Hodgman

John Hodgman (The Daily Show's Resident Expert and the "PC" in the iconic Apple TV commercials) joins us to talk about his new book "More Information Than You Require."

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1:42 pm
Thu November 5, 2009

WEB EXTRA: Poet Phil Miller Reads from "The Casablanca Fan"

Philip Miller's sixth book of poems, "The Casablanca Fan," published by Unholy Day Press, continues his exploration of relationships. In this poem, "November Pantoom," Miller writes, "What is love? Hard to tell."

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11:17 am
Wed November 4, 2009

Poet Phil Miller Delves into Relationships in New Collection

Poet Philip Miller

In 2004, poet and teacher Phil Miller and his wife, Nancy, pulled up roots to move to Pennsylvania. A Kansas native, Miller championed the Kansas City poetry scene for several decades. Miller helped start the Riverfront Reading Series in 1987 and taught creative writing at Kansas City Kansas Community College for almost 30 years.

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11:06 am
Tue November 3, 2009

New Letters on the Air: Debra Marquart

Growing up on a North Dakota farm, Debra Marquart couldn't wait to leave. Now, she returns to the place repeatedly in her fiction, essays and poetry.

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10:46 am
Tue November 3, 2009

The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power

In the book The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, author Jeff Sharlet examines the power wielded by a secretive Christian group known as the Family, or the Fellowship.

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3:58 pm
Mon November 2, 2009

Book Doctors: Children's Literature

Books that left a lasting impression from our childhood.

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1:32 pm
Wed October 28, 2009

New Letters on the Air: Take Me Out to the Ballgame

America's Pastime comes to a close for another year in October with the Major League Baseball World Series. We pay tribute to the game and those who love it with this anthology show.

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11:13 am
Wed October 21, 2009

New Letters on the Air: U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan

In honor of the start of her second year as the 16th U.S. Poet Laureate, we present this encore interview with Kay Ryan. Sometimes seen as a poetry outsider, the California poet has spent her life teaching remedial English in Marin County, rather than making her living in the academic world of creative writing.

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10:13 am
Wed October 14, 2009

New Letters on the Air: Alberto Rios

Born in a small Arizona border town to a Mexican father and English mother, Alberto Rios has become internationally recognized as one of today's most talented Latino writers.

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2:25 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

New Letters on the Air: Gary Soto

Continuing our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we go back to our archives for this 2005 conversation with fiction writer and poet, Gary Soto. He talks about growing up as a poor Mexican-American kid in Fresno, California, and how he discovered the power of poetry as a young man.

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12:21 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

All My Loving? The Films of Tony Palmer

John Tibbetts, Associate Professor of Theatre and Film at the University of Kansas, joins us to discuss his new book All My Loving? The Films of Tony Palmer.


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8:42 am
Wed October 7, 2009

Robert Hicks: A Separate Country

Robert Hicks brings the post-Civil War south to life through the imagined version of the last years of John Bell Hood and his Creole wife, Anna Marie.

(Up to Date, 10-7-09) Confederate General John Bell Hood, lingers on his deathbed in 1879, stricken by yellow fever.?

He summons an unlikely confessor to his side: Eli Griffin, a local ice merchant who arrived in New Orleans years before, intent on killing Hood.?

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2:00 pm
Thu October 1, 2009

The Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis

A new book details the history of Kansas City's Kaw Point and the debate over the death of Meriwether Lewis.

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3:08 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

A.J. Jacobs and The Guinea Pig Diaries

Can a series of radical lifestyle experiments truly change a person?

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12:06 pm
Wed September 30, 2009

Seldom Seen: A Journey into the Great Plains

Ever feel like taking a break and going on a walk? A really, really long walk? Join us as we talk to an author who left a confining office job and set out on a walking tour of the Great Plains, from Missouri to Montana.

Kansas City , Mo. –

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