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.
The Book Doctors join us to share reading recommendations and the latest in literary news.
By The Walt Bodine Show, April 29, 2009
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".
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.
By The Walt Bodine Show, March 23, 2009
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.
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.
By The Walt Bodine Show, March 19, 2009
Kansas City , Mo. – The Book Doctors are:
Mark Luce, The Barstow School
Kaite Mediatore Stover, The Kansas City Public Library
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By The Walt Bodine Show, Jan 29, 2009
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.
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.
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.
Do cell phones, iPods, and other automated devices make us smarter? Or could the opposite be true?
By The Walt Bodine Show, Jan 8, 2009
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.
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.