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11:27 am
Wed September 30, 2009

New Letters on the Air: Linda Rodriguez

Winner of the 2009 Elvira Cordero Cisneros Award, Linda Rodriguez talks about her debut poetry collection, "Heart's Migration," which has been in the works for over 20 years.

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2:05 pm
Fri September 25, 2009

Missouri Poet Laureate Walter Bargen

Steve Kraske talks with Walter Bargen about his new book of poems and the art of writing.

Kansas City, MO – Walter Bargen, who was appointed Missouri's first poet laureate in January 2008 sits down with Steve Kraske to discuss his writing, including a new book of poems Days Like This Are Necessary: New and Selected Poems.

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9:52 am
Fri September 25, 2009

Deaths on Pleasant Street

The mystery surrounding the 1909 deaths of Colonel Thomas Swope, millionaire benefactor of Swope Park, his cousin and young nephew.

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Host Steve Kraske talks with Giles Fowler of the University of Iowa about his new book Deaths on Pleasant Street: The Ghastly Enigma of Colonel Swope and Dr. Hyde.

From the Jackson County Historical Society:

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8:31 am
Wed September 23, 2009

New Letters on the Air: Sandra Cisneros

For Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15- October 15), Latina author Sandra Cisneros discusses her groundbreaking classic novel, "The House on Mango Street," which was released in a special 25th anniversary edition in 2009 with a new forward essay by Cisneros.

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3:18 pm
Tue September 22, 2009

Book Doctors: Writers and Writing

We take a look at books about writing, the lives of writers, the writing craft, literary biographies and even books featuring great writer characters -- from Jo in Little Women to the character of Joe Gould in Joe Gould's Secret.

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3:22 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

New Letters on the Air: American Sanctuaries

The American Library Association designates September as Library Card Sign-up Month for students, so we've created this audio anthology of poets, novelists, and memoirists, who talk about how they found inspiration and refuge in the libraries of their youth.

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2:18 pm
Mon September 14, 2009

Renegade: The Making of a President

Former Newsweek White House correspondent Richard Wolffe tells the story of the Obama campaign, from an insiders view.

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2:03 pm
Wed September 9, 2009

New Letters on the Air: Robert Olen Butler

Pulitzer Prize-winning short story writer, Robert Olen Butler follows his recent story collections, Intercourse and Severance, with his novel, Hell.

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11:31 am
Wed September 2, 2009

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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9:59 am
Thu August 27, 2009

The Book Doctors: Coming of Age

As a tribute to back to school season, one of the most dramatic seasons in a youngster's existence, the Book Doctors and listeners share their favorite coming of age tales.

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2:32 pm
Wed August 26, 2009

WEB EXTRA: Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg Reads "Your Heart Has No Gate"

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg started a new post on July 1, 2009, as the Poet Laureate of the State of Kansas. Here, Mirriam-Goldberg reads her poem "Your Heart Has No Gate."

Lawrence, KS – "Your Heart Has No Gate" is included in Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg's latest collection of poetry, called "Landed." Mirriam-Goldberg's memoir, "The Sky Begins at Your Feet," was also published in 2009.

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2:15 pm
Wed August 26, 2009

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg: New Kansas Poet Laureate

The state of Kansas has chosen a new poet laureate. Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg has just begun her two-year term in the position.

Lawrence, KS – The state of Kansas has chosen a new poet laureate. On July 1, 2009, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg began her two-year term in the position.

KPR's Laura Lorson talked with her about the job, and her plans for her coming term as the state's primary ambassador for poetry and writing.

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1:35 pm
Wed August 26, 2009

New Letters on the Air: Tobias Wolff

Old School, the 2003 novel by Tobias Wolff that was a finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award, is a selection for the National Endowment for the Arts program "The Big Read."

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3:32 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

New Letters on the Air: Victoria Chang

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

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8:54 am
Wed July 29, 2009

New Letters on the Air: Frank McCourt

New Letters on the Air says goodbye to Frank McCourt, the author of a trilogy of memoirs, including his bestselling debut book, Angela's Ashes.

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3:15 pm
Tue July 28, 2009

Author Sarah Dunant on Sacred Heart

Author Sarah Dunant discusses her latest historical fiction novel, Sacred Hearts, set during the time of the Italian Renaissance.

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3:07 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

The Book Doctors: July Edition

When the weather is so wonderful, what better time is there to read outside? The Book Doctors share literary news and their recommendations, so that you may enjoy a relaxing, outdoor summer read.

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10:18 am
Wed July 22, 2009

New Letters on the Air: Annie Barrows

Known for her Ivy + Bean series of children's books, Annie Barrows never dreamed the outcome of the request of her aunt, Mary Ann Shaffer, to revise Shaffer's manuscript for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

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11:31 am
Tue July 21, 2009

Poet Linda Rodriguez on Heart's Migration

Rodriguez has now published her first full book of poems, called Heart's Migration. Two of the poems in Rodriguez's new book recently caught the attention of Garrison Keillor, who read them on his show 'The Writer's Almanac.'

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8:52 am
Fri July 17, 2009

New Letters on the Air: James Still

Like the playwright, William Inge, who came from Independence, James Still comes from another small town in Kansas--Pomona. In this interview, Still talks about his beginnings, and how that led to writing over 15 plays, including The Heavens are Hung in Black, commissioned by Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. to premiere in 2009 on the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth.

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9:24 am
Thu June 25, 2009

Book Doctors, Nature Writing and Enviro-lit

The Book Doctors pay us a visit to share the latest literary news. During the second half, we talk about nature writing and books on the environment. Tune in to hear about books that invoke the beauty of the world, in some cases with the intention of helping to preserve it.

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11:21 am
Wed June 24, 2009

The Devil's Tickets: A Night of Bridge, a Fatal Hand, and a New American Age

It's not uncommon to get a little upset when your spouse wins in a card game, but is it worth killing for? Steve Kraske talks with author Gary Pomerantz about his latest book, the setting of which takes place in Kansas City.

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8:36 am
Mon June 22, 2009

Voices of the Moon

Andrew Chaikin discusses the fervor the moon landing caused and the history of the space walk in his new book Voices of the Moon.

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9:38 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Finders Keepers: FOUND Magazine

Davy Rothbart, Creator of FOUND Magazine and Editor for the new FOUND book Requiem for a Paper Bag: Celebrities & Civilians Tell Stories of the Best Lost, Tossed & Found Items From Around The World

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8:23 am
Tue June 2, 2009

Author Lee Childs and the Thriller Genre

How do true news stories inspire the content of best-selling thriller novels?

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11:35 am
Wed May 27, 2009

Children's Literature for the Summer

Kate Pickett and Debbie McCloud from the Johnson County Library review their favorite summer reading picks for the younger set.

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10:52 am
Thu May 21, 2009

Book Doctors, Honoring Thy Mother and Father

The Book Doctors join us to give summer reading tips and local literary news.

Kansas City , Mo. – The Book Doctors join us to give summer reading tips and local literary news.

In honor of recent celebrations of Mother's Day, and upcoming Father's Day festivities, we talk about books that feature memorable parental characters, or that explore the complexities of the parent/child relationship.

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12:35 pm
Wed May 20, 2009

New Letters on the Air: Kurt Andersen

Co-founder of the infamous and now defunct Spy magazine, Kurt Andersen is a long-time journalist, who's also written fiction and essays and is now known as the host of the public radio program Studio 360.

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12:22 pm
Mon May 18, 2009

Michael Pollan In Defense of Food

From his own experiences in the garden to tracking meals back to their sources, Michael Pollan writes about our relationship to the food we eat. The author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, Pollan has written not only about what we eat but where our food comes from and the impact our food choices have.

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11:57 am
Mon May 18, 2009

Spoken Word at the Jazz Museum

This week, the Obamas opened their first White House poetry jam; something that caught the attention of a lot of spoken word poets here in Kansas City. It just so happens that one of the poets chosen to perform at White House will be here on Tuesday, May 19, at the monthly poetry jam at the American Jazz Museum.

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