Books

Writers on a New England Stage
12:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Salman Rushdie

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Today, prize-winning author Salman Rushdie enjoys a life in the public eye and a literary career rife with accolades, using his work to examine the cultural connection - and disconnection -  between East and West and the history and experiences of Asian diaspora, all through the lens of magical realism.

Circumstances have not always been that way.

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Word of Mouth
11:49 am
Wed October 17, 2012

What Is Your Dog Thinking About?

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It’s not often that we stumbled across a story like the one we found in the latest edition of one of our favorite magazines, Mental Floss. It’s a profile of Alexandra Horowitz, who earned her PH.D. in cognitive science and teaches psychology at Barnard College.

Word of Mouth
1:01 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Susan Orlean Brings Us the Story of Rin Tin Tin

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Author, essayist, and staff writer for The New Yorker Susan Orlean takes vivid snapshots of people who live way off the beaten path.

Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Once Upon A Midnight Dreary...

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Here is Sean Hurley's unabridged reading of "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe. Enjoy!

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Word of Mouth
9:38 am
Thu October 11, 2012

But is Poe still scary?

These boys belong to Senior Producer Rebecca Lavoie, and they don't look scared of Poe at all.

We asked a variety of people, including Laura Knoy, Salman Rushdie, Neil Gaiman, and some adorable kids whether they think Edgar Allan Poe's work still stands up as "scary." Here's the full version of what they had to say about that...

Word of Mouth
9:32 am
Thu October 11, 2012

The Last Days of Poe/The Raven

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The last days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life are shrouded in mystery, much like his own work. And to arrive at those last fateful days, you must go back in Poe’s life to set the scene.  He was an orphan, adopted by the Allan family. He grew up well educated and well off, but once he left home for college, his relationship with his foster father grew tumultuous and he was – as they say - cut off.  Poe also had a taste for alcohol and women… and could never seem to balance the two. 

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Word of Mouth
11:33 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Welcome to the Literary Death Match!

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Adrian Zuniga is creator and MC of the literary death match – where the stage becomes an arena, author readings are battles, and the warring wordsmiths are judged by a panel of peers.  Adrian has held literary death matches all over the country and on Friday night, the games begin at the Brattleboro book festival

Word of Mouth
9:10 am
Tue October 9, 2012

What Makes a Great Short Story?

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Producer's note: Unfortunately, technical difficulties on Tom's end prevented him from being able to join us for this segment...but as he's one of our favorite writers, we will make every attempt to get him on the program soon! /RL

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

1493 (Rebroadcast)

In a new book, author Charles Mann explores what happened in the years after Columbus’s famed voyage to the Americas. He says it altered everything: sparking a new era of globalization and not just in commerce: but radical changes in crops, cultures, and politics. We’ll talk with Mann about this expansive look at this new era and how the world changed after Columbus.

Guests

  • Charles C. Mann - Author of 1493:Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
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Word of Mouth
7:17 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Crazy Love

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Pop singer Rihanna made news recently when she confessed to Oprah Winfrey her sympathy for ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, who beat her up on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2009. Rihanna’s tears for her abuser had many domestic violence advocates up in arms, and many of the rest of us scratching our heads. Here to give her take on the complex and often baffling emotional life of domestic abuse victims is Leslie Morgan Steiner.

Word of Mouth
10:44 am
Mon September 10, 2012

The Science Ignored by Liberals

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Think the right has cornered the market on denying science? No way, says Alex Berezow. He has a Ph.D. in microbiology and is co-author of the book Science Left Behind: Feel Good Falacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left.

The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed September 5, 2012

The War Within the War for Afghanistan

An inside look at the war in Afghanistan. Recently, an increasing number of American troops have died at the hands of their Afghan counterparts, raising questions about American efforts there. But these incidents don’t come as a surprise to award-winning Washington Post journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran, who spent two years covering the war in Afghanistan. He's written a book on the conflict -- Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri August 31, 2012

The Righteous Mind (REBROADCAST)

In a new book, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores how we reach different moral judgments about the same issue. Haidt says we join groups to reinforce these judgments, and this "groupishness" contributed to the survival of our species, but it has also been cause for fierce divisiveness. Haidt says there’s another option: mutual understanding and respect.

Related links:

www.RighteousMind.com to learn more about the book

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Word of Mouth
11:45 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Fake Science 101

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Science is one of those topics it seems you either get or you don’t. If you fall in the latter category, you might have wished at some point – maybe during a high school physics test – that you could just make up the answers and get credit for being clever.   Well, our next guest makes his living doing exactly that. Phil Edwards is the author behind the Fake Science blog, and a new sort of textbook called Fake Science 101.

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Word of Mouth
11:31 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Groove Interrupted

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As Hurricane Isaac continues to creep over the Gulf Coast and cause massive flooding, we can’t help but think of Katrina, and the devastation that storm left in her wake. Images this week of weary Louisiana residents make it difficult to remember the hopeful, yet not always easy rebirth of New Orleans after that storm.

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