If you have been listening to Writers' Voices awhile, you probably know that co-host Caroline Kilbourn is single-handedly attempting to keep alive the lost art of letter-writing. You know, the kind written on paper (often by hand, with a pen), and actdually mailed? with a stamp? Well, perhaps not single-handedly, since the people she writes to often write back!
And there's also Shaun Usher, whose belief in "the importance and unrivalled charm of old-fashioned correspondence" led him to start a website in 2009 called lettersofnote.com. There are currently over 900 "letters, postcards,telegrams, faxes and memos" featured on the site, written by people both famous and ordinary. From this intriguing archive, Usher selected more than 125 letters to feature in this beautifully designed anthology. As one critic wrote, this books is "the literary equivalent of a box of chocolates - bite-sized and pure addictive pleasure."
Join us this week on Writers' Voices to learn how Usher finds the letters, how he chose which ones to include in the book, and the process of creating such a beautiful work of literary history.
Monica and Caroline welcomed debut novelist Rachel Urquhart to Writers' Voices July 17. Her book, "The Visionist" was recently published by Little, Brown to much acclaim. Set in 1842 during a time when young girls falling into trance states were revered as "Visionists", the story is told from multiple points of view and lays bare the struggles of the rural poor and the price paid to enjoy the relative prosperity of the Shaker communities where many sought refuge.
In this interview, Urquhart shares why the Shakers piqued her interest plus some of the details she uncovered in her research, the steps leading to her publishing success, and the influence of her grandfather, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for "Gone with the Wind" on her own writing.
Alison Krauss was born in Illinois. She became a professional musician at age 14. She released her first solo album at the age of 16 and by age 21, she was a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Krauss has 25 Grammy Awards to her credit including six awards for her collaboration with former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant on the album Raising Sand (2007).
In celebration of her July 23rd birthday (age 43), we'll be featuring her music on this week's show including her solo work and her recordings with Union Station, Robert Plant and others.
We'll also hear music from Sarah Harmer, Sweet Talk Radio, Jackson Browne, The Vespers, Sam Phillips, Lyal Strickland, John & Jacob, Gregg Allman, Irene Kelly, Darden Smith, and more!
James Moore has a wide-ranging discussion with Callie Maidhof, Ph.D candidate in anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. She has recently returned to the United States following a year and a half of fieldwork in Israel-Palestine.
During the course of her research, she spent ten months living on a Jewish-Israeli settlement near Qalqilia in Palestine's northern West Bank. She also spent time in Ramallah and is currently writing her dissertation on secularism and the state of Israel's settlements. She is from Kansas City.
Here's a recent interview: http://www.tabletmag.com/tag/callie-maidhof/feed.
Going, Going, Gone... is the title of the last song on the show from the Rococo release by The Paparazzi. Through The Looking Glass is the source of the great old song Little Johnny Jewel midway through the show by Siouxsie & The Banshees. Besides those tasty treats: A song sandwich featuring Le Chavalier and The Police. Tracks by obscure bands off of old compilation records of the eighties put out by the labels: The Enigma Variations, Sharp Cuts, Attack of The Killer B's, The Rebel Kind, and I.R.S. Records Greatest Hits Vol. 2 & 3. Plus The Cramps, J Geils, and some funny little instrumentals. All in just two hours Saturday morning @2. Cool Breeze
"I press on toward the goal to win the prize..." Love is the key that opens the door to all that is fair and right and good. The lesser emotions swirl at the edge and distract. Seasons change, lessons are learned, time is the great invariant. Get a little schooling via some rock and roll, courtesy of Iron Butterfly, The Moody Blues, Paul Kantner, The Byrds, Ry Cooder, and about 24 other bands! The G Man
(Playlist link below). Spotlight shines on Ernest Ranglin, legendary Jamaican jazz guitarist (photo left) with samples of his creative genius that marked the evolution of reggae dub step genre. In the same set you will experience Radio Citizen, a German dub step band featuring vocalist Bajka Pluwatsch (photo below, Indian born down tempo singer). Other contributors to the Chill Session include 10 Ft. Ganga Plant (mysterious Boston band that lists no artist names on its albums), Fat Freddy's Drop (Australia), Slightly Stoopid (San Diego roots/reggaie), The Hundred in the Hands, and Six Organs of Admittance.
100% of tracks on this program have never been played before on Fringe Toast. In the first hour, rarely heard singer-songwriters take the stage such as Chris Smithers, Meredith Bragg, Sunbear, Junip's Jose Gonzalez, and Eilen Jewell.
Click here for playlist. Invite friends to join the live stream every Wednesday night at 8pm Central Time. Find out why people say that Fringe Toast plays the best music you never hear.
Stay Tuned for Upcoming Interview and CD release with Robert Reeder and Apocalypso Tantric Boys Choir.
Deborah Madison’s cookbooks have occupied treasured spots on my bookshelves since 1987 when she wrote The Greens Cook Book along with Edward Espe Brown. Fast forward 27 years, three James Beard Awards plus many other accolades, and Madison, though not a vegetarian, continues her love affair with vegetables.
The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone came out this past spring, an update to her classic Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone published in 1997. Last year’s Vegetable Literacy went far beyond a recipe book as Madison drew on her insights over several decades of cooking, including stints in professional kitchens, and as a gardener, enlightening readers with the interconnected web of relationships within the same botanical family.
Click on "Read More" for recipes from Vegetable Literacy.
time to get in the car this thursday night, and drive to des moines to see the musicians' musicians, umphrey's mcgee. well, that's what i'll be doing. and i'm bringing you with me.
i'll start the show on the road, and on the way i'll play some new tunes by elbow, and finally, i'll bring the microphone right onto the stage where you can hear their final set. ;)
On today's edition of That Righteous Jive we'll be listening to some of my favorite swing and gypsy jazz to have been released so far this year. I'll be featuring Plectrum Ensemble and Eva sur Seine, but we'll also here from Gypsies of Bohemia, Jack Snipe and Trio Manouche. Stream it live July 22nd, 5-6pm CDT right here on KRUU radio.