Posey Gruener

Posey Gruener is an independent audio producer. Her production company, Two Tin Cans and a String, employs emerging media in service to good old fashioned conversation. Her work has aired on All Things Considered, Radiolab and Studio 360. She has also worked in storytelling and documentary production at StoryCorps, Radio Diaries, Radio Rookies, and The Moth.

Posey Gruener appears in the following:

Oscar’s Real Name Is Emilio

Friday, February 21, 2014

At the Academy Awards, the Oscar statuette is as iconic as the gowns and the red carpet. With his square chest, broad shoulders, and tapered legs, Oscar is an art deco god. But, as familiar as he may be, it turns out we don’t know Oscar very well. For one, Oscar’s name isn’t Oscar ...

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Daniel Alarcón's Imaginary Peru

Friday, November 15, 2013

Daniel Alarcón was only three years old when his family left Peru to settle in Alabama. But he’s been returning there in his imagination ever since, examining the aftermath of the war he and his parents missed. His latest novel, At Night We Walk in Circles, concerns the revival of a piece of political theater ...


Nico Muhly's Internet Opera: Two Boys

Friday, November 08, 2013

The 32-year-old composer Nico Muhly is a Juilliard-trained wunderkind who worked for Philip Glass for nearly a decade. He’s got a solid portfolio full of unpredictable work — his long roster of collaborators and clients includes the Choir of Jesus College, choreographer Benjamin Millepied ...

Nico Muhly's 3 for 360

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Andrea Barrett's Literary Science

Friday, November 01, 2013

Andrea Barrett dropped out of a graduate program in zoology, but has never left science behind. Nearly all of her books, including the National Book Award-winning story collection Ship Fever, are set in moments when the grand sweep of science intrudes upon the inner lives of individuals. In Barrett’s new book Archangel ...


Alice McDermott Is Not Interested in Irish-Americans

Friday, October 25, 2013

“Friends and strangers come up to me on the street,” Alice McDermott tells Kurt Andersen, “and say, ‘Oh, you’re writing another novel. Is this another one about Irish-Americans where somebody dies?’” In returning again and again to that material, McDermott delves ever more deeply ...


Syria's New War Poetry

Friday, October 11, 2013

“Poetry has always been central” in Syria, according to poet and translator Ghada Alatrash. Schoolchildren recite epics, pop stars set poetry to music, and literary parlor games can go on for hours, she says. Now, in the two-and-a-half years since demonstrations became an uprising ...

Read "When I Am Overcome By Weakness"

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New Year's Resolution: Running Into Ideas

Friday, October 11, 2013

When writer Linda Brewer feels stuck, she runs, hitting one of a few favorite parks in Tucson. “When I’m running I mull it over and I always get some ideas,” she says. Brewer is one of four listeners who made creative New Year’s resolutions at the end of 2012, and pledged to keep us updated ...

Read Linda's story for September: "The Desert Has a Beauty All Its Own"

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Return to BioShock

Friday, March 15, 2013

While the most visible evolution in video games has been in the realm of graphics, resolution, and processing power, another kind of progress has been taking place on the level of narrative. Game developer Ken Levine, the creative director of Irrational Games, has been in the forefront ...

Video: First Few Minutes of BioShock Infinite

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Charles Krafft Responds

Friday, March 15, 2013

Charles Krafft is a painter and sculptor whose work is both provocative and respected; it has been collected by major museums and prominently reviewed. But earlier this year, a reporter for the Seattle Stranger discovered that during the last decade, he had also become a Holocaust denier. ...

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A Needle in Isaac Newton’s Eye

Friday, March 01, 2013

Most plays about historical events and figures take liberties with the facts — you probably couldn’t write a good play if you didn’t. Audiences, though, can be distracted by wondering ‘was that bit really true?’ Lucas Hnath’s new play about Isaac Newton handles the problem in a unique way ...

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Oscar Trivia: Who was the model for the Oscar statue?

Friday, February 22, 2013

At the Academy Awards, the Oscar statuette is as iconic as the gowns and the red carpet. But did you know Oscar’s name isn’t Oscar? Those broad shoulders belonged to Emilio Fernandez — a.k.a. “El Indio.” He was an actor, a screenwriter, and one of the great directors from the ...

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NCAA Announces Penalties Against Penn State University

Monday, July 23, 2012

This morning the NCAA announced massive penalties against Penn State University due to their handling of the child sexual abuse scandal involving the former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

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How Should We Balance Our Work and Personal Lives?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Last week, Anne-Marie Slaughter published an article called “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” It speaks to those men and women who would like to see more women on the Supreme Court, and in the State Department, and at the head of major corporations — and who would also like those women to be able to have families.

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A Third of Americans Can't Afford a Dentist

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

For some Americans, dental care means a sturdy chair, a fluoride swish, and a free toothbrush. But for one in three Americans, it's a nightmare, including astronomical bills, crippling credit card debt, panicked visits to the emergency room, and life-threatening disease.

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Pain, Music and Destiny: Bob Dylan

Monday, January 02, 2012

Some might joke that his vocal chords are indeed much older, but celebrated folk legend Bob Dylan turned 70-years-old last year. Recently audio has surfaced from 1966, in which the singer speaks to a good friend during a flight from Nebraska to Colorado about struggling with addiction and contemplating suicide. It's the latest in a long narrative about a truly singular singer whose mysteries are still being revealed. We take a listen to some of the audio in question, and music that made Dylan a force of musical nature.

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Helen Vendler, Rita Dove, and the Changing Canon of Poetry

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The titans are clashing in the world of poetry. Over Thanksgiving, literary critic Helen Vendler published a savage review of a new anthology, "The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry." The book was edited by Rita Dove, a former Poet Laureate. Dove responded to Vendler's scathing review with an equally vitriolic reply. Vendler is white, and Dove is black, which is either tangential to, or central to, the issue — depending on whom you talk to. The incident has many in the poetry world talking about issues of race, aesthetics, and who belongs in the poetry books, and who does not. 

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Capitol Hill: GOP Blocks Cordray From CFPB; Gingrich's Popularity in Congress

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich looks at two major stories playing out inside the halls of Congress this week. The White House is attempting to push recalcitrant Senate Republicans to confirm former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Forty-five Senate Republicans signed a letter in May vowing to block any nominee unless Congress was given more oversight of the bureau. Zwillich also spent time on Capitol hill talking to lawmakers about GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich. 

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Health Secretary Overturns Plan B Decision

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Heath and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius rejected a decision by the Food and Drug Administration to make the "morning after" birth control pill widely available over the counter on Wednesday. The emergency contraceptive, called Plan B One-Step, was available to women over 17, but would have been available to women 16 and under had the decision not been overruled. The initial decision by the FDA was sure become a political football during the campaign season.

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Meeting in Bonn, Germany on the Future of Afghanistan

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Almost 1,000 delegates from Afghanistan, NATO, and neighboring countries met in Bonn, Germany to discuss the future of Afghanistan. The talks happened in the context of the planned withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan by 2014. The meeting had a sense of deja vu; 10 years ago, in this same city, in the same hotel, Afghan leaders met to discuss the future of Afghanistan. Back then, it was just months after the 9/11 attacks, the American-led invasion of Afghanistan, and the fall of the Taliban. 

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Social Conservatives Still Looking for a Candidate in Iowa

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

With less than a month until the Iowa Caucus, social conservatives still do not have a clear choice for in the GOP primary. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have been leading in polls, but both candidates have come under fire for their lack of conservative bona-fides. And as for Bachmann, Santorum, and Perry it's an open question whether they can gather enough conservative voters to pull a win. To make matters worse the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition has declined to endorse any candidate. What is a social conservative to do?

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