State of Writing

« previous episode | next episode »

Friday, December 12, 2008

In today's monoculture, are the individual states still distinguishable from one another? The WPA-inspired State By State: A Panoramic Portrait of America includes essays by Jonathan Franzen on New York and Rick Moody on Connecticut. They’re joined by the book’s editor Sean Wilsey to talk about updating the Depression-era project, and location, location, location. Plus, the latest on Zimbabwe; and how to interrogate a terrorist.


Jonathan Franzen, Rick Moody and Sean Wilsey

Detroit Bailout Roadblocks

Jeff Green, Detroit bureau chief for Bloomberg News, looks at the breakdown in the Detroit bailout negotiations.

Comments [34]

What Laws Did the Governor Break?

The press conference was certainly amusing, but what's the legal basis of the Blagojevich indictment? Former federal prosecutor and current criminal defense attorney Michael Cornacchia and New York Times Chicago bureau chief Monica Davey look at the legal side of the story.

Comments [25]

State By State

Contributers Jonathan Franzen, Rick Moody, and co-editor Sean Wilsey, talk about the book State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America.

There will be a reading of the book tonight at The New School featuring Franzen, author Sarah Vowell and actress Parker Posey among others.

Question of ...

Comments [13]

Zimbabwe Update

Peter Godwin, author of When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa, talks about the latest in Zimbabwe and the cholera outbreak there.

Comments [3]

Interrogation Tactics

Matthew Alexander, a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and author of How to Break a Terrorist, discusses his experience as an interrogator and comments on the bipartisan report released yesterday on involvement from high-level US officials in detainee abuse. Plus, performance artist Coco Fusco talks ...

Comments [31]

Tips on Tipping

Patricia Fitzpatrick, founder and president of the Etiquette School of New York, talks about holiday tipping in this economy.

Comments [43]

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.