Friday, December 05, 2014
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
In this episode: Best-selling author Amy Tan talks about her first book in eight years, The Valley of Amazement, tells us what playing in a band with Stephen King is like, and, she plays a few favorite songs for Soundcheck's Pick Three series.
Then, this week's Writers Club: Women In Music series continues with NPR Music's Ann Powers and RookieMag music editor Jessica Hopper, who share their favorite books about women in music.
And, the borders between musical styles come crashing down as the globetrotting banjo player Bela Fleck and the adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider play a live set in the Soundcheck studio.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Walt Whitman set out to invent a radically new form of poetry for a new nation. His book was first viewed as bizarre and obscene — one reviewer said that the author should be publicly flogged. But revising and adding to the book until his death, Whitman accomplished his goal, creating a new Bible for American poets.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
By Laura Mayer
Monday, February 25, 2013
For their latest book, authors Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman took on the subject of competition -- and the science behind why some people win and others lose. We talk with the Top Dog authors about the history of competition in the arts, the science behind stage fright, and the notion that competition doesn't jibe with creativity.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Celebrated children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak died in May at the age of 83. To remember him, we’re re-airing a selection of my 1992 interview with him about his book I Saw Esau, a collection of more than 170 insults, riddles, jeers, and jump-rope rhymes, edited with Iona and Peter Opie. He was known to be reclusive, and I was honored that he came to our studio for our conversation.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
By Mark Daly
In this 1978 episode of Reader's Almanac, host Jack Sullivan interviews Richard Price, 28, on the publication of his third novel, Ladies’ Man.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Forty years ago, E.B. White – the author of "Charlotte’s Web," "Stuart Little", and many other beloved children’s books – wrote a letter to the children of Troy, Michigan, at the request of a librarian in Troy’s new public library. "A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered." White was just one of the famous authors and public figures who responded to librarian Marguerite Hart’s request for letters to urge the children of Troy to read.
Monday, November 08, 2010
Zora Neale Hurston may have been an incredible writer, but she wasn't a bad singer either. How do we know? Thanks to a team of archivists who hauled a huge "portable" disc recorder around Florida in the 1930s, we can hear Hurston singing old songs about working-class black Americans during Jim Crow segregation.
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Saturday, July 09, 2005
Three singer-songwriter-musicians for the price of one. This band-without-a-front-man is fronted by David Grubbs, Hannah Marcus, and Rick Moody — yes, that Rick Moody (author of The Ice Storm, Purple America, and other novels). They join Kurt in the studio to play a few tunes and talk about their ...