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Marginalia is an on-air commentary and podcast hosted by KMUW's Beth Golay. Each episode features author interviews, editorial commentary and other marginalia to enhance the reading experience.
 
Citizens and voters face monumental choices on issues that will define our future, and there is a great need for broader understanding of how what happens at the polls affects you. That's why, in January of 2016, KMUW launched Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap. These monthly community conversations feature a panel of local experts and topics that touch your daily life. It's free, and so are the appetizers. The next Democracy on Tap event is: Tuesday, April 16 5:30 p.m. Roxy's Downtown | 412 1/2 E ...
 
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Readers familiar with Greg Iles know that although he writes mysteries and thrillers, they’re anything but formulaic. Rich with detail, Iles' books maintain quality while straddling commercial and literary fiction for hundreds and hundreds of pages.By golay@kmuw.org (Beth Golay).
 
Take a look at Peter Heller’s bio, and you’ll see he has worked as a dishwasher, construction worker, logger, offshore fisherman, kayak instructor, river guide, and world class pizza deliverer. He is also is a longtime contributor to NPR, and a former contributing editor at Outside Magazine , Men’s Journal , and National Geographic Adventure . ...…
 
Nickolas Butler has penned a novel of extremes. Little Faith is simple, yet complex; an extraordinary look at the ordinary; an exploration of the ways in which belief is formed and shaken. And quite difficult to describe. But that didn’t stop us from trying. I recently spoke with Butler as he was gearing up for the publication of Little Faith a ...…
 
Margaret Malone is Wichita State University’s Spring 2019 visiting emerging writer, and the author of People Like You , a 2016 Pen Hemingway finalist. Malone is wrapping up her month at Wichita State with a book reading at WSU’s Ulrich Museum of Art on Thursday, February 28, at 5:30 p.m.By golay@kmuw.org (Beth Golay).
 
Ariel Lawhon likes a good puzzle. She likes a mystery that she can research and research and research, and then artistically retell the story to readers. Her first book explored the unsolved mystery of a justice who disappeared in New York in the 1930s. Her second book explored the conspiracy surrounding the Hindenburg disaster. And now her thi ...…
 
In the prologue of his book, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present , author David Treuer writes, “This book is a counter-narrative to the story that has been told about us, but it is something more as well: it is an attempt to confront the ways we Indians ourselves understand our place in the world.” I recently ...…
 
I would wager that for most of us, the only time we think about children's picture books is when we’re begged to read “just one more story.” But have you ever thought about what goes into creating a picture book? How do authors and illustrators come together? What is the secret to creating images and stories that keep children enchanted and the ...…
 
As the legend of Wild Bill Hickok still grows, so do the myths, says author Tom Clavin. Which is why he set out to separate fact from fiction in his new book, Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter . I recently spoke with Clavin about what he discovered. Here’s our conversation: - Wild Bill: The True Story of the ...…
 
Here’s something you probably didn’t learn in history class: In the days leading up to the founding of our nation, there was a conspiracy to kill George Washington. Many historians are aware of this fact, but there’s not a lot of information to support it. But that didn’t stop Brad Meltzer. When he saw the reference in a footnote by Pulitzer-pr ...…
 
Clemency Burton-Hill is an award-winning violinist and renowned classical musical journalist who has written a book titled Year of Wonder . Burton-Hill believes that making time for engaged listening to one piece of classical music every day will bring on a healthier and happier mindset. Through this book she has created a 366-day field guide t ...…
 
In this episode of Marginalia, I spoke via Skype with author Oyinkan Braithwaite at her home in Lagos, Nigeria. That’s also the setting of her debut novel, which has a spoiler of a title: My Sister, the Serial Killer. The sisters are Korede and Ayoola. Korede is older, and takes quite seriously her responsibility to protect her younger sister, ...…
 
With over 2 million books in print, Marie Lu is considered a rock star of young adult literature. Both of her Legend and Young Elites series have spent considerable time on bestsellers lists. And now Wildcard, the second book in the Warcross / Wildcard duology has been published. I recently caught up with Lu to talk about the new book, her work ...…
 
Author Michael Connelly introduced readers to Detective Harry Bosch in 1992 with the publication of The Black Echo . Twenty-six years and 30-plus books later, detectives from two of Connelly's series are working together for the first time in Dark Sacred Night , including the man who's been there from the beginning.…
 
Historian Hampton Sides has written a new book about the Battle at the Chosin Reservoir, an epic clash during the Korean conflict that he calls one of the greatest military survival stories of all time. On Desperate Ground explores the many adversaries facing the First Marine Division in November of 1950: hundreds of thousands of Chinese soldie ...…
 
Historian Nathaniel Philbrick is not a stranger to the sea. But surprisingly, one of the main characters in his books--George Washington--was. But his prejudice against the sea, according to Philbrick, didn’t inhibit Washington’s naval genius.By golay@kmuw.org (Beth Golay).
 
Markus Zusak is the author of several books, but he’s probably best known for The Book Thief , which has sold 16 million copies worldwide, is published in 42 foreign language territories, and has spent over 500 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.By golay@kmuw.org (Beth Golay).
 
According to writer and history buff, Joe Stumpe, "early Wichita earned a wicked reputation from newspapers across Kansas thanks to a bevy of madams and murderers, bootleggers and bank robbers, con men and crooked cops."By golay@kmuw.org (Beth Golay).
 
November Road is a thriller set in November 1963, and it begins just before JFK’s assassination. When a mob lieutenant realizes that many of his associates are being eliminated one by one, he speculates not only that the murders are tied to the assassination, but also that he is next. In November Road , author Lou Berney expands on mob-related ...…
 
Olga Tokarczuk is the author of Flights , winner of the Man Booker International Prize, which is awarded to the best work of translated fiction from anywhere in the world. She shares the prize with the book’s translator, Jennifer Croft. And Flight s was chosen from more than 100 submissions. Tokarczuk has been labeled as one of Europe’s most im ...…
 
Delia Owens has written several books, but they are primarily non-fiction, a reflection of the 23 years she spent studying wildlife in Africa. Her new book, Where the Crawdads Sing , is Owens’ first work of fiction. It also takes the reader on a deep dive into nature, but this novel is set in the marshlands of coastal North Carolina. I recently ...…
 
We’ve talked about climate and energy, and on June 5 the Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap environment mini-series wrapped up with a discussion of Sustainability. We covered what businesses can do to minimize waste, what gardeners are doing to keep our soil healthy, and how you can do your part too. It’s was at Roxy’s Downtown. Panelists: Susan Erle ...…
 
In May, we focused on energy. On May 8 at Roxy's Downtown, we discussed different types of energy generation and what's going on here in Kansas, from wind to solar to nuclear power and everything in between. Panelists: Susan Erlenwein, director of Sedgwick County Department of Environmental Resources Brian Grimmett, energy and environment repor ...…
 
Our three-part Environment series began on April 10 at Roxy's Downtown with a discussion on Climate Change, from its broad extent to more specific effects on Kansas. Panelists: Rachel Myslivy, Climate + Energy Project Assistant Director Ken Cook, National Weather Service Meteorologist in Charge Susan Erlenwein, Sedgwick County Environmental Res ...…
 
The March Democracy on Tap event was held at Roxy's Downtown on Tuesday, March 13th. The topic: “Public Safety,” the third in our Social Health discussion series. Our expert panel will discussed the fire department, EMS, infrastructure and other public services that contribute to your health and the well-being of our community. Panelists: Chief ...…
 
The February Democracy on Tap event was held at Roxy's Downtown on Tuesday, February 27th. The topic: “Mandating Health,” the second in our Social Health discussion series. Our expert panel explored the laws intended to make our population healthier, from soda taxes, smoking and liquor regulations, to bike paths and everything in between. Panel ...…
 
The January Democracy on Tap event was held at Roxy's Downtown on Tuesday, January 30. The topic: Crime & Safety, the first event in our social health series. We discussed crime trends and how to make our community safer for everyone. Our panelists were: Dr. Andi Bannister, interim director of the WSU School of Criminal Justice Matt Johnson Dar ...…
 
The December Democracy on Tap event was held at Roxy's Downtown on Tuesday, December 12. The topic: Volunteerism. Reporters from KMUW News were on hand to share their experiences with community volunteers and to field questions from the audience. Here's the discussion: Panelists: Stephan Bisaha Carla Eckels Nadya Faulx Deborah Shaar Brian Grimmett…
 
The September Democracy on Tap event was held at KMUW on Wednesday, September 13. The topic: The Art of Teaching: Innovations in the Classroom. Here's the discussion: Panelists: Becky Elder—Northfield School Linda Amos—Wichita Montessori Allison Stucky—Riverside Elementary Kathleen Bastin—Coleman Middle…
 
August's Democracy on Tap event, held at The Monarch, focused on Wealth on Health: The Impact of Debt on Well-Being, Here's the discussion: Panelists: Jeff Witherspoon, Consumer Credit Counseling Service Dr. Sam Brown, Wichita State Hugo Wall School Dr. Jessica Provines, Wichita State Counseling & Testing…
 
July's Democracy on Tap event, held at The Anchor, focused on "off year" elections--what's on the docket and why you should care. Here's the discussion: Panelists: Damon Young, Chamber of Wichita Ernestine Krehbiel, former president of the League of Women Voters of Kansas Dr. Ken Kriz, WSU Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs Dr. Neal Allen, WSU ...…
 
June's Democracy on Tap event, held at Roxy's Downtown, focused on the ins and outs of running for public office. There's a lot of strategy, and a lot of details, that go into it. Even if you never plan to try it out yourself, knowing the process can be useful. Panelists: Dr. Neal Allen, Wichita State University Lamont Anderson, campaign manage ...…
 
May's Democracy On Tap event, held at The Monarch in Delano, focused on federal and state legislation--like the Freedom of Information Act, Kansas Open Records Act and Kansas Open Meetings Act--that the public can use to be more informed. There's a lot of information out there--if you know where to look. Panelists were: Seth Etter, Open Wichita ...…
 
The March Engage ICT event was held on Tuesday, March 21 at The Anchor | 1109 E. Douglas from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. We discussed how the problem of homelessness reaches beyond those directly affected and into the community at large. Our panelists included: Denny Bender, Union Rescue Mission Jan Haberly, The Lord's Diner Officer Nate Schwiethale, WP ...…
 
The February Engage ICT event was held on Tuesday, February 21, at Distillery 244 located at 244 N. Mosley. We're used to hearing about the importance of shopping local, but when was the last time you were asked to engage local? For February's Democracy On Tap event, KMUW brought together a panel of city and county officials to discuss civic en ...…
 
January 11, 2017 at Roxy's Downtown January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and for our first Democracy On Tap panel of the year, we featured experts who discussed the issue and its presence here in Kansas. Our panelists included: Karen Countryman Roswurm, founder and executive director of the Wichita State University Center for ...…
 
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