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We spend the hour talking with Hugh Raffles about his new book, The Book Of Unconformities: Speculations On Lost Time. It’s part natural history, part memoir, part meditation on the relationships between people and rocks throughout time. Then, at the end, a short story about the Cure Hunter from Francesca’s book Province of the Heart. Writer’s Voic…
 
This week's episode kicks off with Tamara sharing her new found trick for rejuvenating champagne. Rheannon laments about the end of "vacation" and the struggle of the body trying to snap back to a sleep schedule. Tamara has exciting news about a "big" purchase. Rheannon shares some of the trials and tribulations of baby sitting and snack time. Rhea…
 
We spend the hour talking with Hugh Raffles about his new book, The Book Of Unconformities: Speculations On Lost Time. It’s part natural history, part memoir, part meditation on the relationships between people and rocks throughout time. Then, at the end, a short story about the Cure Hunter from Francesca’s book Province of the Heart. Writer’s Voic…
 
This week's episode was recorded on New Years Eve! Tamara did her best to celebrate in style by drinking her mimosa out of a champagne flute. Sometimes all you need is a fancy glass to celebrate. Rheannon had an interesting day with a project that ended up with some poop water spillage. To everyone's surprise Tamara has some tips for next time. The…
 
We talk with veterinary behaviorist Meghan Herron, editor of Decoding your cat: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Cat Behaviors And Reveal How To Prevent Or Change Unwanted Ones. It’s out from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. Then, let’s not forget the puppies! We re-air our 2017 interview with dog rescuer and rehabilitator Amy Su…
 
We talk with veterinary behaviorist Meghan Herron, editor of Decoding your cat: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Cat Behaviors And Reveal How To Prevent Or Change Unwanted Ones. It’s out from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. Then, let’s not forget the puppies! We re-air our 2017 interview with dog rescuer and rehabilitator Amy Su…
 
This episode kicks off with Rheannon's struggle of trying to get organized for this year's ski season. The struggle really is with trying to get the tiny humans in her life organized. Children just might be harder to heard that cats. Tamara is excited to be getting outside for some dog walks later in the week when dog sitting. Rheannon and Tamara d…
 
This week on Writer’s Voice, we talk with Rabbi Michael Lerner about his book Revolutionary Love: A Political Manifesto to Heal and Transform the World. Then we look deeper into how to build solidarity in our divided nation. We air excerpts from some other conversations about that issue that aired this year on Writers Voice. We talk with Tim Wise a…
 
This week on Writer’s Voice, we talk with Rabbi Michael Lerner about his book Revolutionary Love: A Political Manifesto to Heal and Transform the World. Then we look deeper into how to build solidarity in our divided nation. We air excerpts from some other conversations about that issue that aired this year on Writers Voice. We talk with Tim Wise a…
 
We spend the hour talking with Tamara Payne about her late father Les Payne’s acclaimed biography of Malcolm X, The Dead Are Arising. It just won the National Book Award. Writer’s Voice — in depth conversation with writers of all genres, on the air since 2004. Rate us on your favorite podcast platform! It really helps others find our show. And like…
 
We spend the hour talking with Tamara Payne about her late father Les Payne’s acclaimed biography of Malcolm X, The Dead Are Arising. It just won the National Book Award. Writer’s Voice — in depth conversation with writers of all genres, on the air since 2004. Rate us on your favorite podcast platform! It really helps others find our show. And like…
 
This episode kicks of with Rheannon's adventures around town with her nephew. Who is not a small baby, and maybe toddler or small child is a better description. Either way the nephew and a "large" shopping cart made for a difficult situation. Tamara and Rheannon compare notes of dogs who like to run away. Then there is a discussion on whether or no…
 
We talk with Victoria Bond, co-author of Zora and Me, a terrific middle grades trilogy of novels about Zora Neale Hurston, about the last in the series, Zora and Me: The Summoner. Then, we talk with ninety year-old Irene Butter about her spellbinding memoir of living through the Nazi Holocaust, Shores Beyond Shores. Finally, we recommend a novel by…
 
We talk with Victoria Bond, co-author of Zora and Me, a terrific middle grades trilogy of novels about Zora Neale Hurston, about the last in the series, Zora and Me: The Summoner. Then, we talk with ninety year-old Irene Butter about her spellbinding memoir of living through the Nazi Holocaust, Shores Beyond Shores. Finally, we recommend a novel by…
 
This week's episode kicks off with the struggle of finding new shows to watch. Just when Rheannon thinks she has found a new show to enjoy she innocently falls asleep. Nothing could have prepared her for what she woke up to. You might think is where the story ends, but because of technology that episode followed her around no matter what tv she tur…
 
We talk with social justice advocate and author Tim Wise about his new book Dispatches From The Race War. Then we talk with Mehrdad Azemun of People’s Action about a “weapon of mass connection” the organization is using to bridge the political divide. Writer’s Voice — in depth conversation with writers of all genres, on the air since 2004. Rate us …
 
We talk with social justice advocate and author Tim Wise about his new book Dispatches From The Race War. Then we talk with Mehrdad Azemun of People’s Action about a “weapon of mass connection” the organization is using to bridge the political divide. Writer’s Voice — in depth conversation with writers of all genres, on the air since 2004. Rate us …
 
Mehrdad Azemun on Deep Canvassing Is America hopelessly divided between those who voted for Donald Trump and those who voted for Joe Biden? Or can a “weapon of mass connection” be used to bridge the divide? Mehrdad Azemun That’s a bet being made by a national economic and racial justice organization called People’s Action. It’s a coalition of grass…
 
Mehrdad Azemun on Deep Canvassing Is America hopelessly divided between those who voted for Donald Trump and those who voted for Joe Biden? Or can a “weapon of mass connection” be used to bridge the divide? Mehrdad Azemun That’s a bet being made by a national economic and racial justice organization called People’s Action. It’s a coalition of grass…
 
We talk with Jess Walter about his novel The Cold Millions. It’s about the first Gilded Age with striking parallels to the Gilded Age 2.0 we’re living in right now. Then, we revisit our 2015 interview with Lara Vapnek about her biography of one of the historical characters who appears in Walter’s novel: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. It’s called Rebel Gir…
 
We talk with Jess Walter about his novel The Cold Millions. It’s about the first Gilded Age with striking parallels to the Gilded Age 2.0 we’re living in right now. Then, we revisit our 2015 interview with Lara Vapnek about her biography of one of the historical characters who appears in Walter’s novel: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. It’s called Rebel Gir…
 
This week's episode kicks off with Rheannon having a plan go slightly sideways, but was not crushed by a car. Tamara had a plan go slightly sideways, but it was only with putting up Christmas lights. Tamara also failed at starting the chainsaw, but really only tried it one, before she had an small accident. Rheannon and Tamara compare notes on Holi…
 
We talk with novelist Nicole Krauss about her acclaimed first collection of stories, To Be A Man. But first, we talk with short story writer Bryan Washington about his first novel: Memorial. He calls it a “gay slacker dramedy” but it’s really much more than that. Writer’s Voice — in depth conversation with writers of all genres, on the air since 20…
 
We talk with novelist Nicole Krauss about her acclaimed first collection of stories, To Be A Man. But first, we talk with short story writer Bryan Washington about his first novel: Memorial. He calls it a “gay slacker dramedy” but it’s really much more than that. Writer’s Voice — in depth conversation with writers of all genres, on the air since 20…
 
This week's episode kicks off with a throw back to Halloween. Since there was no clear "winner" to the trivia contest both Tamara and Rheannon take turns eating Jelly Beans the Bean Boozled box where there are two flavors that look exactly the same, but it might be coconut or spilled milk. Taking turns going first it is only a matter of time before…
 
We spend the hour talking with Elisa Gabbert about her terrific collection of essays, THE UNREALITY OF MEMORY. It’s a contemplation of life in the pre-apocalypse, with profound and prophetic essays on the Internet age’s media-saturated disaster coverage and our addiction to viewing and discussing the world’s ills. Then we end with the poem “Memory”…
 
We spend the hour talking with Elisa Gabbert about her terrific collection of essays, THE UNREALITY OF MEMORY. It’s a contemplation of life in the pre-apocalypse, with profound and prophetic essays on the Internet age’s media-saturated disaster coverage and our addiction to viewing and discussing the world’s ills. Then we end with the poem “Memory”…
 
This episode is an extra special episode with a guest star. Rheannon's brother makes an appearance to share his insights with the male perspective on dating during the days of Covid-19. Since Rheannon is married she moderates a discussion on dating and ghosting to get the opinions from the single people. She tries to get an informal poll to settle …
 
We talk with Les Leopold about his Uncle Walter’s remarkable diary of life as Jew in Nazi Germany, Defiant German—Defiant Jew: A Holocaust Memoir from Inside the Third Reich. Les Leopold had the diary translated and has added much context and commentary to the book. Then, we talk with acclaimed crime novelist Anthony Horowitz about his newest murde…
 
This week's episode kicks off with an update to the internet sage. Rheannon kicks things up a notch in her power tools game by adding a chain saw to the mix. Although Tamara had some notes for future attempts it definitely doesn't go as downhill as it could... so all in all not bad for a first attempt. Tamara was supposed to help her parents in the…
 
We talk with translator Stephen Snyder about his translation of Yoko Ozawa’s acclaimed novel The Memory Police. It’s an allegory for our age. Then we hear from Marian Lindberg about her book, Scandal On Plum Island: A Commander Becomes The Accused. It tells the neglected story of Major Benjamin Koehler, a distinguished Army officer who was blind-si…
 
Lawrence Douglas The US is facing a constitutional crisis as Donald Trump tries to stop the counting of millions of mail-in ballots that could tip the presidency to Joe Biden. One person who predicted this very outcome is Amherst College legal scholar Lawrence Douglas. He’s the author of the recent book, Will He Go? Trump and the Looming Election M…
 
This weeks episode kicks off talking about the exciting things Rheannon has coming in the mail. Tamara's big excitement this week is more pumpkin related. Now dogs can bring so much joy to our lives, and it turns out help warm up the bed on cold nights. The trade of for dogs though is they can also get themselves into some trouble. If there is one …
 
This is a mini episode recorded for a Halloween release. Feel free to join in with the Halloween movie trivia or laugh along at the struggle as Tamara and Rheannon try to answer trivia questions. It is more difficult for movies they haven't seen... who would have guessed. With a future bet on the line of eating gross flavored jelly beans who will w…
 
We spend the hour talking with political historian Thomas Frank about his ground-breaking book about Populism and anti-Populism, The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism. It’s about the long history of elite distrust of pro-democracy working class/farmer political activism in the U.S. As Frank explains: The People, No is the story of how mu…
 
Is the Democratic Party doing enough to reach out to rural voters? We talk with Jane Kleeb, chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party about her book, Harvest the Vote: How Democrats Can Win Again in Rural America. (Harper Collins, 2020). Then, a powerful vision of creating a livable and just world for everyone. We talk with climate journalist Eric Hol…
 
This weeks episode kicks off with Rheannon sharing some hot tub updates that make Tamara very sad. Was it the responsible and profitable option? Sure. But after the adventure that it was trying to get the hot tub transported it was still a little sad. Rheannon had more adventures camping and fishing with the family. John proves once again that is c…
 
We talk with psychologist Katherine Kinzler about her book How You Say It: Why You Talk the Way You Do—And What It Says About You. Then, we remember anthropologist and anarchist activist David Graeber. We play excerpts from our 2011 interview with him about his book Debt: The First 5000 Years. He died September 2. Writer’s Voice — in depth progress…
 
We talk with Matt Stoller about his book GOLIATH: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy. Then we replay an excerpt from our interview last year with Thomas Frank about populism-real and fake. He’s got a new book out about it, The People, No. Writer’s Voice — in depth progressive conversation with writers of all genres. On the air si…
 
This week's episode kicks off with a cat in a tree. A seemingly straight forward story if you leave out the part that the cat was in fact 60 feet in a tree and had to be hard core rescued by a nice man from a non profit that specializes in rescuing cats stuck in trees. Then Rheannon shared a story of her adventures fishing where mistakes were made …
 
This week's episode kicks off with some exciting news! Tamara is a new aunt. She has already maybe made some aunt rookie mistakes by buying way too expensive baby clothes. Rheannon though luckily is there to help teach Tamara the ropes. Lessons were learning, maybe, baby shoes are just so cute! There is some chaos with cooking and spiders and this …
 
We talk with historian Douglas Boin about his fascinating biography, Alaric The Goth: An Outsider’s History of the Fall of Rome. It’s a cautionary tale about how xenophobia and anti-immigrant bigotry led to the Sack of Rome and the fall of the Roman Empire. Then we hear from Jim Walsh of Food and Water Watch about legislation proposed by AOC to ban…
 
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