When Avi Steinberg became a prison librarian, he thought his job would be to keep track of the books. Then he started reading between the lines. To learn more about Avi’s time behind bars -- and between the stacks -- be sure to check out his memoir, Running The Books. His latest book, The Lost Book of Mormon, which was nominated for the Thurber Prize for American Humor, will be out in paperback in November. Producer: Joe Rosenberg
This week, we present two stories about being different, and the ways our differences can become our strengths. Part 1: Growing up, Amanda Gorman is determined to eliminate her speech impediment. Part 2: An aspiring scientist brought up in a family of artists, Elisa Schaum feels like a black sheep. Called the "next great figure of poetry in the US," 19-year-old Amanda Gorman is the first ever Youth Poet Laureate of the United States of America and a Moth GrandSLAM champion. Her first poetry book, "The One For Whom Food Is Not Enough," was published in 2015. A Harvard sophomore, she has worked as a U.N. Youth Delegate in New York City, a HERlead Fellow with girl leaders in D.C. and London, and an Ambassador for the feminist platform School of Doodle. She has been featured in the New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Teen Vogue. At 16, she founded the community project One Pen One Page, which promotes storytelling and youth activism. An oceanographer turned evolutionary biologist, Elisa Schaum investigates what makes some phytoplankton populations better at evolving under climate change than others. She does this because phytoplankton are breathtakingly beautiful, and because they pretty much rule the world: they produce half of the oxygen that we breathe, fuel food-webs and their activities determine whether the oceans can take up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. She is just now coming to the end of a position as an associate research fellow at the University of Exeter’s Satellite Campus for Strange People (more formally known as Penryn Campus), and is about to start a junior professorship at the University of Hamburg. Her life pre-science involved a lot of music and dancing. She also likes to write fairly horrific poetry (or, preferably, read splendid poetry) in her free time. Originally from Belgium, she has lived and worked in the Netherlands, Germany, France, South Africa, Italy, New Zealand and the UK.
Guest host David Strathairn introduces two tales by master of mystery Agatha Christie, with special comments by crime novelist Megan Abbott and Christie fan Fran Lebowitz. Lois Smith performs “Miss Marple Tells a Story,” in which Christie’s spinster sleuth boasts a little, and Hugh Dancy reads “Accident,” about a woman with a dark past come to light.
The power of the fake person, multiplied! Curator Karen Patterson puts a fake outsider artist in the museum and artist David Levine puts on a museum show about the fake crowd. We hear from a 1937 radio play that featured both Orson Welles and the first fake crowd ever broadcast on the radio. And backstage on our Radiotopia live tour, your host turns to fellow 'topes Roman Mars and Helen Zaltzman for help deciphering an unexpected laugh. PLUS!!!! The long awaited return of ToE’s original extra: Peter Choyce.
Hear how one of Yugoslavia’s top basketball players attempts to escape the Siege of Sarajevo and don't miss The Nocturnists late night meltdown at the morgue.
This hour, a teenage taxidermist, a community of medical migrants who settled in Snowflake, Arizona, and, a day in the life of a sacred cow. A Cow A Day by Pejk Malinovski for Falling Tree Productions and Between the Ears from BBC Radio 3 At sunrise, on the banks of the Ganges river, the poet and radio producer Pejk Malinovski picks out a cow at random and starts to follow her. He continues to follow her until sunset. A meditative journey unfolds within the sonic backdrop of the ancient city of Varanasi - until suddenly the two of them find themselves on the set of a Bollywood dance film. ‘A Cow a Day’ invites you to un-follow your digital stream and exercise your ability to be just present. The Teenage Taxidermist by Rachel Matlow for The Sunday Edition from the CBC Tristan Meyer-Odell is a pretty normal 15-year-old guy. He loves video games, comic books and his pets: a python and big burly dog. But recently, Tristan has taken up an unusual hobby. And to support it, he has a freezer in his bedroom. It was the top thing on his Christmas wish list last year. The freezer is now full of dead animal carcasses, patiently waiting for his attention. Medical Migrants by Delaney Hall for State of the Re:Union Susan Molloy has a controversial medical condition called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), which renders people seriously intolerant to synthetic substances. Because of this she’s lived in the clean mountain air of Snowflake, Arizona since 1994. MCS is not recognized as an illness by the American Medical Association, and people with the condition often find themselves without medical care, or access to disability resources. Sufferers live largely outside of mainstream society in isolated communities where they fend for themselves and build their own support networks. In Snowflake, the few dozen people who migrated there, left behind homes, families, and jobs to seek a place they can feel better... and more are still hoping to move in. This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk
African migrants fleeing persecution or seeking opportunity often end up in Libya, where they are tortured and trafficked. Many try to escape to Europe, only to be intercepted at sea and returned to Libya. On this episode of Reveal, we bring you one reporter’s dispatch from a treacherous migrant rescue operation and explore how Europe’s immigration policy is helping Libyan warlords. Don’t miss out on the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today at revealnews.org/newsletter
Nada Rothbart thought she’d have plenty of time to get her family out of Sarajevo. Suddenly, it was too late. This story originally aired on Lucky podcast, listen to part two of Nada’s story "The Choice" here.https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lucky-podcast/id1248736230?mt=2 Producer: Briana Breen
What do you do when the morgue has a total meltdown. Galen Laserson tells her story live at The Nocturnist. Its host and creator is Emily Silverman, MD, its executive producer is Ali Block, MD, and its podcast producer is Marina Poole. http://thenocturnists.com/podcast/
Emperor Renzong of Song isn't exactly... into the whole "rule" thing. He'd much rather wile away his days talking about Confucian philosophy, writing calligraphy, and making love to his concubines. But he'll be forced to uneasily embody the might of Song China when the Tangut state of Western Xia declares its independence, triggering a massive conflict on the borderlands. Time Period Covered: 1033-1044 CE Major Historical Figures: Song: Emperor Renzong Chancellor Li Yijian Fan Zhongyan, Commander of Yanan Circuit Xi Xia: Li Yuanhao (Weiming Nangxiao), Emperor of Xia
תסכיט רדיו מתוך ספרו החדש של אתגר קרת בתפקיד מיכאל וורשבסקי - מיקי גורביץ, בתפקיד ספי מורה - שי אביבי. עיצוב סאונד - יוחאי מי-טל. תודות: יונתן ברק ואולפני מצלול, אדם ביזנסקי, חמוטל גור ודותן מושנוב על העזרה. שיר סיום: להקת הפה והטלפיים - אסף גברון, רם אוריון, רוגל אלפר ואוהד פישוף
Annie Kendig is a badass. At our 2015 live event, "Ladies Night," Annie bravely took the stage to share the incredible true story of how she and her family traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to adopt their third child, Tauntine. Annie's story reminds us that all mothers are fighters - and some are action movie heroes.
Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here ow.ly/oSpU30hHCXp and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! For this edition of Making Contact, we’ll present the documentary, “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” a reflection on the rise of the women’s liberation movement in the United States, between 1966 and 1971. She’s Beautiful explores the emergence of political thought that challenged systems of patriarchy. This documentary provides important historical insight at a time when our country is experiencing regression around issues of reproductive rights, equity in the workplace, and violence against women.
Bringing the war into your living room.
In 2014, WBEZ Chicago reporter Linda Lutton followed a class of fourth-graders at William Penn Elementary School on Chicago’s West Side. She wanted to explore a big idea that’s at the heart of the American dream: Can public schools be the great equalizer in society, giving everyone a chance to succeed, no matter where they come from or how much money their families have? Lutton told the story in a Peabody Award-nominated show, “The View from Room 205.” This week, Reveal presents a condensed version of that documentary. Don’t miss the next big story. Get the Weekly Reveal newsletter today at revealnews.org/newsletter
Guest host Jane Kaczmarek introduces four tales about taking things to extremes. She reads Jack Handey's comic tale of life after "Apocalypse." In “Encounters with Unexpected Animals” by Bret Anthony Johnston, a father worries about his son's girlfriend. Kirsten Vangsness reads. Pablo Schreiber brings an imaginative young boy to life in Roald Dahl's "The Wish.” In “Indianapolis (Highway 74)” by Sam Shepard, a solitary man encounters an old flame.
Herman Wouk's acclaimed WWII psychological courtroom drama was the sensation of 1954. The play portrays a mutiny of naval officers aboard the U.S.S. Caine. Their suspicions concerning their captain's sanity lead to their rebellion and a subsequent court-martial. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles in June of 2001. Directed by Gordon Hunt James Avery as Captain Blakely Chuma Hunter-Gault as Signalman 3rd Class Junius Urban/Dr. Bird Ian Lithgow as Lieutenant Stephen Maryk Scott Lowell as Lieutenant Thomas Keefer/Captain Randolph Southard Frank Muller as Lieutenant Commander John Challee Michael Rivkin as Lieutenant (Jr. Grade) Willis Seward Keith/Dr. Forrest Lundeen David Selby as Lt. Commander Philip Francis Queeg Grant Shaud as Lieutenant Barney Greenwald
In GBA 334 we get even better acquainted with Donna. We reflect on and update the first conversation we had for GBA which was recorded in 2012 when we both had very different understandings of ourselves and the world around us. We compare notes on therapy and talk about some of the labels we now have to describe our experiences, in Donna's case dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and OCD, in my case depression and anxiety. Donna talks about her new job advocating for special needs within a school, and how advocating for other people's needs has helped her understand her own, and vice versa. We talk about the unique job that we both used to do working with the under 5's on behalf of the library service and catch up on what has been happening in the 4 years since we last saw each other. This was our first GBA: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/gba-replayed-gba-113-donna Donna plugs: Connecting with the world. I plug: Mansplaining Masculinity: The Book https://unbound.com/books/mansplaining-masculinity/ What About the Men? Mansplaining Masculinity: https://soundcloud.com/standuptragedy/sut-presents-what-about-the-men-mansplaining-maculinity http://mansplainingmasculinity.co.uk/ Down to a sunless sea: memories of my dad: https://medium.com/@goosefat101/down-to-a-sunless-sea-memories-of-my-dad-d1d2d3a61360 The Family Tree: http://thefamilytreepodcast.co.uk/ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-family-tree/id1113714688 We mention: My Guardian article: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/01/tough-choice-cut-job-enfield-children-centres-austerity Lee Valley White Water Centre: https://www.gowhitewater.co.uk/ Presents blog: http://davepickeringblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/a-week-of-goodbyes.html Impostor Syndrome: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impostor_syndrome Dyspraxia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyspraxia Dyslexia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyslexia ADHD: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attention_deficit_hyperactivity_disorder OCD: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OCD Makaton: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makaton Capital Ring: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/walking/capital-ring Lea Valley Walk: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/walking/lea-valley Nugget: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/gba-247-nugget Forty Hall: https://www.fortyhallestate.co.uk/ Werther's original: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Werther%27s_Original Walpole Park: http://www.pitzhanger.org.uk/walpole-park In between generation: Xenniels https://www.vogue.com/article/what-is-a-xennial-definition-attribution Hasan Minhaj: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasan_Minhaj The quote I was badly remembering is featured in this piece I wrote: https://medium.com/@goosefat101/down-to-a-sunless-sea-memories-of-my-dad-d772d9c01615 Help more people get better acquainted. If you like what you hear why not write an iTunes review? Follow @GBApodcast on Twitter. Like Getting Better Acquainted on facebook. Tell your friends. Spread the word!
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