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“Tried & True” highlights today’s most original and eclectic writers of nonfiction from the academy and beyond. Join host Paul Zakrzewski as we explore important and controversial issues in the theory and practice of nonfiction writing. “Tried & True” is a co-production of the Assay Journal of Nonfiction Studies (assayjournal.com) and the Missouri Audio Project (missouriaudioproject.com). Our theme music comes from “Something” by the East West Quartet.

Tried and True: The Assay Podcast KBIA

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“Tried & True” highlights today’s most original and eclectic writers of nonfiction from the academy and beyond. Join host Paul Zakrzewski as we explore important and controversial issues in the theory and practice of nonfiction writing. “Tried & True” is a co-production of the Assay Journal of Nonfiction Studies (assayjournal.com) and the Missouri Audio Project (missouriaudioproject.com). Our theme music comes from “Something” by the East West Quartet.

    Tried & True, Ep 3: "Healing Europe: T. S. Eliot and Beethoven"

    Tried & True, Ep 3: "Healing Europe: T. S. Eliot and Beethoven"

    It was the height of WWII when T. S. Eliot published his masterpiece, The Four Quartets (1943). England was locked in a bitter fight with the Nazis. Yet in poems like "Burnt Norton" and "Little Gidding," Eliot pays tribute to that most German composer, Beethoven. Why would he do this? This special episode features an audio essay/documentary narrated by Aakanksha Virkar Yates (University of Brighton), as well as noted Eliot scholars Sir Christopher Ricks (Boston University), John Xiros Cooper

    • 36 min
    Tried & True, Ep. 2: #MeToo & Toxic Masculinity – Where Do We Go From Here?

    Tried & True, Ep. 2: #MeToo & Toxic Masculinity – Where Do We Go From Here?

    Episode 2 of Tried & True: The Assay Podcast features a conversation with authors Yvette Johnson ( The Song and The Silence ) and Taylor Brorby ( Coal and Oil , forthcoming). Both writers have spent a lot of time thinking and writing about the intersection of race, gender, sexuality and the #MeToo movements. The episode also features audio clips from the 2018 NonfictionNow conference, including comments by Janice Gary on #MeToo and Will Slattery on toxic masculinity. Additional music by Kai

    • 27 min
    Tried and True Ep. 1: 'Once a Border Crosser, Always a Border Crosser'

    Tried and True Ep. 1: 'Once a Border Crosser, Always a Border Crosser'

    Tried & True 's inaugural episode features a conversation between Francisco Cantú ( The Line Becomes A River ) and Reyna Grande ( The Distance Between Us ), about their experiences as a U.S. border patrol agent (Cantú) and undocumented immigrant (Grande), and how and why their writing about borders is a perennially hot topic. This interview was recorded on-site at the NonfictionNow Conference in Phoenix, AZ in Nov. 2018.

    • 24 min

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