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In partnership with Converge Lecture Series, 91.5 KRCC presents a new podcast dedicated to exploring big ideas with some of the biggest writers and thinkers around. In this podcast series we will sit down with lecturers from the Colorado Springs-based series -- including George Saunders, Edwidge Danticat, Richard Blanco and more to discuss their work, their values, and their answers to the questions: What are we? What are we doing? And what ought we to do?

91.5 KRCC's Converge Lecture Series Podcast Jake Brownell

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In partnership with Converge Lecture Series, 91.5 KRCC presents a new podcast dedicated to exploring big ideas with some of the biggest writers and thinkers around. In this podcast series we will sit down with lecturers from the Colorado Springs-based series -- including George Saunders, Edwidge Danticat, Richard Blanco and more to discuss their work, their values, and their answers to the questions: What are we? What are we doing? And what ought we to do?

    'Knitting Together A Dream' - A Conversation With Anthony Doerr

    'Knitting Together A Dream' - A Conversation With Anthony Doerr

    For our sixth episode of the Converge Lecture Series Podcast , we're joined by writer Anthony Doerr. A writer of short stories, memoir, and novels, Doerr is perhaps best known for the book, All The Light We Cannot See . Released in 2014, that book earned Doerr a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and was a huge commercial success, living on the New York Times Bestseller List for 130 consecutive weeks.

    • 39 min
    'The More You Pay Attention, The Weirder Things Are' - A Conversation With Carmen Maria Machado

    'The More You Pay Attention, The Weirder Things Are' - A Conversation With Carmen Maria Machado

    For our fifth episode of the Converge Lecture Series Podcast , we're joined by writer Carmen Maria Machado . Machado is an author, essayist and critic, best known for her debut short story collection Her Body and Other Parties . Blending elements of horror, fantasy and stark realism, her work explores themes of power and sex, pleasure and alienation, and the particular way these forces shape the lives and experiences of women.

    • 36 min
    'Trying To Be Honest About All Of It' - A Conversation With Karen Russell

    'Trying To Be Honest About All Of It' - A Conversation With Karen Russell

    For our fourth episode of the Converge Lecture Series Podcast , we're joined by writer Karen Russell. A novelist and short story writer, Russell is perhaps best known for her novel, " Swamplandia!" Set in the waterlogged wilderness of south Florida, it tells the story of a family of alligator wrestlers struggling to cope with tragedy and dealing with a string of bad luck that threatens their roadside theme park. It’s a book about grief and survival, and a haunting, deeply affecting coming-of-age

    • 46 min
    'I Am A Witness' - A Conversation With Edwidge Danticat

    'I Am A Witness' - A Conversation With Edwidge Danticat

    For our third episode of the Converge Lecture Series Podcast , we're joined by writer Edwidge Danticat. Danticat is the acclaimed author of many books of fiction and non-fiction, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, The Dew Breaker, and Brother, I’m Dying. She is also a prolific writer of short stories, essays, children’s books, and more.

    • 38 min
    'Good Art Answers Questions, Great Art Asks Them' - A Conversation With Poet Richard Blanco

    'Good Art Answers Questions, Great Art Asks Them' - A Conversation With Poet Richard Blanco

    For our second episode of the Converge Lecture Series Podcast , we're joined by poet Richard Blanco . If you watched the second inauguration of Barack Obama in 2013, then you're familiar with Blanco's work. The White House asked him to write and read a poem for the occasion, making him one of only five writers ever to have held the title, “Inaugural Poet,” a distinction he shares with Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. He was also the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to hold the

    • 41 min
    'The Literal Isn't Sufficient' - A Conversation With George Saunders

    'The Literal Isn't Sufficient' - A Conversation With George Saunders

    For our first episode of the Converge Lecture Series Podcast , we're joined by writer George Saunders Saunders has been dazzling readers for more than two decades with his essays, articles, short stories, and now his debut novel: Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction last year.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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Converge Lecture Series Podcast/Anthony Doerr

Brilliant! Jake is one of the most thoughtful interviewers around today and his talent and skillfulness enhance every podcast.
He manages to open a door for listeners into the deepest
aspects of each author’s process from initial inspiration to the completed work, while
creating an atmosphere of community and camaraderie with author, interviewer and listener. At the conclusion, it has always felt a privilege to be part of the process.

Matty G Maps ,

More Please!

These podcasts are great! Great interviews, exceptional guests, incredible theme music. More please!

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