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Top authors are interviewed on this 10-minute program about their books and often the story behind the story. Diana has spoken with hundreds of authors from national politicians and scientists to novelists and storytellers of all kinds. Listeners stream from around the world and on many community & public radio stations across the U.S. The show, hosted by Diana and engineered by her husband Gene Korte, has been in production for nearly 30 years. Together they've traveled in more than 100 countries, sometimes interviewing authors along the way.

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Top authors are interviewed on this 10-minute program about their books and often the story behind the story. Diana has spoken with hundreds of authors from national politicians and scientists to novelists and storytellers of all kinds. Listeners stream from around the world and on many community & public radio stations across the U.S. The show, hosted by Diana and engineered by her husband Gene Korte, has been in production for nearly 30 years. Together they've traveled in more than 100 countries, sometimes interviewing authors along the way.

    Ballerina Karlya Shelton-Benjamin in “Swans of Harlem"

    Ballerina Karlya Shelton-Benjamin in “Swans of Harlem"

    Host Diana Korte speaks with Karlya Shelton-Benjamin, a Swan of Harlem herself who is one of the dancers featured in "The Swans of Harlem. Five Black Ballerinas, Fifty Years Of Sisterhood, And Their Reclamation Of A Groundbreaking History” written by Karen Valby.

    It’s the forgotten story of a pioneering group of five Black ballerinas, the first principals in the Dance Theatre of Harlem, who traveled the world as highly celebrated stars in their field and whose legacy was erased from history until now.

    Karlya Shelton-Benjamin began dancing at age 4 with the Colorado Concert Ballet (currently Colorado Ballet). At 17, she became the first person of color to represent the United States in the prestigious Prix de Lausanne ballet competition in Switzerland.

    Her ballet sisters also featured in this book are Lydia Abarca, Gayle McKinney-Griffith, Sheila Rohan and Marcia Sells. Together they describe their triumphs and challenges of being Black ballerinas back in the day when many people didn't know they existed.


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    Angler & Travel Writer David Coggins’s “The Believer. A Year In The Fly Fishing Life”  

    Angler & Travel Writer David Coggins’s “The Believer. A Year In The Fly Fishing Life”  

    Host Diana Korte speaks with David Coggins, author of his fourth book, "THE BELIEVER".

    He brings readers along for an enchanting year of fly fishing in Patagonia, Cuba, Belize, Spain, Scotland, Norway, and the U.S. And of course, it’s about more than just the fishing.

    He deftly mixes travel, local cultures, further fishing challenges (some knee-buckling in their disappointment) and details his own experience as life and love crowd his time to fish.

    And, since this is fly fishing, after all—there’s always the possibility of abject failure and leaping, glorious reward.


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    US Senator Tim Kaine's "Walk Ride Paddle: A Life Outside"

    US Senator Tim Kaine's "Walk Ride Paddle: A Life Outside"

    Host Diana Korte speaks with US Senator Tim Kaine from VA and former Democratic vice-presidential candidate. He is the author of a new memoir-- Walk, Ride, Paddle that describes a bit of history along with adventures and misadventures on the road including too many bear encounters.  In 2019, he commemorated both his sixtieth birthday and his twenty-fifth year in public office by exploring Virginia's trails, bike tracks, and waterways. During weekends and in Senate recess weeks, Kaine—over a period of several years—hiked the 559 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Biked 321 miles along the Virginia Blue Ridge and canoed 348 miles on the James River.

    He’s been a Virginia mayor, governor, and US senator and now a bonafide outdoorsy politician.

     


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    Crime Writer Don Winslow's CITY IN RUINS (#3 in trilogy) 

    Crime Writer Don Winslow's CITY IN RUINS (#3 in trilogy) 

    Host Diana Korte speaks with Don Winslow, bestselling author of CITY IN RUINS, the last book in a trilogy featuring crime boss Danny Ryan.

    The lesson for him is as hard as it is true: sometimes you must become what you hate to protect what you love.  

    Now a billionaire gambling mogul, he builds an empire of glittering mega-hotels and casinos along the Las Vegas Strip. Battles of money, influence, and bribery soon follow.  

    After 26 books this is Winslow’s last book as he’s taking his talents to a new patriotic pursuit.

    But his books and numerous movies made from them live on. Austin Butler, in his first starring role since his Oscar nominated turn as Elvis Presley, will star as crime boss Danny Ryan in “City On Fire,” an earlier book in this trilogy. 

     


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    Women's Advocate Manal al-Sharif’s “Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening”  

    Women's Advocate Manal al-Sharif’s “Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening”  

    Host Diana Korte speaks with Manal al-Sharif, author of DARING TO DRIVE, who grew up in Mecca, Islam’s holiest city.



    In her teens she was a religious radical, by her twenties she was a college-educated computer security engineer. Then she lived for a while in Boston, learned to drive and became a women’s rights advocate.



    Back home she was the first Saudi woman who defied the ban on driving and immediately put the video on YouTube. And, yes, she was arrested.

     

    This interview originally aired June 23, 2017. One year later the Saudi government made it legal for women to drive. Yet several years later, the number of women who have licenses to drive is only a few percent. 

     




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    Literary Powerhouse Joyce Carol Oates and “The Sacrifice”

    Literary Powerhouse Joyce Carol Oates and “The Sacrifice”

    Never one to shy away from controversial topics, Joyce Carol Oates’ “The Sacrifice” is based on the story of Tawana Brawley of upstate New York who made headlines in the late 1980s with allegations of kidnapping and rape that were later proven false.

    When we spoke about this book in 2015, JCO was already the author of more than 100 books—novels, short story collections, a memoir, children’s books, poetry, plays, even a libretto for an opera.  


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