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Writer's Voice features author interviews and readings, as well as news, commentary and tips related to writing and publishing. We also talk with editors, agents, publicists and others about issues of interest to writers. Francesca Rheannon is producer and host of Writer's Voice. She is a writer, an independent radio producer and a broadcast journalist.

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Writer's Voice features author interviews and readings, as well as news, commentary and tips related to writing and publishing. We also talk with editors, agents, publicists and others about issues of interest to writers. Francesca Rheannon is producer and host of Writer's Voice. She is a writer, an independent radio producer and a broadcast journalist.

    Guido Girgenti, WINNING THE GREEN NEW DEAL & Ian Shive, REFUGE

    Guido Girgenti, WINNING THE GREEN NEW DEAL & Ian Shive, REFUGE

    What’s the prospect for a Green New Deal in the Biden administration? We talk with Guido Girgenti about the book he co-edited with the Sunrise Movement’s Varshini Prakash, Winning The Green New Deal.

    Then, we talk with wildlife photographer Ian Shive about his stunning book of photos and essays about America’s wildlife refuges. It’s called Refuge: America’s Wildest Places.

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    Guido Girgenti

    In his inauguration speech on January 20, Joe Biden promised bold action on the climate crisis. He’s learned a lot since the Democratic primary, when his climate plan got a D rating from climate activists.

    But now they are cautiously optimistic that Biden understands the scale and urgency of what it will take to tackle the issue. One of the key figures who got Biden up to speed on climate is Varshini Prakash, leader of the Sunrise Movement.

    Prakash and Guido Girgenti are co-editors of  Winning the Green New Deal, a collection of essays from leaders and experts about the Green New Deal—and a detailed playbook for how we can win it.

    Girgenti is the Media Director for Justice Democrats and a founding Board Member of the Sunrise Movement. He’s also host of the podcast Bloc Party.

    Listen to an audio excerpt from The Green New Deal

    Ian Shive

    The Trump regime mounted an unprecedented assault on America’s environment when it was in power, including on its wildlife refuges.

    In the waning weeks of the regime, Trump opened perhaps the most important of those refuges, the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge, to oil and gas drilling, although there were few takers.

    Wildlife photographer Ian Shive has been photographing America’s wilderness for decades for some of the nation’s most prestigious magazines, like National Geographic and Outside.

    His new book, Refuge: America’s Wildest Places, is a stunning coffee table book of his photos of the nation’s wildlife refuges, with essays from scientists and conservationists with US Fish and Wildlife.

    Ian Shive is an Ansel Adams award-winning photographer, filmmaker, author, and environmentalist.

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    Hugh Raffles, The Book Of Unconformities

    Hugh Raffles, The Book Of Unconformities

    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.

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    Hugh Raffles

    When Hugh Raffles’ two sisters died suddenly within a few weeks of each other, he reached for rocks, stones, and other seemingly solid objects as anchors in a world unmoored, as ways to make sense of these events through stories far larger than his own.

    The book that emerged is The Book of Unconformities: Speculations On Lost Time. It’s a profound and affirming meditation, grounded in stories of stones: Neolithic stone circles, Icelandic lava, petrified whale blubber in Svalbard, the marble prized by Manhattan’s Lenape Indians, and a huge Greenlandic meteorite that arrived with six Inuit adventurers in New York City in 1897.

    Hugh Raffles is the author of the acclaimed book Insectopedia and of In Amazonia: A Natural History.

    Read An Excerpt from The Book of Unconformities

     

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    Meghan Herron, Decoding Your Cat & Amy Sutherland, Rescuing Penny Jane

    Meghan Herron, Decoding Your Cat & Amy Sutherland, Rescuing Penny Jane

    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 Sutherland about dogs in shelters, getting them adopted and keeping them out of shelters to begin with. Her book is Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes.

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    Meghan Herron

    Dogs have owners; cats have staff—right? Wrong. Cats love us just as much as dogs do. We love our kitties, too, but we often don’t understand them. And when they don’t get their social and emotional needs met, they get stressed.

    Luckily the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists has come out with the book, Decoding Your Cat, so cat parents can unscramble the signals of cat behaviors and prevent or change unwanted ones.

    Several different cat behaviorists wrote the chapters and Dr. Meghan Herron was the editor. She’s a professor at the College Of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University.



    Amy Sutherland

    The pandemic has seen a huge rise in pet ownership. As on Washington Post headline put it in August: Shelters, rescues and breeders report increased demand as Americans try to fill voids with canine companions.

    So we thought this would be a good time to replay an abbreviated version of our 2017 interview with shelter volunteer and author Amy Sutherland talking about her book, Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes. Click here for more information.

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    Michael Lerner, REVOLUTIONARY LOVE

    Michael Lerner, REVOLUTIONARY LOVE

    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 about Dispatches from the Race War, Jane Kleeb about Harvest The Vote; Dr. Abdul El Sayed about Healing Politics and Tyson Yunkaporta about Sand Talk. How Indigenous Thinking Can Save The World.

    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 us on Facebook at Writers Voice Radio or find us on Twitter @WritersVoice.



    Rabbi Michael Lerner

    Our nation is deeply divided politically. Many of us feel hopeless that the divide can ever be bridged. Yet it must, if we are to deal with the crises we face, from COVID19 to economic and racial inequality, to the climate emergency.

    Rabbi Michael Lerner says the cause is the “capitalist globalization of selfishness”. In his book Revolutionary Love, Lerner says we must replace it with a globalization of generosity, empathy, and environmental sanity. His strategy is for a new democratic socialism built on love, kindness, and compassion for one another.

    Rabbi Michael Lerner is the founder of Tikkun, an organization dedicated to the meaning of its name: to repair the world. It is organizing the Love and Justice Movement to promote revolutionary love.

    Writers Voice Best of 2020: Building Solidarity

    So, how can we build solidarity to tackle the society-wide and planet-wide problems we face? We explore that in excerpts from some of our favorite 2020 episodes.

    Should the fight against racism take precedence in the movement for social justice or the fight against class exploitation? It’s a point of controversy on the Left. Anti-racism activist Tim Wise weighed in on this controversy when Writer’s Voice interviewed him about his book Dispatches From The Race War.

    Building solidarity needs to happen not only across racial lines, but also across the rural/urban divide, as was pointed out by Jane Kleeb, when we talked with her about her book, Harvest the Vote. She says there is much to unite rural voters with urban and suburban voters—something, she says, the Democratic Party isn’t doing enough of.

    Our guest Abdul El Sayed told us building social solidarity is about creating a politics of empathy. We spoke with him about his book, Healing Politics.

    Finally, if we are to survive, we need not only solidarity with each other, but also with all the living beings we share the planet with. That’s what Australian writer and activist Tyson Yunkaporta told us when we spoke about his book Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save The World.

    More Writers Voice Best of 2020

    We aired many other wonderful interviews on WV in 2020. Here’s a sampling of some of our favorites [click on the links to hear the interviews]:b...

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    Les & Tamara Payne, THE DEAD ARE ARISING

    Les & Tamara Payne, THE DEAD ARE ARISING

    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.

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    The Dead Are Arising

    Books and movies about Malcolm X abound. There’s the Autobiography of Malcolm X, of course, co-written with Alex Haley—and countless books followed. Denzel Washington played Malcolm X in Spike Lee’s movie about him and there was also a PBS documentary, Malcolm X: Make It Plain, among other films.

    But Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Les Payne’s new biography of Malcolm X, The Dead Are Arising, goes where none have gone before.

    With his daughter Tamara, who was his principal researcher and wrote a terrific introduction to the book, Les Payne delved deeply into Malcolm’s background and upbringing. He interviewed his family and many other sources who have never been tapped before. And the depth of research extended to cover the rest of Malcolm’s life—including a never-before detailed description of Malcolm’s meeting with the KKK.

    The Dead Are Arising not only gives a wealth of detail but also historical context to weave a rich tapestry of the life and times of one of the most important and influential figures in American history.

    Les Payne died in 2018. His daughter Tamara Payne brought his magnum opus to publication.

    Read An Excerpt from THE DEAD ARE ARISING

     

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    We talk with Victoria Bond, Zora and Me: The Summoner & Irene Butter, Shores Beyond Shores.

    We talk with Victoria Bond, Zora and Me: The Summoner & Irene Butter, Shores Beyond Shores.

    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 Ellen Cooney as a gift for the Holidays or for reading any time.

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    Victoria Bond

    Zora Neale Hurston was one of the 20th centuries greatest American writers. Best known for her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, she was also an anthropologist and a filmmaker.

    But once, she was a young girl. And it’s Hurston’s childhood that forms the core of the Zora and Me trilogy, co-authored by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon. They co-wrote the first novel in the series; Simon wrote the second novel, Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground; and Bond wrote the last, Zora and Me: The Summoner.

    In addition to being page-turning whodunits, the books each take up important themes illuminating Black life in America, the Jim Crow South, and the remarkable resilience of the residents of the first incorporation Black town in America, Eatonville, Florida, where Zora Neale Hurston grew up.

    We talk with Victoria Bond about the last book in the series, Zora and Me: The Summoner.

    Victoria Bond teaches first-year writing at John Jay College, The City University of New York. Zora and Me won the John Steptoe/Coretta Scott King Award for New Talent and was nominated for an Edgar Award in the category of Juvenile Fiction, among other honors.

    Irene Butter

    The ranks of Holocaust survivors—people who have a perspective on the lived horrors of fascism and xenophobia in Nazi dominated Europe—is thinning rapidly.

    One of them is Irene Butter, who turned 90 last week. Born in Germany, she fled with her family to the Netherlands, where they expected to be safe from Nazi persecution. That, of course, didn’t happen.

    When the Nazis occupied Holland, Irene Butter’s family: parents, brother and her, ended up shipped to the Nazi concentration camp Bergen Belsen.

    By January 1945, the family was struggling to survive. Irene, all of fourteen years old, took care of her ailing parents and starving kids in the camp, and even helped bring clothes to her Amsterdam neighbor Anna Frank, before her family was offered a singular chance for freedom.

    Irene’s first person memoir, Shores Beyond Shores, is an account of how the heart keeps its common humanity in the most inhumane and turbulent of times; her hard-earned lessons are a timeless inspiration.

    Since the late 80’s Irene Butter has been teaching students about the Holocaust. She is a co-founder of the Raoul Wallenberg Medal & Lecture series at the University of Michigan, and one of the founders of Zeitouna, an Arab/Jewish Women’s Dialogue group in Ann Arbor.

    Writer’s Voice Book Pick

    Ellen Cooney writes heartwarming and thought-provoking novels and stories that often feature dogs as a key part of the plot.

    Her latest novel is true to form. One Night, Two Souls is the story of a hospital chaplain who is joined one night by an unusual compa...

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Francesca Rheannon has an amazing show and often has me wondering why she hasn't become the next Katie Couric or Barbara Walters with her impressive array of questions, continuing the conversation while keeping us the audience entranced and enticed and always wanting more My favorite author interview by far is John Elder Robinsons I have both of his books and am currently awaiting a third because I am personal touched by ASD and Francesca Rheanon's interview allows me a chance to let others listen into a bit of our world and understand because they are the ones who refuse the books and there's no way I'd ever get them to read it her interview has had a few willing that have either borrowed my book or bought them for themselves However even when the author or book has no personal interest to me this show has me entertained and delighted!!!!!

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