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‘The Atomic City Girls’ by Janet Beard

In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesn’t officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of months—a town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias, and constant security checks. There, June joins hundreds of other young girls operating massive machines whose purpose is never explained. They know they are helping to win the war, but must ask no questions and reveal nothing to outsiders Book Cover and...


‘A Girl’s Guide to Joining the Resistance’ by Emma Gray

Interweaving the interviews with her own experiences covering resistance events and being a member of the media in a time when the media has been under assault, author Emma Gray has created a down and dirty guide for women of all ages to roll up their sleeves and resist the forces that are a threat to our rights. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 02:51 - Episode Intro (music: “Guitar” by Tracey Thorn) 06:41 - Interview with...


‘China’s Great Wall of Debt’ by Dinny McMahon

Business journalist McMahon, a longtime China reporter for the Wall Street Journal and current fellow at the Paulson Institute, contends that for all the anti-corruption rhetoric of the Xi Jinping government, corruption is still rampant, adding burdens to an economy already bound by strains of command-economy socialism, free-market capitalism, crony capitalism, and state capitalism, all designations that fail “to sufficiently describe the nature of the Chinese economy.” Book Cover and...


‘The Corporation' by T.J. English

By the mid 1980s, the criminal underworld in the United States had become an ethnic polyglot; one of the most powerful illicit organizations was none other than the Cuban mob. Known on both sides of the law as "the Corporation," the Cuban mob's power stemmed from a criminal culture embedded in south Florida's exile community—those who had been chased from the island by Castro's revolution and planned to overthrow the Marxist dictator and reclaim their nation. Book Cover and Author headshot...


Hiding Out by Tina Alexis Allen

Actress and playwright Tina Alexis Allen’s audacious memoir unravels her privileged suburban Catholic upbringing that was shaped by her formidable father—a man whose strict religious devotion and dedication to his large family hid his true nature and a life defined by deep secrets and dangerous lies. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Book Talk Opening 02:27 - I Remember - Robert Earl Thomas 02:31 - Episode Intro: Kory French 06:11 - I...


One-2-One Series by Lorna Schultz Nicholson

Each ‘One-to-One’ novel tells the story of a different pair of teens participating in the Best Buddies program at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School. Follow the lives of this group of friends who come together with different expectations and problems, seeing the world from their own unique perspectives and facing it head on together Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Book Talk Opening 02:26 - (Soundbed) New Step - Nadine 02:29 -...


Running: A Love Story by Jen A. Miller

As a middle-of-the-pack but tenacious runner, Miller hones her skill while navigating relationships with men that, like a tricky marathon route, have their ups and downs. As she pushes herself toward ever-greater mileage, running helps Miller learn to love herself first, revealing independence, discipline, and confidence she didn’t realize she had. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Book Talk Opening 02:26 - (Soundbed) Shortboard -...


Literary Agency - Caron Knauer

Today’s guest, Caron Knauer, has spent a life on the business side of the written word. In her own words, “More than anything else, the thing I've loved about working in publishing, the film business, and academia is that most people drawn to these fields ... are so passionate about the written word. Write on!” Today, we learn what it takes to get your work read, and the step-by-step process to a career in writing Headshot provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Book Talk Opening...


Broken Bananah by Ross Asdouria

Getting in cabs, going to work, taking a shower... These routine activities were a lot harder to do when I had a catheter in my Little Richard. Why? Well, I tore two muscles in my beloved rooster and severed my urethra having casual sex. This is the funny/not-so-funny story of the accident, the recovery, and all the blood, pain, love, and philosophy in between. A score of people helped me pee, including my mother, as I shuffled around New York City tethered to a urination tube for a month....


Our Lady of the Prairie by Thisbe Nissen

In the space of a few torrid months on the Iowa prairie, Phillipa Maakestad—long-married theater professor and mother of an unstable daughter—grapples with a life turned upside down. After falling headlong into a passionate affair during a semester spent teaching in Ohio, Phillipa returns home to Iowa for her daughter Ginny’s wedding. There, Phillipa must endure (among other things) a wedding-day tornado, a menace of a mother-in-law who may or may not have been a Nazi collaborator, and the...


The Deepest Well by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Through powerful storytelling and fascinating scientific insight, Burke Harris illuminates her journey of discovery, from research labs nationwide to her own pediatric practice in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point. For anyone who has faced a difficult childhood, or who cares about the millions of children who do, the innovative and acclaimed health interventions outlined in The Deepest Well will represent vitally important hope for preventing lifelong illness for those we love and for...


Folly Cove by Kermit “Kim” Schweidel

Against a 1970s backdrop of Vietnam, political corruption, and radical activism, comes the true story of a loose confederacy of thrill-seeking opportunists and disaffected veterans who pulled off the largest, most audacious pot smuggle yet attempted—over twenty-eight tons of primo Colombian headed for the densely populated coast of Massachusetts in a rusty shrimp boat at the height of hurricane season. From the borderland of El Paso to the High Sierra of Mexico to the coast of South...


Brooklyn In Love: A Delicious Memoir of Food, Family, and Finding Yourself by Amy Thomas

On an island where finding love can be just as hard as finding a dinner reservation on a Friday night, Amy Thomas never imagined a family would fit into her lifestyle. So when Amy finds herself turning forty, moving to Brooklyn, and making way for a baby with a new man in her life, she realizes that starting over maybe her biggest opportunity yet. But how do you balance staying out all night dancing with staying up all night soothing a baby? Can a lifelong city girl trade in spontaneity...


Emotional Success: The Power of Gratitude, Compassion and Pride by David DeSteno

A string of bestsellers have alerted us to the importance of grit—an ability to persevere and control one’s impulses that is so closely associated with greatness. But no book yet has charted the most accessible and powerful path to grit: our prosocial emotions. These feelings—gratitude, compassion and pride—are easier to generate than the willpower and self-denial that underpin traditional approaches to self-control and grit. And, while willpower is quickly depleted, prosocial emotions...


Improv Nation: How We Made A Great American Art by Sam Wasson

At the height of the McCarthy era, an experimental theater troupe set up shop in a bar near the University of Chicago. Via word-of-mouth, astonished crowds packed the ad-hoc venue to see its unscripted, interactive, consciousness-raising style. From this unlikely seed grew the Second City, the massively influential comedy theater troupe, and its offshoots—the Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, SNL, and a slew of others. Sam Wasson charts the meteoric rise of improv in this richly...


The Accidental Presidents: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World by A.J. Baime

Heroes are often defined as ordinary characters who get thrust into extraordinary circumstances, and through courage and a dash of luck, cement their place in history. Chosen as FDR’s fourth term Vice President for his well-praised work ethic, good judgment, and lack of enemies, Harry S. Truman--a Midwesterner who had no college degree and had never had the money to buy his own home--was the prototypical ordinary man. That is, until he was shockingly thrust in over his head after FDR’s...


Book Talk with Kory 2017 - A Year in Review

2017 was a great year for books and interviews here on Book Talk with Kory. Today, we look back at some of the best moments, topics, discussions, albums, authors and interviews from the past year. _______________ _______________ _______________ _______________ Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Book Talk Opening 02:48 - Skyline - Broken Social Scene 03:37 - Episode Intro: Kory French 06:44 - No. 5 Hugh Howey, ‘Machine Learning’ (from...


The Holiday Episode 2017 - A Look at the History of Christmas and Santa Claus through publications

Today we celebrate Christmas by exercising many traditions that, if you stand back and look, are really quite weird. Why do we give gifts? Why do they come from a magical man in a red suit and white beard? Why do we kiss under mistletoe and place a wreath on our door? Why hang stockings by the fire? All of these weird customs can be traced back to religions and cultures and today on Book Talk we identify three works of history that can explain the history of Christmas. Book Cover and...


Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime Corruption, and Cover-Up of America’s Greatest Unsolved Murder by Piu Eatwell

Piu Eatwell’s new book on the Black Dahlia murder gathers together the evidence to produce a compelling new solution to the case: a highly persuasive and virtually conclusive account as to who the killer was, why he targeted the Dahlia, and why the case has never been officially ‘solved.’ In so doing, she presents a dark and atmospheric picture of Hollywood in the most brutal, noir period of its history. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 -...


Retrograde by Peter Cawdron

Mankind has long dreamed of reaching out to live on other planets, and with the establishment of the Mars Endeavor colony, that dream has become reality. The fledgling colony consists of 120 scientists, astronauts, medical staff, and engineers. Buried deep underground, they’re protected from the harsh radiation that sterilizes the surface of the planet. The colony is prepared for every eventuality except one—what happens when disaster strikes Earth? Book Cover and Author headshot images...


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