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Severance Radio is an on-air book club dissecting Ling Ma’s satirical, dystopian novel "Severance." The novel is a moving family story that explores loneliness, corporate monotony, and survival in the midst of a global health crisis. Produced by Nevada Humanities and The Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute. New episodes every Thursday starting August 13.

Severance Radio is an on-air book club dissecting Ling Ma’s satirical, dystopian novel "Severance." The novel is a moving family story that explores loneliness, corporate monotony, and survival in the midst of a global health crisis. Produced by Nevada Humanities and The Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute. New episodes every Thursday starting August 13.

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Severance Radio is an on-air book club dissecting Ling Ma’s satirical, dystopian novel "Severance." The novel is a moving family story that explores loneliness, corporate monotony, and survival in the midst of a global health crisis. Produced by Nevada Humanities and The Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute. New episodes every Thursday starting August 13.

Language:

English


Episodes

Worlds Remade

9/28/2020
Can the end of the world as we know it bring about new ways of living? In this broadcast of Severance Radio, host Heidi Kyser interviews expert speculative fiction writers and creative writing professors Christopher Coake and Claire Vaye Watkins on the imaginative work of starting over after disaster. Christopher Coake is the author of You Came Back (Grand Central Publishing, 2012), as well as the collection of short stories We're In Trouble (Harcourt 2005), which won the PEN/Robert Bingham...

Duration:00:19:02

On Solitude

9/21/2020
In this episode, Severance Radio host Heidi Kyser interviews Professor Shelley Kelley and Natalie Pennington on the effects of a solitary life amid a pandemic. Shelley Kelly is a professor, reader, music lover, motorcyclist. She is one of the little people who makes things happen. She has a true belief in the notion that every problem can be solved with a long ride on a motorcycle. Her motto is “You live more in 5 minutes on a motorcycle than most people live in a lifetime”. Natalie...

Duration:00:18:06

Memory, Loss, and the Politics of Forgetting

9/14/2020
In this episode, Hugh Shapiro and Claytee D. White talk about memory, loss, the politics of forgetting our past when we look for ways to live during a pandemic. Hugh Shapiro is Associate Professor of East Asian history at the University of Nevada. He works on the history of disease in comparative context. The analysis of bodily experience is a powerful tool for grappling with historical transformation, and his archival and fieldwork in China, Japan, and Taiwan focuses on how cultural...

Duration:00:21:19

Apocalyptic Expressions

9/8/2020
In this episode, artists Brent Holmes and Lance Smith delve into art as a vehicle for imagining a new world and the current social order. How does the apocalypse inspire their art? Brent Holmes is a multi-disciplinary artist with a deep affinity to words- historical, epistemological and ontologically themed creative projects. His primary objective is to nudge others into a conversation he finds interesting and then become distracted and walk away. His most recent work has centered around...

Duration:00:27:40

Navigating Immigration and Acculturation in America

9/3/2020
In this episode, Nasia Anam interviews writer Bonnie Chau about navigating cultural backgrounds in a capitalist society. Nasia Anam is an assistant professor of English literature and global Anglophone literature at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research examines representations of migration between Europe, South Asia, North Africa and the United States in the colonial, postcolonial and contemporary eras. She received her Ph.D. in comparative literature at UCLA and has since taught at...

Duration:00:13:56

Humor in a Time of Crisis

8/27/2020
In this episode, novelist and twitter comedian Kristen Arnett and Desert Companion editor Scott Dickensheets discuss the value of satire in the middle of a pandemic. Kristen Arnett is the NYT and Los Angeles Times bestselling author of the debut novel Mostly Dead Things. She is a queer fiction and essay writer. She was awarded Ninth Letter‘s Literary Award in Fiction and is a columnist for Literary Hub. Her work has appeared at North American Review, The Normal School, Gulf Coast,...

Duration:00:21:51

Work and The Millennial Condition

8/20/2020
In this episode, two voices in academics and publishing, Karen Gu and Jean Munson, trace connections between Candace's experiences and the millennial struggles to break into an industry and survive in the workplace. Karen Gu is a writer whose fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly, Paper Darts, and The Margins. She is a Kundiman Fellow and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Jean Marie Munson is founder of local comics company Plot Twist Publishing....

Duration:00:16:48

Decolonization and Dystopian Literature

8/13/2020
In this episode, Jenna Hanchey and Erica Vital-Lazare – two scholars who study language – talk about the new voices needed to imagine new worlds. Jenna Hanchey is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research focuses on the neocolonialism of aid and volunteer work in Africa, and she is currently working on a project examining how Afrofuturist and Africanfuturist sci-fi imagines development in anti-colonial ways. Erica Vital-Lazare is a...

Duration:00:24:25

Dynamics of Race & Privilege Amid a Pandemic

8/13/2020
In this episode, a long-time Las Vegas community partner Dana Lee and experimental writer Vi Khi Nao discuss how a pandemic brings out familiar–and unsettling–ways of talking about race. Dana Lee has been a long-time Las Vegas community partner, supporting education, the arts, and social services. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Brown University and a Master of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Vi Khi Nao is the author of four poetry collections: Human Tetris (11:11...

Duration:00:12:52

The Construction of Otherness

8/13/2020
In this episode, two scholars Tim Gauthier and Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan delve into the Us/Them paradigm that reveals itself throughout the story. How do we decide who is human, and who is not? What are the dangers of Othering in times of crisis? Tim Gauthier is currently serving as Director of the Multidisciplinary Studies and Social Science Studies programs in the Department of Interdisciplinary, Ethnic, and Gender Studies at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). His research focuses on...

Duration:00:16:10

Public Health Amid a Pandemic

8/13/2020
In this episode, Severance Radio host Heidi Kyser interviews two public health experts, Jennifer Carson and Marya Shegog, as they examine who is most vulnerable in a pandemic. Jennifer Carson works to envision and develop opportunities for individual and collective growth to combat ageism and ableism, and improve the inclusion and well-being of elders, with a particular interest in persons living with dementia. Jennifer is Director of the Dementia Engagement, Education and Research (DEER)...

Duration:00:12:28

Tracing the History of Zombies

8/13/2020
In this episode, two scholars of English literature, Katherine Fusco and Stephen Pasqualina, investigate one of the most unsettling signs of the apocalypse in popular culture: the rise of the undead. Join us for a conversation about the mythology of zombies and the zombie trope in Severance. Katherine Fusco writes about the way different media forms shape identity and encourage us to be either cruel or kind to one another. After completing a Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University, she spent several...

Duration:00:18:33

The Beginning of Severance Radio

8/13/2020
For 14 weeks, Severance Radio will dissect a single book: Severance, the satirical, dystopian novel by Ling Ma. This book is a mixture of immigrant family story, corporate satire, and global health crisis. In this episode, producers Stephanie Gibson, Kathleen Kuo, and Sara Ortiz discuss how Severance Radio came to be, and how we relate to each other during a pandemic.

Duration:00:13:48

Introducing Severance Radio

7/9/2020
Severance Radio is an on-air book club dissecting Ling Ma’s satirical, dystopian novel Severance. The novel is a moving family story that explores loneliness, corporate monotony, and survival in the midst of a global health crisis. Severance Radio: A Nevada Reads Book Club is jointly produced by Nevada Humanities and the Black Mountain Institute, and is part of Nevada Reads, a statewide program of Nevada Humanities. This program is made possible with the support of Nevada Humanities,...

Duration:00:01:09