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The Write Question is a program that features interviews with authors from the western United States; including James Lee Burke, Maile Meloy, Thomas McGuane, Kim Barnes, Robert Wrigley, Jess Walter, Pam Houston, Barry Lopez, and hundreds of others.

The Write Question is a program that features interviews with authors from the western United States; including James Lee Burke, Maile Meloy, Thomas McGuane, Kim Barnes, Robert Wrigley, Jess Walter, Pam Houston, Barry Lopez, and hundreds of others.
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The Write Question is a program that features interviews with authors from the western United States; including James Lee Burke, Maile Meloy, Thomas McGuane, Kim Barnes, Robert Wrigley, Jess Walter, Pam Houston, Barry Lopez, and hundreds of others.

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'This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home'

11/15/2018
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What makes a home? What do equality, safety, and politics have to do with it? And why is it so important to us to feel like we belong? In this collection, 30 women writers explore the theme in personal essays about neighbors, marriage, kids, sentimental objects, homelessness, domestic violence, solitude, immigration, gentrification, geography, and more.

Duration:00:28:57

"Poetry In America" With PBS Host And Creator Elisa New

11/8/2018
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"I think we all actually need poetry. We need the immersive experience in our humanity that poetic language can give us. We are all looking for these immersive experiences that allow us to contemplate what matters in our lives." -- Elisa New

Duration:00:28:55

'The Surprising, Secret Lives Of Beavers' With Ben GoldFarb

11/1/2018
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“Eager" is the powerful story of how nature’s most ingenious architects shaped our world, and how they can help save it—if we let them. Ben Goldfarb’s captivating book reveals how beavers transformed our landscapes, and how modern-day “Beaver Believers”—including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens—are recruiting these ecosystem engineers to help us fight our most pressing environmental problems. The Washington Post calls it, “A masterpiece of a treatise on the natural world” and...

Duration:00:28:57

The Circuitry Of Poetics With Sherwin Bitsui

10/25/2018
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In this kinetic new poetry from Sherwin Bitsui, characters live in a state of fading and blurring, appearing as though photographed or filmed. Dissolve hums with the coexistence and dissonance of landscape and waste, crisis and continuity—with Navajo thought inherent to the movement of the book. Wielding one of the most deeply intuitive, uncompromising poetic voices of our time, Bitsui marries past and present, urban street and wilderness, "the afterbirth of sirens glistening over him."

Duration:00:28:57

Cai Emmons' Meteorologist Who Can Change The Weather

10/18/2018
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30-year-old Bronwyn Artair, feeling out of place in her doctoral program in Atmospheric Sciences at MIT, drops out and takes a job as a TV meteorologist, much to the dismay of her mentor, Diane Fenwick. After a year of living alone in Southern New Hampshire, enduring the indignities of her job, dumped by her boyfriend, she discovers her deep connection to the natural world has given her an ability to affect natural forces. When she finally accepts she really possesses this startling...

Duration:00:28:57

A Radical New History Of Life With David Quammen

10/4/2018
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"The 'tree of life' that we have believed in as the picture of evolutionary history, ever since Darwin, is not entirely wrong but drastically incomplete and too simple. Tree branches always diverge, and it turns out evolutionary lineages diverge and converge. So limbs grow together and there are channels that have moved from one branch to another. The premise of my book is that the tree of life is not strictly a tree—it is a web, it’s a network, it’s something for which we don’t have a...

Duration:00:28:55

"The Dead Enders": Erin Saldin Sets Young Adult Lit On Fire

9/27/2018
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In a place like Gold Fork, sometimes a secret is the only thing that’s really yours. Ana, Davis, Erik, and Georgie know that best. Bound together by a horrible tragedy from their pasts, they forged a friendship that has lasted through high school. In a town full of weekenders, they all know what it’s like to be dead enders, fated to stay trapped in a tourist destination for the rest of their lives.

Duration:00:28:58

Tensions In The New West With Maxim Loskutoff

9/20/2018
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In the Redoubt, an isolated region of Idaho, Montana, and Eastern Oregon, the confrontation between old and new America plays out in emotional and violent skirmishes. This “true West,” as a character calls it, is “where all the Indians were dead and we white men had finally gotten around to killing ourselves.” Come West and See, by Maxim Loskutoff, unravels the mythology of the West and illustrates life in oft overlooked rural towns where men and women scramble for safety in their...

Duration:00:28:57

Gwen Florio's Refreshing Take On The Aftermath Of 9/11

9/13/2018
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A stirring novel set in Afghanistan about two women—an American aid worker and her local interpreter—who form an unexpected friendship despite their utterly different life experiences and the ever-increasing violence that surrounds them in Kabul.

Duration:00:28:57

'What Does Not Return' With Tami Haaland

9/6/2018
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"What Does Not Return, is a rare account of the experience we have come to call, rightly, care-giving . With ritual attentiveness, in small, deeply considered gestures, in words exchanged at the altar of grief, she shows us what it might mean to honor and celebrate what is given to us and what is taken away." -- Melissa Kwasny

Duration:00:28:57

Jane Smiley Wants To Get You 'Jacked Up' About Writing

8/30/2018
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"I always think every word, or every new idea, is either a firecracker or a pebble. If it’s a pebble, then it’s just sitting there doing its job of making it progress, but if it’s a firecracker, it could be an inspiration. It could send you in a different direction." -- Jane Smiley

Duration:00:28:57

One Of America's Funniest Gets Serious About Water

8/23/2018
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The Colorado River is an essential resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States, and every gallon that flows down it is owned or claimed by someone. David Owen traces all that water from the Colorado’s headwaters to its parched terminus, once a verdant wetland but now a million-acre desert. He takes readers on an adventure downriver, along a labyrinth of waterways, reservoirs, power plants, farms, fracking sites, ghost towns, and RV parks, to the spot near the U.S.–Mexico...

Duration:00:28:57

Rattlesnake Cakes And Rhubarb Crunch: Recipes From 'The Big Sky Bounty Cookbook'

8/16/2018
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From mountain streams in the west to rolling prairies in the east, Montana’s habitats and natural resources offer an abundance of culinary possibilities. The mountains provide the necessities for a delightful elk tenderloin with huckleberry demi-glace, while the prairie contributes to rattlesnake cakes with roasted red pepper remoulade. And gardens and farms statewide produce the makings of Aunt Lois O’Toole’s rhubarb strawberry pie. Chef Barrie Boulds and author Jean Petersen present...

Duration:00:28:54

Callan Wink: More Than A One-Trick Pony

8/9/2018
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"The point I was at when I was writing a lot of these stories, let’s face it, I was in my mid to late twenties. I had a cheating heart, still do. That personal aspect of it, I think, most of the men I know, it’s something they’ve struggled with in their life, so to make it any other way would not be true to my reality. In a collection of stories I do think you have a duty to try to show your breadth as a writer and so as a criticism it’s pretty legit because if I am portraying a certain...

Duration:00:28:57

'No Word For Wilderness' With Roger Thomspon

8/2/2018
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In Italian, there is no word for wilderness . Yet in the mountains of Italy, brown bears not only exist, they are fighting to survive amid encroaching development, local and international politics, and the mafia. This meticulously researched and eye-opening book tells the incredible stories of two special populations of bears in Italy--one the last vestige of a former time that persists against all odds, the other a great experiment in rewilding that, if successful, promises to change how we...

Duration:00:28:57

'Girls Burn Brighter' With Shobha Rao

7/26/2018
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"I think the first primal place to start is to recognize one another as human beings. We are not infestations, we are not illegal, we are not alien. . . We are human beings. " -- Shobha Rao

Duration:00:28:57

'All That Held Us' With Henrietta Goodman

7/19/2018
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"I think my voice. . .comes partly at least from things I’ve been told not to do in poetry. I feel like forever, throughout my life as a poet, I’m the type of person who if you tell me not to do something I will find a way to do it. But I’ll want to do it well so I can prove that the person who told me not to do it was wrong." --Henrietta Goodman

Duration:00:28:57

Breaking The Silence In Russell Rowland's 'Arbuckle'

7/12/2018
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"People love to tell their stories. I was really amazed by the optimism of people in Montana despite some of these towns were—some of the county seats, especially in eastern Montana were in pretty bad shape. It just blew my mind how people were still clinging to the idea that things will eventually turn around. I guess the biggest surprise was how. . . it takes a lot to kill the spirit of this place." -- Russell Rowland

Duration:00:28:57

Ghosts, Legends, And Mysteries of Southeast Alaska With Bjorn Dihle

7/5/2018
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"A lot of people would say a landscape is indifferent, or nature’s indifferent. A lot of people get the feeling that Southeast Alaska, the Inside Passage, if you get in it, if you get off that cruise ship—which is how most visitors see it—it’s menacing. It’s not just that it doesn’t care about you, it wants to eat you." -- Bjorn Dihle on the Inside Passage.

Duration:00:28:57

Love Stories At Life's End With Joyce Lynette Hocker

6/28/2018
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In The Trail to Tincup: Love Stories at Life’s End, a psychologist reckons with the loss of four family members within a span of two years. Hocker works backward into the lives of these people and forward into the values, perspective, and qualities they bestowed before and after leaving. Following the trail to their common gravesite in Tincup, Colorado, she remembers and recounts decisive stories and delves into artifacts, journals, and her own dreams. In the process the grip of grief begins...

Duration:00:28:57