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Non-fiction to pulp fiction host Rosemary Manchester and producer Suzanne M. Lang explore the world of books, featuring conversations with writers, readers, and academics.

Non-fiction to pulp fiction host Rosemary Manchester and producer Suzanne M. Lang explore the world of books, featuring conversations with writers, readers, and academics.
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Rohnert Park, CA

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Non-fiction to pulp fiction host Rosemary Manchester and producer Suzanne M. Lang explore the world of books, featuring conversations with writers, readers, and academics.

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English

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5850 LaBath Avenue Rohnert Park California USA 94928 707-584-2000


Episodes

Thais Nye Derich, Cathy Langlois – July 30, 2017

8/18/2017
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Suzanne M. Lang talks with Thais Nye Derich about her path of self-examination and learning to discover that she, like many other women, was a victim of the medical establishment that denied her the human right of birthing her own child. Second Chance, A Mother’s Quest for a Natural Birth after Cesarean is not just a book about childbirth, but about control over our own lives and simply, about being human. Also featured is a conversation with Cathy Langlois, director of the Spirit Horse...

Duration: 00:58:29


Daniel Pyne, Stephan Mack Jones – July 2, 2017

7/3/2017
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Neo-noir and crime fiction with Suzanne Lang in conversation with Daniel Pyne, screenwriter, show runner of Amazon’s hit drama Bosch, and author of Catalina Eddy, a Novel in Three Decades. Suzanne also talks with poet and playwright Stephen Mack Jones, who has published his first novel, a crime thriller set in Detroit, August Snow.

Duration: 00:58:59


Shanti Sekaran, Shelby Londyn-Heath – June 4, 2017

6/5/2017
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A Novel Idea features two novelists, whose books couldn’t be more different. Both write about the challenges of difference, of motherhood, and of finding stability in a sometimes-hostile world. Shanti Sekaran brings us Lucky Boy, the saga of two women, strangers and cultures apart, whose lives are connected through the life of an infant boy. Shelby Londyn-Heath has written The Twilight Tsunami, a raw, funny, and hard-hitting account of the lives of people involved in the child...

Duration: 00:56:00


Linda Hervieux, Jeane Slone – June 5, 2016

5/10/2017
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Black lives matter. Suzanne Lang explores the injustices of Jim Crow American and the valor of an all-Black battalion whose D-Day contributions have been largely ignored until now with author Linda Hervieux, who presents the compelling story of the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion in her book Forgotten, The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, at Home and at War. Also featured is Jeane Slone with her WW II historical fiction, She Was an American Spy during World War II.

Duration: 00:58:59


Gary Soto, Gerald Haslam – May 7, 2017

5/8/2017
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Encore presentation of a 2013 broadcast features Suzanne Lang in conversation with author and poet Gary Soto and Rosemary Manchester talking with Gerald Haslam on the publication of his work In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S. I. Hayakawa. These are two writers with deep roots in California’s Central Valley.

Duration: 00:58:30


Jonah Raskin, Thomas E Cochrane – April 30, 2017

5/1/2017
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Prolific author and curious man, Jonah Raskin joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation on his book A Terrible Beauty: the Wilderness of American Literature, which examines American literature through the lens of our contemporary environmental crisis. Suzanne also talks with with geologist Thomas E Cochrane, whose book Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast: Exploring the Coastal Geography of Northern California is a travel guide as much as a primer in plate tectonics. Something to consider when...

Duration: 00:59:29


Heather Lyn Mann – April 3, 2017

4/3/2017
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15,000 nautical miles, six years, and a world of insight ….Heather Lyn Mann joins Suzanne Lang in conversation about Heather’s journey as expressed in her chronicle of her life’s journey sailing around the Atlantic, Ocean of Insight, a Sailor’s Voyage from Despair to Hope. The book is gripping, funny, and rewards with Heather’s reflection on being human on a suffering planet.

Duration: 00:55:21


Jessica Teich, Cathy Wild – March 5, 2017

3/6/2017
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A Novel Idea with Suzanne M. Lang features Jessica Teich with her memoir The Future Tense of Joy. A Rhodes Scholar, Teich happens upon an obituary of a fellow Rhodes Scholar who took her own life by jumping out a hotel window, which leads Jessica on a transformative journey. Also featured is Cathy Wild, whose book Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out uses personal stories and analysis of her own life to identify difficult to articulate concepts of identity, suffering, gratitude, and...

Duration: 00:57:59


Jonah Raskin, Alison Owings, Elena Ferrante – January 29, 2017

1/30/2017
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This encore presentation features Rosemary Manchester in conversation with Jonah Raskin on his book James McGrath: The Life and Times of an Extraordinary American Teacher, Mentor, Cultural Ambassador, and Pedagogical Pilgrim: in a Class by Himself. Manchester also talks with Alison Owings on her oral-history Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americans. Plus, Barbara Quick reviews Italian author Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend.

Duration: 00:59:00


Elaine Khosrova, Barbara Doud Wright – January 1, 2017

1/16/2017
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This edition A Novel Idea with Suzanne Lang features two authors who go deep into our cultural histories and help us understand where we’ve come from and where we are through some darn good story telling. Elaine Khosrova has written a book about Butter, and not just on how to make a good hollandaise sauce. Butter is one of our oldest foods and she describes for us the wonder to the palette of yak butter made in the old ways, along with the role butter has played spiritually,...

Duration: 00:58:00


Kimball Taylor, Emma Blad Smith – December 4, 2016

12/5/2016
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A Novel Idea, with Suzanne M. Lang, takes a look at California’s borders: the immigrants traveling over our Southern border rolling in on bicycles, and the furry, four footed immigrants, tagged and collared, reclaiming their territory on our Northern Border. Kimball Taylor is a journalist whose curiosity reveals a story that sometimes reads like a bizarre work of fiction. The Coyote’s Bicycle, The Untold Story of Seven Thousand Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderline Empire follows trails...

Duration: 00:59:00


Gayle Forman, Silas Dent Zobal – November 6, 2016

11/7/2016
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Suzanne Lang talks with Gayle Forman, a literary star in the Young Adult genre, who has recently released a novel, as she says, starring adults and geared toward that audience. Leave Me is the story of a wife and mother who leaves home to find herself. Also featured is Suzanne’s conversation with Silas Dent Zobal, author of the acclaimed novel The People of the Broken Neck, a story about family, about violence and post traumatic stress, and a reflection on the legacy of each person’s life.

Duration: 00:58:59


Fred Euphrat, Donna Richardson Robbins – October 30, 2016

10/31/2016
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California forests and the rich natural history of Sonoma County are brought to light with Fred Euphrat, forester and author of Sonoma Mandala, a collection of essays originally broadcast on KRCB radio’s “Native Sonoma.” Next, Donna Richardson Robbins, who has just published her father’s memoir Tractors, Trains, & Shipwrecks, Yesteryear recollections of Sonoma County, the handwritten anecdotes of Donald R Richardson joins host Suzanne Lang.

Duration: 00:58:59


Meg Waite Clayton – October 2, 2016

10/3/2016
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New York Time’s bestselling author Meg Waite Clayton joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation about The Race for Paris, Clayton’s compelling novel of women journalists on the front leading up to the liberation of Paris during World War II. The historical grit and realism of the war is the backdrop for an enduring love story.

Duration: 00:58:00


William Luvaas – September 4, 2016

9/5/2016
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William Luvaas, NEA grant recipient who has been recognized for his short stories and novels alike, joins Suzanne Lang in conversation on his third novel Beneath the Coyote Hills. Luvaas is attracted to the outsider, and his observations on the effects of wealth and culture on the human condition are at the core of much of his work.

Duration: 00:57:26


Kenneth Wishnia – August 7, 2016

8/10/2016
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Mystery writer Kenneth Wishnia joins Suzanne Lang in conversation on his latest novel, The Fifth Servant, which is set in 1592 Prague, where a young Christian girl is found with her throat slashed in a Jewish shop on the eve of Passover. Ken is also the editor of the award winning anthology Jewish Noir and the author of a series of hard boiled thrillers that follow NYPD cop Filomena Buscarsela through the gritty crime scene of New York, including 23 Shades of Black, Soft Money, The Glass...

Duration: 00:57:00


Wendy E. Simmons – July 4, 2016

7/4/2016
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Wendy E. Simmons is a world traveler. Not a novice. Not a pushover. Her trip to North Korea challenged every bit of her perceptions of herself and other people. Captured in her recent memoir, My Holiday in North Korea, the Funniest/Worst Place on Earth, Wendy tells the strange, sad, and funny tale of her 10 days as a solo traveler there (if that’s what you call having two minders, a driver, and never being alone except in her hotel room). The book is a publication of Rosetta Books and...

Duration: 00:57:00


Elizabeth Marshall Thomas – May 1, 2016

6/29/2016
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Suzanne Lang speaks with Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, who has spent a lifetime observing other creatures and other cultures, from her own backyard to the African savannah. Her books have transported millions of readers into the hidden lives of animals―from dogs and cats to deer and lions. Thomas has chronicled the daily lives of African tribes, and even imagined the lives of prehistoric humans. She opens the doors to her own life with Dreaming of Lions, My Life in Wild Places.

Duration: 00:48:33


Abby Geni, Lewis deSoto – April 3, 2016

6/29/2016
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Big Nature, Big California The Farallon Islands, remote and mysterious, is the setting of Abby Geni’s novel of nature and mystery, The Lightkeepers. Abby talks with Suzanne about the book and her own life as a writer. Also, the Inland Empire of Southern California is the focus of visual artist Lewis deSoto’s book of photographs and essays. deSoto is known for his visual art, and his essays intimately expose his connections with his Cahuilla roots and the enigmatic qualities of this...

Duration: 00:59:00


Black History Month – February 7, 2016

3/7/2016
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To honor Black History Month and International Women’s Day (March 8th) we present Rosemary Manchester with an encore presentation of a show featuring three generations of strong women of color: matriarch and author of When We Were Colored, Eva Rutland with her daughter Ginger and grand-daughter and namesake, Eva. Feisty, lively, and telling it like it is, the older Rutland, now in her 90’s, was making a living off her writing while raising a big family and tells that story in her memoir,...

Duration: 00:58:29

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