Originally aired May 18, 2021.
First, Dave interviews Shanna Compton about her new collection of poetry.
After the break, Liz interviews novelist Kelly Bowen.
Originally aired April 20, 2021.
In the first half of the hour, Dave brings Minnesota poet, educator, and entrepreneur Jessica Winnie on-air to discuss her work Everything I Am, complete with poetry, song, social justice, and collaborative thoughts for life’s challenges.
After the break, Liz welcomes novelist Patrick Hicks, author of Commodant of Lubizec and In the Shadow of Dora, on-air. Patrick has also been featured on PBS News Hour and NPR.
Originally aired April 13, 2021.
Dave starts the show strong by welcoming Jana Larson, author of Reel Bay: A Cinematic Essay on air to discuss her genre-bending story, that of a struggling film student who becomes engrossed in a story that bridges life and death.
After the break, Liz connects with Joshua M. Greene, author of Unstoppable, the incredible true story of Siggi B. Wilzig, an Auschwitz survivor whose journey of luck, strength, and courage brought him out of the lethal camp to the US Army, then to New York’s sweatshops, before ascending to greatness on Wall Street.
Originally aired March 23, 2021
WOR’s poetry powerhouse, Dave, opens the show by bringing Patrick Cabello Hansel to discuss his newest collection, Quitting Time, which delivers a meaningful family story spanning from the Great Depression through the World Wars and beyond in powerful verse.
After the break, Liz re-connects with local music-writing legend Jim Walsh to discuss his newest work of nonfiction, Fear and Loving in South Minneapolis, reflecting on life in the wake of loss, Minnesota music and culture, and the infinite simple joy of a warm afternoon at the Harriet Rose Garden.
originally aired March 16, 2021
This week, Dave welcomes Tamara “Tami” Lee, esteemed Ramsey County Librarian, on-air to discuss recommendations on Civil Rights reads for young people. Check out the list below to share them with the young people in your life.
After the break, Dave is joined by Diane Wilson. Along with being author of the newly released The Seed Keeper, Wilson is a Minnesota writer, speaker, editor, and Executive Director for the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance.
Children’s and YA books on Civil Rights and Civil Justice
Recommended by Tamara Lee for KFAI’s Write On! Radio Program
March 15, 2021
Tamara (Tami) Lee has been a children’s librarian for the Ramsey County library for fourteen years. Tami received her MLIS from St. Catherine University and has been an ALA Spectrum scholar, adjunct instructor in the St. Kate’s MLIS program, and is a certified early literacy specialist (ECRR). Tami co-authored a piece on racial diversity and inclusion in story-time for the ALSC journal, Children and Libraries and has facilitated many workshops, trainings, and discussions around equity, diversity, and inclusion in libraries and collection development. Tami is passionate about racial equity, social justice, drumming, and kitchen chemistry.
Starred titles are those in which race/racism is incidental or that uplift BIPOC or support the BIPOC experience.
originally aired March 9, 2021
First, Dave welcomes Victor Pacini onto the show to discuss his prolific and powerful writing and speaking against child sexual assault. Pacini’s “Be Seen and Heard” curriculum has been delivered to over 750,000 children and families, bringing information about body awareness, domestic violence awareness, and equipping vocabulary and knowledge for a healthier life.
After the break, we bring out a favorite former interview—Liz’s recent conversation with smash-hit bestseller Kristin Hannah, author of the Four Winds, the Great Alone, and others. It’s not to be missed!
In the first half of the hour, Susan Conley joins Annie to discuss parenthood, the limits of personal perspective, and fishing villages in the time of climate change in the context of her new novel, Landslide.
After the break, Dave welcomes Abayomi Animashaun on-air to discuss his new collection of poetry, Seahorses, his career, Wisconsin, and more.