Dave Fettig speaks with Barbara Freese, author of Industrial-Strength Denial: Eight Stories of Corporations Defending the Indefensible, from the Slave Trade to Climate Change. She is an environmental attorney and a former Minnesota assistant attorney general. Her interest in corporate denial was sparked by cross-examining coal industry witnesses disputing the science of climate change. That earlier work led to the publication of Coal: A Human History, a New York Times Notable Book.
Josh talks with Pete Carlson about his new noir thriller Ukrainian Nights. Pete Carlson was raised in the Minneapolis area, where he graduated with his BSc and MBA from the University of Minnesota. After graduation he began developing a successful career in commercial real estate. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado.
David chats with Marie Mutsuki Mockett about her new novel American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland. American Harvest is an extraordinary evocation of the land and a thoughtful exploration of ingrained beliefs, from evangelical skepticism of evolution to cosmopolitan assumptions about food production and farming. With exquisite lyricism and humanity, this astonishing book attempts to reconcile competing versions of our national story.
Liz Olds speaks with Mary Logue, “the reigning royalty of Minnesota murder mysteries” (The Rake), about her latest murder mystery The Streel: A Deadwood Mystery. Mary Logue, author of the popular “Claire Watkins mysteries”, brings her signature brio and nerve to this story of a young Irish woman turned reluctant sleuth as she tries to make her way in a strange and often dangerous new world.
David talks with Bryon Cherry about his poetry collections Ruins, Ruminations, and Rituals and Funeral Journey. Bryon Cherry takes the reader through the crass to the beatific in this collection of poems inspired by his home city, Milwaukee, and his interactions with the spaces between.
Annie speaks with Katherine Silver, a renowned, award-winning literary translator about her translation from Spanish of María Sonia Cristoff’s book Include Me Out. She lives in Northern California and volunteers interpreting for asylum seekers.
Dr. SooJin Pate is an educator, DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) practitioner, and writer dedicated to centering the lives and experiences of historically marginalized communities. As a former professor, she has taught courses on U.S. history and culture through the lens of race, class, gender, and sexuality at various colleges and universities in the Twin Cities area. As a DEI professional, she helps companies and organizations embed equity into their systems and processes. And as a self-care practitioner, SooJin has led workshops on how to take care of yourself when taking care of others. She is the author of From Orphan to Adoptee: U.S. Empire and Genealogies of Korean Adoption (University of Minnesota Press, 2014) and is currently working on a memoir and two picture books.
This week on Write On! Radio, Josh talks with Dr. Richard Haas about his new book “The World: A Brief Introduction”. Annie speaks with M.S. Harkness, Minneapolis-based cartoonist and author of the graphic novel “Tinderella.”