Originally aired May 4, 2021.
In the first half of the hour, Annie connects with Kao Kalia Yang to discuss Yang’s new children’s storybook Yang Warriors, along with the real-life refugee camp experience that inspired it, what it means to be a real-life hero, using questions to build meaningful person-to-person connections, cross-diaspora creativity, and talking about justice with your kids.
After the break, Josh rolls out a Legacy Episode and the group revisits a conversation with James Rollins, author of the Sigma Force adventure novels.
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 April 6, 2021
Liz opens the show by welcoming Eric M. Johnson on air to discuss his new novel, Whenever a Happy Thing Falls, which follows a young literature student forced by his father into the seedy world of elite investment banking.
After the break, the Write On Gang revisits a favorite legacy interview with Tana French, Dublin’s internationally legendary thriller author.
Originally aired March 30, 2021
Ian starts off the show, joined by writer John Medieros, by diving into a conversation about the pandemic that swept the world before COVID: the HIV-AIDS crisis. Medeiros and his identical twin brother participated in a gene therapy study in which the HIV-positive twin was infused with billions of genes from the HIV-negative twin, as detailed in his memoir, Self, Divided.
After the break, Liz brings out her music chops and welcomes Bill Schnee on air to discuss his fascinating experiences doing audio production and engineering for such brilliant minds as John Lennon and Ringo, Whitney Houston, Barbara Streisand, and many more. These magic yarns and more can be found in his new book Chairman at the Board.
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 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!
Josh welcomes scholar and critic Anahid Nersessian on-air to discuss her new book, Keats’s Odes: A Lover’s Discourse.
After the break, a legacy interview with Elizabeth Stanley airs.