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A special program celebrating the life of WPR's Karl Schmidt.


"The Best of the Major" by Galen Winter

Monday, April 24 to Friday, April 28, 2017. Read by Jim Fleming.

Galen Winter's tales of Major Nathaniel Peabody (U.S. Army, retired) have engaged readers of Shooting Sportsman for years. This collection offers the listener the opportunity to meet the eccentric Major and enjoy some of his more colorful misadventures.

(Country Sport Press; ISBN-10: 0892725400)

Theme: Astor Piazzolla: Libertango, Yo-Yo Ma, cello, from the album "Soul of the Tango" (Sony SK 63122)


"Sit Stay Heal" by Mel Miskimen

Monday, May 1 through Thursday, May 18, 2017. Read by Jim Fleming.

When Mel Miskimen’s mom died her dad’s life changed as well. Knowing his passion for his springer spaniels Mel thought she might reach him by asking for help in training her black lab Seamus. However, “training” may be a word that simply has no place in the world of a carefree follow-my-heart dog like this one.

(Sourcebooks; ISBN-10: 1492632279)

Theme: William Tyler “I’m Gonna Live Forever (if it kills me)” from the album Modern Country (Merge Records)

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About Jim

Jim Fleming began his career at WPR as a student announcer in the 1960s. In addition to producing and hosting several award winning radio dramas and programs, Fleming also held a number of management positions. Read more

About Norman

Norman Gilliland , Wisconsin Public Radio host of "The Midday" and "Old Time Radio Drama." Author of "Sand Mansions," and most recently, "Midnight Catch."Read more

About Karl

Karl Schmidt was an Emeritus Professor at UW-Extension, and read for "Chapter a Day" off and on for 75 years. Among his other roles at WPR, Schmidt directed "Earplay," a radio drama that comprised much of NPR's programming of that genre during the 1970s. He died in April 2016.Read more

About Michele

Michele Gerard Good was born in Chicago and raised in northern Wisconsin. After graduating from Ripon College with a degree in theatre, she spent most of her life pursuing an acting career – studying “the Method” at The Actor’s Studio in London, voice with Marni Nixon in New York and...Read more

About Susan

Susan Sweeney is an emeritus theater professor at the University of Wisconsin. She has a long history in theater as well as singing and coaching voice and dialects throughout the United States. She has voiced over 18 books as a reader for Wisconsin Public Radio's long-running program "Chapter a Day."Read more

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