Wisconsin Public Radio’s "The Larry Meiller Show" covers environmental and consumer issues, gardening and helpful "how-to" topics.
But beyond practical tips and advice, the programs seek to share new perspectives and make listeners think.
As 2022 comes to a close, here are a few programs that stuck with staff of "The Larry Meiller Show." Follow the links below to listen to each show.
Host: Larry Meiller
Air date: March 31
Summary: Rita Dove, the first African American to be a U.S. poet laureate, joined the show to share some of her work. In 2021, she published a new collection of poems under the name "Playlist for the Apocalypse."
Why I liked it: It was an honor for me to interview Dove, who was U.S. poet laureate from 1993 to 1995. Her book spanned so much of my own life’s stories. It is a wonderful read, and our conversation was equally wonderful for me.
Interim Executive Producer: Jill Nadeau
Air date: March 17
Summary: To ancient Celtic tribes, trees were sacred providers and teachers. On St. Patrick’s Day, we explored the Celtic wisdom of trees and Diana Beresford-Kroeger's mission to save them and combat climate change.
Why I liked it: I hosted this program. This woman was an amazing guest and storyteller, and had such a connection with trees. It felt a bit magical to me.
Producer: Clara Neupert
Air date: Oct. 24
Summary: Daniel Smith’s poetry draws on golden memories, joy and loss found on farm and in rural life. We talked with him about his collection called "Ancestral."
Why I liked it: What made this conversation special was the connection host Larry Meiller and Smith formed on air. They were able to talk about the joys of rural life while also candidly sharing the very real struggle that farmers face. Personally, I love when we get to talk about things through a new lens. In this case, it was farm life through poetry.
Digital Producer: Jonah Beleckis
Publish date: May 30
Summary: As with so many veterans, the details of their deployments might remain largely unknown to their families. But after years of "We don’t go there," Gene Moran’s story of falling 4 miles without a parachute and surviving reached people through a book, a program on "The Larry Meiller Show" and in my article.
Why I liked it: The details in this book, "Tailspin," are incredible. It was a miracle that Moran — a farm kid from Soldiers Grove — survived the fall, 17 months inside Nazi prisoner-of-war camps and a 600-mile forced march. These stories don't always make it to light. I’m grateful Moran opened up before passing in 2014 and that he trusted author John Armbruster to share that story.