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Plainsong Book CoverPlainsong by Kent Haruf

Monday, December 4 through Friday, December 22, 2023. Read by Jim Fleming.

In a small town, a high school teacher must raise his two boys alone after their mother retreats altogether. A teenage girl is pregnant, alone herself, with nowhere to go. And two elderly brothers work the family homestead... Read more

The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming Book CoverChildren's Holiday Special

Monday, December 25 through Tuesday, December 26, 2023. Various readers.

Chapter A Day celebrates "the Littles" this year with two days of children's Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Chanukah stories... Read more

Christmas at Thompson Hall Book CoverChristmas at Thompson Hall by Anthony Trollope

Wednesday, December 27 through Friday, December 29, 2023. Read by Karl Schmidt.

Anthony Trollope’s Victorian “comedy of errors” "Christmas at Thompson Hall" was a holiday tradition for many years on Chapter A Day. Not quite a “Christmas story”, it nonetheless is filled with... Read more


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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 is the Wisconsin Public Radio host of "The Midday." He's also the author of "Sand Mansions," and "Midnight Catch."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 Melvin

Nashville born and bred, a graduate of historic Fisk University, Melvin Hinton completed a paid internship -- and turned down a full-time job offer -- at The New York Times News Service before going on to graduate school. Melvin was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, then a Fulbright Fellow, spending two...Read more

About Baron

Baron Kelly is a faculty member at UW Madison – holding a joint appointment as a professor with both the School of Education’s Department of Theatre and Drama, and the Division of Continuing Studies’ Department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies, where he works with the Odyssey Project. Prior to...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 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 20 books as a reader for Wisconsin Public Radio's long-running program "Chapter a Day."Read more

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