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Tomboyland: Essays by Melissa FalivenoTomboyland: Essays by Melissa Faliveno

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 through Thursday, January 21, 2021. Read by Michele Good.

Part personal narrative, part cultural reportage, “Tomboyland” navigates midwestern traditions, mythologies, landscapes, and lives to explore the intersections of identity and place. Faliveno asks curious, honest, and often darkly funny questions about belonging and the body, isolation and community, and what we mean when we use words like woman, family, and home.

(TOPPLE Books & Little A; ISBN-10: 1542014190 / ISBN-13: 978-1542014199)

Book cover for Lincoln Among The Badgers by Steven K. RogstadLincoln Among The Badgers: Rediscovering Sites Associated with Abraham and Mary Lincoln in Wisconsin by Steven K. Rogstad

Friday, January 22, 2021 through Friday, January 29, 2021. Read by Norman Gilliland.

Verbal and written historical accounts of the visits that Abraham and Mary Lincoln made to the Badger State. Lincoln entered the state’s borders for the first time in 1832 during his military service in the Black Hawk War, returning in 1859 to make speeches in Milwaukee, Beloit, and Janesville. Mary traveled toured northern Wisconsin and Racine in 1867, returning five years later to take advantage of the healing waters of Waukesha.

(Millhouse Press)


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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" and "Old Time Radio Drama." 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 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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