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Book cover for DriftlessDriftless by David Rhodes

Monday, December 27 through Friday, January 28, 2022. Read by Karl Schmidt.

A story from the "driftless" area of Wisconsin, about a town apparently left out of time. It's an unforgettable slice of life in rural America

Driftless by David Rhodes (Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2008). Copyright © 2008 by David Rhodes. Rebroadcast with permission from Milkweed Editions. www.milkweed.org

(Milkweed; ISDN-10: 1571310592 / ISBN-13: 978-57131-059-0)

Theme: Haydn: The Seven Last Words - introduction; Emerson Quartet (DG B0002053-02)

Book cover for A Beginner’s Guide to AmericaA Beginner’s Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious (Part 2) by Roya Hakakian

Friday, January 28 through Monday, February 7, 2022. Read by Michele Good.

Written as a "guide" for the newly arrived, and providing "practical information and advice," Roya Hakakian, an immigrant herself, reveals what those who settle here love about the country, what they miss about their homes, the cruelty of some Americans, and the unceasing generosity of others. With tenderness and humor, she captures the texture of life in a new place in all its complexity, laying bare both its beauty and its darkness as she discusses race, love, death, consumerism, and what it is like to be from a country that is in America's crosshairs. Her tenderly perceptive and surprisingly humorous account invites us to see ourselves as we appear to others, making it possible for us to rediscover our many American gifts through the perspective of the outsider.

(Alfred A Knopf; ISBN: 9780525656067)

Theme: “America”, Soundtrack of West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein


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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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