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Norman Gilliland interviews author Ann Hillerman


Monday, January 20 - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WPR will be carrying the annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. live from the State Capital

Monday January 20 – 11:00 pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Acceptance Speech for the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize (The Nobel Foundation; 1964). Read by Melvin Hinton

At the time of the award was given, Dr. King was the youngest person ever to get that particular honor, and said that he would dedicate all of the $54,000 that accompanied it toward the cause of equal rights. When he appeared in Oslo to collect the award, he got the chance to speak eloquently about why that prize was still desperately needed — and why he felt a Peace Prize was appropriate for a movement that had a lot of fighting left to do.

THEME: “Prelude: Riot At Edmund Pettus Bridge”, King: A Musical Testimony, Music by Richard Blackford, Lyrics by Maya Angelou, Additional lyrics by Alistair Beaton; performed by the Stephen Hill Singers

Bookcover for Head Of The Lakes by Anthony Bukoski"Head Of The Lakes" by Anthony Bukoski

Monday, January 27 through Friday, January 31, 2020. Read by Norman Gilliland.

Stories about Superior's Polish Americans and blue-collar community from its peak after World War II to its later decline.

(Nodin Press: ISBN-10: 1947237063)

THEME: “A Legend of the Skerries” by Hugo Alfven; Swedish Radio SO – Stig Westerberg; Swedish Society SCD 1001


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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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