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Bookcover for Walden by Henry David Thoreau"Walden" by Henry David Thoreau

Monday, April 13 through Friday, April 24, 2020. Read by Jim Fleming.

Selections from Thoreau's classic about living in the woods near Concord, MA. Walden is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and manual for self-reliance.

(Project Gutenberg and other publishers.  CreateSpace ISBN-10: 1505297729)

Theme: Edward MacDowell: Woodland Sketches, "To a Wild Rose, Will o' the wisp, At an Old Trysting Place"; James Barbagallo, piano (Marco Polo 8.223631)

Bookcover for Seabiscuit: an American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand"Seabiscuit: an American Legend" by Laura Hillenbrand

Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 22, 2020. Read by Jim Fleming.

With knobby knees and crooked legs, Seabiscuit was no one's idea of a race horse, but looks aren't everything. His quality, an admirer once wrote, "was mostly in his heart." Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of the horse who became a cultural icon.

(Random House; ISBN-10: 0375502912)

Theme: Bob Crosby "The World is Waiting for the Sunrise" and Lionel Hampton & Jam Session "Rosetta" from the album "The Savory Collection, Vol. 1" (The National Jazz Museum in Harlem)



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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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