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Book cover for On DemocracyOn Democracy by EB White

Monday, October 3 through Friday, October 14, 2022. Read by Jim Fleming.

Anchored by an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham, this concise collection of essays and letters from one of this country’s most eminent literary voices offers much-needed historical context for our current state of the nation—and hope for the future of our society.

(Harper; ISBN-10: 0062905430 / ISBN-13: 978-0062905437)

Ursula Le GuinSelected Essays of Ursula Le Guin

Monday, October 17 through Friday, October 21, 2022. Read by Susan Sweeney.

Selections from "No Time To Spare" and "The Wave In The Mind".

Best known for her speculative fiction, Ursula K. LeGuin’s writing career spanned over 60 years, gathering along the way numerous Hugo, Nebula and Focus awards. She’s been described as “a major voice in American letters” and been an important influence to such luminaries as Salman Rushdie and Neil Gaiman. But Le Guin is a writer of non-fiction as well and her sparkling essays on aging, beauty and her beloved cats, are not to be missed.

(Permission by the Estate of Ursula Le Guin)

Theme: "My Favorite Things" "Anyone Can Whistle", George Shearing, Favorite Things, Telarc


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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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