Long Way Round by John Hildebrand
Monday, March 1, 2021, 12:30pm
Monday, March 1,2021 through Friday, March 19,2021. Read by Jim Fleming. Wisconsin is in the midst of an identity crisis, torn by new political divisions and the old gulf between city and countryside. Cobbling rivers together, from the burly Mississippi to the slender wilds of Tyler Forks,...
American Dialogue by Joseph J Ellis
Monday, February 15, 2021, 12:30pm
Monday, February 15, 2021 through Friday, February 26, 2021. Read by Jim Fleming. The story of history is a ceaseless conversation between past and present, and in American Dialogue Joseph J. Ellis focuses the conversation on the often-asked question "What would the Founding Fathers think?" (Knopf...
Make Way For Liberty by Jeff Kannel
Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 12:30pm
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 through Friday, February 12, 2021. Read by Norman Gilliland. Hundreds of African American soldiers and regimental employees represented Wisconsin in the Civil War, and many of them lived in the state either before or after the conflict. And yet, if these individuals are...
The Olin Album by Chauncey C. Olin
Monday, February 1, 2021, 12:30pm
Monday, February 1, 2021 through Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Read by Norman Gilliland. Chauncey C. Olin recounts the activities of abolitionists in southeastern Wisconsin and the flight of slave Caroline Quarles via the Underground Railroad in 1842. Norman Gilliland reads. (Apple Manor Press; ASIN...
Lincoln Among The Badgers by Steven K. Rogstad
Friday, January 22, 2021, 12:30pm
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...
Tomboyland: Essays by Melissa Faliveno
Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 12:30pm
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,...
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
Monday, January 18, 2021, 11:00pm
Monday, January 18, 2021. 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...
The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht
Monday, December 28, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, December 28, 2020 through Friday, January 15, 2021. Read by Susan Sweeney. In a Balkan country mending from war, Natalia, a young doctor, is compelled to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather's recent death. Most extraordinary of all is the story her...
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Wednesday, December 23, 2020, 12:30pm
Wednesday, December 23 through Friday, December 25, 2020. Read by Ken Ohst. From the 1979 Chapter a Day archives, Ken Ohst reads Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" which was published in December of 1843. It tells the story of bitter miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from visits by...
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Monday, November 30, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 18, 2020. Read by Susan Sweeney. A travelogue of soul-searching and self-discovery. (Penguin ISBN-10: 0670034711 ) Theme: Ray Lynch: Over Easy (from "Nothing Above My Shoulders but the Evening" (Windham Hill)
The King of Confidence by Miles Harvey
Monday, November 2, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, November 2 through Friday, November 27, 2020. Read by Norman Gilliland. In the summer of 1843, James Strang, a charismatic young lawyer and avowed atheist, vanished from a rural town in New York. Months later he reappeared on the Midwestern frontier and converted to a burgeoning religious...
We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson
Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 12:30pm
Wednesday, October 14 through Friday, October 30, 2020. Read by Michele Good. Shirley Jackson's beloved gothic tale of a peculiar girl named Merricat and her family's dark secret takes readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis. This deliciously unsettling novel is about a strange, isolated,...
Little Hawk and the Lone Wolf by Raymond C. Kaquatosh
Thursday, September 24, 2020, 12:30pm
Thursday, September 24 through Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Read by Jim Fleming. Raymond Kaquatosh was born in 1924 on Wisconsin’s Menominee Reservation. The son of a medicine woman, he spent his boyhood immersed in the beauty of the natural world and the traditions of his tribe and his family. When...
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
Monday, September 7, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, September 7 through Wednesday, September 23, 2020. Read by Karl Schmidt. The bestselling book that became the blockbuster film starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, and Diane Lane. In October 1991, three weather systems collided off the coast of Nova Scotia to create a storm of singular...
Northland by Porter Fox
Monday, August 24, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, August 24 through Friday, September 4, 2020. Read by Norman Gilliland. Travel writer Porter Fox spent three years exploring 4,000 miles of the border between Maine and Washington, traveling by canoe, freighter, car, and foot. In Northland, he blends a deeply reported and beautifully written...
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
Monday, August 3, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, August 3 through Friday, August 21, 2020. Read by Jim Fleming. With his valet Passepartout, Phileas Fogg attempts to travel around the globe in just eighty days in order to win a £20,000 wager. The novel describes his passage through exotic lands and dangerous locations using whatever...
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Monday, July 6, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 31, 2020. Read by Susan Sweeney. Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the Los Angeles Public Library fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely...
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Monday, June 15, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, June 15 through Friday, July 3, 2020. Read by Norman Gilliland. A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope--a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it. (Harper; ISBN-10:...
Downeast Ledge: A Novel by Norman Gilliland
Monday, May 25, 2020, 12:30pm
Monday, May 25 through Friday, June 12, 2020. Read by Susan Sweeney. A comedy of locals and summer people in coastal Maine. (Nemo; ISBN-10: 0971509360 ) Theme: Laminated Cat from the album "Loose Fur" by Loose Fur.
Seabiscuit: an American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
Monday, April 27, 2020, 12:30pm
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...