Chapter A Day

Started in 1931, “Chapter a Day” is WPR’s longest-running program. Jim Fleming, Norman Gilliland, Michele Good, Melvin Hinton, Baron Kelly and Susan Sweeney read a chapter from a book for a half hour each weekday. Genres are predominately contemporary and range from works of fiction, history and biography.


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Book Cover for "The Land Remembers: The Story Of A Farm And Its People" by Ben Logan


The Land Remembers: The Story Of A Farm And Its People by Ben Logan

Monday, May 20 through Friday, June 7, 2024
Read by Karl Schmidt.

This is a story about a farm and its people, of a hilltop world in the 1930s in southwestern Wisconsin. Ben Logan grew up on a farm with his three brothers, father, mother, and farmhand Lyle, the fifth Logan boy, and marked the seasons by the demands of the land. The boys discussed and argued and joked over the events around their hilltop farm, testing each other and themselves as they learned the lessons of the farm and growing up. This beautiful story is now reunited with a never-before published Afterword that traces the land to an earlier time and brings the story full-circle to the farm and its people.

(University of Wisconsin Press; ISBN-10: 299309045)

Theme: Triptique for String Orchestra-Berceuse & Andante; Akutagawa – Angel S-36577

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  • The Land Remembers 2 Of 15

    Ben recalls holiday traditions growing up on the farm.

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    Welcome to southwestern Wisconsin in the early 20th century! Ben Logan recalls a boyhood filled with milk pails, corn harvests, fishing and forests as we are introduced to the Logan […]

    The Land Remembers 1 Of 15
  • Cold Sassy Tree 25 of 25

    Grandpa Blakeslee has died from the injuries he suffered during the robbery. The family carries out his unusual final wishes.

    Cold Sassy Tree 25 of 25
  • Cold Sassy Tree 24 of 25

    Grandpa Blakeslee’s condition deteriorates following his beating by the highway. The family takes turns watching over him.

    Cold Sassy Tree 24 of 25
  • Cold Sassy Tree 23 of 25

    Two highway men rob Grandpa Blakeslee’s store. Grandpa Blakeslee attempts to fight them off and is severely beaten.

    Cold Sassy Tree 23 of 25

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Book Cover for "Remarkably Bright Creatures" by Shelby Van Pelt

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

Monday, June 10, 2024 through Friday, July 5, 2024
Read by Michele Good.

After Tova Sullivan’s husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up. Keeping busy has always helped her cope, which she’s been doing since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat…

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