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Jan 9, 2014 — The former New Jersey poet laureate, born LeRoi Jones, died Thursday at age 79. Much of his work — including well-regarded poetry and plays — reflected his commitment to Black Nationalist ideals. He co-founded the Black Arts movement, and wrote poems that were as controversial as they were influential.
Dec 8, 2013 — Jive-talking, jazz-loving "hep cats" from the 1930s and 1940s are the great-grandparents of today's hipsters. The interest of white fans in black music helped fill Harlem's nightclubs and prompted derision. Hipsters were criticized for being the equivalent of a "pretentious poet laureate."
Nov 8, 2013 — It was prostate cancer, not an assassin's poison, that killed the famous Chilean poet, officials announced Friday. The Nobel laureate's body was exhumed this spring to investigate claims that he was murdered at age 69 in 1973.
Nov 1, 2013Tell Me More host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar update law and order stories from New York, Alabama, and Georgia, and they share some listener love for poet Nikki Giovanni.
Sep 5, 2013 — Also: Ladbrokes breaks down the favorites to win the Nobel Prize; Edward Albee on character; poet Natasha Trethewey on meeting Seamus Heaney.
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No Bigger Than a Piano Box: a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893
By historian Betsy Kepes. Based on the 1893 diary of a North Country schoolteacher. A Women's History Month special. Teacher's guide and CD available.
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Paul Willcott of Saranac Lake reads his original Adirondack holiday story set in a down-at-heels former cure cottage and monastery occupied by a lonesome ex-professor.
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Eben Holden: A Tale of the North Country
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Old Growth Grapevine: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/artbycharlieasher/3953322119/"> Charlie Asher</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Old Growth Grapevine: Charlie Asher, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Story Traveler: The Good Is Never Lost

What is the good? This is an important question to ask in stories of old and of today. In this folk story heard as a child, Gioia tells us in both Sicilian and English, that the good is never determined by only one thing.

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article
Illustration for "The Lion and the Mouse," Harrison Weir, from <em>Three Hundred Aesop's Fables</em> by George Fyler Townsend, 1867. Public domain.
Illustration for "The Lion and the Mouse," Harrison Weir, from Three Hundred Aesop's Fables by George Fyler Townsend, 1867. Public domain.

Story Traveler: Aesop's Fables

Gioia Timpanelli tells "The Crow and the Pitcher, ""The Wolf and the Crane," a cautionary fable about gratitude and greed, and "The Lion and the Mouse," which tells you that you can never know your friends will turn out to be.

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: Teacher and the Student

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: Is that so?

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: Heaven and Hell

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article
A wild turkey shows its inner pterodactyl. Archive Photo of the Day: Edward Murphy, Vermontville NY.
A wild turkey shows its inner pterodactyl. Archive Photo of the Day: Edward Murphy, Vermontville NY.

Story Traveler: The Regular Life of Wild Things

For a long-time, wild turkeys were everywhere on "Turtle Island," then for a long time, they were nearly extinct. They're back again in the Hudson Valley where storyteller Gioia Timpanelli lives, and they're big and beautiful, and somehow essential.

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: The East Indian Bird Story

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: Spring's Gift

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: The Bright Light

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article
Storyteller Gioia Timpanelli
Storyteller Gioia Timpanelli

Story Traveler: A little love for Valentine's Day

Story Traveler Gioia Timpanelli shares some thoughts about love and a poem by Robert Bly on this Valentine's Day. Gioia is a world-class storyteller who lives in the Hudson Valley. We'll be sharing her stories occasionally during Music for a Monday Afternoon with Jackie Sauter and The 8 O'Clock Hour. So, consider this our audio Valentine's Day card to you.  Go to full article

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