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Jul 23, 2014 — Veterinarian Vint Virga works with pets and zoo animals on behavior disorders. He talks about how house cats are more fulfilled when they forage for food, and how to show animals affection.
Jul 22, 2014 — Arthur Allen's new book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl, describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis.
Jul 22, 2014 — Spencer West was born with a genetic disorder that led to both his legs being amputated. West tells host Michel Martin about how he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro using just his hands and arms.
Jul 21, 2014 — Chris Tomlinson covered conflict, including apartheid in Africa, for 11 years. Then the great-great-grandson of Texas slaveholders realized he needed to write a book about his family's history.
Jul 21, 2014 — Phyllis Schlafly is best known for her successful 1973 campaign to stop the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Host Michel Martin speaks to the conservative activist about her life and career.

Readers & Writers: George Bilgere, "The White Museum"

Our guest is George Bilgere, author of The White Museum, Haywire, The Good Kiss and other collections of poetry. A new collection, Imperial, is due out this fall from University of Pittsburgh Press.

He is probably best known to the public radio audience through his frequent (37 times) contributions to The Writer's Almanac, through his 2011 appearance on A Prairie Home Companion, or through his own radio program Wordplay, an offbeat mix of poetry, comedy, and an ongoing exploration of the possibilities of the spoken word. Ellen Rocco and Dale Hobson host.  Go to full article
Readers & Writers road show at Fort Drum. Left to right: Chris Robinson, Ellen Rocco, author Siobhan Fallon, and Phil LaMarche. Photo: Joel Hurd

Readers & Writers: Siobhan Fallon, "You Know When the Men Are Gone"

Author Siobhan Fallon talks with Ellen Rocco, Chris Robinson and Phil LaMarche about her collection of stories on the lives of military families, You Know When the Men are Gone, before an audience at Fort Drum's Robert C. McEwen Library. This collection of loosely related stories is set at Fort Hood, in Texas, and deftly explores how army families are affected by the absence of their soldiering husbands and fathers.  Go to full article

Cabin Fever Reading Call-in

What books are helping you stay sane until the sun returns? Callers, visitors and NCPR staff share their picks with Readers & Writers co-hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson, and with guest book maven John Ernst. A compiled list of titles will be available at this location within a few days of broadcast.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell

Our guest is National Book Award winner Rebecca Solnit, author of A Paradise Built in Hell. Even if you haven't read the book, you will relate to the thread of her...  Go to full article
Jamie Sheffield will sign copies of <i>Here Be Monsters</i> Saturday, 9:30-12 noon, at the Community Store in Saranac Lake. Photo courtesy the author.

How one Adironack mystery novel came to be

Like the protagonist in his debut novel, Here Be Monsters, Jamie Sheffield spent his childhood in New York City, and "escaped" to the Adirondacks later in life. ...  Go to full article

Books: "Man of War"

What would it have been like to fight in the Roman Legion or row a cargo boat down the St. Lawrence River, or march to Stalingrad during World War II? Charlie Schroeder...  Go to full article

Books: "Eating the Bread of this World"

North Country visual artist and sculptor Becky Harblin included her poetry in a recent exhibit at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council in Potsdam. At the opening, poet and...  Go to full article

Books: Waterfalls of New York State

New York is home to the most famous waterfall in the world, Niagara Falls, but the state also boasts more than 2,000 other waterfalls. Todd Moe talks with David Schryver,...  Go to full article

Books: "London Underground"

Canton writer Chris Angus has written another historical thriller. In London Underground, a search for hidden treasures and artifacts leads several citizens beneath...  Go to full article

Books: "American Youth"

"Readers and Writers" co-host Chris Robinson talks with Phil LaMarche about his book, American Youth. LaMarche is a professor of English at SUNY-Canton and directs the...  Go to full article

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