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Apr 19, 2014 — Lisa Robinson knows how to talk — and how to make others, especially musicians, want to talk. The veteran rock journalist speaks with NPR's Wade Goodwyn about her four decades behind the scenes.
Apr 18, 2014 — In her memoir, A Fighting Chance, Warren reveals a childhood brush with bankruptcy and reflects on hard-won political lessons.
Apr 16, 2014 — The racism Gandhi encountered in South Africa helped spark a lifetime of activism. Historian Ramachandra Guha says without that experience, "he would never have become a political animal."
Apr 15, 2014 — In a new book, New York Times correspondent Carlotta Gall offers new information about how Pakistan has helped the Taliban in Afghanistan and may have helped hide Osama bin Laden.
Apr 15, 2014 — Kelly McEvers talks to Leslie Jamison, author of the new essay collection, The Empathy Exams: Essays. The book takes the writer on a quest to figure out how others feel empathy.

Gift Books and Winter Reading Call-in

Our annual winter books call-in is hosted by Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson, with guest book maven John Ernst. Callers and visitors share their favorite picks for holiday giving and reading on long winter nights. A compiled list of recommendations will be available soon at the Readers & Writers Book Club.  Go to full article

Vietnam vet reaches out to young soldiers with "Facing PTSD"

Tom Smith grew up in Connecticut, but his family has owned land in Keene Valley for four generations. He was drafted in 1968 and flew helicopters in Vietnam. Smith saw lots of combat, was shot down numerous times, and when he returned to the States, he says he was a changed person - easily irritated and angered.

In the '70's and '80's he moved around, living in Alaska, Hawaii, California and then back in the Adirondacks.

He turned to writing as a way of coming to terms with post-traumatic stress disorder. He calls his third book, Facing PTSD: a Combat Vet Learns to Live with the Disorder, an auto-ethnography. It includes heartwarming stories of family and friends and also comical adventures. Tom and his wife, Kathy, have two sons. He told Todd Moe that while he is still dealing with bouts of pain, anger and sadness, life is good. Todd spoke with Smith from his home in Keene Valley about his time in Vietnam, writing the book and reaching out to a new generation of "wounded warriors".  Go to full article

Preview: Kingston WritersFest

Writers and readers are gathering in Kingston this week for the annual celebration of books and writing. NCPR's book reviewer Betsy Kepes spoke with artistic director Merilyn Simonds, who says the event includes with both emerging and world class authors.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers, Mary Karr, "Lit"

Memoirist Mary Karr was our guest. She talked with hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson about Lit, third in her series of personal explorations that began with...  Go to full article

Books: "Rising from the Swamp"

The outdoors and natural beauty are draws for many communities in the Adirondacks. According to the author of a new book, Rising from the Swamp, a source of pride for...  Go to full article

Books: "Taking Hart"

A new novel, set on the St. Lawrence River, combines suspense and regional history. Maggie Hockett's first book, Taking Hart, coincides with the bicentennial of the...  Go to full article

Books: "This is What I Thought at the Time"

Long-time Canton resident Peter Van de Water is out with a new book, This is What I Thought at the Time. It's a collection of his essays originally published in the...  Go to full article

Readers and Writers: Mark Slouka

Slouka is the SLU Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing whose work has been translated into 18 languages. His novels include God's Fool and the Visible World; and...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Jane Urquhart, "Sanctuary Line"

Our guest is Jane Urquhart, a Canadian novelist and poet, and the author of Sanctuary Line, a novel whose narrator studies monarch butterflies in a wildlife...  Go to full article

Titanic at 100: one last story

The centennial of the Titanic's sinking is marked with a new book by Canton author Chris Angus. The Last Titanic Story connects the sinking of the ship,...  Go to full article

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