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Readers & Writers: Michael Berube, Life As We Know It

A conversation with Michael Berube, author of Life As We Know It, a personal history of parenting a Down syndrome child. Born with Down syndrome, Jamie presented his parents and older brother a range of challenges, personal and political. The narrative of Jamie's life offered by his father Michael is intimate, inspiring, and informative. We see Jamie emerge at his own pace "into a vivid and indelible creature with a sense of humor." We also witness the emergence of his parents as adept and savvy advocates for their son and for the rights of people with disablities everywhere against an indifferent health care system and unresponsive government officials. Chris Robinson hosts.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Annual Poetry Month Call-in

Each April, Poetry Month, Readers & Writers opens the airwaves to poets and poetry fans throughout the region. Callers join special guests Kathleen Curry, Albert Glover and Allen Hoey with poetry of adversity and overcoming obstacles. Chris Robinson and Dale Hobson co-host.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: The Ha-Ha by Dave King

Howard Kapostash, the protagonist of The Ha-Ha, has not spoken in thirty years. Ever since a severe blow to the head during his days in the Army, words unravel in his mouth and letters on the page make no sense at all. Dave King's debut novel takes us behind this mute facade to meet a man unchanged in the important ways, still capable of awe, still yearning for love. The Ha-Ha is this year's selection for the "one community, one book" project North Country Reads. Guest host Barbara Wheeler joins Ellen Rocco, Chris Robinson, the author and callers.  Go to full article

Temple Grandin, Thinking in Pictures (partial audio due to technical error)

Oliver Sacks recognized Temple Grandin's uniqueness in an essay whose title "An Anthropologist on Mars" captures the strangeness of the relationship of a person with Asperger's syndrome (a form of autism) with others. Grandin offers an interior view of this relationship, and what a rich interior this is. Grandin explains that language is too abstract a system for her. To use language she must first convert words into pictures. Conversations become full-length movies. Although her ability to think in pictures creates an impassable gulf between herself and others, it is an extraordinary fount of creativity. Grandin holds a Ph.D in Animal Science and she is a designer of humane slaughterhouses for cattle. Her special brand of thinking enables her to see how cattle think and then to create entire sets of blueprints in her head. One reviewer praised Thinking in Pictures this way: "It provides a way to understand the many kinds of sentience, human and animal, that adorn the earth."  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Nancy Mairs, Waist-High in the World

Continuing this year's theme of "People First: literature by and about people with disabilities" on our monthly call-in on contemporary literature, our guest is Nancy Mairs. Mairs is often credited as a founder of the new field of "disability studies." She became wheelchair-bound as a result of degenerative multiple sclerosis. Waist-High in the World is a remarkable set of essays where Mairs presents a world that privileges the needs of non-disabled "normals" over those with physical disabilities. She becomes an advocate on behalf of those, like herself, for whom every raised curb, every set of stairs, every toilet is an insurmountable obstacle and a sign of the insensitivity of the able-bodied majority. Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson host.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Winter Reading Call-in

Our Annual Winter Reading Call-in, a special two-hour edition of Readers & Writers. Ellen Rocco, Chris Robinson and guest John Ernst discuss their picks for the best winter reading this year. They are joined by callers and correspondents from throughout the region.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Eavesdropping, Stephen Kuusisto

We continue the theme of People First: literature by and about people with disabilties, with a memoir by poet Stephen Kuusisto. What sighted people know about the world of the blind rarely goes any further than the interesting anecdotal evidence for how other senses work to compensate for the lack of vision. Eavesdropping is Kuusisto's attempt to show how he makes his way through the world listening as opposed to seeing. His version of "active listening" is distinctive and artful. It is an act of world creation as well as an act of world describing. The language of this memoir is vivid, spatial, and memorable.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Jonathan Lethem, Motherless Brooklyn

Lionel Essrog, a detective with Tourette's Syndrome, is this novel's protagonist. His job is to track down the murderer of his boss. Nicknamed "Freakshow," Essrog's Brooklyn is shaped by his tics, and the compelling backstory that leads to his work at a detective agency and his devotion to his fallen employer. Lethem's novel allows us to see the world through the eyes of a man whose disability disturbs utterly the lives of every person he meets.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: A Whole New Life, Reynolds Price

In the opening program of the new Readers & Writers season, "People First," literature by and about people with disabilities, author Reynolds Price joins hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson to talk about his book A Whole New Life. In 1984, Price was diagnosed with a cancer of the spine that he thought of as an "alien and deadly eel," with a chilling and painful prognosis: In six months he would be a paraplegic, six months later a quadriplegic, and six months after that he would be dead. Modern medicine, religion, and hypnosis combined to save Price's life, control his pain, and permit him a rich and creative life.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Welcome to the Homeland, Brian Mann

Red or blue? Country, or city? Since the last two presidential election nights, we've gotten used to seeing that "quick shot" of our political landscape. Simple to see, but hard to understand. How could "they" vote for John Kerry? How could "they" vote for George Bush?? And who is "they" anyway? Either "metros" or "homelanders" in Brian Mann's provocative look at America's political divide - based on the numbers, factoring in the history of our country and the changes in our own times, and with a true ear for the voices around us. Host Chris Robinson is joined by callers and a studio audience.  Go to full article

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