On the Radio

Week of February 1, 2015

New African Voices

February 1, 2015

Welcome to the next generation of African writers.  They’re young, multi-lingual, and breaking out of all the old literary boxes.  This hour, why Africa has one of the most exciting literary scenes on the planet.

  1. New African Literature

     It’s time for you to meet the next wave of African fiction and our guest has compiled their writing together in the book “Africa39” – an anthology of 39 African writers under the age of 39

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  2. Somali-American Fantasy

    A fantasy novel written by a Somali-born Mennonite raised in the US who wrote it while teaching English during a civil war in what is now South Sudan and then revised it in Egypt.

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  3. Nigerian Science Fiction

    No discussion of genre fiction would be complete without science fiction. And an alien invasion. That’s the premise of “Lagoon" set in Lagos, Nigeria.

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  4. South African Crime Fiction

     African Genre Fiction is breaking the mold of African literature. And “Broken Monsters” certainly does that. It is a crime novel written by a white South African that is set in Detroit.

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  5. Dangerous Idea: A Palace of Unbuilt Roads

    Hans-Ulrich Obris has a dangerous idea. To build a Palace of Unbuilt Roads.

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  6. On Our Minds: The Poetry of Race

    On our minds this week is the continuing racial tension in our country. And Poet Claudia Rankine’s book-length poem about race really got us thinking.

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Weird Fiction (R)

February 1, 2015
(was 06.15.2014)

Welcome to the creepy, freaky world of weird fiction - from H.P. Lovecraft to emerging star Jeff Vandermeer - where there's a very thin line between the real and the surreal.  Also, the modern master of mythic fiction, Neil Gaiman.

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  1. Southern Reach Trilogy - Jeff Vandermeer

    Imagine the government has sealed off part of Florida after people start dying there and strange new life forms pop up. Just what is happening in Area X? That's the premise of Jeff Vandermeer's mind-bending Southern Reach Trilogy.

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  2. Ursula Le Guin on Science Fiction

    Some writers are proud to call their work science fiction. Others resist the dreaded ghetto of genre fiction.  Sci-fi and fantasy legend Ursula Le Guin tells us what she thinks.

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  3. H.P. Lovecraft's Sound - Dean Lockwood

    H.P. Lovecraft died in 1937, but his horror stories have influenced writers from Borges to Stephen King. Lovecraft had a special talent for conjuring up things so monstrous that words can't describe them, though he used sound to create his creepy atmosphere.

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  4. "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" - Neil Gaiman

    Neil Gaiman is famous for his mythic fiction - from old gods haunting American back roads to children raised by ghosts.  He talks about how our lives are shaped and scarred by childhood experiences.

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  5. Dangerous Idea: Critical Thinking

    Rebecca Goldstein's Dangerous Idea?  Teach children to be rigorous critical thinkers.

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  6. On Our Minds: Lawrence Krauss on the Big Questions

    Lawrence Krauss isn't only a famous physicist; he's also the subject, along with Richard Dawkins, of the documentary film "The Unbelievers."  He tells Steve Paulson that science has replaced philosophy and religion as the place to deal with the Big Questions.

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