Week of March 11, 2012

Week of March 11, 2012

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The Great American Scoundrel

January 6, 2013
(was 03.11.2012)

Are you a knave? Scalawag?  A varlet? A rapscallion who put the bon in bon vivant? Are you a scoundrel?

  1. Erin McKean on the definition of scoundrel

    We needed a working definition of the word “scoundrel”.   For that, we headed to lexicographer Erin McKean.  She’s the founder and CEO of the online dictionary Wordnik.  She was also the Principal Editor of The New Oxford American Dictionary.  Steve Paulson sat down with her.

    Average: 4.2 (5 votes)
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  2. James Hessler on "Sickles at Gettysburg"

    We might not have the perfect definition of the word “scoundrel” but we can certainly agree on one thing – Civil War General and US Congressman Daniel Sickles was the epitome of a scoundrel.

    Average: 4.7 (14 votes)
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  3. Alan Huffman on Opposition Research

    “Scoundrel” is such an old-fashioned word.   I mean, who uses it anymore?  Aren’t there any scoundrels today?  We looked no further then the world of political opposition research.

    Average: 4.7 (3 votes)
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  4. Elizabeth Mahon on Women Scoundrels

    Where are the female scalawags?  The lady rogue? Well, Anne Strainchamps set out to find out.  She called up Elizabeth Mahon, author of the blog and the book of the same name: “Scandalous Women.”

    Average: 3.5 (13 votes)
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  5. Rev. Ivan Stang on The Church of the SubGenius

    We found a modern-day huckster. His name is Rev. Ivan Stang and he’s the co-founder of a cult called The Church of the SubGenius.

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Kicking Off the Coasts

December 9, 2012
(was 03.11.2012)

Do you ever get the feeling that everyone's reading all the same books and listening to all the same music, and seeing all the same films?    Maybe everybody's reading the same reviews from New York and LA.  This hour, artists and critics speak out about creating in the fly-over zone.

  1. Charles McNair on Literary Criticism

    As the Books Editor of Paste Magazine, Charles McNair cares deeply about what we read.  But McNair is concerned that we're only reading a handful of the artists available to us, thanks to what he calls a kind of geographic hegemony of taste-making.  In other words - we're all reading the same books because a handful of respected critics on the East and West coasts tell us to.  

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  2. Lesley Kagen Comes Home to Milwaukee

    Lesley Kagen was a Milwaukee girl.  But she blew off Wisconsin for the bright lights of LA, where she lived for 10 years.  But despite the lures of California, something about Milwaukee kept calling her home.

    Average: 3.8 (4 votes)
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  3. Stephen Thompson on "The Onion" and Regionalism

    Stephen Thompson is the founder of the A.V. Club, the arts section of the satirical newspaper, "The Onion," originally based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Thompson eventually left Madison for Washington DC, to work at NPR as an editor and reviewer at NPR Music.     In this interview, Thompson tells Steve Paulson about the forces that drew "The Onion" staff to New York, and what it means to be an artist in the Heartland.

    Average: 4.5 (14 votes)
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  4. Michael Perry on Being a Wisconsin Writer

    Michael Perry is proud to be a Wisconsin writer.  He writes with humor and grace about his life there in the books, "Population: 485," and "Truck: A Love Story."  So, what's life like, as a writer from the Midwest?

    Average: 4.8 (6 votes)
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  5. Marilynne Robinson on Being a Writer from the West

    Marilynne Robinson is from Idaho, although she's spent years of her life on the East Coast.  The Western character is something Robinson has never let go of, it still informs her life and her writing today. 

    Average: 4.3 (6 votes)
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