Author Yiyun Li on leaving behind her health and native language to write.


Novelist Hari Kunzru on the line between cultural appreciation and appropriation.

House on the Rock Carousel

Author Neil Gaiman on the magic beyond the House on the Rock's walls.

Fall leaves
Air Dates:
  • May 04, 2017

Richard Blanco’s poem begins the day after the November election, as he struggles to make sense of a new political mood.

Stop Light
Air Dates:
  • April 27, 2017

A near-accident has poet Laura Kasischke marveling at the fearlessness of young adults and also worrying about their future. 

Elisabeth Moss in Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale"

The legendary speculative fiction writer on why young people identify with dark, murky futures.

fake news
Air Dates:
  • April 20, 2017

Poet Nick Lantz has a darkly satirical take on American culture. Lately, he’s been thinking about political spin and how politicians speak. In this interview—the third in our series ...

tech love
Air Dates:
  • April 13, 2017

In his new poem, Fady Joudah explores questions about exile, suffering and the language of nation states.

Magazines on coffee table

When you hear "poet", what kind of person comes to mind?  Emily Dickinson in her white dress? Robert Frost in the snowy woods, with his horse?  Or contemporary poets like Rita Dove or Richard Blanco? They're all part of the canon – major poets with established reputations.  But...


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