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Paul Wendell Jr.

Rapper Tall Paul uses hip-hop to reclaim his Native language—and he's not the only musician remixing Native culture.

Chicago skyline

A hundred years ago, the poet Carl Sandburg turned Chicago into an American icon. He called it "The city of broad shoulders" a gritty Midwestern metropolis, teeming with hard working immigrants. Composer David Nagler celebrated the 100th anniversary of Carl Sandburg’s famous Chicago poems by...

Writing poems
Air Dates:
  • April 02, 2017

In this hour, we see how poetry can show us new ways to think about place and personal identity.

refugees

Quan Barry is an award-winning poet and novelist who founded the website ASPHODEL.INFO, which is dedicated to publishing a new poem each week in response to current events.

Vietnamese refugees
Air Dates:
  • March 30, 2017

Quan Barry is writing a new poem each week in response to current events.

Glitched woman

Siri Hustvedt on developing voices on new platforms, all while coping with old-fashioned sexism. 

Roxane on Twitter

Writer Roxane Gay talks about tackling her trolls and “writing to the point of uncomfortability.”

George Saunders

2017 Man Booker Prize Winner George Saunders talks about his creative process, his fledgling Buddhist practice, and the enduring fascination with Lincoln and the Civil War.

RR cafe sign
Air Dates:
  • October 20, 2018
  • October 28, 2017
  • February 19, 2017

In this show, we explore storyworlds — the fictional universes that continue to enchant us.  Like the ghostly supernatural realm in which Abe Lincoln’s dead son, Willie, finds himself and the surreal Pacific Northwest town of Twin Peaks, the home of some damn fine coffee....

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