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Encore episode – first aired Mar 5, 2011. Laura Hillenbrand is a New York Times bestseller known for her famous freshman novel Seasbiscuit. Laura has recently published her second book, Unbroken, and is on Book Talk to discuss the fascinating, true story of Louis Zamperini–Olympic athlete, World War Two Air Force serviceman, Japanese P.O.W. and long-time survivor of one of the most interesting lives ever lived in the twentieth century.
Subject – Food Week Books – The Grapes of Wrath, Fried Green Tomatoes & Fast Food Nation A story about the Joad farming family who are displaced from their Oklahoma tenant farm during the Great Depression. Trapped in the dustbowl, they head for California in hopes of a better life. A Story about Evelyn Couch meeting Cleo Threadgoode who tells the story of the Whistle Stop Cafe in Birmingham, AL. in the 1930s. What was once an article on the depressing state of the American diet in Rolling Stone Magazine in 1999, Schlosser looks beyond just the dietary side effects of American fast food in an unveiling of how the fast food nation mindset contributes to the degrading quality of American life. 00:00 Book Talk Intro – Kory French 02:17 Fat Girl – Megan Falley 04:19 Boe Money – Galactic  07:29 A reading from The Grapes of Wrath  11:12 Grapefruit Moon – Tom Waits 15:51 The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck 22:04 Furr – Blitzen Trapper 26:03 Fried Green Tomatoes – Fannie Flagg 31:35 In the Kitchen – The Tough Alliance 35:43 Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlosser 42:30 Canned Food – Surf City 45:00 Finish The Grapes of Wrath Fried Green Tomatoes Fast Food Nation Galactic Upcoming Shows: July 4 – Milwaukee Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI July 5 – High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy, CA July 6 – High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy, CA July 7 – Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival – Portland, OR July 9 – Quebec City International Summer Festival – Quebec City, PQ July 14 – Forecastle Festival – Louisville, KY July 20 – All Good Music Festival – Thornville, OH July 26 – Floyd Fest – Floyd, VA July 29 – Fuji Rock Festival – Niigata, Japan Tom Waits Upcoming Shows: There are no upcoming shows scheduled at this time. Blitzen Trapper Upcoming Shows: June 25 – Red Butte Garden – Salt Lake City, UT June 26 – Idaho Botanical Gardens – Boise, ID June 27 – Whiskey Jacques – Ketchum, ID The Tough Alliance Upcoming Shows: There are no upcoming shows scheduled at this time. Surf City Upcoming Shows: There are no upcoming shows scheduled at this time.
Writing for men—in today’s literary world, I feel like we are overwhelmed with chick-lit or kid-lit. Harry Potter, True Blood and Fifty Shades of Grey dominate the bestseller lists. Today on Book Talk I celebrate literature for men by looking at two great American authors of the same name: Henry and Arthur Miller; and a third book by David Deida that aims to celebrate and conquer masculinity.
Just about everyone is desirous of some sort of travel. Whether it is a quick one-week vacation while staying local or an extended world journey, travel is in our blood. This week on Book Talk, I take a look at some of the classics in the journeyesque form: Gulliver’s Travels, The Sun Also Rises and On the Road.
What makes a great entrepreneur? Is one born with it? Or can it be learned? This week on Book Talk I take a look at some of the more classic books that teach the formulas to success.
Time Travel — you know you wish you could do it. Would you look into the future at spy on the past? This week I take a look at three books themed on time travel. I move from H.G. Wells introductory book The Time Machine through our scientific understanding of the possibilities of time travel and into the limits our minds set when we create and define time in space.
In the wake of the recent success of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, Book Talk takes a close look at three major female writers from the past who have challenged the conventions of their day. I first look at the life of the Greek poet Sappho, one of the first ever known female writers. I then move stateside and examine the social challenges brought forward in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. I finally, I discuss why so many women today are gobbling up Fifty Shades of Grey.
An arching range that tries to cover science and technology in literature. I begin with perhaps the most popular science book ever read, A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. From there, I look at a recent release in the Science Fiction genre through a collection of short stories by Robert Sheckley titled Store of the Worlds.
Facebook has impacted just about everyone who is living in this world today. With 800 million active users (and constantly growing) it is hard for anyone to ignore the effects of this company. This week I look at three books on the topic.
Levon Helm was one of America’s greatest musicians. Whether you want to classify him as an R&B man, Rockabilly, Rock n’ Roll, drummer, singer, guitar player or all round song and dance man, we lost a legend this week. Book Talk takes a close look at Levon Helm’s life through the written word that has honored him.
Video Games! Personally, I was never allowed to play them as a kid, so I never got into them that much. I think a true gamer is fostered from the point he/she is a child. Video games are a cultural phenomenon, no doubt. This week on Book Talk I look at three different books around video gaming, First, a history; then a sociological study; and finally a fun young-adult fiction about a young girl who becomes trapped inside a video game.
This week on Book Talk, in honor of the Masters, I take a look at one of the greatest golf novels ever written – The Legend of Baggar Vance. Being collaboration week on Breakthru Radio, I will also take a look at the art of collaborative writing, focusing on two co-authored books Freakonomics and Will Grayson, Will Grayson.
I take a detailed look at three books with protest as subject. Saturday by Ian McKewan takes a look at a day in London in 2005 when the UK protests its involvement in the Iraqi War. Occupy is a series of collected pamphlets by Noam Chomsky that takes a look at the uprising season of occupation that was 2011. Strange Fruit is a detailed history by David Margolick that examines one of the most famous and well-known protest songs of all time.
This is an encore episode, first aired Aug 13, 2011. Equal parts hip-hop memoir, razor-sharp analysis of the current political climate, and self-help manual for the progressive movement, Please Don’t Bomb the Suburbs: A Midterm Report on My Generation and the Future of Our Super Movement (Akashic) hits bookstores this fall. Considering the author is venerated political organizer Billy Wimsatt, it’s no surprise that the release date is just ahead of the November 2 midterm election.
Absurdist Fiction. This week I take a look at the style that focuses on the absurd world we live in. There will be discussions and reading from playwrights Edward Albee and Tom Stoppard and novelists Joseph Heller and Tom Robbins.
“Poker is the new golf,” says Ellen Leikind, founder of PokerPrimaDivas™, a company dedicated to teaching professional women how to play poker. “Every guy in America is playing poker and the skills they hone at the poker table give them a big advantage in business.” Women need to get in the game. “PokerPrimaDivas gives women the opportunity, confidence and forum they need to learn poker to improve their business and social life.”
Some of the greatest American literature centers on place. This week on Book Talk, I celebrate the great writing inspired by New York City. Excerpts include: Elizabeth Hardwick, Tom Wolfe and E.B. White.
Encore episode – first aired Mar 5, 2011. Laura Hillenbrand is a New York Times bestseller known for her famous freshman novel Seasbiscuit. Laura has recently published her second book, Unbroken, and is on Book Talk to discuss the fascinating, true story of Louis Zamperini–Olympic athlete, World War Two Air Force serviceman, Japanese P.O.W. and long-time survivor of one of the most interesting lives ever lived in the twentieth century.
This week, Kory talks to the author of A Saint In The City: Coaching At Risk Kids To Be Champions, Coach Scott Glabb.
Subject – The New Inquiry Guest – Atossa Abrahamian Thinkers and writers of our generation face an unprecedented set of cultural realities. The growing supply of career academics has flooded the university job market, and 21st century technologies have thrown traditional media into crisis. Although the future of higher education and print remains obscure, these cultural sea changes have yielded one definite side effect: an abundance of young writers and thinkers resolved to pursue a public intellectual life for its own sake–a pursuit ordered and enabled by Internet technology. The New Inquiry is a space for discussion that aspires to enrich cultural and public life by putting all available resources–both digital and material–toward the promotion and exploration of ideas. 00:00 Book Talk Intro – Kory French 01:40 When They Fight, They Fight – The Generationals 04:55 Interview with Atossa Abrahamian Part 1 18:17 Girls – The Stumblebums 21:12 Going Lebron by Atossa Abrahamian – A reading by Kory French 26:38 Oh You, Oh Thing – Wolf Parade 32:22 Interview with Atossa Abrahamian Part 1 44:24 Say For Certain – The Generationals 48:25 Finish Web site: http://thenewinquiry.com/about Atossa Abrahamian The New Inquiry The Generationals The Stumblebums Wolf Parade
Not long ago we were spectators, passive consumers of mass media. Now, on YouTube and blogs and Facebook and Twitter, we are media. And while we may be watching more television than ever before, how we watch it is changing in ways we have barely slowed down to register. No longer content in our traditional role as couch potatoes, we approach television shows, movies, even advertising as invitations to participate–as experiences to immerse ourselves in at will. In THE ART OF IMMERSION, longtime Wired contributing editor Frank Rose talks to the people who are reshaping media for a two-way world–people like Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse (Lost), James Cameron (Avatar), Will Wright (The Sims), and dozens of others whose ideas are changing how we play, how we communicate, how we think.
This week on Book Talk guest Sam Griswold joins me in the studio to discuss the secret effect of listening to music in public space, the effects of listening to music while reading and if genres of music can say something about intelligence.

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