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Pulitzer100: Natasha Trethewey on Native Guard

This program is funded in part by the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, which seeks to focus on journalism and the humanities, to imagine their future and to inspire new …

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Replay: Sheer Good Fortune – Celebrating Toni Morrison

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What Would You Do?

In this hour, we look at the process and importance of ethical decision making. Then we look at the smallest creatures from the depths of the sea to our own backyard …

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Wild Blessings: The Poetry of Lucille Clifton

This hour we honor the work and legacy of the late poet Lucille Clifton and hear from poets whose work explores economic hardship, transition, and place. We’ll talk a little …

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Telling American Stories

Image via Wikipedia What are the biggest challenges facing American society today? And how can we solve them? Bro Adams, the new chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, …

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Furious Flower Honors Rita Dove

The most celebrated African American poets in America pay homage to the life’s work of former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove (University of Virginia). The occasion was …

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Aw Shucks…Oysters!

Image courtesy flickr user Margaret Pizer/VASG From the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, oysters have influenced our history, our culture and, of course, our eating habits. When Captain …

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A Burnable Book

Murder, mystery, and poetry come together in medieval scholar Bruce Holsinger’s (University of Virginia) new novel set in Chaucer’s London. Plus, Faulkner Fox (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) has a …

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Hip Hop, You Don’t Stop

American-invented hip hop music is now an international phenomenon with rappers in countries like Japan and Senegal. Kevin Kosanovich (College of William and Mary) traces hip hop’s roots, focusing on …

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Sheer Good Fortune – Celebrating Toni Morrison

Image courtesy Angela Radulescu Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison was born Chloe Wofford in 1931. She was 39 when she published her first novel about a black girl’s painful coming of …

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Replay: Poetry in a Recession

Poetry has long been used to celebrate love and family, but it has also always documented the dark times in human life.  Bob Hicok (Virginia Tech) worked for twenty years …

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Replay: Whitman at War

In 1862, poet Walt Whitman went to Fredericksburg, Virginia, searching for his brother George who had been wounded in a Civil War battle. Whitman was so moved by the carnage …

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