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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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It’s All Greek To Me

Don Quixote, conqueror of windmills and readers’ hearts, was recently voted the best book of all time in a survey of 100 of the world’s best authors.  It’s the tale …

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Bible Babel

In her new book “Bible Babel: Making Sense of the Most Talked About Book of All Time”, Kristin Swenson (Virginia Commonwealth University) explains what the Bible is, where it comes …

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Poetry in a Recession

From Homer to Chaucer to Rita Dove, poetry has plumbed and expressed human strife, love, and everyday realities.  Bob Hicok (Virginia Tech) worked for twenty years in the automotive industry.  …

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Live at the Paramount!

Recorded before a live audience at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville at this year’s Virginia Festival of the Book, a distinguished panel of award-winning authors discusses and reads from their …

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Autobiography as AutoFiction

Marc Lee Raphael (College of William and Mary) says our identities are formed by a narrative that we construct about ourselves that is part fiction and part fact.  In Raphael’s …

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How Philosophy Can Save Your Life

Philosophers from Epicurus to Charlotte Joko Beck offer insights that may change how we view the world and our place in it. In How Philosophy Can Save Your Life, Marietta …

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Replay: Furious Flower

Poet Lucille Clifton is widely acclaimed for her powerful explorations of race, womanhood, and spirituality. This June she was honored by the Furious Flower Poetry Center (James Madison University), which …

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Replay: To Kill A Mockingbird

Harper Lee’s 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, presents the Jim Crow south through the eyes of a young girl.  Mary Badham, the actress who portrayed “Scout” in the film, …

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Replay: The Art of Historical Fiction

A special episode of With Good Reason recorded live at the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville.  NPR book critic Alan Cheuse (George Mason University) discusses his recent novel, …

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Replay: The Road Less Traveled

US Highway 58 begins at the beaches of Hampton Roads and winds along the southern border of Virginia.  Author Joe Tennis (Virginia Highlands Community College) shares stories from this route, …

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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 …