Henry Shackleford begins his tale in the Kansas Territory. The year was 1856 and Henry was a slave. Soon the abolitionist John Brown appears on the scene. Brown is all fired up about fighting slavery. When he encounters Henry he thinks she's a girl named Henrietta. And he quickly coins an affectionate nickname for him (her): Onion. From that point onward Onion dresses like a girl. Many years later, when Henry was 100+ years old he told someone about his crazy adventures with John Brown.
In July, the week-long Antioch Writers' Workshop was held in Yellow Springs. The workshop's faculty members, all published authors, held nightly readings at Antioch University Midwest during that week and for the month of October we'll be bringing excerpts from some of those readings on WYSO Weekend.
This week we hear from Jen Violi, a Pittsburgh native who's also lived in Dayton and is an Antioch Writers' Workshop alum. Violi reads from her debut novel Putting Makeup on Dead People, the story of a young woman named Donna.
Sue Grafton continues to work her way through the alphabet in her long-running detective series that features her beloved character Kinsey Millhone. "W is for Wasted" is the 23rd book in the series. In this interview Sue Grafton talks about the challenges she faces in trying not to repeat herself and what we might expect from the last three books and the letters of the alphabet that she will be covering as this series draws to a close in coming years.
Michael Ruhlman is a food guy. He loves to talk about food, write about it, cook it and eat it! Over the past 20 years Ruhlman has established his reputation as one of the most knowledgeable and discerning foodies in America.
In this interview we talked about schmaltz, the forgotten fat, and charcuterie, the art of salting, smoking and curing meats. As you listen to our conversation I dare you to stay out of the kitchen. I dare you. Bon appetit!
Hurricane Katrina brought many horrors to the New Orleans area. One of the worst things that happened eight years ago when Katrina made landfall occurred at the St. Rita's Nursing Home as a massive wall of water washed over the facility. 34 residents lost their lives.
This particular sad event stood out among the many horrors that took place. There was a media feeding frenzy. People wanted to know why these unfortunate souls had not been evacuated before the storm hit?