Interviews

Richard M. Nixon fascinates us. He rose to the pinnacle of political power in 1968 when he was elected President of the United States of America by a narrow margin in a closely contested race in which he defeated Hubert Humphrey. In 1972 he won by a landslide in defeating George McGovern. He didn't get much of a chance to enjoy that resounding reelection victory. The event that ultimately led to Nixon's downfall had already taken place, a break-in at the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. 

Beth Macy is a journalist. She has a nose for the big story. She found one a few years ago. This story was so big that she decided to write a book about it. Here's my review which ran in the Cox Ohio newspapers:

One of this summer’s hottest books is by a writer originally from Urbana. “Factory Man” by Beth Macy came out on July 15 — it is already a New York Times best-seller. Bear in mind that this is her first book.

James Lee Burke has racked up more appearances on this program that any other author. There are some authors who have been on numerous times. Even so, it isn't even close. I hate to miss any opportunity to interview one of our greatest living novelists. Fortunately Burke keeps putting out books.

Michael Ruhlman returns to the program to talk about his latest culinary adventure. This time he takes us along for an exploration of what he believes is our most versatile cooking ingredient, the humble chicken egg. You can do so many different things with eggs. Ruhlman expounds upon the various permutations of this divine food.

Alan Furst returned to the program after a long hiatus. The last time he was here he came out to the WYSO studios in Yellow Springs for an interview. That was back in the late 1990's. This time around we tracked him down at his hotel in Chicago. Furst was touring for the release of "Midnight in Europe." In this interview he discussed his writing process and what it is like to meet his fans. Here's my review which appeared in the Cox Ohio newspapers:

Andrew Goodman was a young man from New York who went to Mississippi during the summer of 1964 to participate in the civil rights struggles that were taking place then in the South. Shortly after he arrived he vanished. Andrew and two other civil rights workers had been taken by members of the Ku Klux Klan and brutally murdered. Their bodies were found some time later.

Craig Johnson's series of crime novels featuring the Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire just keeps rolling along. His character has also become the inspiration for the popular TV series  "Longmire." In this interview the author explains how he came up with the idea for the first book and what has transpired since then. 

Roz Chast has experienced something that many Americans have experienced; caring for aging parents as they lived through their final days on earth. But Chast is different from the majority of Americans in that she is an incredibly gifted long-time staff cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine. So when Chast decided to write a memoir about the things she recalled about her parents and their final days she was able to depict those moments in graphic novel form.

One of the great joys of reading fiction is when one encounters that rare book that grabs you by the imagination and doesn't let go. "Young God" by Katherine Faw Morris is that kind of story. Her protagonist is a 13 year-old girl named Nikki. As the story begins Nikki has just gotten out of a group home and she's hoping to reunite with her father Coy Hawkins. This tale unfolds in the hill country of North Carolina in a place that is reminiscent of the area where the author grew up.

Philip Kerr's latest novel is quite a departure from his long-running series that features the Berlin detective Bernie Gunther. 'Prayer" is a stand-alone novel about an FBI agent in Houston, Texas who is trying to solve some mysterious murders.

Gil Martins is an agent working for the FBI's Domestic Terrorism Task Force. He's going through a spiritual crisis, his marriage is falling apart, and he's becoming romantically involved with someone who he is trying to protect from this mysterious killer (or killers).

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