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Seaweed. It plays a vital role in ocean ecology, and also in our health and diet, and in our local and global economies. Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water’s Edge is Susan Hand Shetterly’s book of stories about seaweed, and the people and creatures who depend upon it. Shetterly joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation with KRCB’s A Novel Idea.

In this week’s ‘back by popular demand’  broadcast/podcast, Punch Brothers’ band member and banjo impresario Noam Pikelny shares some of his original songs from his latest  CD as a solo artist. Also with us is the Miami-based “sacred steel” band The Lee Boys, who bring their powerhouse, gospel-influenced sound to eTown’s solar-powered stage.

It’s all about food. Suzanne Lang talks with Adam Federman on his book Fasting and Feasting, the Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray. Gray became somewhat of a cult figure when she published Honey from a Weed in 1986. 

Also featured is Elaine Khosrova, a gastronomic rock star who specializes in stories about food history and culture, and Suzanne talks with Elaine about her book,  Butter, a Rich History

To celebrate the release of Bruce Holbert’s third novel, Whiskey, here is a reprise of two previous conversations between Bruce and Suzanne M Lang on the release of his first novel, Lonesome Animals, followed by the truly amazing The Hour of Lead. Bruce is a gritty and poetic writer who explores character and landscape with a unique voice. We’ll feature a conversation about Whiskey on a future episode, but this show will bring you up to speed on the emergence of Bruce Holbert.  

Anna Parini

Writer Starlee Kine on what makes the perfect break-up song and whether really sad music can actually make you feel better. Plus, an eight-year-old author of a book about divorce, and other stories from the heart of heartbreak.  

Hear This American Life every Friday night at 7:00 pm; repeating every Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / on demand with the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play! 

Suzanne Lang talks with two of the world's most celebrated animal writers, Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas. They have collaborated on a book of essays. Sy and Liz are also good friends and practically next door neighbors. Join us as we talk about the minds, lives, and mysteries of animals …in the wild and in our homes. 

It’s A Novel Idea. Sunday at 4 on KRCB-FM Radio 91.

Emerging from the economic consulting and the tech sector, Jaime B. Hansen aims to inspire and empower women through videos, speaking and speaking out; her latest book is Expanding the Conversation.   

Top intellectual property and entertainment lawyer Peter Afrasiabi joins Suzanne Lang in conversation on his recent book Burning Bridges, America’s 20-year Crusade to Deport Labor Leader Harry Bridges. Bridges was an immigrant, a longshoreman, and a labor leader which was not a good combination in the 1930s. The imbalance of executive power in the federal government of that time resonates with our contemporary situation.

 Join us Sunday, October 1st at 4 pm.

This week, eTown welcomes legendary Grammy Award-winning country singer/songwriter Marty Stuart, along with his virtuosic band – The Fabulous Superlatives. Marty shares lots of music from his group’s latest release, Way Out West, as well as insightful conversation about his storied career as a recording artist, television personality and one time son-in-law to Johnny Cash.

 

July 30th on A Novel Idea:  

Suzanne M. Lang talks with Thais Nye Derich about her path of self-examination and learning to discover that she, like many other women, was a victim of the medical establishment that denied her the human right of birthing her own child. Second Chance, A Mother’s Quest for a Natural Birth after Cesarean is not just a book about childbirth, but about control over our own lives and simply, about being human.  
 

Our guest this week on Art of the Song is musician, composer, author and philanthropist, Peter Buffett. With an acclaimed career that spans more than 30 years, Peter is an Emmy Award winner, and New York Times best-selling author. He is the youngest son of investor Warren Buffett. Along with his wife, Jennifer, Peter is the co-chairman of the NoVo Foundation supporting the development of capacities in people to help create a caring and balanced world.

Biking and Talking Through All 50 States

Apr 21, 2017
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Riding a bicycle through all 50 states is a good way to get acquainted with America. And talking with folks, in depth, everywhere along the way is an even better way. Today we meet a man who is doing both.

Register, who lives in Houston, Texas when he is not exploring America's back roads, explains why he decided to undertake this multi-year project.

Learning About Islam From ‘The Muslim Next Door’

Nov 3, 2016

Who better to educate Americans than about Islam than a southern California girl who grew up to be a lawyer, scholar and writer on the subject?

The Covert Forces that Shaped Our Political Present

Mar 19, 2016

As director of the CIA during the early Cold War years, Allen Dulles was at the center of some of the most consequential moments in American History. And, writer David Talbot argues, our nation is the worse for that.

   The core conflicts between Dulles and Kennedy—which have echoed along partisan lines down through the decades since—have their roots, David Talbot says, in two radically different world views.

You might remember the jump-rope rhyme “Rich man, poor man beggar man thief, doctor lawyer, indian chief” and regular listeners to Word By Word: Conversations With Writers know that host Gil Mansergh has interviewed writers who who are rich and poor, who beg and steal, heal people, defend people and serve as Chairman of a local Native American tribe.

But Gil has never had a celebrity chef as his guest.

Tune in to A Novel Idea, this Sunday, April 5th at 4pm PT -
 

John C. Hampsey’s boyhood memoir, Kaufman’s Hill standsout as a personal reflection that reads like a good novel.The story is set in the mid-sixties during that marked transition in urban landscapes and in race and culture. John’s voice is unique and compelling and he joins Suzanne Lang in conversation this Sunday, April 5th at 4pm PT. John’s engaged in a book tour around the country; find out more at www.johnchampsey.com .
 

Joan Frank on Writing

Jul 21, 2013

In a departure from her usual fiction, Santa Rosa writer Joan Frank confronts the process and experience of being a writer, in a collection of essays that is both instructive and confessional.

 

Frank likens the writer’s experience to a form of lucid dreaming, from which characters and scenes can be captured and repurposed. But she admits, a bit reluctantly, that it’s not something the writer can always predict or control.