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Radiogram - Monday, August 26th
Eric Schoeck talks with journalist David Hajdu about his book, Positively Front Street: The Life and Times of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina.

Radiogram - Monday, August 19th
Eric Schoeck talks with Kent Keith about his book, Anyway, the Paradoxical Commandments: Finding Personal Meaning in a Crazy World. Also, Linda Cicada talks with Mark Spragg, author of Where Rivers Change Direction, about his debut novel, The Fruit of Stone. Of Spragg's new book, Kent Haruf says, "This new book is full of smart troubled people, natural speech, wonderful, lyrical prose and a great wide varied landscape of Wyoming, where good men and deep women play out their love-burdened lives."

Radiogram - Monday, August 12th
Sandra Tingh Loh and My Year in Van Nuys. The NPR commentator and comedian parodies travelogues of astoral settings with her title, and the book is a comic look at her unglamorous life in Los Angeles--and beyond. Also, Peggy Vincent's Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife. After fifteen years as a delivery room nurse, ten as a natural childbirth teacher, and three as the director of the first alternative birth center in the East Bay, Peggy Vincent became a licensed midwife specializing in home births. And with every birth comes an unforgettable story. More than a collection of birth stories ranging from humorous to tragic to miraculous, Baby Catcher is a provocative, highly personal account of the ongoing difficulties midwives face in the U.S. and a deeper look into the resurgence of a mother’s decision to stay at home - allowing birth to be the way it was meant to be rather than what physicians say it should be.

Radiogram - Monday, August 5th
Eric Schoeck interviews Jim Hightower about his book on progressive politics and corporate malfeasance. It's called, "If The Gods Had Meant Us To Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates." Also, Linda Cicada talks with Joelle Fraser about her memoir, "The Territory of Men". Joelle Fraser grew up in the wild drug- and music-filled era of the 60’s and 70’s in California and Hawaii. She had no bedtime and no boundaries, but she did have “dads” in abundance as her mother went from boyfriend to husband to boyfriend, torn between the traditional role of mother and the new freedoms of the “me” generation. What Joelle learned is that a woman’s life is played out on men’s territory: men arrive, they make life matter, and then they go away.

Radiogram - Monday, July 29th
Eric Schoeck talks with Father Michael Kennedy, pastor of Mission Dolores parish in East LA, about his book The Jesus Meditations: A Guide for Contemplation. Also, Robert Pollie talks with Jane Smiley about the life and writing of Charles Dickens. She recently published a biography of Dickens, and will speak at the Dickens festival at UC Santa Cruz.

Radiogram - Monday, July 22nd 
Eric Schoeck talks with Laura Fraser about An Italian Affair. When left by her husband for his high school sweetheart, Fraser fled for an adventure in Italy. On the island of Ischia she met an aesthetics professor from Paris with an oversized love of life, and what they both thought was a vacation tryst turned into a passionate affair with life that leads them across the world...Also, Kathryn Petruccelli interviews Molly J. Baier, author of The Fire Escape is Locked for Your Safety. This is a journey across two continents  from the beaches of the Black Sea to the rusty Baltic and Artic Ports, through the arid plains of Volga, and across the frigid Siberian steppes. American lawyer and student of Russia, Molly J. Baier also takes us through a sometimes hilarious, sometimes bloodcurdling tour of the hearts and minds of the Ukrainians, Estonians, Lithuanians and other natives who scratch out meager livings and share thoughts on their turbulent futures.

Radiogram - Monday, July 15th
Eric Schoeck interviews Edward Cohen, who was among the tiny minority of Jews in Jackson, Mississippi, the heart of the Bible Belt. As a child, he grew up singing 'Dixie' in his segregated school and saying the sh'ma in synagogue. And in his powerful, luminous memoir, Cohen tells a story as universal as it is particular, at once a deeply personal account of growing up an outsider and a vibrant family story of three generations of American Jews. To Edward Cohen, it seemed the entire world was Jewish. Then he went to school, where he was the only child who didn't bow his head during Christian prayers, the only child not invited to dance class. As the polite 50s segued into the radically explosive 60s, Jackson, Mississippi, would never be the same. And Edward would escape to the University of Miami in search of a new identity. There, he thought he would find other Jews and finally gain the acceptance he never had. But once again he found himself an outsider * this time as a southerner. A stirring memoir for anyone who's ever felt a loss of identity or pressure to conform, The Peddler's Grandson touches readers everywhere who have grappled with who they are.

Radiogram - Monday, July 8th
Eric Schoeck interviews Michael Warren, UCSC Professor Emeritus in Literature and respected Shakespeare Scholar, about the 3 plays being produced this summer by Shakespeare Santa Cruz (Merry Wives of Windsor, Coriolanus, and Chekhov’s The Seagull).  Also, Jenn Rammage talks with Darin Strauss, author of The Real McCoy. The novel is loosely based on the real life of the turn-of-the-century icon and charlatan, The Real McCoy. In Strauss' spinning of the tale, underachieving Virgil Selby becomes “Kid” McCoy, a championship boxer, jewel thief, scam artist, and the most married man in America.

Radiogram - Monday, July 1st
Eric interviews Elizabeth Berg about her book True To Form. Novelist Elizabeth Berg illustrates her unique gift for capturing emotional truths of women's lives and telling their stories straight from the heart. True To Form revisits Katie Nash, first seen in Durable Goods and Joy School, a thoughtful and spunky aspiring poet who watches the world with the eyes of a writer. She is now on the verge of adolescence and the worst summer of her life, 1961. Faced with forced participation in Girl Scouts and unsuitable babysitting jobs, Nash is surprised when the summer becomes a time of growth, love, and betrayal. 
Also hear Linda Cicada's interview with Estelle Friedman, founder of the Stanford Program in Feminist Studies and author of the new book, No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women. Though repeatedly declared dead by the media, Freedman offers convincingly that the women's movement is alive and well, and has never been so vibrant. A broad survey spanning from pre-history to the present, this groundbreaking, inspiring narrative provides rich documentation and human stories of lives in transition. 

Radiogram - Monday, June 24th
Eric Schoeck completes his hosting of the program. He'll talk with Terry Ryan, author of "The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 kids on 25 Words or Less." Also, Russell Rowland discusses his memoir of growing up in Montana, "In Open Spaces." 

RadioGram - Monday, June 17th
Eric Schoeck talks with Melissa Sanders-Self about her new novel of darkness and light "All That Lives." It is based on the Bell Witch legend of 19th century Tennessee. Also, James Houston discusses his latest novel "Snow Mountain Passage", a vivid depiction of the travels and travails of the infamous Donner Party in the 1840s.

RadioGram - Monday, June 10th
Eric Schoeck talks with teacher and wriiter Ellen Bass about her new book of poems "Mules of Love."  Also, Bharati Mookerjee discusses her new novel "Desireable Daughters."  Airs at Noon.

Radiogram - Monday, June 3rd
Eric talks with Jeffrey Lent about his new book "In the Fall," a novel of race and revelation set in 19th century Vermont.  Also, former Time magazine foreign correspondent Jonathan Hull discusses his novel "Losing Julia," set in the trenches of World War One.

Radiogram - Monday, May 27th
Eric Schoeck talks with John David Ebert about his book "Twilight of the Clockwork Gods: Conversations on Science and Spirtituality at the End of an Age."  Also, Dominique Browning, editor of Home and Garden magazine, discusses her new book "In the Garden: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Healing, and Home Improvement." 

RadioGram - Monday, May 20th
Eric Schoeck talks with therapist Marlene Winnell about her new book  "Leaving the Fold: A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving Their Religion."  Also, Sarah Stone discusses her novel of love and war in Burundi, Africa. It's called "The True Source of the Nile."

RadioGram - Monday, May 13th
Eric Schoeck talks with Louise Freeman-Toole about her new family memoir "Standing Up To The Rock."  It's about her family's move from Santa Cruz to rural Idaho in search of a new life in the country.  Also, Minnesota writer Leif Enger discusses his acclaimed novel "Peace Like a River," a novel of family set in the Midwest of the 1960s.

RadioGram - Monday, May 6th
Eric Schoeck talks with UC Santa Cruz linguistics professor Geoffrey Pullum. He has edited the new "Cambridge Grammar of the English Language."  Also, Bob Fenster, style editor of the Santa Cruz Sentinel, discusses his new book "They Did What!? The Funny, Weird, Wonderful, Outrageous, and Stupid Things That Famous People Have Done."  Fenster is also the author of "Duh! The Stupid History 
Of The Human Race."

RadioGram - Monday, April 29th
Eric Schoeck talks with writer and activist Luis Rodriguez about his new collection of short stories "The Republic of East L.A."  Also, former Time magazine foreign correspondent Jonathan Hull discusses his novel of World War I and love, "Losing Julia."

RadioGram - Monday, April 22nd
Eric Schoeck welcomes Laurie King back for another installment of her compelling Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels. The latest is called "Justice Hall."  Also, Dan Bessie discusses his new edited book of his father's memoir, "The Spanish Civil War Notebooks of Alvah Bessie." 

Radiogram - Monday, April 15th
Judith Freeman talks with Eric Schoeck about her new novel "Red Desert."  It looks at the 19th century massacre of more than 100 settlers in Utah by Mormons through the eyes of three wives of one of the Mormon leaders. And Jill Fredston discusses "Rowing to Latitude: Journey's Along the Arctic's Edge." It chronicles more than twenty thousand miles of rowing across the Arctic and sub-Arctic with her husband. 

RadioGram - Monday, April 8th
Eric Schoeck talks with Santa Cruz's own legend Morton Marcus about his latest collection of prose poetry.  Also, Lisa Backer discusses her graceful novel set in Japan, "American Fuj."

RadioGram - Monday, April 1st
Eric Schoeck talks with Coleman Barks about his new book "The Soul of Rumi." Barks is the acclaimed translator of the medieval mystic and poet Rumi.  Also, Roger Housden discusses his book "Ten Poems to Change Your Life." Housden has written extensive commentaries on ten profound poems, including Rumi's "Zero Circle."

RadioGram - March 25th, 2002
Lisa Tealey talks with Eric about her eclectic new collection of short stories called "Glow In the Dark."
Also, Sebastian Faulks discusses his new book "On Green Dolphin Street," a novel about a powerful love affair set in New York City and Washington DC during the Kennedy/Nixon presidential campaign of 1960.

RadioGram - March 18th, 2002
Eric talks with Alexandra Fuller about her new memoir "Don't Let's Go to the dogs Tonight."  Fuller tells the story of growing up white in Rhodesia amidst growing civil war.  Also, South African Kobie Kruger discusses her book "The Wilderness family: At Home with Africa's Wildlife."

RadioGram - March 11th, 2002
Eric Schoeck talks with North Carolina writer Alan Gurganus about his new collection of stories and a novella, "The Practical Heart."  Also, Peter Orner discusses his acclaimed new short story collection  "Esther Stories."

RadioGram - March 4th, 2002
Eric talks with Pulitzer prize winning writer Richard Ford about his new collection of stories "A Multitude of Sins."  Also, novelist Christopher Moore discusses his new novel "Lamb: The Gospel according to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal."

RadioGram - February 25th, 2002
Joseph Palermo talks with Eric Schoeck about his new book, "In His Own Right: The Political Odyssey of Senator Robert F. Kennedy."  Also, Al Gedick discusses his book on the collision of globalism, the environment and indigenous peoples.  The book is called "Resource Rebels: Native Challenges to Mining and Oil Corporations."

RadioGram - February 18th, 2002
Eric welcomes writer and LA Times critic Jonathan Kirsch to discuss his new book "The Woman Who Laughed at God: The Untold History of the Jewish People."  Also, nature and environmental writer Gary Paul Nabhan talks about his new book "Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods."

RadioGram - February 11th, 2002
Paul Ortiz talks to Eric Schoeck about his book "Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Talk about the Segregated South."  Also, Michael Dyson discusses his writings on Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and the civil rights movement.  RadioGram, celebrating Black History Month.

RadioGram - February 4th, 2002
John Stauber talks about his book "Trust Us, We're Experts: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles with Your Future."  Also, Linda Breen Pierce discusses her book "Choosing Simplicity: Real People Finding Peace and Fulfillment in a Complex World."

RadioGram - January 28th, 2002
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni returns with her new novel "The Vine of Desire," about  two best friends from India trying to find new lives in California. Akhil Sharma dicusses his new novel "The Obedient Father," a story of family and politics in modern India.

RadioGram - January 21st, 2002
Eric talks with North Carolina writer Kat Meads about her new collection of stories called "Not Waving."
Southern California writer Susan Straight discusses her new novel "Highwire Moon," a poignant story of enduring love between parents and children.

RadioGram - January 14th, 2002
Eric Talks to Charmaine Craig about her novel "The Good Men," which is the gripping, epic story of what happened when religious persecution turned Christian against Christian and neighbor against neighbor in Montaillou, a small village in south-west France.  Also, Robert Pardun shares an insider's view of the Students for a Democratic Society where he held a national office at the height of the Vietnam anti-war movement through his book, "Prairie Radical."

RadioGram - January 7th, 2002
Eric talks to Frederick Crews, author of the beloved book of literary criticism "The Pooh Perplex," returns with his new "Postmodern Pooh."  Even Eyeore will like it!  Also, Pat Arnold discusses her new memoir about life in Hollywood in the 1920s and 30s.

RadioGram - December 31, 2001
Eric talks to Philip Fradkin about his book, "Wildest Alaska."  Also, David Helvarg talks about the oceans through his latest book, "Blue Frontier: Saving America's Living Seas."

RadioGram - December 24, 2001
Publisher's Weekly calls Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections "a masterpiece," while Kirkus Reviews believes it is "one of the most impressive American novels of recent years."  See what you think, as Eric talks to Jonathan on RadioGram.   Also, Frances Mayes, best selling author of "Under the Tuscan Sun" and "Bella Tuscany," talks to Eric about her new book, "The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poetry."

RadioGram - Monday, September 3, 2001
RadioGram for Monday, September 3rd with guests Elizabeth George and Christina Schwartz.


 
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