Ways to listen:

Tune in to 88.3 FM in Ann Arbor or live stream on wcbn.org every Wednesday in the fall and winter or every Thursday in the summer, from 5 to 6pm to catch the latest in literature and ideas!

Explore the show archives on the site.  You can click the audio file to start listening immediately or download the podcast link to listen at your leisure.

Cast of Characters


T Hetzel talks with writers, poets, musicians, artists, and makers about their work, ideas, passions and preoccupations.

T with Jonathan Safran Foer in the station lobby circa 2016

Show Engineer:

Stephanie, poet, engineer, lover of dogs, especially Waylon (Beagle/Coon Hound mix).

Guest Hosts:

Amanda Uhle is Publisher and Executive Director of McSweeney’s and co-founder of the International Congress of Youth Voices. She reads, writes, and drinks coffee every day

Frank Uhle co-hosts Radio Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa on Monday nights on WCBN FM. He has written about business, movies, and music for over 20 years.

Frank Uhle also edits Living Writers audio files for the website–hero!



Mobile Unit Engineer:

The Liz, writer, scientist, DJ, engineer-emeritus, and current Mobile Unit Engineer Extraordinaire

The Liz joined the station in 2009, seduced by WCBN stickers pasted around campus. She engineered the sound for the Living Writers show for about as long. The Liz served as the general manager of WCBN for a year while studying at U-M for a PhD in ecology. She graduated in 2012. She’s DJed a freeform show for all this time, except for the year that she broadcasted two podcasts: Point A to Point B, about how people got from point A to B in their lives, and hugabug, about the weirdness of animals. It all started with recording on her Talkboy as a kid. Listeners should expect sound effects and animals (also a broken radio–sorry) on her weekly radio show, Break Your Radio.

Guest Engineers:

IMG_0299The Liz and Tex in the studio

Steph and Tex outside Prod A

Subsitute engineer James “Tex” Manheim co-hosts the Bill Monroe for Breakfast bluegrass show (Saturdays 10–noon) and the Down Home Show (Saturdays noon–3) on WCBN. He writes for a living, and if you pay him, he’ll write it. But a good day is a day on which someone pays for writing about music.

Engineer Jason Voss has guest-engineered Living Writers since the very beginning of T’s Living Writers years.  Jason is pictured here with guest Shamil Jeppie in February 2018.

Reverend Andrew often saves the day by stepping in to guest engineer.  You can also hear him guest DJ across all days and showtimes on WCBN.


LW Theme Song Maybe by Home:George :

George Cooper of Home:George in the studio Valentine’s Day 2018.


Sometime Media Escort:

Michele Pernia often brings writers by the station when they are on long book tours.  She can find her way to our basement digs like nobody else, with a well cared for writer in tow.

Michele Pernia, pictured on right, with The Liz and friend of the show Celeste Ng