Category Archives: V-Z

Sarah Vowell

Summer host Amanda Uhle talks with historian, author, journalist, essayist, and actress Sarah Vowell. Vowell has written seven nonfiction books on American history and culture, was a contributing editor to This American Life  from 1996 to 2008, and was the voice of Violet Parr in the animated film The Incredibles and its sequel.

We talk about what it means to be an American historian in 2019, researching nonfiction with primary sources, and infusing memoir and personal experience into the process of telling others’ stories.

This conversation was taped live-on-stage at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on April 4, 2019 for Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Robert Yoon

Robert Yoon is a political journalist, current Knight-Wallace Fellow and host of “The J Word,” WCBN’s public affairs program about journalism and current events.
We talk about photos with heroes, the Michigan Daily, speech writing for Al Gore, directing political research at CNN, the art of humor writing, visiting Korea, and the life of Doris Miller.

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Gerald Vizenor

Gerald Vizenor  was in town to present the 2018 Robert F. Berkhofer Jr. Lecture in Native American Studies.

We talk about haiku, sound and motion, ethical experience, and choosing chance.

 

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Many thanks to Joseph Gone, Scott Lyons, Stephanie Elliott Prieto, Jason Voss, Frank Uhle, Department of American Culture, Native American Studies, and the Berkhofer Jr Lecture Series.

Gerald with Kat and Steve in the station lobby post-show

Chris Van Allsburg

Guest host Amanda Uhle speaks with Chris Van Allsburg, author/illustrator of 19 books for children and illustrator of three more. Mr. Van Allsburg came to Ann Arbor recently to promote the newest Jumanji film, which had its Michigan premiere as a fundraiser for Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice.

They talk about his creative process, the journey from picture book to feature film, and his background as a sculptor, trained first at University of Michigan.

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Stephen M. Ward

Stephen M. Ward talks about his book In Love and Struggle: The Revolutionary Lives of James and Grace Lee Boggs out with University of North Carolina Press in their Justice, Power, and Politics series.  We talk about social justice, political movements, activism and what it looks like to dedicate your life to revolution.

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