Author Archives: Steve Weiss

Dixie Rising

New York Times Atlanta correspondent Peter Applebome reads from and discusses his book Dixie Rising: How the South Is Shaping American Values, Politics and Culture. He addresses the many attempts at defining the South and Southerners and discusses race and labor … Continue reading

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Farewell, I’m Bound to Leave You

Fred Chappell reads from and discusses Farewell, I’m Bound to Leave You,  third in a proposed quartet of books set in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.  The stories depict strong-spirited, courageous women passing their legacy of history and family to the next … Continue reading

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The Heroic Couplet; Children’s Literature (originally aired as Kids and Couplets)

Paul Hunter [NHC Fellow 1985-86, 1995-96] describes the heroic couplet–“its rhyme, its reason, its artistic and ideological functions in English literature.” [Wayne Pond] Ulrich Knoepflmacher [NHC Fellow 1995-96] “talks about children’s literature and ‘cross-writing’ — a device by which authors … Continue reading

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Catherwood and Quee

Jill McCorkle reads from and discusses her novel Carolina Moon, which “recounts the adventures of Queen Mary Stutts Purdy–Quee, to her friends–and her god-daughter Denise.  It combines love story, murder mystery, and self-help satire.” [Wayne Pond] In the second interview [15:00], … Continue reading

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Green Imperialism

Environmental historian Richard Grove discusses his book, Green Imperialism: Colonial Expansion, Tropical Island Edens, and the Origins of Environmentalism, 1600-1860, an account of environmentalism with special reference to islands as metaphors of Western thought. At the time of this interview, Grove … Continue reading

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Slang to Sibelius

Connie Eble discusses her book, Slang and Sociability: In-Group Language College Students, an account of how college students talk and how their language reflects identity and social authority. In the episode’s second interview [15:10], Robert Fradkin talks about his book, The … Continue reading

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John Ehle reads from and talks about his book, The Journey of August King, the story of an early 19th-century white farmer and a runaway slave girl whose paths and lives cross against the backdrops of social racism and individual … Continue reading

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Computers and Culture

As part of a continuing series of discussions on the history of information technology produced in collaboration with the Computerworld Smithsonian Awards Program, Soundings features innovator Brewster Kahle. His latest brainchild is the Internet Archive, a large-scale digital information repository. … Continue reading

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Culture and Work

A talk about the Encyclopedia of African Culture and History. David Smith is a principal editor of the recently published five-volume set. Julius Wilson talks about his most recent book, When Work Disappears. 854 – Culture and Work

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Sojourner and Frederick Part 1

Nell Irvin Painter discusses her new book, Sojourner Truth — a Life, a Symbol. John Sekora discusses his new book, Frederick Douglass. [unpublished?] 853 – Sojourner and Frederick Part 1

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