Category Archives: Gingher, Robert

Storytellers and Poets

Allan Gurganus and Robert Gingher discuss contemporary short fiction in America. Robert Gingher’s collection of stories of North Carolina writers, The Rough Road Home, will be published in November. Li-Young Lee and Jim Wayne Miller discuss American poetry in the … Continue reading

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Old Tech and New; Storytellers and Poets

Henry Binford discusses the culrural significance of ice cream in modern America. George Houston discusses telling time in ancient Roman culture.; Allan Gurganus and Robert Gingher discuss contemporary short fiction in America. Robert Gingher’s collection of stories of North Carolina … Continue reading

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School Days; Commentary on The Student as Hero

Joann Broadbooks, Gloria Harrell, and Barbara Ramusack participated in the National Humanities Center’s 1990 summer institutes for secondary teachers of history and literature, directed by Richard Schramm.; Robert Gingher offers commentary on The Student as Hero. 532 – School Days; … Continue reading

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(1) Beautiful Machine: Rivers in American Literature; (2) Book Reviews

John Seelye examines rivers–“beautiful machines”–in the early American republic  as revealing patterns, tensions, and paradoxes that underscore Americans’ desire for exploration and expansion on literary and philosophical (as well as geographical) levels between the time of the French and Indian … Continue reading

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(1) Republics, Ancient and Modern, Part 1 of 2; (2) Review of Tuchman’s “March of Folly”

Paul Rahe, George Kennedy, and Marc Plattner discuss republican forms of government from their roots in the city-states of ancient Greece to their modern versions. Along the way they investigate the connections between human nature and forms of government peculiar to … Continue reading

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(1) Medieval Literature and Society, Part 3 of 3: “Piers Plowman”; (2) Commentary on the Megaliths of Stonehenge

George Russell and George Kane discuss the fourteenth-century English allegorical poem Piers Plowman. Wandering in the English countryside, a poet stops to rest, falls asleep, and dreams. His vision is filled with fantastic images of right and wrong, reason and … Continue reading

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(1) The Gilded Age, Part 1 of 2; (2) Book Review of History of the Idea of Progress

Giles Gunn, David Shi, and Robert ter Horst discuss the era known as the Gilded Age. Soundings producer Wayne Pond contextualizes this episode, saying, “In this year of presidential politics [1984], there will be much talk about America’s future, its … Continue reading

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(1)American Education: The Independent Scholarship Project; (2) Commentary on the Aims of Education

The Independent Scholarship Project, based in New York, encourages intellectual pursuits beyond conventional American academic life. ISP director Ronald Gross explains the aims, methods, problems, and prospects of independent scholars in the United States. Robert Gingher concludes this episode in a commentary, … Continue reading

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(1) The Art of Literary Biography, Part 3 of 7: Tennyson; (2) Commentary on the Work-Life Relationship

Robert Martin discusses the craft of biography and the life and work of the British poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892). Martin is the author of Tennyson: The Unquiet Heart. In the second segment [23:56], Robert Gingher, an editorial writer and book critic in Greensboro, … Continue reading

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