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Book Nook: Storm Lake: Change, Resilience, and Hope in America's Heartland, by Art Cullen


Last year I had Art Cullen on to talk about his book "Storm Lake: Change, Resilience, and Hope in America's Heartland." It was one of my favorite books of 2019 and I made a mental note to myself to ask him to come back for another appearance when the book came out this year in paperback.

I contacted him in January-he asked me to check back with him after the Iowa caucuses. So I did that. Then he asked me to get back to him after the Super Tuesday primaries. I did that, too. You see Art is a busy guy-he is the editor of the Storm Lake Times in rural NW Iowa and he's highly sought after as a columnist, and as an expert on politics.

Fortunately I was able to get Art to return to the show before the Coronavirus outbreak hit. This pandemic has been quite a blow to small town newspapers as the advertising revenue they rely upon, ads bought by small local businesses in their communities, virtually dried up with the onset of illnesses and the shuttering of so many enterprises.

In this interview Art talked about a subject in which he was quite conversant, our current agricultural practices and how they have to change if we are going to have any hope of surviving in our changing climate.

And Art talked about politics. I love interviewing Art Cullen. I hardly have to say a word!

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library,  Clark County Public LibraryDayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.