Harry S. Truman by Robert Dallek
(original recording made in 2008)

Presidential historian Robert Dallek returned to the program to talk about his biography of a president who was deeply unpopular while he was in office. Harry S. Truman is now considered to have been one of the greatest presidents of the 20th century.

Rain Gods by James Lee Burke
(original recording made in 2009)

"How the Post Office Created America: A History" by Winifred Gallagher

The United States Postal Service has gone through some troubled times over the course of that institution's long history. This essential service is still one of the most important organizations in America. The U.S. Post Office became the U.S. Postal Service after a reorganization that took place under President Richard M. Nixon almost 50 years ago.

"Blue Shoe" by Anne Lamott

During the year 2002 I did about 150 author interviews. Anne Lamott returned to the show to talk about her novel "Blue Shoe." I have interviewed Anne on several occasions but never in person. She's best known for her works of non-fiction. When she writes fiction you can almost count on it being material that is autobiographical in nature. The "blue shoe" of her title was definitely an item from her own life story.

"The Daughters of Joy-an Adventure of the Heart" by Deepak Chopra

Vick Mickunas and Herb Martin
Peter Hayes / WYSO

The poet Herb Martin has made a number of appearances on the show over the years. It is always such a treat to be able to feature him as a guest. Herb just published a new poetry collection, "The Shape of Regret," and I invited him out to our studios in Yellow Springs to talk about it.

There are so many lovely poems in this collection and Herb shared some of them with our audience. If you listen to the entire podcast you'll find a tasty poetic surprise right at the end of this recording.

Author Gilbert King visited with students from Tippecanoe High School's Center for Performing Arts
Liz Robbins, Director of Communications from Tipp City Exempted Village Schools

On November 4, 2019 Tippecanoe High School's Center for Performing Arts, the Tipp City Public Library and Tipp City Exempted Village Schools in partnership with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize (DLPP) held a presentation by Pulitzer Prize winning author Gilbert King. King discussed his non-fiction book, Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys and the Dawn of a New America.

When Nikki Giovanni passed through Dayton on book tour I could not believe my good fortune. Back in 2002 Nikki was out publicizing "Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea: Poems and Not Quite Poems" and she came out to Yellow Springs to do a live interview. I love talking to poets and Nikki is not only one of our greatest living poets she is also one of our most prolific. Log on to Amazon and search for her name and you will be amazed at how many projects she has completed over the years.

Winter is my favorite season. Here's a photo I took a few years ago-Happy New Year!
Vick Mickunas

For my final program of 2019 I selected some more of my favorite interviews from the past year and I included my favorite interview of 2019! I never dreamed I would get an interview with this author and it was even more marvelous than I expected!

back in the day, shopping for record albums in Iowa City - Vick Mickunas
Vick Mickunas

As the years fly by I like to pause at the end of each one to reflect upon the things that have happened during each year. I'll compile lists. For the past 15 years I have been writing book reviews for the Cox Ohio newspapers and each December I will share lists of my favorite books divided by whether they were fiction or non-fiction titles. During the decade that I was the music director at WYSO I would compile an annual list of my 100 favorite albums from each year. I do love making lists and sharing them.

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The entrance to Orange Frazer Press is hard to miss, even though it's tucked in an alley. Wilmington now has beautiful, building-sized murals all over town, but Orange Frazer's mural was one of the first.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

In the age of Amazon, e-books, and on-demand publishing, small presses have had to make big changes to stay afloat, and Orange Frazer Press in Wilmington has become one of Ohio’s most versatile small publishers. Community Voices Producer Jason Reynolds stopped by their offices to learn how this little press that could continues to thrive after 30 years.