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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Kim Fay with Marrie Stone and Steven Pinker with Nicole Nelson

Kim Fay, Edgar Award Finalist and author of The Map of Lost Memories talks to Marrie Stone about her passion for Southeast Asia, sustaining momentum over fourteen years of work on a project, and the value of belonging to a writing group.

Then cognitive scientist and author of the new book The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century Steven Pinker talks to Nicole Nelson about the importance of using examples in non-fiction, the shortcomings and value of the green wiggly line in MS Word, and how he earned his rank as one of the journal Science's top 50 stars of Twitter.

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(Broadcast date: December 10, 2014)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Miriam Toews and Josh Kornbluth with Nicole Nelson

Miriam Toews talks to Nicole Nelson about her new book ALL MY PUNY SORROWS. She talks about writing the hard stuff, gaining control over life through writing, and the importance of bleeding on the page. Then monologuist Josh Kornbluth talks about his influences, how he develops a show, and the comedic gold in failure. His current monologue-in-progress is Reports from the Zen Hospice: Improvs, which will run Thursdays at 8 p.m. at the Berkeley Marsh through the end of December.

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(Broadcast date: December 3, 2014)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Azar Nafisi & Lydia Millet

Azar Nafisi, bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books, joins Marrie Stone to talk about the importance of fiction and how it's a guardian of memory, what is unique about American fiction, and the necessity for a public discourse about literature.

In the second half, Lydia Millet joins to talk about her latest novel, Mermaids in Paradise.  She discusses inspiration, landscape, and how connecting two disparate concepts in fiction can lead to intriguing plot lines.

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(Broadcast date: November 19, 2014)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Robert Olen Butler & Caitlin Doughty

Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert Olen Butler joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest Christopher Marlow Cobb novel, The Empire of Night, and how to utilize the "compost of the imagination" to create art. 

Licensed mortician Caitlin Doughty joins in the second half to discuss her memoir, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory.  Caitlin gives advice on how to talk to children about death, what attracted her to mortuary science, and options for after-life care most people don't know exist. 

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(Broadcast date: November 12, 2014)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Meg Wolitzer & Thrity Umrigar

New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest young adult novel, Belzhar, her attraction to young adult fiction, Sylvia Plath, and what makes a compelling character.  Thrity Umrigar joins in the second half to discuss her latest novel,  The Story Hour, and how the power of narrative has the ability to alter our world view.  

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(Broadcast date: October 15, 2014)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Jayne Anne Phillips & Matthew Thomas

Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Quiet Dell, and Matthew Thomas, author of We Are Not Ourselves, join Marrie Stone to talk about inspiration, craft, endurance, and their revision process.

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(Broadcast date: August 27, 2014)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Lit agent Laurie Fox on with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Literary agent Laurie Fox spent the entire hour on the show talking about what she looks for in potential clients, query letters, and more.

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 (Broadcast date: Nov. 5, 2014)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Smith Henderson, James Ellroy & KUCI Fund Drive

Smith Henderson, author of Fourth of July Creek, joins co-host Marrie Stone to talk about marrying two separate stories together, the importance of plot, writing across genres, and how being steeped in the mountains of Montana and a dismal life of social work gave rise to a beautiful novel.  In the second half, James Ellroy, author of Perfidia,  talks about the definition of noir, immersing oneself in story and the past, living without technology, and how stories are born in his brain.

It's KUCI's semiannual Fund Drive.  For the next week and a half, your donations will support our podcasts, our station, and our show.  If you--or someone you know--has benefited from our show, now is your chance to show your support.  Someone once described "Writers on Writing" as a free and convenient MFA program.  Stellar authors bring their wisdom and advice into your home each week.  We have some awesome premiums, including gift certificates, tickets to Long Beach Confidential: An Evening of Noir, books, t-shirts, CDs, etc., which are all available for your donation. 

Call us at (949) 824-5824 or donate online at www.kuci.org, and be sure to mention our show. Thank you!

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(Broadcast date: October 29, 2014)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Michael Datcher and Leni Zumas on the show with Nicole Nelson, co-host

Michael Datcher, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir RAISING FENCES, talks with Nicole Nelson about his new novel AMERICUS and about writing dialogue, layering conflict, and getting from draft number one to draft number 19. Then Leni Zumas, author of the story collection FAREWELL NAVIGATOR and the novel THE LISTENERS discusses her work and the value of defamiliarization, learning to use autobiographical elements discerningly, and tips on writing past clich├ęs.
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(Broadcast date: October 22, 2014)

Friday, October 10, 2014

T. Jefferson Parker on Writers on Writing with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

T. Jefferson Parker, author of the new mainstream literary novel, Full Measure, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about his book, writing, the books he re-reads and much more.

Jeff will be the featured author, in conversation with Barbara, at the Pen on Fire Speaker Series in Corona del Mar, CA, on Tuesday night, Oct. 14. If you'd like to attend, click here for more information.

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Friday, October 03, 2014

Courtney Moreno and Cindy Muchnick

Courtney Moreno, author of the debut novel IN CASE OF EMERGENCY talks to guest host Nicole Nelson about incorporating setting in the story, developing her characters, and balancing the daily chaos and trauma that is a part of life for her EMT protagonist with quieter moments on the page. Then Orange County writer Cindy Muchnick, author of WRITING SUCCESSFUL COLLEGE APPLICATIONS, talks about ways in which she enjoys the publicity and marketing side of being an author, her experience collaborating with her teenage son on one of her nine books, and her advice to fellow writers to "just write it."

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(Broadcast date: October 1, 2014)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Novelist Scott Spencer talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on Writers on Writing

Novelist Scott Spencer, author of Endless Love, Willing, Man in the Woods, A Ship Made of Paper, and more, was my guest for the entire hour.  I've loved his work for so long so it was a major treat to talk with him.

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 (Broadcast date: Sept. 24, 2014)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Rebecca Makkai and Stuart Rojstaczer

Rebecca Makkai, author of The Hundred-Year House, talks with Nicole Nelson about telling a story backwards, writing humor, and the Google problem for fiction. We also talked about her Ploughshares blog, where she covers everything from an alternative MFA program she envisions and why it's prudent to steer clear of movie quotes and song lyrics in fiction. Stuart Rojstaczer, author of The Mathematician's Shiva, talks about balancing tragedy with comedy, the similarities between writing an academic paper and writing a novel, and how the third time, novel-writingwise, can be the charm.

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(Broadcast date: September 17, 2014)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Elinor Lipman, novelist and essayist.

Elinor Lipman, the author of the novel, The View from Penthouse B, and the essay collection, I Can't Complain, spent an hour on the show talking about her work and writing and so much else with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett.

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(Broadcast date: May 15, 2012)

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Novelist Bret Anthony Johnston

Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Remember Me Like This (Random House, 2014) joins Barbara for an hour of literary talk about his new novel, how it began, revising, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: Aug. 20, 2014)

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Alex Tizon and Carl Phillips

Alex Tizon, the author of Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. He joins Nicole Nelson for a conversation about stereotypes in fiction and other art, journaling, and writing about identity. Then Carl Phillips, the author of The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination and a distinguished poet with awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Pushcart Prize, and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Male Poetry, talks about intentional and unintentional daring, life as a form of revision, and why we read poetry. 

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(Broadcast date: August 13, 2014)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bay Area Literary agent Andy Ross

I love that Andy Ross is the former owner of Cody's Books in Berkeley, and that I went there when I first moved to San Francisco after college. When The Satanic Verses came out, someone threw a pipe bomb through the window (it didn't explode), and the staff voted unanimously to continue to sell the controversial novel (was there ever a more controversial novel??).

"That was my proudest moment in bookselling," Andy says on his website, andyrossagency.com.

He's was on the show, for the entire hour, Andy talks about what his agency takes on, publishing, Amazon, and more. He was great fun to talk to, and I hope to do it again.

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 (Broadcast date: August 6, 2014)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Joanna Rakoff & Kseniya Melnik

Joanna Rakoff shares her memoir, My Salinger Year, with Marrie.  She talks about the similarities between memoir and fiction, the right time to write a memoir, and what she learned about publishing and writing from her year of working with a literary agent.  Kseniya Melnik joins in the second half to discuss her debut short story collection, Snow in May.  She discusses the importance of place, dialogue, and writing in a language that's not her own.

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(Broadcast date: July 16, 2014)

Monday, August 04, 2014

Jennifer duBois and Kate Zambreno

Nicole Nelson talks with Jennifer duBois, author of Cartwheel about the challenges of writing (and discussing) a novel that drew its initial inspiration from a real event, in this case, the Amanda Knox trial and the strong and diverse opinions that people held about the verdict. DuBois also talks about learning to relax into a scene, and writing plays to sharpen her dialogue skills. Kate Zambreno, author of Green Girl and Heroines, talks about her experience re-releasing Green Girl -- how the re-release came to pass and what it was like to have the option to revise a work that was published years earlier. She talks about developing the shopgirl protagonist Ruth, who tries to sell the scent "Desire" to people, and achieving urgency in her prose by writing toward confrontation.

[The show begins abruptly due to the loss of the very beginning (but the interviews are complete).]

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lisa See & Jojo Moyes

New York Times bestselling author Lisa See talks with Marrie about her latest novel, China Dolls, finding inspiration, research, and the complicated world of female friendships.  In the second half, Jojo Moyes discusses her novel, One Plus One, compelling characters, difficult points of view, and the drawbacks and advanges of social media for authors.

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(Broadcast date: July 2, 2014)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

David James Poissant & Emma Straub

Marrie Stone talks with short story writer David James Poissant (Jamie), author of the debut collection The Heaven of Animals about collections based around a theme, finding the point of entry into a story, experimental fiction, and much more.  In the second half, novelist Emma Straub, author of The Vacationers, talks about coming from a legacy of writing, the importance of place, and how her novel came together in four short months.

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(Broadcast date: June 25, 2014)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sandra Tsing Loh and Courtney Maum on Writers on Writing

Nicole talks to writer and performer Sandra Tsing Loh about her latest memoir The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, discovering that her voice was better suited to personal stories rather than fiction, and the differences between writing for radio compared to print. Then debut fiction author Courtney Maum discusses her novel I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You and its circuitous journey to publication, how work experience as a corporate namer drove her to change the book's title from its original, The Blue Bear, and how writers are sometimes better off stepping away from the computer and social media.  

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(Broadcast date: July 9, 2014)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

David Fuller & Boris Fishman

Marrie Stone talks with David Fuller, author of Sundance, about enduring characters, generating ideas, and knowing when to pull the plug on ideas that don't work.  In the second half, Boris Fishman, author of A Replacement Life, talks about characters, craft, and revision.

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(Broadcast date: June 11, 2014)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

John Brandon and Daniel James Brown on Writers on Writing

Nicole talks to novelist and short story writer John Brandon about his new collection Further Joy, experimenting with form and re-thinking what makes a short story work. Non-fiction author Daniel James Brown discusses how he found his way into the story of The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the value of thorough research and the importance of conflict throughout a narrative. His book is out now in paperback.

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(Broadcast date: June 18, 2014)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Jane Porter and Andrea Portes on Writers on Writing

Romance novelist Jane Porter (with too many novels to mention) and Andrea Portes, author of Bury This, talk about the art and craft--and business--of writing fiction.

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(Broadcast date: March 26, 2014)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Jill Amadio and Sheila Lowe on Writers on Writing

Jill Amadio, author of Digging Too Deep, and Sheila Lowe, handwriting analyst and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Handwriting Analysis and What She Saw, talk about their novels and nonfiction, writing suspense, and the mystery and suspense genre.

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(Broadcast date: Weds., March 16, 2014)

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Stacey D'Erasmo and Jenny Offill on Writers on Writing

Nicole Nelson talks to Stacey D'Erasmo, author of Wonderland, about doing research touring with an indie rock band, writing sex scenes, and the importance of working past perfectionism.

In the second half of the show, Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation, talks about experimenting with structure, finding authenticity in your storytelling, and why she resists Twitter.

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(Broadcast date: May 28, 2014)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Alice LaPlante & Zachary Lazar

Marrie Stone chats with Alice LaPlante, author of Circle of Wives, about the power of the unreliable narrator, knowing when to abandon projects that don't work, where story inspirations come from, and much more. 

In the second half, novelist Zachary Lazar talks about his latest novel, I Pity the Poor Immigrant, writing about foreign places and times, and the power of juxtaposing unlikely people and things to create compelling stories, and more. 

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(Broadcast date: May 21, 2014)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Lit agent Colleen Mohyde and novelist Ivy Pachoda on Writers on Writing

Literary agent Colleen Mohyde, with the Doe Coover Agency in Boston, and novelist Ivy Pachoda, author of Visitation Street join Barbara DeMarco-Barrett for a conversation about books, publishing, and more.

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(Broadcast date: May 14, 2014)

Friday, May 09, 2014

Jim Gavin & Jennifer Gilmore

Marrie Stone chats with short story writer, Jim Gavin, about his debut collection Middlemen.  In the second half hour, Nicole Nelson talks with Jennifer Gilmore, author of The Mothers.

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(Broadcast date: April 2, 2014)

Monday, May 05, 2014

Francine Prose & A.L. Kennedy on the show

Marrie Stone chats with award-winner author Francine Prose about her latest novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 and stand-up comic and writer A. L. Kennedy, author of the short story collection All the Rage.

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(Broadcast date: April 30, 2014)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Lydia Denworth and Deena Goldstone

Lydia Denworthjournalist and author of I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language, and screenwriter Deena Goldstone, author of the short story collection, Tell Me One Thing, talk with guest host Nicole Nelson.

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We are in our semi-anual fund drive until May 2, 2014, and possibly through May 4, depending on how it goes. Every donation helps; please consider contributing: (949) 824-5824, (949) UCI-KUCI or www.kuci.org/donations (please indicate Writers on Writing is what you listen to on KUCI).  Thank you so much for your support.

(Broadcast date: April 23, 2014)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Wally Lamb & T.C. Boyle

Marrie Stone interviews NYT best-selling author Wally Lamb about his latest novel, We Are Water and short story writer and novelist T.C. Boyle, author of San Miguel and his most recent compilation of short stories, Stories II.

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(Broadcast date: December 4, 2014)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Akhil Sharma, author of Family Life, on Writers on Writing

Akhil Sharma, author of Family Life, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the 12-plus years and 7,000 pages he took to write the novel. He also talks about why, when the book is highly autobiographical, he chose to write the story as a novel and not a memoir.

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(Broadcast date: April 9, 2014)

Note: This podcast starts a few minutes into the interview. Akhil is with us for the entire hour with no musical break at half.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Laura Kasischke & Michael Miller

Marrie Stone interviews poet and novelist Laura Kasischke, discussing her latest novel Mind of Winter and poet Michael Miller about his latest collection, The First Thing Mastered.

April is poetry month, and Michael discusses some of the more accessible poets for those intimidated by poetry.  Tune in to hear his recommendations, and check out these selections from The Huffington Post.

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(Broadcast date: March 19, 2014)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Nicole Mones and Sue William Silverman

Nicole Nelson speaks with Nicole Mones, about her new novel Night in Shanghai, and about research,  incorporating history in fiction, and the importance of living a full life as a writer. During the second half, memoirist Sue William Silverman, discusses her third memoir The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew, sharing how she, through digging deep, found the metaphor for her identity search.

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(Broadcast date: March 12, 2014)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Molly Antopol and Cindy Chupack

Nicole Nelson speaks with Molly Antopol, named one of 5 under 35 by the National Book Foundation, about her new collection of stories The Unamericans, and about using autobiography as an inspiration for fiction. During the second half, Golden Globe award-winning television writer Cindy Chupack, who wrote for HBO's Sex and the City for five years, discusses the art of essay writing and her new comic memoir, The Longest Date: Life as a Wife.

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(Broadcast date: February 12, 2014)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Erika Hayasaki and James Scott

Guest host Marrie Stone talks with Erika Hayasaki about narrative nonfiction, reluctant interview subjects and death, inspired by her latest work, The Death Class: A True Story About Life.  Debut novelist James Scott talks about his book The Kept.

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(Broadcast date: February 26, 2014)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

New York Times Modern Love editor Daniel Jones

New York Times Modern Love editor Daniel Jones, author of the new book, Love Illuminated, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about his book and about the column he's been editor of since its inception.

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(Broadcast date: March 5, 2014)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Ruth Ozeki and Gina Frangello on Writers on Writing

In the first half of the show, guest host Nicole Nelson interviews Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being.

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and Gina Frangello talks to guest host Marrie Stone about her new novel, A Life in Men.

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(Broadcast date: January 29, 2014)

Monday, March 03, 2014

Susan Steinberg and Dennis Palumbo

Guest host Marrie Stone talks with Susan Steinberg about experimental short fiction, creative punctuation, and her latest short story collection SpectacleDennis Palumbo joins in the second half to talk about Daniel Rinaldi mystery, Night Terrors

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(Broadcast date: February 5, 2014)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Lara Vapnyar and Kirstin Chen on Writers on Writing

Guest host Nicole Nelson interviews novelists Lara Vapnyar, The Scent of Pine, and Kirstin Chen, Soy Sauce for Beginners.

(Note: The beginning of the Vapnyar interview has some minor bumps due to a technical issue, but the rest is fine.)

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(Broadcast date: January 15, 2014)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Laura Lippman interviewed on Writers on Writing by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Suspense novelist Laura Lippman talks about And When She Was Good on Writers on Writing with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett.

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(Broadcast date: Sept. 9, 2012)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ed Valentine and Graeme Simsion on Writers on Writing

Ed Valentine, who recently won a Daytime Emmy for Children’s TV Writing for Sesame Street, and Graeme Simsion, with his debut novel The Rosie Project optioned to Sony Pictures, talk with guest host Nicole Nelson on this episode of Writers on Writing.

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(Broadcast date: Dec. 18, 2013)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Jane Isay & Laurie Halse Anderson

Marrie Stone talks with author and editor Jane Isay about her latest work, Secrets and Lies: Surviving the Truths That Change Our Lives and young adult writer Laurie Halse Anderson, author of The Impossible Knife of Memory.

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(Broadcast date: January 22, 2014)