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The Write Question
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The Write Question is a weekly, half-hour program that explores
writing and publishing in the Western United States. Chérie
Newman, a producer with Montana
Public Radio, interviews writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
And, occasionally, a publisher or editor. The program includes readings
and information about the publishing process. The Write Question
receives funding from Humanities
Montana and the Montana Cultural Trust.
Our climate is changing fast, but shifting weather patterns have threatened humans before, right here in North America. About 15,000 years ago, the weather began to warm, melting the huge glaciers of the Late Pleistocene. In this brand new landscape, humans managed to adapt to unfamiliar habitats and dangerous creatures in the midst of a wildly fluctuating climate. What was it like to live with huge pack-hunting lions, saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, and gigantic short-faced bears, to hunt now extinct horses, camels, and mammoth? Are there lessons for modern people lingering along this ancient trail? Doug Peacock tackles all these questions and theorizes about the last period of global warming with his new book, In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene.
In Montana, by Gwen Florio, foreign correspondent Lola Wicks is livid. She's been downsized from her Kabul posting. Her editor reassigns her to a stateside suburban beat formerly the province of interns. When she arrives in Montana for some R&R at a friend's cabin, her friend is nowhere in sight. Anger turns to terror when Lola discovers her friend shot dead. Even as she unravels her friend's terrible fate, Lola Wicks joins many Americans in learning the hard lessons of a fraught economy—that circumstances change in a flash, that formerly overlooked places and people can hold deep value, and that in the end human bonds matter so much more than fleeting career success.
Henry Real Bird
Montana poet Henry Real Bird served as the state's Poet Laureate from 2009-2011, and was named the 2011-2012 Academy of Western Artists Cowboy Poet of the Year. During this program he reads from his new collection, Wolf Teeth, and talks about his experiences as a teacher and Crow culture keeper. His previous collection of poems, Horse Tracks, was named 2011 Poetry Book of the Year by the High Plains Book Awards. Real Bird is a rancher and educator who raises bucking horses on Yellow Leggins Creek in the Wolf Teeth Mountains.
Poet and baker Kate Lebo takes her cue from Carl Sagan's quote to reinterpret everything we thought we knew about pie. She describes her book, A Commonplace Book of Pie, as a collection of facts (both real and imagined) about pie. It includes time-proven recipes, an eclectic mix of prose poems, a pie horoscope, and ephemera. Lebo explores the tension between the container and the contained while also busting clichés and creating new myths around strawberry rhubarb, vanilla cream, mincemeat, and many other pies. The book includes two dozen watercolors and illustrations by artist Jessica Lynn Bonin that reinterpret pie and baking in a contemporary, feminist context.