This year's One Read selection, “The Tiger’s Wife” by Tea Obreht, has been described as a story about storytelling. As the One Read program gets under way, we take a closer look at the idea of storytelling itself: Why are stories important on an individual and community level? How have our ideas about story changed? And what can we expect to see in the future?
We hear from the author of a new book that retraces the route William Least Heat-Moon took in his bestselling book, Blue Highways. But first, a conversation with MU Provost Brian Foster about the latest developments concerning the University of Missouri Press. Hosted by Rehman Tungekar.
Brian Foster, provost, University of Missouri-Columbia
Ed Ailor III, author, "Blue Highways Revisited:
William Least Heat-Moon, author, "Blue Highways"
From 2001 to 2008, painter Billyo O’Donnell traveled across the Show-Me State to capture scenes from each of Missouri's 114 counties and the city of St. Louis. Meanwhile, writer Karen Glines compiled essays about each county to accompany the artwork. Since being published in a coffee-table book titled "Painting Missouri" in 2008, the paintings have toured the state and are back on display this month in Columbia. We hear from the duo about what went into their effort, what they saw along the way, and how people have responded to the work.
Karen Glines, author and former arts and culture writer for AOL in St. Louis
Billyo O'Donnell, landscape painter
(Program was recorded Thursday, April 12.)Spring is officially upon us, and for many in the country it arrived early this year. We get some possible explanations for the record high temperatures in March. You'll also hear how the early spring could benefit farmers, consumers and even the insect population.
Rob Lawrence, forest entomologist, Missouri Department of Conservation
Tony Lupo, chairman, University of Missouri Department of Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences
Michael Monson, chair, University of Missouri Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Lowell Schachtsiek, a farmer from northeast Missouri (joining the program by phone)
Janice Stillman, editor of the Old Farmers Almanac (joining the program by phone)
The Missouri River was once the lifeblood of this region, bringing goods and prosperity through towns across the state. But like the muddy water itself, the river's ideal use and flow is not as clear as it may have been years ago. Dams and levees have altered its course and threatened aquatic life; and over the past decade outdoor and nature enthusiasts have led a growing effort to clean up trash littered along the river and turn the waterway into a central point for recreation. We look at statewide conservation efforts and what lies in store for the Big Muddy.
Wondering what to read this winter? Looking to give books as a gift? Panelists and audience members share their favorite books from this year. We also discuss the impact electronic devices are having on the distribution of books.
END OF YEAR BOOK LISTS: New York Times Top 10 - New York Times 100 Notable Books - The Atlantic - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Publishers Weekly - Amazon.com - National Public Radio - San Francisco Chronicle - Los Angeles Times
Sally Abromovich, public services librarian, Daniel Boone Regional Library
Annette Kolling-Buckley, owner, Columbia Books
List of books mentioned during the discussion
* The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (by Stieg Larsson)
* Hunger Games trilogy (by Suzanne Collins)
* Autobiography of Mark Twain
* The Help (by Kathryn Stockett)
* Freedom (by Jonathan Franzen)
* Cleopatra: A Life (by Stacy Schiff)
* Never Let Me Go (by Kazuo Ishiguro)
* Sarah's Key (by Tatiana de Rosnay)
* The Garden (by Kate Morton)
* The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (by Rebecca Skloot)
* Room (by Emma Donaghue)
* Still Missing (by Chevy Stevens)
* The Confession (by John Grisham)
* The Passage (by Justin Cronin)
* Decision Points (by George W. Bush)
* Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters (by Barack Obama)
* Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World (by Jack Weatherford)
* The Man Who Invented the Computer (by Jane Smiley)
* Little Bee (Cby hris Cleave)
* A Visit from the Goon Squad (by Jennifer Egan)
* Profiles in Courage (by John Kennedy)
* Guide to the Afterlife (by E.E. King)
* Unbroken (by Laura Hillenbrand; coming out soon)
The book chosen for this year's One Read program follows three sets of mysteriously connected characters as their lives unveil several intertwined themes: individual identity, personal reinvention, connection to others, mental illness, sudden disappearance, and how the Internet is reshaping a lot of these ideas. On today's Intersection, we talk about how the themes in the book play out in real life. We also hear how the mid-Missouri community has responded to the book. Whether or not you read "Await Your Reply," today's conversation provides a thought-provoking look at how we all turn into the characters we are.
Dan Chaon, author of "Await Your Reply" (joining us by phone)
Elaine Larson, psychologist at the Fulton State Hospital
Doyne McKenzie, One Read co-chair and collections manager at Daniel Boone Regional Library
What is already being done to help teens in the community, and what else could be done to smooth the transition into adulthood?
Lorenzo Lawson, founding director, Youth Empowerment Zone
Ryan Worley, assistant coordinator, Youth Community Coalition
What can viewers expect from this year's line-up and how does the True/False Film Fest fit into the larger picture of documentary film in general?