Sunday, January 30, 2011

Podcast - Wendell Potter

Stephen Usery interviews former health insurance executive Wendell Potter about his book, Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans. Potter is a former Memphis Press Scimitar reporter who worked his way up the corporate health care ladder until their practices finally burdened his conscience enough for him to quit and blow the whistle.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Podcast - Soledad O'Brien

Stephen Usery interviews CNN news anchor and special correspondent Soledad O'Brien about her new memoir The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities. It follows O'Brien from her growing up in her interracial, immigrant family, attending Harvard, and working her way up the ladder in the competitive field of television news.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Podcast - Marshall Chapman

Stephen Usery interviews Marshall Chapman about her new book, They Came to Nashville. In addition to her own story, Chapman talks to several country music performers and songwriters, including Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris, about why they moved to Nashville and their earliest experiences when getting to town.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Podcast - Sonja Livingston

Stephen Usery interviews University of Memphis instructor Sonja Livingston, about her memoir, Ghostbread. Now in paperback, this winner of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Non-Fiction is an impressionistic take on Livingston's childhood in the Rust Belt area of western New York.