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Neighborhood book exchanges popping up throughout Tampa Bay listen

09/30/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

Tags: books, Mitzi Gordon, book exchange, Little Free Library, literature

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There’s a new kind of library in town. Little blue boxes not much larger than a mail box. Mitzi Gordon started Blue Bird Books in 2011 with a bus that traveled around promoting literacy and art. Now she’s expanded those efforts to create a book exchange where residents in the Tampa Bay area can take and leave books.

That’s Mitzi Gordon of Blue Bird Books talking about the four locations where Tampa Bay area residents can swap books at no charge. More information about the boxes is on thei...

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Terry Tempest Williams talks about her book When Women Were Birds

03/14/13 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Terry Tempest Williams the author of fourteen books, including Refuge, Leap, the Open Space of Democracy, Finding Beauty in a Broken World talks about her latest book WHEN WOMEN WERE BIRDS:FIFTY FOUR VARIATIONS OF VOICE. In the book, Williams explores her mother's identity and subsequently searches for her own. The San Francisco Chronicle states that "Williams displays a Whitmanesque embrace of the world and its contradictions...As the pages accumulate, her voice grows in majesty and power u...

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Extremism in the Civil Rights Era listen

10/28/11 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The civil rights era was at its peak from 1955 to 1968 and during this time many events occurred that continue to affect citizens world wide. WMNF’s Atecia Robinson reports from the Tampa Bay History Center, where Clive Webb presented his ideas on this era through his book Rabble Rousers: The American Far Right in the Civil Rights Era.

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Science Challenge 2011

12/27/10 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former physicist Jeff Shaumeyer worried about American culture excluding the sciences. So in 2004, he began a company called Ars Hermenuetica in an effort to encourage science literacy.

Shaumeyer implemented the Science Reading challenge a few years later, an attempt to inspire average Americans to read popular science.

"It came about when I noticed some online blogging fri...

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Interview with author Walter Dean Myers Part II listen

09/29/10 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Award-winning author Walter Dean Myers published two young adult novels in 2010. The first one was Lockdown, about an inner city youth who gets two years in juvenile detention for breaking and entering. The second book, The Crusiers, is about slacker students at an exclusive school for gifted students in Harlem.

WMNF’s Dawn Morgan Elliott spoke with the Myers on communicating with young adults, saving juveniles in the prison system, and how young people handle the seriousness of his...

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Interview with author of Lonely - Part II listen

07/20/10 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last week we aired the first half of an interview with Emily White, author of the new book Lonely: A Memoir. In the second half of the interview, WMNF reporter Dawn Morgan Elliott asks White what other surprise findings she came across in her research on the topic of loneliness.

"We tend to think of loneliness as something that affects the elderly. And it certainly does. But to a much greater extent it affects young people. And the reason we donâ€...

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Interview with Emily White on Lonely: A Memoir, Part I listen

07/14/10 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Emily White is a lawyer-turned-author who wrote Lonely: A Memoir, earlier this year. WMNF spoke with White and began by asking why she wrote a book on the topic of loneliness.

"I knew that loneliness was probably fairly widespread, and I couldn’t understand why no one was writing about it in the first person. There was lots of third person stuff, where they talk about a lonely person, objectify the lonely person. But not having any first person material available made me feel stigmati...

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Eternal Optimist listen

06/25/10 Dawn Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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David Niven's new book, Up, gives a positive answer backed by research, to the notion that life is bad and keeps getting worse.

DN: The number of different ways that life is getting better is quite astounding. The idea behind Up is that, if we think about that, if we pay some attention, it’s not just a matter of trivia, it sustains us, and the things we care about, in family life or career. Any aspect, if we have a little sense of hope and optimism, it’s h...

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