Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Martin interviews George Hodgman, author of Bettyville.

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March 30, 2015

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George Hodgman is a veteran magazine and book editor who was worked at Simon & Schuster, Vanity Fair, and Talk magazine. His writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Interview, W, and Harper’s Bazaar, among other publications.

A few years ago, Hodgman returned to his hometown of Paris, Missouri, for his mother Betty’s ninety-first birthday, for what he thought would be a brief visit. He soon discovered that his mother had lost her driver’s license and her in-home help, and desperately needed the assistance she would rather die than ask for.

Despite his doubts and total lack of cooking skills, Hodgman left New York City and moved back in with his mother, facing the juncture that every son or daughter understands, the reversal of roles that rarely goes smoothly as a parent grows older and both struggle to hold on to what once was. Bettyville is an exquisitely written memoir about the complicated but deeply genuine love a son feels for his courageous, headstrong, vulnerable mother in the twilight of her life.

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00:18:57
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Words The Podcast - Episode 8: It's Vegas, Baby

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March 22, 2015

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Juliana Roth is a writer from New York and a senior in the creative writing program. She’s finishing up an Honors Thesis that will be in the form of a collection of short stories. We discuss her story “Appraisal” in terms of topics like the 1.5 year mark in a relationship, Macguffins, and a world of fine china, PF Chang's, and rivers that wind through the desert.

Liz Swaynie is screenwriter and writer of short fiction. She finished up her major in creative last year and is currently working on getting into the world of network TV comedy and drama. We discuss her spec script for Bob’s Burgers, as well as what a spec script actually is, teleplays as a medium, and an idea for a second season of Words the Podcast, set in Las Vegas.

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01:08:57
 

Words The Podcast - Episode 7: Working Title

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March 15, 2015

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Chris Aldridge is a poet and journalist. He’s a reporter with the Huron Daily Tribune by day, and a inquisitive poet by night. He reads seven of his poems. We discuss his creative process, the ephemerality of the moment, and how to properly conduct an ambush in a Nerf gun fight.

Abrar “Raad” Haider is a senior and pre-med student at U-M. He brings in a current project that draws heavily from what he studies. His short story places Dr. Akiesha Palta in the middle of a dire conflict: her pharmaceutical company is the most successful vaccine company in the world, but it’s also producing many of the world’s most potent viruses.

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01:08:57
 

Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Geoffrey O’Brien, Editor-in-Chief at the Library of America

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January 21, 2015

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A nonprofit publisher of classic American literature, the Library of America was founded in 1979 and has published well over 200 hundred volumes by a wide range of authors, including Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Raymond Chandler, Flannery O’Connor, and Kurt Vonnegut. Geoffrey O’Brien has served as Editor-in-Chief at the LOA since 1988 and is also an accomplished poet, book and film critic, translator, and cultural historian.

Bandyke spoke to O’Brien about three recently issued titles from the Library of America: a collection of Elmore Leonard novels from the 1970s (including Fifty-Two Pickup, Swag, Unknown Man No. 89 & The Switch); Art in America: 1945-1970 (which includes writings from the age of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art & Minimalism); and President Lincoln Assassinated! (which recaptures the immediacy of Lincoln’s assassination, the hunt for the conspirators and the nation’s mourning for the martyred president).

The interview was originally recorded on January 21, 2015.

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00:16:16
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Words The Podcast - Episode 6: Changing Times

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March 9, 2015

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Lucy Zhao reads three poems and discusses salt, liminal spaces, and how to use poetry to land a job.

Andrew Dooley studied poetry, worked as journalist, and then ran the statewide social media accounts for MLive. He brings three articles to the table for discussion: “To all the young journalists asking for advice…,” by Felix Salmon; “Career Advice for Young Journalists: Don’t Take Older Journalists’ Advice,” by Will Oremus; and “Inside Ashton Kutcher’s celebrity-powered viral media empire, which no one knows exists,” by Rob Price.

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01:07:40
 

Words The Podcast - Episode 5: The Statement

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March 1, 2015

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This week The Michigan Daily published its annual literary issue of its weekly insert The Statement. It featured 13 works of short fiction and poetry. We spoke with The Statement editor Ian Dillingham and three of the literary issue contributors (including Words' own Phil Witteveen!)

Kari Simonsen discusses her short story, The Color Blind Knitter
JP Seguin talks Allen Ginsberg and his poem Disrespect
Phil Witteveen elaborates on life, flash fiction, and his short story Course Evaluation

Read all three works, and more, at the The Statement’s literary issue.

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01:04:53
 

Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Gareth Murphy

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January 19, 2015

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Martin talks to author Gareth Murphy about his new book Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry. While music is an integral part of our daily lives, very little is known about the revolutionary men and women on both sides of the Atlantic who founded and shaped this enduring industry. From the invention of the earliest known sound-recording device in 1850s Paris to the CD crash and digital boom today, Murphy takes readers on an immensely entertaining and encyclopedic ride through the many cataclysmic musical, cultural and technological changes that shaped a century and a half of the music business. The interview was recorded on January 19, 2015.

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00:26:27
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Words The Podcast - Episode 4: The Human Heart

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February 15, 2015

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Jeremy Allen is a reporter for The Ann Arbor News. His article Brothers without hearts: Man makes history at U-M Hospital as first patient discharged with Total Artificial Heart was wildly popular. Fellow Ann Arbor News reporter Ben Freed stops by to discuss newsroom antics.

Jeremy Berkowitz is a filmmaker. His story, Catherine the Caterpillar, is about an insect that burrows inside the heart of young boy, and has to decided whether it wants to burst out of the boy’s heart.

Jack Bologna is the creator of Words the Podcast, and he brought a mic to the radiology department for a recent CT scan of his heart. His dad, James, helps tell the story I Hope I Have a Broken Heart.

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01:12:02
 

Words The Podcast - Episode 3: The Next Step

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February 8, 2015

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Lucy Tobier is the 10-year-old editor-in-chief of The Murray Avenue Times, the monthly, hyperlocal newspaper all about Murray Ave. in Ann Arbor. If you’d like to order the February edition of her paper, email her at Lucy.is.here.101@gmail.com.

Jacob Conflitti is a writer and the author of For Your Viewing Pleasure, a short story about a dystopian future where people in deep debt are forced into gladiator-style fights for the entertainment of the wealthy.

Brandon Reisch is the director of the Ann Arbor Poetry Blast, a city-wide poetry initiative. Learn more about this project and how to get involved by visiting the Ann Arbor Poetry Blast tab on our website.

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00:51:41
 

Words The Podcast - Episode 2: Competition

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February 1, 2015

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Alejandro Zuniga and Greg Garno are sports journalists and were the 2014 managing editors of The Michigan Daily‘s sports section. They covered University of Michigan football, writing about on the most historically dismal seasons, the firing of Dave Brandon and Brady Hoke, and the hiring of Jim Harbaugh. On-air they tell stories about life in the press box.

Carlina Duan is a poet and Ann Arbor native. she is currently one of the editors of Michigan in Color. Carlina reads three poems on-air and discusses identity, race, perception, and the menstrual cycle.

George Gardner is a short story writer who wrote Treasurer, the story of a girl who will do whatever it takes to win her middle school student government election. George discusses winning, high school wrestling, and more on this week’s episode.

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1:01:26
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