5 morning plays with esteemed authors
Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio bring winter and spring 2021 series of Writers on a New England Stage on-air events. Five separate literary conversations with esteemed authors will focus on a personal calculation with race in New Hampshire; thoughtful questions about end-of-life care and what it means for life and death; economic misunderstandings and their impact on our society; environmental challenges and the importance of water conservation; and themes of race and class structure.
Authors’ discussions include cultural critic raised in New Hampshire Rebecca Carroll, renowned host of NPR Diane rehm, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul krugman, environmental activist, consumer advocate and renowned activist, Erin Brockovich, and 1 New York Times bestselling author, Kevin Kwan.
These five separate conversations are part of the beloved series’ mission to bring renowned writers and thinkers to New Hampshire audiences and to connect with fans of literature.
The conversation program:
Monday June 28 at 9 a.m.., award-winning author, podcast host and critic of black culture Rebecca Carroll presents his new book Survive the white gaze. Carroll grew up in rural New Hampshire and experienced a painful struggle as a minority in a predominantly white culture. Survive the white gaze is her moving and powerful memoir recounting her journey from childhood to forging her own identity as a black woman in America. Carroll hosted the podcast Come with Rebecca Carroll, cultural critic at the WNYC and general critic of the Los Angeles Times. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications and she is the author of several books on race in America, including the Raw sugar.
Tuesday June 29 at 9 a.m., renowned NPR radio host and bestselling author Diane rehm presents his new book When my time comes. The book is a candid and compassionate consideration of the right to die movement, seen through the prism of the death of Ms. Rehm’s husband. Diane Rehm is from Washington. She began her radio career in 1973 as a volunteer for WAMU 88.5, the NPR member station in Washington, DC. Diane became a broadcast legend by hosting Diane Rehm’s show, distributed by NPR from 1979 to 2016, when it had an audience of two and a half million. She now hosts a podcast for WAMU-NPR, In my thoughts.
Wednesday June 30 at 9 a.m., Nobel laureate and The New York Times journalist Paul krugman with his new book Arguing with zombies: economy, politics and the fight for a better future. Krugman explores the concept of the zombie economy – the misunderstandings about economic principles that persist and persist – and how these misunderstandings inform debates about healthcare, real estate bubbles, tax reform, and social security, among other topics. Paul Krugman has joined The New York Times in 1999 as an opinion columnist. He is a Distinguished Doctorate Professor in Economics at the Graduate Center. program and researcher at the Luxembourg Income Study Center at the City University of New York. In 2008, Paul was the sole recipient of the Memorial Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on the theory of international trade. Paul currently lives in New York.
Thursday July 1 at 9 a.m.., environmental activist, consumer advocate and renowned activist, Erin Brockovitch presents his new book Superman is not coming. Just a week after Earth Day, a timely conversation from Erin Brockovich shows us what is at stake with the state of the water on our planet. Superman is not coming is a moving call to protect our precious resources, to make our voices heard, to keep our water safe and finally to bring about change. Brockovich is the president of Brockovich Research & Consulting and the founder of the Erin Brockovich Foundation, a non-profit organization created to educate and empower communities in their fight for clean water. She hosts her own show on PodcastOne and lives in Southern California.
Friday July 2 at 9 a.m., # 1 New York Times bestselling author, Kevin Kwan presents his new book Sex and vanity. The emblematic author of the successful phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians returns with the glittering story of a young woman who finds herself torn between two men and two very different cultures: the WASPY fiance of her family’s dreams, and George Zao, the man she desperately tries to avoid falling in love with . Beyond memorable characters and popular appeal, Kwan’s books tackle serious themes of race, identity, and class structure. The recent attacks on Asian Americans in our country have drawn attention to these issues and fostered national self-reflection. In addition to Crazy Rich Asians, Kwan is also the author of international bestsellers Rich girlfriend in China, and Problems of rich people. Crazy Rich Asians was a # 1 New York Times bestseller and major film; the novel has been translated into over 30 languages. In 2018, Kevin Kwan was nominated by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
NOTE: These conversations were recorded from February to May 2021.
RPSN All things Considered host Peter Biello engages in virtual conversations with the authors on the dates indicated. Literary conversations are part of Writers on a New England Stage, a partnership of The music room and New Hampshire Public Radio.