A Novel Idea Non-fiction to pulp fiction, host Suzanne M. Lang explores the world of books featuring conversations with writers, academics, and readers. We all have a story to tell. It's A Novel Idea.
A Novel Idea

A Novel Idea

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Non-fiction to pulp fiction, host Suzanne M. Lang explores the world of books featuring conversations with writers, academics, and readers. We all have a story to tell. It's A Novel Idea.

Most Recent Episodes

Richard Alther Discusses His New Novel Bedside Matters on A Novel Idea (Aired: March 7, 2021)

There is the promise of life, even at its end. Richard Alther's novel Bedside Matters explores the ultimate question: what matters most? Alther, whose previous works include Roxie & Fred, The Scar Letters, Siegfried Follies, and the Decade of Blind Dates, joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation this month on KRCB's A Novel Idea. A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play! (Photos: Courtesy of the author)

Richard Alther Discusses His New Novel Bedside Matters on A Novel Idea (Aired: March 7, 2021)

Bohemians West: Free Love, Family, and Radicals in Twentieth-Century America on A Novel Id...

Bohemians West — Free Love, Family, and Radicals in Twentieth-Century America is the story of free love and the radical movement of the early twentieth century through the lens of two lovers, Sara Bard Field and Charles Erskine Scott Wood, both married to others when they met with families of their own. Their tumultuous love story spanned thirty years, the same amount of time that separated them by age, in the midst of the progressivism of the pre-WWI years, the women's suffrage movement, and beyond. Historian Sherry L. Smith brings us this story of two poets, activists, and lovers. Sherry joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation. It's A Novel Idea. A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play! (Photos courtesy of the author)

Bohemians West: Free Love, Family, and Radicals in Twentieth-Century America on A Novel Id...

Historian Lynn Downey Joins Suzanne Lang on A Novel Idea (Aired: January 3, 2021)

Lynn Downey is a historian of the American West, longtime archivist with Levi Strauss & Co, and has two new books worth talking about, whether you're a history buff or not! Arequipa Sanatorium: Life in California's Lung Resort for Women is a lively chronicle of the early Twentieth Century in the San Francisco area where tuberculosis was raging, and dedicated doctors and community members supported a unique facility in Fairfax California to give women a new chance at life. Lynn's also written a novel set in Arizona on a dude ranch, and she joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation on A Novel Idea. A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play! (Photos: Courtesy of the author)

Historian Lynn Downey Joins Suzanne Lang on A Novel Idea (Aired: January 3, 2021)

Join Suzanne M Lang in Conversation with Brandon J McDermott on A Novel Idea (Aired: Decem...

"Radio saved me." Brandon J McDermott grew up pretending to be a baseball announcer and ranking all the songs he knew said just this about himself: "radio saved me." McDermott, a successful NPR broadcaster in Lincoln, Nebraska, is local host of NPR's "Morning Edition" and news reporter at NET, Nebraska's PBS & NPR Stations. He's just received a national award from the Radio Television Digital News Association and National Endowment for Financial Education, the 2020 Personal Finance Reporting Award for his story "Nebraska Schools Tackle Financial Literacy." Brandon's life, however, hasn't always been so focused and productive. His boyhood years were troubled and troubling. His parents were not equipped with parenting skills and subjected Brandon to emotional and physical abuse that no child should experience, but unfortunately many have. Brandon J McDermott tells his story in Abandon Brandon, A memoir. Along with being a broadcaster, Brandon is an advocate for stepping out of the silence of shame. It has been a key element in his own transformation. Join Suzanne M Lang in conversation with Brandon J McDermott, Sunday, December 6th at 10am PT. Broadcasting at 90.9 and 91.1 and streaming at Radio (norcalpublicmedia.org). A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!

Join Suzanne M Lang in Conversation with Brandon J McDermott on A Novel Idea (Aired: Decem...

Joan Frank joins Suzanne M. Lang on A Novel Idea (Aired: November 29, 2020)

Northern California writer Joan Frank is a woman who quotes Dorothy Parker with ease and whose conversations are as good as her books. Joan's published her third book of 2020; The Outlook for Earthlings is a stunning work of prose and an insightful look into lives over time and experience. Joan Frank joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation. A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play! (Photos: Courtesy of the author)

Joan Frank joins Suzanne M. Lang on A Novel Idea (Aired: November 29, 2020)

David Stebenne Joins Suzanne Lang for A Novel Idea (Aired: November 1, 2020)

David Stebenne unwraps how the middle class was created but then could not hold in his book Promised Land, How the Rise of the Middle Class Transformed America, 1929-1968. Stebenne details the social, economic, and political realities that picked us up from the Great Depression, especially if you were white and male, and by the 1950's had hoisted the country into prosperity with a burgeoning middle class; by 1968 the cracks were too wide to ignore, and the country has been yearning and grumbling ever since. David is a specialist in modern American political and legal history, is widely published, teaches at Ohio State University, and joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation, Sunday, November 1st at 10am on KRCB's A Novel Idea. A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play! (Photo: Courtesy of the author)

David Stebenne Joins Suzanne Lang for A Novel Idea (Aired: November 1, 2020)

Charmian Kittredge London Biographer Iris Jamahl Dunkle on A Novel Idea (Aired: October 4, 2020)

Charmian Kittredge London was a great American writer, Jack London's second wife, and is the subject of Iris Jamahl Dunkle's biography Charmian Kittredge London -Trailblazer, Author, Adventurer. Iris joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation, telling the story of the bold and somewhat misunderstood life of Charmian. A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play! (Photos: Courtesy of the author)

Charmian Kittredge London Biographer Iris Jamahl Dunkle on A Novel Idea (Aired: October 4, 2020)

Flying Free with Cecilia Aragon on KRCB's A Novel Idea (Aired: September 6, 2020)

Aerobatic flying, as described and practiced by Cecilia Aragon, a world champion aerobatic pilot, is a dance in the sky, with spins and turns and gravity-defying grace. Her memoir is Flying Free, My Victory over Fear to Become the First Latina Pilot on the US Aerobatic Team —a true adventure story. Her descriptions of flying are as riveting as her personal story is inspiring. Cecilia is not only an air-show pilot and author but the first Latina full professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington. She joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation on KRCB's A Novel Idea. A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play! (Photos: Courtesy of the author)

Flying Free with Cecilia Aragon on KRCB's A Novel Idea (Aired: September 6, 2020)

Obi Kaufmann on A Novel Idea (Aired: August 30, 2020)

A Novel Idea comes from 9000 ft above sea level in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains of California, where Suzanne M. Lang brings you her conversation with Obi Kaufmann on his latest work, The Forests of California, a follow-up to the best-selling The California Field Atlas, and The State of Water. Kaufmann's work is filled with art, science, poetry, and maps, all infused with his love of California. A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play! (Photos: Courtesy of the author)

Obi Kaufmann on A Novel Idea (Aired: August 30, 2020)

Chana Porter on A Novel Idea (Aired: August 2, 2020)

Risky authors play with form and defy easy description, and this is the case with two authors who through their radical storytelling take us on a good ride, but with something sound and poignant underlying. The Seep is an alien life form that comes to inhabit humanity in Chana Porter's quasi-utopian, surreal fantasy, The Seep. Thomas E. Cochrane, a noted geologist has taken a turn into fiction with his twisted detective novel, Entwined. Join Suzanne M Lang in conversation with playwright and novelist Chana Porter, as well as Thomas E. Cochrane, Sunday, August 2nd at 10 am PT. It's A Novel Idea on KRCB Northern California Public Media, streaming at undefined. A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play! (Photos: Courtesy of the author) https://media.krcb.org/podcast/a_novel_idea/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/A_Novel_Idea_20200802_ChanaPorte_AUG_02.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android | RSS

Chana Porter on A Novel Idea (Aired: August 2, 2020)

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