In The Author's Voice

  • Local Host Jeff Williams, Jennifer Fuller

In the Author's Voice is a regular web feature of WSIU Public Radio.  WSIU hosts talk with local and national Author's about their works.

With medical marijuana now legally available in Illinois, the state's pilot program is hitting full stride.  In fact, according to national statistics, 23 states and the District of Columbia have some form of legal marijuana usage.

As the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Paris continues to unfold, Canadian journalist and military historian Gwynne Dyer suggests the western world and specifically the United States does not need to be overly concerned with the rise of the so called "Islamic State."    For this edition of In The Author's Voice, WSIU's Jeff Williams talked with Dyer about his new book Don't Panic: ISIS, Terror and Today's Middle East.  The conversation was recorded just days before the the November 13th terrorist attack in Paris.

book cover of The Gift of Failure

A column in the Atlantic by Educator, author and writer Jessica Lahey on over-parenting and why parents should let their children fail generated overwhelming response.  Her new book The Gift of Failure examines what parents should know in order to help their children succeed.   Lahey recently talked with WSIU's Jeff Williams for this edition of In The Author's Voice.

Ciril Jazbec/National Geographic

Weather patterns are shifting, ice caps are melting and sea levels are rising.   Climate change is the subject of the November issue of National Geographic magazine.  The entire issues is dedicated to exploring the issue as well as examining remedial actions.    WSIU's Jeff Williams talks with National Geographic magazine's Dennis Dimick for this edition of In The Author's Voice.   You can view the online edition here.

book cover of Killer Nashville Noir-Cold Blooded

This week marks the 10th Anniversary of the Killer Nashville Writers' Conference. To commemorate the milestone a new anthology of mystery and horror short stories written by more than a dozen conference participants is now on bookshelves.   WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with conference organizer Clay Stafford about "Killer Nashville Noir-Cold Blooded" for this edition of In The Author's Voice.

book cover Side-Yard Superhero
Five Star Publications

Author and educator Rick Niece reflects on life growing up in a small Ohio town and his journey back in his latest book Side-Yard Superhero: Life Lessons from an Unlikely Teacher.   WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Niece about the book in this edition of In The Author's Voice.

book cover Six of Crows
Henry Holt and Company

Author Leigh Bardugo talks with WSIU's Jeff Williams about her latest fantasy-adventure novel Six of Crows for this installment of In The Author's Voice.

book cover for the shift
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

A new book chronicles a day in the life of a nurse.   Theresa Brown is an RN, author and frequent columnist on health care issues from the nurse's perspective.  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Brown about her new book The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives.

Lynn Johnson/National Geographic

Illinois and 22 other states allow the medical use of marijuana. The origin of cannabis for medicinal purposes dates back to the healers of ancient China. But what do we really know about the science of marijuana? Despite the fact that marijuana has been around for centuries very little scientific research has been conducted.  

History Publishing

April marks the 150th Anniversary of the death of President Abraham Lincoln. Most school children learn about the escapades of John Wilkes Booth and his assignation of President Lincoln during a performance at Ford's Theater on April 15, 1865.   But most people probably don't recognize the name John Surratt; let alone his connection to the conspiracy that ended in the death of the country's 16th president.