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Library Interview: Brooks Blevins on "Ghost of the Ozarks"

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“I’m a country guy and always will be,” explains author Brooks Blevins. “Being an Ozarker means being able to get away from everything and be out in the country.” It also meant a career studying the region of his birth and its inhabitants.

Stormy Weather: Meteorologist and Author Mike Smith Talks Tornadoes (Video)

When the Sirens Were Silent: How the Warning System Failed a Community

It takes some serious moxie to claim @USWeatherExpert as your Twitter handle, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s Mike Smith. As the founder and CEO of WeatherData, Smith makes it his business to warn people about extreme weather, and, in doing so, saving lives.

Library Interview: Linda Rodriguez

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For Kansas City author Linda Rodriguez, the distance between literary writing like poetry and popular writing like mystery fiction is no further than the width of her desk.

Script-In-Hand Preview: For Colored Girls...

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It’s not a musical, exactly, but Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf is a hugely musical experience. Shange described her play as a “choreopoem.”

Library Interview: Christopher Leinberger on Urbanism

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Live by the automobile. Die by the automobile. That’s Christopher Leinberger’s mantra. He has become convinced that the means by which we get around determines what our cities look like.