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The University of Notre Dame’s Peter Holland, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Shakespeare, examines the great playwright’s skill at subtly raising questions that resonate to this day. What does it mean, for example, to “forgive and forget?” Why do we (and did King Lear) say it?
Hip-hop is now America’s most popular music genre, supplanting rock. In a discussion of his new book, Davidson College sociologist Joseph Ewoodzie examines its roots, going back to hip-hop’s creation by Clive Campbell – DJ Kool Herc – at a birthday party in New York’s West Bronx in 1973.
Urban planner Joe Minicozzi looks at the “math” of effective city building – the financial implications of land use decisions in municipalities like Kansas City – in the second installment of the Making a Great City series. Needed: development patterns that create the most valuable and resilient revenue sources.
Micah W. Kubic, who heads the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas, discusses his book about Freedom, Inc., and its more than half-century history of raising the visibility of issues impacting Kansas City’s black community and helping to elect African-Americans to political office.
Dodge City, Kansas, native Robert Rebein revisits his hometown and Kansas’ high plains often in a discussion of his third book, Headlights on the Prairie: Essays on Home, an extensive collection of acclaimed narrative essays.
Cowboy historian Jim Gray, executive director of the National Drovers Hall of Fame in Ellsworth, Kansas, recalls the early days of ranching and cattle driving and the challenges involved – from abominable weather to stampedes – involved in getting beef from the trail to your plate.
George Saunders discusses his best-selling Lincoln in the Bardo, winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for best original novel. The book movingly imagines Abraham Lincoln’s night in a cemetery, tor