Former Here on Earth guest Bill Strickland will be in Wisconsin on April 16 and 17 as the keynote speaker at this year’s Fox Cities Book Festival in Menasha. Bill is the author of Make the Impossible Possible, and president-CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, helping the disadvantaged achieve a better future. Jean will also be at the festival, reading from the new edition of her award-winning memoir, I Hear Voices.
Tune into Here on Earth all this week for a reprieve from fundraising. Think of us as your oasis!
Monday: L is for Lion: Annie Lanzillotto has been a frequent guest on Here On Earth, delighting us with her songs, stories and poems. Annie’s memoir, L is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir, won’t be available until next fall, but I couldn’t leave WPR without a sneak preview.
Tuesday: The Saints Come Marching In: When I first contemplated producing a series on female leadership in the early church back in the eighties, scarcely anybody had ever heard of Hildegard of Bingen. But the news that Pope Benedict XVI will name her a Doctor of the Church this year– making her only the fourth woman to be so honored – gave me a reason to bring my award-winning series to Here on Earth during this last week of broadcasts. Women of Spirit had a huge impact on me, and when Barbara Newman, a world-class scholar who served as faculty advisor for the series agreed to revisit the series, I knew we were in for a treat. Plus, three of the original five programs in the series have been re-mastered as CD’s and will be made available as a pledge premium.
Wednesday: How a Global Nomad Becomes a Blake Scholar: Here on Earth has been following the hopscotch progress of Susanne Sklar, a pilgrim soul who spent twenty years travelling the world, working for peace and justice, before finally landing at Oxford where, against the odds, she earned a Ph.D. and became one of the foremost authorities on William Blake.
Thursday: Ten Years (Almost) of Here on Earth: Host Jean Feraca and technical wizard Joe Hardtke team up in a retrospective of the best of Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders, the pioneering global affairs program they created together.
Friday: Tips on How to Retire From a Classy Hobo: Luther the Jet, King of the Hoboes, hosts a final farewell party for Here on Earth with original song lyrics and tips on how to get the most out of the retirement years.
Well, as my old Bronx buddy Bugs Bunny used to say, “That’s all, Folks!”
A big hug to all of you,