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1989

Two-minute or less radio features about books and writers heard on WCBS-AM and syndicated by the CBS Radio Stations News Service (CBS RSNS). Each report may have from one to five parts. They're simple mp3 files. Click to listen or "save as" to load onto your iPod or other mp3 player. FORMAT NOTE: Beginning with cut 59 (Richard Curtis) the sign-off has two versions: one for WCBS, the second for syndication.


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  • 01 Mike Feder - "New York" Son 1-2-89.
  • 02 Edward Abbey - "The Fool's Progress" 1-4-89
  • 03 Edwin McDowell - "The Lost World" 1-9-89
  • 04 J.P. Donleavy - "Are You Listening Rabbi Low" 1-23-89
  • 05 Rita Mae Brown - "Bingo" 1-11-89.mp3
  • 06 Langston Hughes, biography Vol. 2 (with biographer Arnold Rampersad) 1-23-89
  • 07 Karl Shapiro, Pulitzer winning poet - "The Younger Son" 1-30-89
  • 08 Thomas Fleming - "Time and Tide" 2-2-89
  • 09 Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize winner - "Six Days of Destruction" 2-6-89
  • 10 Stan Freberg - "It Only Hurts When I Laugh" 2-13-89
  • 11 Hugh Nissenson - "The Elephant and My Jewish Problem" 2-16-89
  • 12 Gigi Mahon - "Last Days of the New Yorker" 2-20-89
  • 13 Herbert Mitgang - "Dangerous Dossiers" 2-22-89
  • 14 Ethan Canin - "Emperor of the Air" 2-14-89
  • 15 Ward Just - Jack "Gance" 2-27-89.mp3
  • 16 Bob Shacochis - "The Next New World" 3-2-89.mp3
  • 17 Tobias Wolff - "This Boy's Life" 3-6-89
  • 18 Fay Weldon - "Hearts and Lives of Men" 3-9-89.mp3
  • 19 Robertson Davies - "The Lyre of Orpheus" 3-13-89
  • 20 Linda Gray Sexton - "Points of Light" 3-16-89
  • 21 Susan Brownmiller - "Waverly Place" 3-20-89
  • 22 David Leavitt - "Equal Affections" 3-23-89
  • 23 Fodor Travel Guides (with editor Michael Springer) 4-3-89
  • 24 Joseph Wambaugh - "The Blooding" 3-27-89.mp3
  • 25 Publishers Weekly annual study of the 1988 book industry - 3-30-89
  • 26 Edmund White - The Beautiful Room is Empty 4-5-89
  • 27 Dick Francis - "The Edge" 4-7-89
  • 28 Edward Abbey, obituary 4-10-89
  • 29 Neil Bissondath - "A Casual Brutality" 4-12-89
  • 30 Edward Stewart - "Privileged Lives" 4-14-89
  • 31 Roy Blount - "Now Where Were We" 4-18-89
  • 32 Mary Morris - "Nothing to Declare" 4-20-89
  • 33 Peter Maas - "Father and Son" 4-24-89
  • 34 Frank Rose - "West of Eden," The End of Innocence at Apple Computer 4-26-89
  • 35 Fabienne Marsh - "Long Distances" 4-28-89
  • 36 Bobbie Ann Mason - "Love Life" 5-4-89
  • 37 Robert MacNeil, PBS News Hour - "Wordstruck" 5-1-89
  • 38 Douglas Adams - "Long Tea-Time of the Soul" 5-8-89
  • 39 Truman Capote (with biographer Gerald Clarke) 5-10-89
  • 40 Amy Tan - "The Joy Luck Club" 5-15-89
  • 41 Carl Bernstein - "Loyalties" 5-17-89
  • 42 50th Anniversary of John Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath" (with Steinbeck widow Elaine, scholar Robert Demott) WCBS 1989
  • 43 Five-part series on John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" (with widow Elaine, scholar Robert Demott) 6-19-89
  • 44 Ralph Graves - "Share of Honor" 5-22-89
  • 45 K.G.E. Konkel, Toronto Police Dept - "The Glorious East Wind" 5-25-89
  • 46 Barbara Goldsmith - book preservation 5-29-89
  • 47 John Irving - "A Prayer for Owen Meany" 6-5-89
  • 48 Vintage International, new line of paperback books (with editor Erroll McDonald) 6-9-89
  • 49 Katherine Dunn - "Geek Love" 6-12-89
  • 50 William Kennedy - "Quinn's Book" 6-15-89.mp3
  • 51 Maxine Hong Kingston - "Tripmaster Monkey" 6-26-89
  • 52 Simon Brett, U.K. mystery writer - "Mrs. Presumed Dead" 7-6-89
  • 53 Eli Zal, director, Literacy Volunteers - on adult literacy 6-29-89
  • 54 Jonathan Yardley - "Our Kind of People" 7-3-89
  • 55 Carolyn Chute - "Letourneau's Used Auto Parts" 7-7-89
  • 56 Ian Frazier - "Great Plains" 7-10-89
  • 57 Reynolds Price - "Clear Pictures" 7-13-89
  • 58 Paul Theroux - "Riding the Iron Rooster" 6-1-89
  • 59 Richard Curtis, literary agent - "Beyond the Best Seller" 7-17-89.mp3
  • 60 Stuart Kaminsky, Edgar Award winner - "A Cold Red Sunrise" 7-20-89
  • 61 Mary Higgins Clark - "While My Pretty One Sleeps" 7-24-89
  • 62 Doris Lessing - "The Fifth Child" 7-26-89
  • 63 Paul Theroux - "My Secret History" 7-31-89
  • 64 Michael Crighton - "Travels" 8-3-89
  • 65 Richard Schickel, "Time Magazine" film critic - "Schickel on Film" 8-7-89
  • 66 Jay McInerney - "Story of My Life" 8-10-89
  • 67 Nathaniel Branden - Ayn Rand - "Judgment Day" 8-14-89
  • 68 Alice Hoffman - "At Risk" 8-17-89
  • 69 Tony Hillerman - "Talking God" 8-21-89.mp3
  • 70 Graham Greene (with biographer Norman Sherry) 8-23-89
  • 71 Barry Lopez - "Crossing Open Ground" 8-28-89
  • 72 Larry Woiwode - "Born Brothers" 8-31-89
  • 73 Martin Cruz Smith - "Polar Star" 9-4-89
  • 74 Judy Oppenheimer - "Private Demons," The Life of Shirley Jackson 9-7-89
  • 75 Michael Dorris - "The Broken Chord" 9-11-89
  • 76 Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book (with senior writer Linda Henry) 9-14-89
  • 77 Irving Stone, obituary (WCBS) 1989
  • 78 Anne Rice - The Queen of the Damned 9-18-89
  • 79 Ian Hamilton - "In Search of J.D. Salinger" 9-21-89
  • 80 Allan Gurganus - "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All" 9-25-89
  • 81 Harold Brodkey - "Stories in an Almost Classical Mode" 9-28-89
  • 82 Harrison Salisbury, New York Times reporter - "Tianamen Diary" 10-2-89
  • 83 Franklin Allen Leib - Fire Arrow 10-5-89
  • 84 Irwin Shaw (with biographer Michael Shnayerson 10-9-89
  • 85 Judith Viorst, popular poet - "Forever Fifty" 10-12-89
  • 86 The Madeline books by Ludwig Bemelmans (with widow Madeline Bemelmans) 10-16-89
  • 87 Publishers Weekly annual publishing industry salary survey for 1988 10-20-89
  • 88 R.R. Bowker Co. study of book output and prices 10-20-89
  • 89 Art Garfunkel (of Simon and Garfunkel) - "Still Water," poems 10-23-89
  • 90 Russell Banks - "Affliction" 10-26-89.mp3
  • 91 Charles Scribner Jr. - on the venerable publishing house and a new Hemingway stamp 10-30-89
  • 92 Hugh Nissenson - The Elephant and My Jewish Problem 11-2-89.mp3
  • 93 Larry Brown - "Dirty Work" 11-6-89
  • 94 Margaret Drabble, U.K. writer - "A Natural Curiosity" 11-8-89
  • 95 James A. Michener - "Caribbean", "Six Days in Havana" 11-13-89
  • 96 Jason Epstein, Random House editorial director - "The Reader's Catalog" 11-20-89
  • 97 Meg Wolitzer - "This is Your Life" 11-23-89
  • 98 Paul Simms - "Spy Notes" (parody of Cliff Notes) 11-27-89
  • 99 Clifford Stoll, astronomer tracks computer criminals - "The Cukoo's Egg" 11-29-89
  • 100 William Wharton - "Franky Furbo" 12-4-89
  • 101 Susan Brownmiller - "Waverly Place" 12-7-89
  • 102 Thomas Mallon - "Stolen Words" 12-11-89
  • 103 Thomas Keneally - "To Asmara" 12-25-89
  • 104 Langston Hughes, biography, Vols 1 and 2 ressued in paperback (with biographer Arnold Rampersad) 12-18-89


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