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The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918: A New Novel by Susan Meissner "As Bright as Heaven"


KAXE/KBXE focuses on the written word a lot.  Whether it's for writers with Wordish on Monday mornings at 6:50, writer essays from Steve Downing or contributors to our Sunday night program Stay Human with Michael Goldberg..... What We're Reading features author interviews and reader segments with our staff librarian Tammy Bobrowsky and Realgoodwords with Heidi Holtan features author interviews. 

Whew.  So if you need something to read or are looking to be sparked creatively, you should stay tuned to KAXE/KBXE. 

In this interview with award winning author Susan Meissner, you'll hear how Michael Small and Heidi Holtan were intrigued by her novel "As Bright As Heaven" set in Philadelphia during WWI and the Spanish Flu pandemic.  Don't forget to let us know what you are reading - or join our community of readers on facebook

Heidi Holtan has worked at KAXE/KBXE for over 22 years. She currently helms the Morning Show as News and Public Affairs Director where she manages producers, hosts local interviews and programs, oversees and manages web stories and establishes focus areas of programming like phenology, clean energy, Indigenous voices, Strong Women, local foods, clean energy, economic development and more. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North. In 2018 Heidi received the “Building Bridges in Media” award from the Islamic Resource Group for her work on KAXE/KBXE hosting conversations about anti-Muslim movements in rural Minnesota. During the pandemic, Heidi hosted 14 months of a weekly statewide conversation on COVID-19 for the AMPERS network.