Reporters Recount An Infamous Murder-For-Hire Case

Oct 25, 2020

Philadelphia Inquirer reporters George Anasatsia and Ralph Cipriano talk about their new book: Doctor Dealer -- a true crime story about Dr, James Kauffman, a doctor dealing opioids to a notorious motorcycle gang, and the murder of his wife April Kauffman.  

A Wonderful Life by Frank Martela

Aug 31, 2020

Scholar and philosopher Frank Martela joins John and Heidi on the Thursday Morning Show to talk about his new book “A Wonderful Life: Insights for Finding a Meaningful Existence”.  They talk about the meaning of happiness especially in this time of pandemic.

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Psychiatrist, gardener and author Sue Stuart-Smith talks with Heidi Holtan and John Bauer on the Thursday Morning Show about her new book “The Well-Gardened Mind ”.  Sue talks about the healing effects that are achieved through nature and gardening.

Tea Hacic-Vlahovic is the "Life of the Party"

Jul 6, 2020

Life of the Party is a darkly humorous narrative set in Milan. The story takes you into the underbelly of Milanese fashion and nightlife, through the eyes of Mia, a young expatriate. who came Milan to escape her problems but only found new and more glamorous ones. Mia indulges in the highs and lows that drugs and men can offer, only to be left with herself in the end. Can you lose your innocence if you never had it in the first place? Tragic, fun, artful-- Hacic-Vlahovic draws on her experience in the fashion world to craft a Beat novel for the Instagram generation.

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Kristan Higgins is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty novels. In her latest book she “tackles fractured family relationships through the story of a quietly unhappy nuclear family trapped in a narrative of their own making.”

What We're Reading, June 2020

Jul 1, 2020

We hear from authors Kristan Higgins, Anne Enright, and David Pepper--they all have new novels to tell us about, and later in the show we’ll hear from social media personality and author Tea Hacic-Vlahovic, community member Ryan Zemek will reflect on fatherhood and Cormac McCarthy’s novel the Road, and we’ll hear from Minnesota writer Sun Yung Shin, she’s the editor of the book A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, which was recently selected as our next One Book One Minnesota read.

The killing of George Floyd, a black man from Minneapolis, by a police officer was like pouring gasoline on a smoldering fire. As many of us watched the protests grow across the country, you may have found yourself wondering: How did we get here? What can we do? And hopefully now you’re can we move forward--together? 

What We're Reading, May 2020

Jun 10, 2020

We hear from writer Brooke Fossey on her debut novel about seniors in an assisted living facility coming together to help a troubled young woman, it’s called The Big Finish; Sue Monk Kidd asks what if Jesus had a wife and envisions what her life may have been like in her new highly anticipated novel The Book of Longings.

Explore Minnesota with Amy Rea

Jun 9, 2020

Summertime in Minnesota is the perfect time for exploring all that the state has to offer, and especially now during a pandemic, visiting our parks and shorter day trips seem like a great way to get out of the house and spend some time outdoors. So, reach for the newest edition of Explorer’s Guide Minnesota and plan your next trip. It’s "the perfect guide to navigate Minnestoa’s cities, lakes, and everything in between." There’s something for everyone in this book! Hear our interview with author Amy Rea.

Rob Harrell is an internationally syndicated comic strip illustrator. In 2006 he was diagnosed with and treated for a rare form of eye cancer. When the young daughter of a friend of his was diagnosed with cancer, Rob decided to share his story, to put his experience to paper and wrote his new novel Wink. The story follows the character Ross Maloy, who wants nothing else but to hang out with his best friends Abby and Isaac, and be a normal seventh grader. But a diagnosis of a life-threatening rare eye cancer changes everything.