After the global financial crisis hit in 2008, Pulitzer Prize winner J.R. Moehringer was so angry at banks, he says, he decided to write about the people who rob them — in the form of fiction, since he's not an economist.
"I thought it would be healthy to live vicariously through a bank robber at that moment that bankers were ruining the world," Moehringer tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
In his first historical novel, Sutton, Moehringer writes from the point of view of Willie Sutton, whom he calls the "greatest American bank robber."
Radio is rockin' on today's MEDICINE BALL CARAVAN (11am-noon Central Standard on 88.7FM locally or www.krvs.org) with the latest by Chuck Prophet, Alejandro Escovedo, The xx, The Music Tapes, Wandelust, Carbon Poppies and Win The Day. Also: Tom waits, Slade, David Bowie, Lou Reed and more !
Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 7:46 am
The New Rope String Band makes its second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. Based in the U.K., New Rope first came to the attention of Mountain Stage host Larry Groce by recommendation of Tim O'Brien, when the show traveled to Scotland as part of the 2011 Celtic Connections festival.
Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 4:04 pm
Nevada, with its six electoral votes, is far from the biggest Election Day prize sought by President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
But in a race that could be so close that neither candidate can afford to concede a single electoral vote, Nevada is being courted by the candidates to a degree far greater than its size would suggest.
Also, while Obama carried the state by 12 percentages points in 2008, the Great Recession hit the state hard, with widespread foreclosures and high unemployment.
Segment 1--Interview with Dr. Michael Martin, Director of the Center dor Louisiana Studies about a book release party for the UL Press' latest publication--"Histoire Des Acadiennes et Des Acadiens" by Zachary Richard
This morning's MEDICINE BALL CARAVAN (11am-noon Central Standard on 88.7FM locally or www.krvs.org) starts off with the newest releases by Rayna Gellert (of Uncle Earl), Poverty Line Old-Time Band, Chatham County Line, Eilen Jewell, Bob Dylan and Fiona Apple. Also: some Kitty, Daisy & Lewis; Rodriguez, My Morning Jacket, The Beatles, Dock Boggs and the Balfa Brothers.