Arts & Culture

Valley Writers Read
12:39 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

James Benelli's "Wonderful World of Accounting" on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, we hear James Benelli's story about a CPA named Henry, who becomes bored with his job, wife and lifestyle, in "The Wonderful World of Accounting."

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Valley Writers Read
1:36 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

"Brevis" by Valerie Schultz on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author Valerie Schultz, titled "Brevis."  Join us as we hear how a daughter takes on the difficult task of caring for her belligerent father, whose health is deteriorating. 

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Valley Writers Read
1:31 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

"I Scooter" by Oscar G. Williams on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Oscar G. Williams introduces listeners to a view of the world-as seen through the eyes of a canine with his story "I Scooter."

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Valley Writers Read
1:27 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Anne DaVigo's "Fault Lines" and Lucille Apcar's "Who Spanked J.R. Jr.?"

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear two stories by local authors. "Fault Lines" by Anne DaVigo chronicles a family's move from near the San Andreas Fault to Fresno. The second story, "Who Spanked J.R. Jr.?" by Lucille Apcar, talks about a teacher who disciplines the son of a powerful judge. 

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Valley Writers Read
1:26 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Franz Weinschenk's "Brooklyn" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, host Franz Weinschenk shares his fascinating memoir titled "Brooklyn." We'll hear about his family fleeing Germany as Jewish refugees before World War Two, eventually settling in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Arts & Culture
3:49 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Hope Nisly's "Morning in America" on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, author Hope Nisly shares with listeners her poignant and moving experiences as an intake receptionist at an emergency shelter in Oakland.

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Arts & Culture
3:27 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

"A Good Ending to a Story" and "Bertha in Stillwell" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear the works of two local authors. The first story, Joe Hemphill's "A Good Ending to a Story", describes a man with cerebral palsy who refuses to resume his physical therapy. And in the second story, Bill McDougle's "Bertha in Stillwell", the life of a woman named Bertha is chronicled as she grows up in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl era.  

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Arts & Culture
3:54 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

"Racing California" on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, local author Janet Nichols Lynch reads her story Racing California. Join us as we hear about an avid bicyclist contemplates turning pro.

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Local Books
1:45 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Photographer Joel Pickford Documents Hmong Refugees in 'Soul Calling'

Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey through the Hmong Diaspora, by photographer Joel Pickford
Credit Heyday Books

Local photographer Joel Pickford's new book "Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey Through The Hmong Diaspora" is an intimate look into the world of the Hmong people.

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The Bakersfield Sound
4:15 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Homer Joy, 'Streets of Bakersfield" Songwriter Dies

Homer Joy, composer of
Credit Courtesy homerjoy.com

Homer Joy, the songwriter behind the Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakam hit “The Streets of Bakersfield” has died. Joy was a talented performer in his own right, and a leading figure in the so-called Bakersfield Sound movement of country music.  

Owens’ own recording of The Streets of Bakersfield in the 1970’s went largely unnoticed, but his 1988 remake with Yoakam hit number one on the Billboard music country charts.

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Valley Writers Read
4:37 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Jim Ashford's "Mayday! Mayday!" on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, we hear local author Jim Ashford read his short story "Mayday! Mayday!" In this story, you'll hear how a visitor from outer space is attracted to earth by an unfortunate arrangement of yard lights.

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Valley Writers Read
4:04 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

"Inner Beauty" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story titled "Inner Beauty" by local author Susan Norman. Listen and hear how a scuba diver has an encounter with coral that leads to some unusual results.

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Valley Writers Read
1:59 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

David Borofka's "A Tale Told by Rube Goldberg" on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author David Borofka titled "A Tale Told by Rube Goldberg Begins And Ends with Dogs".  In this story, a young lady's song lyrics propel her to unexpected wealth and success. 

Arts & Culture
12:31 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Mary Benton's The Grape Fields on Valley Writers Read

Thompson Seedless Grapes in Fresno County
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, we hear a reading of Mary Benton's short story "The Grape Fields." In this Dust Bowl era story, a family of grape pickers assist in the recovery of a kidnapped boy.

Valley Writers Read
4:59 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Benjamin Rae's "Disconnect" on Valley Writers Read

On this week's episode of Valley Writer's Read, hear Benjamin Rae's short story "Disconnect" about a night telephone operator invents a fictitious supervisor to circumvent troublesome calls.

Valley Writers Read
4:38 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Jane Rosenthal's "El Tropical" on Valley Writers Read

A job in Mexico hosting bird watchers introduces "Bea" to some unsavory characters, on this week's edition of Valley Writers Read, as we hear a reading of Jane Rosenthal's story El Tropical.

Valley Writers Read
12:55 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Judy Ryan's "Little Fire" on Valley Writers Read

On this week's edition of Valley Writer's Read, hear a reading of Judy Ryan's "Little Fire", and hear how a young girl comes of age and questions the origins of her unusual name.

Valley Writers Read
7:24 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Gary Soto's "A Summer Life" on Valley Writers Read

Gary Soto's book A Summer Life

On this edition on Valley Writers Read, we hear five stories by one of the Central Valley's most acclaimed writers, Gary Soto. The program includes readings of four stories from his book A Summer Life including "The Bike", "The Haircut", "The Pie" and "The Nile". Gary also reads "My Time on Weldon Avenue" which is the foreword to a book published for Fresno City College's the Centennial Celebration.

Valley Writers Read
3:57 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Bob Hudgens "Mulberries for Mohammed" & Jerry Fisher "Lilli and Her German Soldier"

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear two stories. First, Bob Hudgens tells us a story about how he author made a friendly connection with a person from a different culture in "Mulberries for Mohammed." Then in Jerry Fisher's "Lilli and Her German Soldier" we hear about a German soldier at the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp falls in love and saves the life of a German Jewish girl.

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Valley Writers Read
5:17 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Griefland - an Intimate Portrait of Love, Loss and Unlikely Friendship

Armen Bacon

Both Armen Bacon and Nancy Miller have shared the pain of losing a child to addiction. On this edition of Valley Writers Read, we hear them read their story, Griefland- An Intimate Portrait of Love, Loss and Unlikely Friendship.  They share the tragedy of their loss and how their grief helped build their friendship.

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