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9.22.16: The Motorcycle Queen of Miami, The Handsome Family, & 10-Minute Writer's Workshop

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The road trip is symbolic of freedom in American literature and folklore. A New Hampshire artist adds a bold black woman to the list of adventurers who escaped convention by hitting the road. Today, the remarkable true story of Bessie Stringfield.

Plus, the Handsome Family had 20 years of making music under their belt when HBO used their song for the opening of  True Detective -  suddenly, the husband and wife team were famous. We'll talk to them about capturing spirits, fame, and making music with your spouse.

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Joel Christian Gill & The Motorcycle Queen of Miami

Credit Joel Christian Gill

Joel Christian Gill is the chairman, CEO, president, director of development, majority and minority stock holder, manager, co-manager, regional manager, assistant to the regional manager,  receptionist, senior black correspondent and janitor of Strange Fruit Comics. He’s also Chair of Foundations at the NH Institute of Art

Listen to this story again, learn more about Bessie Stringfield, and see some of Joel's artwork here.

Shirley Chisholm: The Politics of Principle

Bernie Sanders. Donald Trump. Ben Carson. Election 2016 has been rife with candidates presenting themselves as “political outsiders”, poised to “take on the establishment”.  In a series called “Contender,” producers Joe Richman and Samara Freemark of Radio Diaries profiled one of the most respected political outsiders in recent memory – Shirley Chisolm.  

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The Handsome Family

The husband and wife team The Handsome Family had been making music together for some 20 years when HBO chose that tune for the opening credits of the hit series True Detective.  Fourteen million YouTube views later, Rennie and Brett Sparks were thrust into the mainstream. They're on tour to promote their new album Unseen - including a stop in Portsmouth at the Music Hall Loft on September 29th.

The Handsome Family

10-Minute Writer's Workshop: Cynthia Ozick

Today on the 10-Minute Writer's Workshop, the novelist, short story writer and essayist Cynthia Ozick. Her fiction and criticism have focused on the holocaust and its legacy on Jewish American life and politics. Now 88, she's out with her 18th book - Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, and Other Literary Essays.

You can listen to this full episode here: 10-Minute Writer's Workshop: Cynthia Ozick

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