Sat, 19 November 2011
Everything old is new again, at least when it comes to Kevin Lauderdale. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, he introduces you to what may become a holiday tradition in your family, The Cinnamon Bear. According to Kevin, the best copies of this old time radio series can be purchased through Radio Archivies.
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Twins Judy and Jimmy Barton crawled into their attic one December day and found a passageway to a place called Maybeland. They looked in all the dusty corners for any sign of the silver star that always sat atop their Christmas tree. Their search crossed the path of little Paddy O'Cinnamon, "The Cinnamon Bear," who had shoe-button eyes and a ferocious growl. He showed them a small hole through which the Crazy Quilt dragon had absconded with their star and invited Judy and Jimmy to pursue the rascal. Paddy would function as a guide and they'd chase the dragon throughout Maybeland. Paddy magically "de-grew" the twins so they'd fit through the attic tunnel, fired up a miniature airplane powered by soda pop, and flew the Barton kids into a startling and wondrous adventure.
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Category:It Has Come to My Attention -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT
Sat, 5 November 2011
First time young adult author Marianne Modica talks with John about her book, The R Word. Please take a moment to comment on the episode by visiting the forums, writing email@example.com, or calling 888-866-9010.
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Marianne Modica is an assistant professor of Early Childhood Education at Valley Forge Christian College, in Phoenixville, PA, where she has been training future educators since 1996. One of her favorite courses to teach is Multicultural Education, which fosters productive dialogue about race, religion, gender, social class, and other important topics. Marianne and her husband have four children. She is currently a PhD student in Childhood Studies at Rutgers University in Camden, NJ, where her research interest is the construction of race by students studying multicultural literature in secondary classrooms.
Marianne wrote The R Word because she wanted to explore contemporary attitudes about race in a supposedly "post racial" culture. The novel is aimed at youth 12 and above, or at adults like Marianne who love young adult fiction. While her primary goal was to tell a good story, The R Word is also intended for classroom use, where Marianne hopes it will stimulate discussion about present-day racial inequity on an individual and structural level.
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Category:The Chronic Rift Spotlight -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT