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William J. Burns – The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for its Renewal

Ambassador William J. Burns shares lessons learned from a life in service in “The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for its Renewal.”

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Talking with Authors: Nick Offerman “Good Clean Fun”

We discuss all things Parks and Rec, Ron Swanson, woodworking, and much more with Nick Offerman, in this episode of Talking with Authors. Download wherever you get your podcasts.

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10 podcasts we’re listening to right now

Whether you’re in the car, cleaning the house, or on a run, podcasts can make the time pass, while you’re being entertained and enlightened. Here are our favorite podcasts we’re listening to right now.

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Talking with Authors: Sarah Kendzior “The View from Flyover Country”

St. Louis based journalist and authors of “The View From Flyover Country”, Sarah Kendzior, is often credited with being the first to predict Donald Trump’s presidential victory.

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Martha Hall Kelly, author of Lilac Girls, discusses the prequel, Lost Roses

Fans of “Lilac Girls” will hear how Martha Hall Kelly discovered another true story of resilient women who lost everything in WWI, in her prequel,”Lost Roses.”

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Talking with Authors: Charles Fishman “One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon

Today, our author is journalist and New York Times best selling writer Charles Fishman. We spoke with him as part of a book tour for his latest work “One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission that Flew Us to the Moon” in July of 2019…50 years to the month after the first historic words transmitted from the surface of the moon were heard, “Houston…Tranquility Base here…the Eagle has landed.”

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Talking with Authors: Brad Meltzer “The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington”

New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer LOVES a good adventure. And, that’s all his most recent book was until he ran across some key information while doing research.

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George Packer – “Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century”

Writer George Packer tells the story of America and one man in the brilliant biography, “Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century.”

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Subscribe to Talking with Authors

Talking with Authors is a bi-weekly podcast, with new podcasts every other Thursday.

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Talking with Authors: Alexis Clark “Enemies in Love: A German POW, a Black Nurse, and an Unlikely Romance”

Author Alexis Clark talks about her new book, Enemies in Love; the true story of a black nurse and a German P.O.W. who fell in love during World War Two.

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Talking with Authors: Jenna Fischer “The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide”

St. Louis native Jenna Fischer reveals the “nitty gritty” of making it in Hollywood; it took her 8 years in LA to land the role of Pam Beesley on “The Office.”

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Around the World in 80 Trees with Jon Drori

In this one-on-one interview with plant expert Jon Drori, we discuss his new book “Around the World in 80 Tress”.

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One on One with Author Mary Kay Andrews

Scouting for a beach read this summer? Look no further than “Sunset Beach!” Meet New York Times best-selling author, Mary Kay Andrews in our One On One.

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Say Something with Peter H. Reynolds

Children’s book author/illustrator Peter Reynolds discusses his books’ influences, the advantage of being a twin and what comes first: photos or words.

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First: Sandra Day O’Connor by Evan Thomas

In “First: Sandra Day O’Connor,” author Evan Thomas introduces us to the Arizona cowgirl who became “the most powerful woman in America.”

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Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano discusses her concerns for the security of America

“How Safe Are We,” is the question posed by a new book with that same question as its title, written by former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. She sits down to discuss her concerns for the security of America in this edition of First Person One on One.

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Not So Late Night: Featuring Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Chaya Bhuvaneswar, and Ron Austin

Hosted by HEC Media and Left Bank Books, Not So Late Night is an evening of readings, entertainment, and conversation.

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Finding Dorothy: The Story Behind the Wizard of Oz

Elizabeth Letts discusses her historical fiction “Finding Dorothy,” which reveals many true secrets about “The Wizard of Oz” and its author L. Frank Baum.

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Author Lynne Olson Talks About Her New Book: Madame Fourcade’s Secret War

Lynne Olson talks about Madame Fourcade’s Secret War, the true story of the woman who headed the largest spy network in occupied France during World War II.

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First Person: One on One with Lynda Cohen Loigman Author of the Wartime Sisters

Lynda Cohen Loigman talks about the “small moments” that inspired her to write “The Wartime Sisters” and her acclaimed first novel, “The Two-Family House.”

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Adventures in Writing with Brad Meltzer

Bestselling author Brad Meltzer discusses how he writes/researches, family & his most recent thriller, a non-fiction on a secret plot to kill George Washington.

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Proud to Be Offers Veterans and Their Loved Ones a Creative Outlet to Share Their Experiences

Veterans dealing with traumatic experiences find value in putting their thoughts and experiences on paper and then sharing them with an audience.

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Books to read while you’re stuck inside during the winter storm

Take a look back at some of our favorite authors and their works while the snow and ice are keeping you inside!

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The War Before The War: How the Fugitive Slave Act tipped America toward The Civil War

Andrew Delbanco talks about his new book, “The War Before The War, Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War”.

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HEC Media 2018 Highlights

By Amanda Honigfort, Special Programs and Projects Producer But 2019 isn’t here quite yet, so let us take a minute to look back at the past year. It’s been a year of more than 300 quality segments covering everything from the start of Fablist Stories, the construction of City Foundry, Sunken Cities at the Art […]

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Veteran and Author Elliot Ackerman talks about grief, fidelity and his latest book “Waiting for Eden”

Author Elliot Ackerman discusses his latest fiction novel “Waiting for Eden”, a book about love, fidelity, loyalty and grief.

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First Person One on One with author Justin Driver, “The Schoolhouse Gate”

University of Chicago law professor, Justin Driver, traces the history of Supreme Court cases involving the constitutional rights of students.

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One on One with Fiona Davis

Fiona Davis (The Dollhouse, The Apartment) discusses her new novel, The Masterpiece, an ode to Grand Central Terminal and the forgotten artist Helen Dryden.

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One on One with author Karin Slaughter, “Pieces of Her”

#slaughtersquad fans can add to their library with the latest book “Pieces of Her” from #1 New York Times bestselling thriller author, Karin Slaughter.

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A One on One Conversation with Author Nick Bunker on his Latest Novel “Young Benjamin Franklin”

Paul Schankman talks with author Nick Bunker about his book, Young Benjamin Franklin, offering readers a fascinating look at the youth of this founding father.

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A One on One Conversation with Kate DiCamillo, Author of Raymie Nightingale & Louisiana’s Way Home

Kate DiCamillo reveals the reason behind her new novel, “Louisiana’s Way Home,” a companion story to her beloved bestseller “Raymie Nightingale.”

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Tales of the Pony Express from Author Jim DeFelice

The Pony Express is iconic for the Wild West with characters like Buffalo Bill Cody. Learn about the Pony’s history and some of its most entertaining tales.

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Who to Watch in September: Cbabi Bayoc

Driving around city, you’ve probably seen work by local artist Cbabi Bayoc, who wants his paintings to bring hope and color to the streets of St. Louis. Cbabi Bayoc is a self-created name that is an acronym for “Creative Black Artist Battling Ignorance” and “Blesses African Youth Of Creativity.” His work is proudly shown around […]

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One on One with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Author, “What The Eyes Don’t See”

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician and public health advocate whose research exposed the Flint, MI water crisis. “What They Eyes Don’t See” is her story.

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The Unlikely Romance of a Black Nurse and a German P.O.W. in World War II

Author Alexis Clark talks about her new book, Enemies in Love; the true story of a black nurse and a German P.O.W. who fell in love during World War Two.

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HEC Media Nominated for 17 Emmys, including Overall Excellence

Congratulations to all those nominated! HEC couldn’t carry out its mission to “strengthen the education, art, and cultural communities in the metropolitan area” without you and all our supporters! These nominations are for you, St. Louis! Arts/Entertainment- Program Feature Segment 15 Year-Old Short Film Director Kara Vaninger Brock Seals: New Artist, Old Soul Suzanne Vanderhoef, […]

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One on One with Nicholas Reynolds, Author “Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures 1935-1961”

Was one of the most influential literary artists of the 20th century a spy? Former CIA archivist Nicholas Reynolds discusses his research on Ernest Hemingway.

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Maryville Talks Books: One on One with Dan Abrams

ABC News’ chief legal analyst and “Live PD” host Dan Abrams discusses his New York Times Bestselling book, “Lincoln’s Last Trial,” co-written with David Fisher.

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Holocaust Survivors: The Secret of How One Family Escaped the Nazi Death Camps

Georgia Hunter, author of “We Were The Lucky Ones,” is interviewed about her new book telling the amazing true story of her family’s survival of the Holocaust.

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Jenna Fischer Shares Hollywood’s Secrets

St. Louis native Jenna Fischer reveals the “nitty gritty” of making it in Hollywood; it took her 8 years in LA to land the role of Pam Beesley on “The Office.”

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