Posted on 17 August 2006.
StoryLines, based on a series entitled “Big Sky Radio,” which aired in Montana from 1993 to 1995, has recently completed its 6th series. StoryLines has been characterized as “a cross between ‘Larry King Live’ and college English class.” The series’ dynamic format combines author interviews and scholarly commentary with listener call-ins. Each program begins with the consideration of a featured book, its historical background and literary significance, using it as a lens to examine the experience of living in each area. Interviews with various guests follow, and then the phone lines are opened to allow listeners to participate in the live, on-air dialog. The discussions are lively and provocative.
StoryLines is broadcast over participating NPR stations nationwide. Each series has had an audience of over 100,000 people. Previous guests have included tribal leaders, historians, literature experts, critics, editors and storytellers, along with many of the writers whose books were being discussed. Libraries can request free tapes or CDs of all six series, while supplies last. Visit http://www.ala.org/ala/ppo/currentprograms/storylines/storylinesamerica.htm
to request your copies.