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The Write Question

Series produced by KUFM - Montana Public Radio

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A weekly literary program that features writers from the western United States. TWQ is produced by MTPR's Chérie Newman and distributed through PRX to public and community radio stations, as well as to listeners around the world.

Guests on The Write Question are authors writing from or about the western United States. Or visiting authors who spend a considerable block of time teaching or working in the West. The program occasionally features illustrators, photographers, and publishers.


248 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Pete Fromm, author of 'Indian Creek Chronicles,' talks about and reads two short passages from his second memoir, 'The Names of the Stars: A Life i...

Bought by KSJD, Yellowstone Public Radio, and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 29, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Seth Kantner talks about growing up in rural Alaska -- 100 miles above the Arctic Circle -- and the essays in his collection 'Swallowed by the Grea...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, KSJD, and Yellowstone Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 31, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Carmen Giménez Smith talks poetry, politics, and feminism, and reads from 'Milk and Filth.'

Bought by KSJD, 91.7 WHUS Storrs, Yellowstone Public Radio, and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 24, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Paula McLain talks about and reads from her latest novel Circling the Sun, which tells the story of the (actual) Beryl Markum with a first-person n...

Bought by KSJD and Yellowstone Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 04, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
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In January of 1870, the 2nd Cavalry of the U.S. Army slaughtered most of the people in a Blackfeet Indian (Piegan) camped near the Marias River in ...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, KSJD, and Yellowstone Public Radio


  • Added: Sep 23, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Keith McCafferty talks about and reads from the fifth book in his Sean Stranahan mystery series, Buffalo Jump Blues. He also talks about real-life ...

Bought by Yellowstone Public Radio, KSJD, and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Sep 19, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Chad Dundas talks about wrestling and writing and the characters in his novel 'Champion of the World.;

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, KSJD, and Yellowstone Public Radio


  • Added: Sep 09, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Megan McNamer talks about and reads from her novel 'Children and Lunatics,' winner of a Black Lawrence Press Big Moose Prize.

Bought by KSJD, Spokane Public Radio, and Yellowstone Public Radio


  • Added: Sep 02, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Ranch photographer Barbara Van Cleve talks about making her images and the "romance" of the West.

Bought by KUPR low power FM, Spokane Public Radio, KSJD, and Yellowstone Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 30, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Joe Wilkins talks about how he makes poems and reads from his collection 'When We Were Birds'

Bought by KSJD and Yellowstone Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 19, 2016
  • Length: 30:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Rachel Toor explains the origins of our misunderstandings about rats and reads from her book 'Misunderstood: Why the Humble Rat May Be Your Best Pe...

Bought by KSJD and Yellowstone Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 12, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Glen Chamberlain talks about the stories in her collection, 'All I Want Is What You've Got.' She also reads several passages and tells why she ditc...

Bought by KGLT, KCMJ Community Radio, Spokane Public Radio, KSJD, and Yellowstone Public Radio


  • Added: Jun 21, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Shawn Vestal, the winner of 2014’s PEN Robert W. Bingham Prize, talks about and reads from his unforgettable debut novel about Loretta, a teenager ...

Bought by KGLT, KSJD, Yellowstone Public Radio, and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Jun 13, 2016
  • Length: 29:01
  • Purchases: 4
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Beth Hunter McHugh talks about and reads from her award-winning debut novel 'The Actor.'

Bought by KGLT, KSJD, Yellowstone Public Radio, and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Jun 06, 2016
  • Length: 29:01
  • Purchases: 4
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Christine Carbo talks about her crime novels, which are set in Glacier National Park, and tells why she created a fictional GNP police force. She a...

Bought by KGLT, Yellowstone Public Radio, Spokane Public Radio, and KSJD


  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Journalist and novelist Samuel Western talks about the characters in his novel, 'Canyons,' tension in fiction, cowboys, guns, hunting, and the high...

Bought by KGLT, Yellowstone Public Radio, and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: May 23, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Ken Ilgunas talks about his adventures while hiking nearly 2,000 miles along the proposed route of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Bought by KGLT, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, Yellowstone Public Radio, KSJD, Spokane Public Radio and more


  • Added: May 16, 2016
  • Length: 29:01
  • Purchases: 6
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David Quammen talks about the history, animals, and land use conflicts related to Yellowstone National Park and reads a passage from the May issue ...

Bought by KGLT, Yellowstone Public Radio, KSJD, Spokane Public Radio, and KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio


  • Added: Apr 29, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Gwen Florio talks about how her years of experience as a journalist influences the plots of and characters in her mystery novels. She also reads fr...

Bought by KGLT, KCMJ Community Radio, KSJD, Yellowstone Public Radio, and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 11, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Journalist Todd Wilkinson talks about his book Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek and the complicated issues surrounding removing grizzly bears from the En...

Bought by KGLT, KCMJ Community Radio, Yellowstone Public Radio, KSJD, and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 07, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 5