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Commonplace to Critical: Cork and Soy – podcast

Commonplace to Critical: Cork and Soy – podcast

Mar 31 2019

At the Virginia Festival of the Book’s panel “Commonplace to Critical” Matthew Roth and I spoke with moderator Nina Earnest about everyday items that became sensations. They either went big overnight in wartime, or over the course of a century. Who gets caught in the middle?

Dawn of the Age of Plastics

Dawn of the Age of Plastics

Mar 08 2019

In the closing months of World War II, Americans talked about how and when the war would end, and about how life…

From Microalgae, These Mardi Gras Beads Are Biodegradable

From Microalgae, These Mardi Gras Beads Are Biodegradable

Mar 02 2019

Mardi Gras in New Orleans is a famously unholy mess. After the 2018 celebration, some wondered if it had gone too far.…

Porto’s Unexpected Cork Country

Porto’s Unexpected Cork Country

Feb 23 2019

When we arrived in Porto in December 2016, one of the first things I did was try a port wine tasting near…

Podcast – Cork Wars and Baltimore at the Pratt

Podcast – Cork Wars and Baltimore at the Pratt

Feb 18 2019

Recently I reconnected with Baltimore friends at the Pratt Library in an evening event and discussion about Cork Wars, Baltimore and World…

Podcast – Cork and Intrigue with WYPR’s Sheilah Kast

Podcast – Cork and Intrigue with WYPR’s Sheilah Kast

Feb 07 2019

Ahead of the events for Cork Wars in Baltimore last week, I spoke with Sheilah Kast in the studios of WYPR, Baltimore’s…

Q&A with Madam Mayo on Cork Wars

Q&A with Madam Mayo on Cork Wars

Jan 29 2019

It’s a pleasure talking with international author C.M. Mayo for the Madam Mayo blog about Cork Wars. She brings a keen writerly…

Q&A with Robin Sitten, Cork Wars audiobook producer

Q&A with Robin Sitten, Cork Wars audiobook producer

Jan 24 2019

Audiobook producer Robin J. Sitten talks about the challenges, choices and satisfactions of bringing a compelling story to listeners.

Largehearted Boy Playlist for Cork Wars

Largehearted Boy Playlist for Cork Wars

Jan 17 2019

Largehearted Boy, a music and literature website, highlighted a musical pathway into Cork Wars.

The Page 99 Test

The Page 99 Test

Jan 11 2019

At Marshal Zeringue’s invitation, I put Cork Wars to the Page 99 test developed nearly a century ago. As Ford Madox Ford…