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Watch Those Footsteps on the Capital Sidewalks

Watch Those Footsteps on the Capital Sidewalks

Jul 14 2011

On the streets of Washington, DC these days, it’s easy to walk right past addresses that are not famous but from which…

Happy Birthday, Margaret Walker

Happy Birthday, Margaret Walker

Jul 08 2011

This month there are several chances to see Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story on the Smithsonian Channel. (Check here for…

School Libraries Under Fire

School Libraries Under Fire

Jun 28 2011

    My early memories of reading take me back to the library at Washington Mill Elementary, where in third or fourth grade…

Three Writers Tackle History

Three Writers Tackle History

Jun 15 2011

Last Saturday at the AIW Writers’ Conference held at The Writer’s Center, a trio of fine authors — Barbara Esstman, C.M. Mayo…

Footsteps at Night: 1930s California

Footsteps at Night: 1930s California

Jun 10 2011

Okay, forgive me first for pointing out Library Journal’s glowing review of Soul of a People. They call it a “touching, straightforward, and well-paced look”…

Amadou and Mariam: Storytellers for Change 3

Amadou and Mariam: Storytellers for Change 3

May 26 2011

The other week I had the great opportunity to speak with the Malian duo Amadou and Mariam as they headed to China…

Music Against Malaria: Storytellers for Change 2

Music Against Malaria: Storytellers for Change 2

Apr 25 2011

For World Malaria Day, here’s my conversation with Yacine Djibo, country director for Malaria No More, from my recent trip to Senegal.…

Storytellers as Change Agents in West Africa?

Storytellers as Change Agents in West Africa?

Mar 29 2011

In Bamako on Sunday, I got to a wedding event (they spread through the weekend) where the families gathered and griots sang…

Now for Something Completely Different

Now for Something Completely Different

Mar 21 2011

Now in West Africa for a month with an IRP reporting fellowship, and just getting my bearings in Mali’s capital with a…

Reporting on Civil War in the Mediterranean

Reporting on Civil War in the Mediterranean

Mar 07 2011

An amazing exhibit at the International Center for Photography in New York captures the images of three photojournalists as they peered through…