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Louis L'Amour's West.

Louis L'Amour is known as the "most famous obscure novelist." He has written 79 novels, mostly westerns. His novels have also been adapted into films such as "Hondo." L'Amour's latest novel is "Comstock Lode." He joins the show to discuss his work, western novels and films, the relationship between Native Americans and western settlers, and what he sees for the future.

27:44

A Married Couple's Novel Collaborations

Writers Michael Dorris and Louise Erdrich work together to complete their acclaimed books; however, whoever writes the first draft gets their name on the cover. The couple joins Fresh Air to discuss their marriage and upbringing in Native American communities.

09:38

Writing Other Voices

Clarence Major is an experimental, African American writer. His latest novel, Painted Turtle: Women with Guitar -- along with his last book, Such Was the Season -- uses more conventional narrative techniques. He joins Fresh Air to discuss language and storytelling in the black community.

06:26

The Rocking Music of Mardi Gras

Rock historian Ed Ward says the city has long celebrated the holiday with rock music, some of which incorporated Black Indian traditions and style.

27:44

Writer Peter Matthiessen "On the River Styx"

Matthiessen is a naturalist and novelist who co-founded The Paris Review. His nonfiction has explored Zen Buddhism and American Indians, among other topics. A new collection of his short stories, spanning his entire career, his nearly four-decade long career, just been published.

03:52

The World of "Powwow Highway" Transcends Its Story

Film critic Stephen Schiff admits he's instantly charmed by movies about unfamiliar worlds. He says the new road movie Powwow Highway, about two American Indians confronting the development of tribal lands, has promise, but is ineptly written and directed. But, somehow, Schiff didn't mind watching it.

22:31

Michael Dorris Discusses Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Writer Michael Dorris. He and his wife, Louise Erdrich, have written several novels together, including Love Medicine and Yellow Raft in Blue Water. Both are part Native American, and Dorris spent several years of his childhood on an Indian reservation. He has adopted many children, one of which he later discovered was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. Dorris's new book, The Broken Cord, is about this syndrome, and also his personal story of dealing with it in his family.

11:00

Respecting "The Island Within."

Anthropologist Richard Nelson. His new book, "The Island Within," is an account of Nelson's explorations of an uninhabited island near his Pacific Northwest home.

23:15

Writer Peter Matthiessen "On the River Styx."

Naturalist, explorer and writer Peter Matthiessen. For over three decades he's been writing critically acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction. His nonfiction includes the books The Tree Where Man Was Born, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and The Snow Leopard, which won that award. He's also written several novels, including At Play in the Fields of the Lord, also nominated for the National Book Award, and Far Tortuga.

22:43

Michael Dorris Discusses Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Writer Michael Dorris. He and his wife, Louise Erdrich, have written several novels together, including "Love Medicine" and "Yellow Raft in Blue Water." Both are part Native American, and Dorris spent several years of his childhood on an Indian reservation. He has adopted many children, one of which he later discovered was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. Dorris's book, "The Broken Cord," is about this syndrome, and also his personal story of dealing with it in his family. (originally broadcast 7/20/89).

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