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20:46

Folklorist Alan Lomax: Everyone Has A Story.

Lomax, the subject of a new biography by John Szwed, spent more than a half-century recording folk music and customs around the world. In 1990, he spoke to Fresh Air's Terry Gross about the decades he spent compiling sound recordings from around the world.

21:06

Joe Henry, Believing in Soul and Much More

Singer-songwriter Joe Henry has worked with everybody from soul great Allen Toussaint to jazz giant Ornette Coleman to Madonna (his sister-in-law, who recorded his "Don't Tell Me" on her album Music).

Henry's songwriting has been compared to that of Tom Waits and Bob Dylan. Civilians, his latest album, was released this week.

This interview was first broadcast on Jan. 18, 2006.

36:32

Giants of Soul: A New Approach

For his latest release, producer and troubadour Joe Henry worked with giants in soul music, from Allen Toussaint to Mavis Staples. It was quite a departure for Henry, whose songs include "Richard Pryor Addresses a Tearful Nation."

19:29

John M. Coski and the Confederate Flag

John M. Coski is author of The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem. The book looks at the flag's history and the various meanings attached to it. Some people view it as a symbol of white supremacy and racial injustice; others think it represents a rich Southern heritage. Coski is historian and library director at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va.

06:03

In the Mind of a Roving Football Fan

Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Rammer Jammer Yellowhammer: A Journey into the Heart of Fan Mania, by Warren St. John, a reporter for The New York Times. The book is about sports mania and the fan mania surrounding the University of Alabama's football team, The Crimson Tide.

20:55

Writer Barry Hannah

A native of Mississippi, HANNAH has been writing short stories and novels set in the South for over thirty years. His writing is described as intensely personal, frenetic and comic. Truman Capote once called him "the maddest writer in the USA" His first book, the autobiographical novel "Geronimo Rex" (published in 1972) won the William Faulkner Prize for writing. He followed that with "Airships" a collection of short stories now considered a classic.

41:31

Writer Barry Hannah

A native of Mississippi, Barry Hannah has been writing for over thirty years - short stories, and novels set in the South. His writing is described as intensely personal, frenetic and comic. Truman Capote once called him the maddest writer in the USA His first book, the autobiographical novel Geronimo Rex (published in 1972) won the William Faulkner Prize for writing. He followed that with Airships, a collection of short stories now considered a classic.

21:48

Writer Dorothy Allison.

Writer Dorothy Allison. Her bestselling novel "Bastard Out of Carolina," was about a poor South Carolina family's violence and incest, and was largely autobiographical. She says that she doesn't like most abuse literature because it tends to eroticize abuse. Allison has also written a book of short stories called "Trash" and a book of poems called "The Women Who Hate Me." Allison's new novel is "Cavedweller" (A Dutton Book) (Interview by Barbara Bogaev)

33:34

The Obsession with the Civil War.

Wall Street Journal reporter Tony Horwitz has written "Confederates In The Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War". It is published by Pantheon. Horwitz explores the subculture of Civil War re-enactment fanatics. Many of these wannabe rebels will run barefoot, sleep in the rain, and starve themselves to recreate the conditions of battle to get a "period rush". Horwitz won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting at the Wall Street Journal and is the author of "Baghdad Without a Map" and "One for the Road".

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