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204. On a Mission to Help Struggling and Reluctant Readers

My guest today is Danny Brassell. He’s a former inner-city school teacher in the US, and now does many things as a writer, coach, and speaker. But I’d asked him if we could focus on his efforts to increase the habit of reading by children. He was a pleasure to talk to: articulate, enthusiastic, and funny too.

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202. Creativity, Self-editing, and the Practical Aspects of Just Writing

My guest today is Michael Stangeland. He published a sci-fi novel earlier this year called Junkworld: The Ballad of Leroy Brown. We talk about this a little, but we mostly concentrate on the desire to create things in the first place, how it often starts young, and how a writer manages to get things finished.

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201. “Writing It Down in Pen or Pencil First”: Making and Editing Funny

My guest today is Haji Outlaw, who is a former touring standup comedian, and now is a comedy writer, and has written a series of books called Hey Doorman, about his experiences as a bouncer at comedy clubs. We talk about his career, his writing method, and some of his favourite out comedians.

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199. Reading and Improving Myself

My guest today is David McBee. David is a podcast host, children’s book author, and public speaker. He’s read a lot of self-improvement books, and then wrote his own, Everyday Lessons Every Day, the story of how reading helped him overcome anger issues that nearly destroyed his family. We have a wide-ranging, open, and fascinating conversation about all that, plus the effect of his cancer diagnosis on his life.
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196. After Snorting Crank for Three Days

My guest today is Mary Beth O’Connor. She’s a retired judge now, but in January she published a personal memoir that was far from legalese. The title kind of covers it: From Junkie to Judge: One Woman's Triumph Over Trauma and Addiction. The language is frank and the story has got compelling built in.
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