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Speaking Volumes is a weekly conversation on books and reading with interesting people from all walks of life here in Pittsburgh, maybe even you! Share what you are reading for a chance to be interviewed by host Josh Raulerson.

Speaking Volumes airs on 90.5 FM Mondays during Morning Edition and Tuesdays during Essential Pittsburgh.

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Speaking Volumes
3:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

The Power of Being Magnanimous with Kevin Acklin

Kevin Acklin
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Kevin Acklin is the chief of staff for Pittsburgh’s Mayor-elect Bill Peduto. To get ready for his new position, Acklin has been brushing up on some political non-fiction.

Michael Weber, “Don’t Call Me Boss: David L. Lawrence, Pittsburgh’s Renaissance Mayor

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Speaking Volumes
3:00 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Revisiting the Classics with Audrey Russo

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President of the Pittsburgh Technology Council Audrey Russo talks about the books she keeps piled on her nightstand and drawing inspiration from strong female role models.

Sun Tzu, "The Art of War"

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Speaking Volumes
7:31 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Reflections on Billy Strayhorn with janera solomon

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In celebration of what would have been jazz legend Billy Strayhorn's 98th birthday, janera solomon, executive director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, talks about her insights from his biography and legacy.

Sheryl Sandberg, “Lean In”

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Arts & Culture
3:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Speaking Volumes: Mike Doyle

Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Forest Hills) likes page-turning crime dramas and thrillers with a political bent. He has a unique vantage point on novels set in Washington, which — as it turns out — are more true to life than you might think.

David Baldacci, The Forgotten

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Speaking Volumes
3:00 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Learning from the Things We Don't Talk About with John Fetterman

Braddock Mayor John Fetterman
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Braddock Mayor John Fetterman speaks on the lessons he has learned from literary accounts of history. 

Joshua Wolf Shenk, “Lincoln’s Melancholy

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Speaking Volumes
3:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

From Rand to Friedan: Recommendations from AC Controller Chelsa Wagner

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Not all Ayn Rand fans are small-government conservatives. Take Allegheny County Controller and self-professed liberal Democrat Chelsa Wagner, for example …

Wally Lamb, “She’s Come Undone

In this extraordinary coming-of-age odyssey, Wally Lamb invites us to hitch a wild ride on a journey of love, pain, and renewal with the most heartbreakingly comical heroine to come along in years.

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Speaking Volumes
3:00 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Finding Meaning in Frivolous Times

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Pittsburgh City Paper editor Chris Potter takes his social commentary with a little ironic distance and a healthy dose of the absurd.

Chuck Palahniuk, "Lullaby"

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Speaking Volumes
3:00 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Larger Realities from Smaller Perspectives

Investigative reporter Leah Samuel says journalists would do well to emulate the curiosity of children.
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Freelance reporter Leah Samuel writes about social and environmental issues for PublicSource and others. As a journalist, and as a reader, she finds the lessons of history are best learned from the margins.

Philip Beard, "Dear Zoe"

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Speaking Volumes
3:05 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Interesting People and Fascinating Interactions

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Essayist and improv comedian Andrea Laurion reads an eclectic mix of non-fiction, but all of her picks remain grounded by a strong narrative voice.

Rona Jaffe, The Best of Everything

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Speaking Volumes
3:14 am
Mon July 15, 2013

American Stories: Cycles of Adaptation and Reinterpretation with CMU's Kathy Newman

CMU English professor Kathy Newman reads history through the lens of literary adaptation.
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Carnegie Mellon University professor Kathy Newman offers a look at six novels that changed America with their ability to cross genres and transcend their original forms.

Harriett Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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Speaking Volumes
3:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Words and Music with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Fawzi Haimor

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What does a good novel have in common with an orchestral score? More than you might think, says Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra assistant conductor Fawzi Haimor.

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Speaking Volumes
3:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Pleasure Reading: Alive and Well on RMU Campus

Robert Morris University sophomores Mark Polcha, Marulla Quirk, and Annie Kandray (left to right) are all proud members of RMU's Honors Book Club.
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Young people these days. Too busy to read books. Too worldly to seek meaning in fiction. Too addled by social media to read anything critically. Right?

Wrong.

J.R.R. Tolkein, The Hobbit

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Speaking Volumes
3:30 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Lewis, Tolkien and the 'True Myths' of Faith

Steve Tuell is a professor at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
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Steve Tuell studies Hebrew and the Old Testament at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. As a theologian and a scholar of ancient languages, he has a special appreciation for the fantasy fiction of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Speaking Volumes
3:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Around the World and Beyond with Steve Sokol

Steve Sokol is the president of the World Affairs Council in Pittsburgh.
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President of the World Affairs Council in Pittsburgh Steve Sokol describes his picks in both nonfiction and fiction.

Peter Bergen, Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden From 9/11 to Abbottabad

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Speaking Volumes
7:28 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Weird and wonderful fiction picks from Tom Sweterlitsch

Pittsburgh writer and librarian Tom Sweterlitsch has wide-ranging reading interests in fiction. 

Stewart O'Nan, Songs for the Missing

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Speaking Volumes
3:30 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Yes, George Saunders is that good

Gary Terner likes edgy contemporary fiction and Gonzo-style sports writing.
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Gary Terner of Mt. Lebanon was blown away by the new short story collection from George Saunders.

George Saunders, Tenth of December

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Speaking Volumes
3:21 am
Mon May 27, 2013

A Moveable Feast of Language

Poet Lori Jakiela says the culture is ripe for a Hemingway revival.
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Lori Jakiela is a poet, a memoirist and a devotee of sparse, unsentimental prose.  

A few of the books you might encounter in her writing class at Chatham or Pitt-Greensburg:

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Speaking Volumes
3:30 am
Mon May 20, 2013

A history lesson with Prof. Patrick Dowd

Book recommendations from Councilman Patrick Dowd
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Pittsburgh City Councilman Patrick Dowd started out as a historian, and while he's no longer in academia, his reading still reflects that background. These days Dowd reads historical nonfiction mixed with fiction "with a serious historical bent." 

Edwin Coddington, The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command

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Speaking Volumes
3:30 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Jayne Adair Brings the Ruckus

Jayne Adair of Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures recommends books by recent and upcoming speakers.
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Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures executive director Jayne Adair's reading list is as rich and varied as her schedule of speakers.

Nathaniel Philbrick, Bunker Hill

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Speaking Volumes
4:46 am
Mon May 6, 2013

All For One, One For All

The Three Musketeers books are as much fun as you remember, says Matthias Sundberg
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Matthias Sundberg, from Point Breeze, likes action and adventure stories tinged with social realism. 

Dan Baum, Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans

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Speaking Volumes
3:30 am
Mon April 29, 2013

From Antietam to Nigeria with Mary Calland

Mary Fraley Calland offers book picks in history and contemporary fiction.
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Writer and Mt. Lebanon resident Mary Frailey Calland does intensive research for her Civil War era novels. In between deep dives in the archives, she reads contemporary fiction.

James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom

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Speaking Volumes
3:32 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Dr. Mario Fischetti interprets neuroses, novels

Dr. Mario Fischetti interprets neuroses, novels at the Pittsburgh Psychiatric Center
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Dr. Mario Fischetti is a clinical psychologist with the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, and the moderator of its ongoing "Reading Fiction with Freud" discussion series. 


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Speaking Volumes
3:57 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Cloak & dagger, sword & sorcery picks from Michael Lamb

Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb didn't expect to be blown away by George R.R. Martin.
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When Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb isn't busy minding the city's books, he's reading history and genre fiction. 

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Speaking Volumes
3:12 am
Mon April 1, 2013

North Sider Betsy O'Neill Recalls Her 'Summer of Melville'

How much Melville is too much? Ask Betsy O'Neill.
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North Sider Betsy O'Neill admits: "In a previous life, I probably lived in the 19th century." In her present incarnation, she spent the summer of 2012 immersed in Melvilliana.

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Speaking Volumes
5:18 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Recommended reading for fans of BBC's 'Call the Midwife'

Patricia Harman, CNM
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As the popular British drama "Call the Midwife" returns for a second season on PBS, Morgantown-based author and certified nurse-midwife Patricia Harman offers recommendations for readers with an interest in the practice.

Jennifer Worth, The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

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