Over 50-plus years, MPR has been a conduit for regional authors to connect with their readers. With a grant from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission, the Archive team actively identified and digitized the best of these interviews, essays and public appearances. In this collection you will hear the essential voice of Minnesota in authors like Sigurd Olson, Tim O'Brien, Robert Bly, Louise Erdrich and many others. Also included are recordings of visiting authors--non-Minnesotans, but part of our literary pantheon.
This project was funded by the National Historical Publications & Records Commission.
July 1, 1968 - Eugene McCarthy reads his own poetry.
March 31, 1971 - Dr. Otto Strasser, prominent early Nazi who soon broke with Adolph Hitler gave a free public lecture at Macalester College.About speaker: Dr. Otto Strasser was a German politician and member of the Nazi Party. Otto Strasser, together with his brother Gregor Strasser, was a leading member of the party's left-wing faction, and broke from the party due to disputes with the ‘Hitlerite’ faction. He formed the Black Front, a group intended to split the Nazi Party and take it from the grasp of Hitler. This group also functioned during his exile and World War II as a secret opposition group. Strasser is author of "Flight from Terror", "Hitler and I" and "Germany of Tomorrow"
April 4, 1971 - Benjamin Spock speaking at Augsburg College. Address was in honor of the Minnesota 8, sponsored by the Minnesota 8 Defense Committee. Topics of Spock’s address were on politics, social injustice, environment, and health. Spock’s speech was initially interrupted by women right’s protesters, reading excerpts from his book that the protesters viewed as marginalizing women.
May 9, 1971 - "The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution" is a 1971 collection of essays by Ayn Rand, in which she argues that religion, the New Left, and similar forces are irrational and harmful.
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January 1, 1972 - Marvin Granger and Gerald Vizenor discussing the case of Thomas Whitehawk. Marvin Granger has spent two years looking into the case of Thomas James Whitehawk, an American Indian from South Dakota who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Gerald Vizenor is a Native American writer.
February 15, 1972 - Corporations and war was the subject of six days of seminars and discussion by a number of nationally known war critics, scholars and former military and corporate employees at the Newman Center near the University of Minnesota. Speakers included Robert Bly, Le Anh Tu, Fred Branfman, Richard Oakes, Noam Chomsky, Michael Tanzer and G. William Domhoff.
April 30, 1972 - Dr. Rollo May's lecture entitled "The Courage to Create" given at Central Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul as part of The Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research memorial "Paul Tillich: Celebration of a Life".
May 1, 1972 - Paul Gruchow interview with Father Lorrie Gavin and his sexuality and his vow of celibacy.
May 1, 1972 - Rosemary Dahlen interview with Buckminster Fuller. Fuller believe that global resources can support the entire population with higher standard of living, using current technology.