91.5 KRCC's Converge Lecture Series Podcast

In partnership with Converge Lecture Series, 91.5 KRCC presents a new podcast dedicated to exploring big ideas with some of the biggest writers and thinkers around.

Founded in 2017, Converge Lecture Series brings world-renowned writers to Colorado Springs to speak about their work and to share their reflections on art, life, and the topic of "moral beauty." Founder Sam Stephenson says the series was inspired by a passage from the introduction to the book, The Death of Adam, by novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson:

I want to overhear passionate arguments about what we are and what we are doing and what we ought to do. I want to feel that art is an utterance made in good faith by one human being to another. I want to believe that there are geniuses scheming to astonish the rest of us, just for the pleasure of it.

In this podcast series from 91.5 KRCC, we will sit down with each of the Converge lecturers -- including George Saunders, Edwidge Danticat, Richard Blanco and more -- to discuss their work, their values, and their answers to the questions: What are we? What are we doing? And what ought we to do? 

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For our fourth episode of the Converge Lecture Series Podcast, we're joined by writer Karen Russell.

A novelist and short story writer, Russell is perhaps best known for her novel, "Swamplandia!"

 

Set in the waterlogged wilderness of south Florida, it tells the story of a family of alligator wrestlers struggling to cope with tragedy and dealing with a string of bad luck that threatens their roadside theme park. It’s a book about grief and survival, and a haunting, deeply affecting coming-of-age tale.

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For our third episode of the Converge Lecture Series Podcast, we're joined by writer Edwidge Danticat.

Danticat is the acclaimed author of many books of fiction and non-fiction, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, The Dew Breaker, and Brother, I’m Dying. She is also a prolific writer of short stories, essays, children’s books, and more.

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For our second episode of the Converge Lecture Series Podcast, we're joined by poet Richard Blanco.

If you watched the second inauguration of Barack Obama in 2013, then you're familiar with Blanco's work. The White House asked him to write and read a poem for the occasion, making him one of only five writers ever to have held the title, “Inaugural Poet,” a distinction he shares with Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. He was also the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to hold the position.

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For our first episode of the Converge Lecture Series Podcast, we're joined by writer George Saunders

Saunders has been dazzling readers for more than two decades with his essays, articles, short stories, and now his debut novel: Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction last year.

In partnership with Converge Lecture Series, 91.5 KRCC presents a new podcast dedicated to exploring big ideas with some of the biggest writers and thinkers around.