WNIJ Winter Book Series http://northernpublicradio.org en Poem Recalls Syrian Family http://northernpublicradio.org/post/poem-recalls-syrian-family <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Poet <a href="http://northernpublicradio.org/post/poems-bridge-american-lebanese-identities" target="_blank">Susan Azar Porterfield</a> remembers meeting a Syrian family in Beirut. She was visiting Lebanon during a period of peace, in 2003.</p><p>The Syrians were brand new parents and allowed Porterfield to hold their infant.</p><p>"They were very sweet," she says. "And the baby was adorable."</p><p>She doesn't know where the family is today; they were from Aleppo, the site of intense fighting between government troops and rebels.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:44:32 +0000 Dan Klefstad 35556 at http://northernpublicradio.org Poem Recalls Syrian Family Authors Wanted For Winter Book Series http://northernpublicradio.org/post/authors-wanted-winter-book-series <p></p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:23:57 +0000 WNIJ 32968 at http://northernpublicradio.org Authors Wanted For Winter Book Series When Robots Attack: Who's Responsible? http://northernpublicradio.org/post/when-robots-attack-whos-responsible <p></p><p></p><p>Most of us don't think about computers and robots as conscious beings. NIU professor <a href="http://gunkelweb.com/gunkel.html">David J. Gunkel</a> thinks we should, because the consequences of not doing so could be catastrophic.</p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 12:14:51 +0000 Dan Klefstad 22961 at http://northernpublicradio.org When Robots Attack: Who's Responsible? Poems Bridge American, Lebanese Identities http://northernpublicradio.org/post/poems-bridge-american-lebanese-identities <p></p><p></p><p><em>Kibbe </em>is a new book of poems by <a href="http://www.rockford.edu/staff/details.asp?id=11214">Susan Azar Porterfield</a>, but it's also a traditional <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kibbe">Arabic dish</a> made of ground meat, bulgar, onions and spices. For Porterfield, of DeKalb, the dish recalls memories of her childhood in Chicago.</p><p>"My father was Lebanese," she says, "so he missed the food of his homeland. And he would make kibbe and we loved it, we grew up on it."</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:04:24 +0000 Dan Klefstad 22844 at http://northernpublicradio.org Poems Bridge American, Lebanese Identities Part Autobiography, Part Method Acting http://northernpublicradio.org/post/part-autobiography-part-method-acting <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/engl/people/prof/cmazza/bio.html">Cris Mazza's</a> new novel, <em>Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls</em>, blends a true story of unrequited love with a fictional attempt by Mazza's alter ego, Hester Smith, to rescue a 14-year-old prostitute.</p><p>The first part is drawn from Mazza's experience. The second part is her attempt to explore — as one reviewer put it — the continuum from flirtation to abuse. The story is intricate, so let's begin with a synopsis:</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:15:02 +0000 Dan Klefstad 22526 at http://northernpublicradio.org Part Autobiography, Part Method Acting Tube Socks And Kielbasa: Author Salutes Dairy State http://northernpublicradio.org/post/tube-socks-and-kielbasa-author-salutes-dairy-state-4 <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wisconsin-River-of-Grace-by-Kyle-L-White/200499627039?ref=ts&amp;fref=ts">Kyle L. White</a> has lived in Sycamore, Ill., since 1991 but he grew up in Stevens Point, Wis. His humorous stories and illustrations, inspired by the Dairy State, have appeared in Peninsula Pulse newspaper, Christianity Today and PRISM Magazine.</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 20:53:56 +0000 Dan Klefstad 22379 at http://northernpublicradio.org Tube Socks And Kielbasa: Author Salutes Dairy State Four Prescriptions For Cabin Fever http://northernpublicradio.org/post/four-prescriptions-cabin-fever <p>If you suffer from cabin fever during cold weather, WNIJ offers something that's good for what ails you. We have invited four writers to be part of our <strong>Winter Book Series</strong>, which airs Wednesdays in December during Morning Edition. This is the second time this year we have introduced you to authors from northern Illinois. (You might remember our <a href="http://www.northernpublicradio.org/term/summer-book-series">Summer Book Series </a>from last June.)</p><p></p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:28:37 +0000 WNIJ 21820 at http://northernpublicradio.org Four Prescriptions For Cabin Fever