Dan Klefstad

Morning Edition Host & Book Series Editor

Good morning, Early Riser! Since 1997 I've been waking WNIJ listeners with the latest news, weather and other information, with the goal of seamlessly weaving this content into NPR's Morning Edition.

What do I do after the show ends at 9:00? I read. I'm especially interested in literature from the WNIJ listening area, which led me to adopt the "Book Beat" in 2012. Throughout the year, I immerse myself in works written by authors from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Then I interview these writers for Morning Edition and record them reading excerpts. Interviews and excerpts are available as podcasts in our Book Series archive.

If you're a writer from this area, or have a personal connection to this place, send your book to me at 801 N. 1st St., DeKalb, IL 60115. You can also email a .doc or .pdf to dklefstad@niu.edu. I'm looking for novels, poems, short fiction, memoirs and creative nonfiction. While most of the books I feature come from established presses, I do accept self-published works. Just make sure your manuscript is well edited.

Thanks,

@danklefstad

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Dan Klefstad

Labor Day is traditionally when political campaigns go into high gear. According to conventional wisdom, that's when voters start paying more attention to the candidates.

But this election cycle is anything but conventional. The major party presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, are well-known to voters but for the wrong reasons; both have high negative ratings.

What's more, the rhetoric from both campaigns is increasingly ugly, which has observers wondering if this will lower voter turnout in the fall.

Carl Nelson

Today you awoke with a crippling headache and writer's block because the stingray you insulted dragged its poisonous tail from your neighbor's pool to your open window and squirted its nauseating, creativity-numbing toxin into your whiskey glass.

That opening sentence is, of course, fictional; but it is in keeping with the prompt for a very real writing competition, which we're calling our Flash Fiction Contest. We have more information about our prompt below. First, however, we need to define Flash Fiction, also called Micro Fiction or Sudden Fiction.

Dan Libman

This presidential election is the weirdest in living memory. Conservatives nationwide are scratching their heads over how Donald Trump became their nominee, while progressives are still unsure about sending their frenemy, Hillary Clinton, to the White House.

    

Many political experts say House Speaker Paul Ryan will beat his Republican challenger during Wisconsin's August 9 partisan primary. Matt Streb isn't so sure.

Streb, a political science professor at Northern Illinois University, notes that Sarah Palin endorsed Ryan's challenger, Paul Nehlin, because Ryan was slow to endorse Donald Trump, the GOP's presidential nominee. But Streb isn't thinking about Palin.

Carl Nelson

He's baaack -- with a beer in one hand and an iPhone in the other, getting an earful of political opinions.

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