15-13 Story 1: “It was a dark and stormy night”: The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest


Synopsis: Everyone knows the line “It was a dark and stormy night” from Snoopy’s exploits as a budding novelist. But do you know the real author of that famous line, and why he has a literary competition named after him? We’ll talk to the retired professor of English and contest creator about the famous aristocrat and author who lent his name to a quirky contest, and why he was a better writer than he’s been given credit for. We’ll also hear some of the winning entries from past Bulwer-Lytton Contests.

Host: Gary Price. Guest: Scott Rice, retired English professor from San Jose State University and founder of the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.

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15-13 Story 2: Mindful Work: Meditation and Business


Synopsis: We’re always hearing about how everyone is stressed these days, that we have too much to do and too many people asking for a moment – or more! – of our time. What can we do to keep our bosses happy, our clients needs fulfilled and ourselves from pulling out our hair? We talk to two men who have found that meditating can help workers become more productive, less stressed and happier overall.

Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: David Gelles, business reporter, NYTimes, author of “Mindful Work: How meditation is changing business from the inside out.” Allan Lokos, founding and guiding teacher of the Community Meditation Center in NYC, author of “Through the Flames: Overcoming disaster through compassion, patience and determination.”

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