Back in the 1870s and 80s, the north and south poles were as mysterious and intriguing as the moon and planets are to us today. Many expeditions tried – and most failed – to reach the North Pole, leaving many courageous sailors and their ships encased in the snow and ice. We talk to an author whose new book chronicles one of those voyages about the adventure of arctic expeditions, and the men who risked their lives to find out what was actually on the top of the world.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guest: Hampton Sides, author of In the Kingdom of Ice: The grand and terrible polar voyage of the USS Jeannette
Synopsis: Speaking in public can be a very anxiety-producing experience, but why? And how can we remove some of that anxiety and do a better job in front of an audience? Our guests discuss the fear of public speaking and offer advice on how to create, prepare for and deliver a speech with confidence.
Host: Gary Price. Guests: Larry Ventis, professor of psychology at the College of William & Mary; Michael Port, speaking coach, author of the book, Steal the Show: From speeches to job interviews to deal-closing pitches, how to guarantee a standing ovation for all the performances in your life.
Synopsis: Author Jack London is known for his stories of adventure in the Klondike, the Yukon and other far-away places. Our guest, however, says these stories also reflect his desire to bring the plight of poor and exploited workers to the public’s attention. We’ll hear how London’s hardscrabble youth and physically demanding jobs informed his writing, and find out how the author used sustainable farming methods long before they became fashionable.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: Cecelia Tichi, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English and professor of American Studies at Vanderbilt University, author of the book, Jack London: A writer’s fight for a better America.