Ron Rash

Ron Rash: Host Rusty Jacobs talks with writer Ron Rash about his new novel, “Saints at the River” (Holt/2004). Rash is professor of Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University and author of the award-winning novel “One Foot in Eden” (Picador/2003). Rash’s new novel is set along a powerful river in the Appalachian mountains. When a young girl drowns in the river, characters in the novel are forced to confront divided feelings about the river and their relationships with one another. Listener Call-In. (35:00)

Collectors: Producer Paul Overton captures one of North Carolina’s ubiquitous summer sounds. . . the popular weekly flea market. (3:00)

Hurricane Alex: WUNC reporter and “The State Of Things” host Rusty Jacobs reflects on Hurricane Alex, which hit the Outer Banks last week. (4:00)

Summer Reader: David Hammond, artistic director at PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, tells us what he is reading this summer. His list includes: “The Life and Times of Richard II” by Michael Senior; “Shakespeare’s Kings” by John Julius Norwich; “The Memoirs of Cleopatra” by Margaret George; “On Actors and Acting” by Peter Thomson; and “Messiah” and “Casanova in Bohemia” by Andre Codrescu. (1:30)

Originally broadcast on August 10, 2004

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