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Enjoy a collection of poetry and other word artistry curated by WNPR.

Attack Of The Apocaloptimists

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Antonio Castagna
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We were going to produce a show today on loneliness with British writer Olivia Laing. We still want to do that show with Olivia - but not today.

Instead, we decided to switch gears and talk with Olivia and other artists about the themes in Olivia's new novel because they mirror our own concerns: how to live life in this fast-moving world where the present is history in the blink of an eye and world leaders can end our world with one wrong tweet? How can we exist, create art, raise children, commit to a future in a world that could be ending?

Today, we talk with artists whose work reflects what is happening in this moment - as much as this moment can be defined before it has passed - and how this moment affects them personally. Can the act of creating both express uncertainty and inspire optimism?

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on September 19, 2019.

Betsy started as an intern at WNPR in 2011 after earning a Master's Degree in American and Museum Studies from Trinity College. She served as the Senior Producer for 'The Colin McEnroe Show' for several years before stepping down in 2021 and returning to her previous career as a registered nurse. She still produces shows with Colin and the team when her schedule allows.
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