I just found out that one of my favorite public radio shows, Weekend America, is being cancelled. I believe the last show will air at the end of January.
Why? "It's the economy, stupid." (Damn that phrase.)
As someone with a two-hour, roundtrip commute four days a week, I had come to value the time I spent in the car listening to the Weekend America podcast. Not only do they feature quirky, off-beat, slice-of-life stories, they almost always have a segment showcasing poetry in a meaningful, intelligent way.
So here are two of the most recent poetry stories:
Poet Derek Walcott discussing President-elect Barack Obama. You'll remember that famous photo of Obama in front of his motorcade holding a Derek Walcott book.
And poet Linda Pastan discussing past inaugurations: