Ep. 268: "Love Wire" with Valentine's Day Special - Derrick Brown, Cheryl Strayed, Steve Almond, Laura Gibson & Dolorean | Live Wire Radio
Episode 268
Valentine's Day Special: Derrick Brown, Cheryl Strayed, Steve Almond, Laura Gibson, Dolorean
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It's a Valentine's Day in-studio special with our friends from the Dear Sugar podcast! Poet Derrick Brown delivers an unconventional ode to love, Wild author Cheryl Strayed dispenses wisdom on how to survive one's 20s with a heart intact, author and rabble-rouser Steve Almond defends smut, and Laura Gibson and Dolorean serenade us.

Cheryl Strayed
Prior to writing Wild, arguably the most successful memoir in a decade, Cheryl Strayed was a prolific and extremely well-respected novelist and teacher. Now, with Oprah and Reese Witherspoon on speed dial and a film version of Wild written by Nick Hornby and directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, she's officially a juggernaut.

Derrick Brown
Derrick Brown is an award-winning poet and the creator of Write Bloody Publishing. The New York Times claims his work "will rekindle your faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words." We second that.

Steve Almond
Steve Almond has written controversial things about candy, sex and politics, even going head-to-head with Sean Hannity, but his latest book, Against Football: One Man's Reluctant Manifesto, wherein he examines the dark underbelly of America's favorite game, may be his most controversial yet.

Laura Gibson
Since the release of 2009's Beasts of Season, which NPR called "nothing short of a masterpiece" and Mojo called "both quietly devastating and life-affirming", singer/songwriter and multi-intrumentalist Laura Gibson has seen her career swell to include everything from modeling in a Japanese fashion magazine, to receiving a standing ovation from an auditorium full of prison inmates, to a 3 1/2 hour improvised performance art piece with sound artist Ethan Rose and filmmaker Ryan Jeffery. Her latest album is La Grande.

For nearly a decade Al James' Dolorean has been writing and recording music in Portland, Oregon and have toured throughout Europe, and The United States. Their songs are beautifully crafted, thought-provoking pop music that has amassed praise around the globe.  Their latest release, The Unfazed, has been a much anticipated. NPR Music Critic Ken Tucker says, "The band's music is deliberate, but not maudlin; its brooding has a stand-up-straight backbone."