Aired: January 27, 2017

Ferdinand the Cultural Icon

Image via flickr user Lotus Carroll

  • Traces in the Margins (14 min.)

    With: Andy Stauffer (University of Virginia)

    We delve into the stories hidden in the margins of an endangered species:  library books.  A crowd-sourced project Book Traces is documenting the marginalia and inserts of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century books.

  • Ferdinand the Cultural Icon (14 min.)

    With: Sharon McQueen (Old Dominion University)

    The children’s book The Story of Ferdinand was instantly controversial upon publication in 1936.  We hear stories about how Hitler, Gandhi and even Ernest Hemingway responded to the book’s pacifist message.

  • A Burnable Book (10 min.)

    With: Bruce Holsinger (University of Virginia)

    Murder, mystery, and poetry come together in the novel A Burnable Book – set in Chaucer’s London.

  • Truth in the Fiction (10 min.)

    With: Faulkner Fox (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities)

    A new novel explores the complexity of race relations for southerners in the 1980s.

  • Full Speed Ahead (3 min.)

    With: Michael O'Donnell (University of Virginia's College at Wise)

    This professor has been teaching for nearly five decades and has no plans for slowing down.