Stu Levitan talks with Ben Sidran about his latest book, The Ballad of Tommy LiPuma, the legendary and beloved record producer and executive. When Tommy LiPuma was 16 years old, he was still in the eighth grade, and got an F in music. His future seemed ordained – he would become a barber in Cleveland, […]
Madison BookBeat highlights local authors and book events. The show, hosted by Stu Levitan, airs every Monday afternoon from 1-2 pm.
What happened to Letters and Politics?
We know our listeners love Mitch Jeserich's insightful interviews on Letters and Politics from KPFA. We will still air the show on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. You may also find the show online, anytime.
What is the theme music?
The theme music is titled “Little Sherry," off the Nick's Bump album from renowned Madison jazz musician Ben Sidran.
Stu Levitan’s guest this hour is Sarah Kendzior, author of Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America, just out from the good people at Flatiron Press. Sarah is the first author to appear in a brand-new category of guest, author whose book tour event in Madison was canceled. […]
Madison BookBeat, your listener-sponsored community radio home for Madison authors, Madison book events, Madison topics, and Madison publishers. In this hour, Stu Levitan talks with Jonathan Pollack, author of Wisconsin The New Home of the Jew: 150 years of Jewish life at the UW-Madison, just published by the George L. Mosse / Laurence A Weinstein […]
The Ho-Chunk called it Wonk-sheek-ho-mik-la, “where the man lies.” In 1834, Surveyor Orson Lyon called it Fourth Lake. We call it Lake Mendota. 9,847 acres, 26 miles of shoreline along five municipalities, it’s the eighth largest lake in Wisconsin and the largest body of water in Dane County. And it now has a biographer, my […]
Stu welcomes Stephen Coss, whose book The Fever of 1721: The Epidemic That Revolutionized Medicine and American Politics obviously has a very disturbing relevance. The fever was small pox, the infectious disease that killed, crippled or disfigured nearly one-tenth of all humankind in the three thousand years leading up to 1700, and in the 1600s […]
On today’s show Stu talks presidential campaigns with David Plouffe, who will be presenting his new book A Citizen’s Guide To Beating Donald Trump at a Wisconsin Book Festival event this Wednesday night, 7 o’clock at the Madison Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St. The book is a compendium of news you can use, actual […]