Michael Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humorist and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin. Perry’s bestselling memoirs include Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, Coop, and Visiting Tom. Raised on a small Midwestern dairy farm, Perry put himself through nursing school while working on a ranch in Wyoming, then wound up writing by happy accident. He lives with his wife and two daughters in rural Wisconsin, where he serves on the local volunteer fire and rescue service and is an amateur pig farmer. He hosts the nationally-syndicated “Tent Show Radio,” performs widely as a humorist, and tours with his band the Long Beds (currently recording their third album for Amble Down Records).
Having just released his first young adult novel titled The Scavengers, Perry stops by the Terrace to tell Michael all about it and how it came to be.
Derek Waters is the creator of Drunk History, which began as a series of online shorts that garnered millions of views on YouTube and Funny or Die. Drunk History: Douglass & Lincoln, starring Will Ferrell and Don Cheadle, premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won the award for Best American Short. As an actor, Waters' credits include the Farrelly Brothers' comedy Hall Pass, a recurring role on the ABC sitcom Suburgatory, and guest starring roles on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Middle.
Michael and Derek chat soberly about history, memory and the inebriated collision of the two.
Poundstone regales about her past and path of life from Huntsville, Sudbury to her current life with children and 'more than a dozen cats.' Then Paula and Michael connect and converse on comedy, politics, the comedy of politics and more!
Blessed with a commanding, blast-it-to-the-back-of-the-room voice, the 23-year-old Lydia Loveless was raised on a family farm in Coshocton, Ohio—a small weird town with nothing to do but make music. With a dad who owned a country music bar, Loveless often woke up with a house full of touring musicians scattered on couches and floors. When she got older, in the time-honored traditions of teenage rebellion, she turned her back on these roots, moved to the city (Columbus, OH) and immersed herself in the punk scene, soaking up the musical and attitudinal influences of everyone from Charles Bukowski to Richard Hell to Hank III.
The up and coming alt-country star, Lydia Lovelss and her band took the stage at Otterbein University to play a few songs on the show and talk about her roots.
S. Carey’s chosen musical expression is a hugely beatific, restorative panorama of beauty - perfect given how landscape and the wonder of nature inspire much of Carey’s imagery. His new album 'Range of Light' takes its title from the name that 19th century naturalist John Muir - Carey’s hero - gave to California’s Sierra Nevada, and follows suit with a dazzling array of musical light and shade, drawn from Carey’s love of jazz, modern classical and Americana. Like a weathered mountain range changing shadow form and color, or the ebb and flow of a river’s current, his music is simultaneously restful and rhythmic, complex and simple, and always evolving. All of this can be heard in the brief, but amazing performance on the Whad'Ya Know? stage in Madison. Carey talks about how he got his start, Bon Iver, flyfishing, beatific music and more with Michael.