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The Archive Project - Jesmyn Ward


On this episode of "Literary Arts: The Archive Project," two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward gives us an intimate look at the experiences that drive and define her work.

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OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 21, 2018

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OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 14, 2018

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OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 7, 2018

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OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 31, 2018

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OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 24, 2018

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OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 17, 2018

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The Archive Project - Jeffrey Eugenides and Danzy Senna

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 10, 2018

In this episode, Jeffery Eugenides and Danzy Senna discuss their newest works at Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival 2017. The discussion, entitled "Desperate People," explores questions of content and character, and what happens when both are pushed to the brink.

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OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 3, 2018

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The Archive Project - Liars' League 2017

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 27, 2017

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The Archive Project - Margaret Atwood

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 20, 2017

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The Archive Project - George Saunders

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 13, 2017

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The Archive Project - Kazuo Ishiguro

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 6, 2017

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The Archive Project - Reza Aslan

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 29, 2017

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OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 22, 2017

Tonight on "Literary Arts: The Archive Project," journalist and nonfiction author Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses his work with New York Times reporter, Jenna Wortham.

The Archive Project - Francis Ford Coppola with Melena Ryzik

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 15, 2017

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The Archive Project - Colson Whitehead & Yaa Gyasi

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 8, 2017

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OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 1, 2017

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OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 25, 2017

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The Archive Project - Alice Hoffman

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 18, 2017

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OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 11, 2017

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