The Last Word

Writers & Books staff member Chris Fanning, occasionally joined by other staffers, talk books, writing, words, and literature. Topics range from the local literary scene to universal themes and subjects. We also usually play two rock n roll songs...

Past Episodes

  • Chris's Linda Ronstadt Special Aired: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

    Linda Ronstadt
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    You're No Good
     

    Linda Ronstadt
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    Tumbling Dice
     

    Linda Ronstadt
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    Tracks of My Tears
     

    Linda Ronstadt
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    Heat Wave
     

    Linda Ronstadt
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    Old Paint
     

    Linda Ronstadt
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    Silver Threads and Golden Needles
     

    Linda Ronstadt
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    When Will I Be Loved
     

    Linda Ronstadt
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    Rock Me On the Water

  • Interview with CaTyra Polland: Writers Paradise Aired: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

    CaTyra Polland is a published author, entrepreneur, editor and instructor. She earned a M.A. (Criminal Justice) from SUNY Albany and B.A. from University at Buffalo (Sociology/Spanish). Her debut book, Professionalism, What’s That? and the workbook companion are available on Amazon (paperback or e-book). CaTyra is the Founder/CEO of Career Prep and Polland Enterprises, LLC. She is a 2018 Rochester Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree and a Point of Light honoree. She founded Rochester On Deck, a LinkedIn interview series featuring local residents doing good in the community.

  • The Last Word's Halloween Episode Aired: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

    Donovan
     
    Season Of The Witch
     

     
    October Country, Ray Bradbury
     
     

    The Band
     
    King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
     

     
    Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
     
     

    Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
     
    Lil' Red Riding Hood
     

     
    The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
     
     

    Dusty Springfield
     
    Spooky
     

  • Chris Fanning's Summer Playlist 1.5 Aired: Wednesday, August 28, 2019

    Doo Wop (That Thing) - Lauryn Hill 

    Little Bitty Pretty One - Thurston Harris

    No One To Run With - The Allman Brothers Band 

    All I Really Want To Do - Cher

    Part-Time Lover - Stevie Wonder

    My Heart Will Go On - Postmodern Jukebox

    Just Another Day - Lady Gaga

  • Interview with Chris Clemens Aired: Wednesday, August 21, 2019

    Chris Clemens was born and raised in Rochester, New York. With a penchant for uncovering both the popular and the less-traveled parts of Upstate New York, he writes for himself on Exploring Upstate, and occasionally for other outlets as a freelancer. He earned a Bachelors of Science from SUNY Brockport and has always worked in some capacity within the non-profit sector serving the community.

  • Interview with CaTyra Polland Aired: Wednesday, August 14, 2019

    CaTyra Polland is a published author, entrepreneur, editor and instructor. She earned a M.A. (Criminal Justice) from SUNY Albany and B.A. from University at Buffalo (Sociology/Spanish). Her debut book, Professionalism, What’s That? and the workbook companion are available on Amazon (paperback or e-book). CaTyra is the Founder/CEO of Career Prep and Polland Enterprises, LLC. She is a 2018 Rochester Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree and a Point of Light honoree. She founded Rochester On Deck, a LinkedIn interview series featuring local residents doing good in the community.

  • SummerWrite: Hogwarts Academy Episode! Aired: Thursday, July 25, 2019

    Every July, SummerWrite hosts "Hogwarts Academy", a week-long summer camp specifically focused on the magic material of the Harry Potter books. Join The Last Word host Chris Fanning and SummerWrite Coordinator Katherine Varga as they discuss the program and all the unforgettable moments that occur along the way.

  • Interview with Joel Lesses Aired: Wednesday, July 17, 2019

    Joel Lesses’s passions include the intersection of poetry, spirituality, science, and psychology shared and disparate in the human experience.  Joel was nominated for Best Poet in 2013 and 2014 in Buffalo’s Artvoice and won the award in 2014. His poetry has been published in various magazines, newspapers, and anthologies; currently he facilities Ground and Sky Rochester Reading Series and taught for many years numerous workshops and classes in the Western New York region, his manuscript Odyssey of Autumn’s Breath is a work-in-progress.

  • "Smudge Stick" Preview: Interview with Almeta Whitis, Gary Dewitt Marshall, and Niema Neteri Atkins Aired: Wednesday, July 10, 2019

    Almeta Whitis is a storyteller, actress, poet, writer and teaching artist who has taught elementary, middle and high school in NYS and Arizona. A former assistant professor of Theater at SUNY Brockport, in 1997, she received their “Distinguished Scholar Public Service Award”. In 1995, Phi Delta Kappa awarded her “Lay Educator of the Year” by unanimous decision. As Chair of ALLOFUS Art Workshop’s Dance Department, a MAG and UR outreach program, she expanded a Saturday class of eight children to a year-round program serving over 450 children and adults.

  • Chris Fanning Aired: Thursday, June 27, 2019

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