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A Poet, A Limo Driver, And A Pastor Walk Into A Talk Show...

Sep 20, 2017

Colin McEnroe is taking a couple weeks off, so today Chion Wolf introduces you to three Connecticut residents who have careers in very different fields of expertise.

First, we meet Marilyn Nelson. She was the Poet Laureate of Connecticut between 2001 and 2006. She talks about one of her most difficult commissions -- a children’s book about the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till. And we hear about when and how she knew that poetry was the thing she’d be doing with her life.

Then Larry Elsner, who’s been driving limos for 40 years, tells us a few stories about driving famous people -- and dead people -- and we hear what makes him different than any other driver on the road.

Finally, we meet Bishop John Selders, who serves in the United Church of Christ, and is the co-founder of Moral Monday Connecticut. He talks about how he gets treated differently when he wears the collar, and about his fear and faith in this increasingly chaotic world.

Listen to the full interview with Marilyn Nelson:

GUESTS:

  • Marilyn Nelson - Poet Laureate of Connecticut between 2001 and 2006, the Chancellor of the Academy of American poets, and poet-in-residence of the Poets Corner at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
  • Larry Elsner - Owner/operator of Solyco driving services, in business for 40 years
  • Bishop John Selders - Ordained minister serving in the United Church of Christ, the Organizing Pastor of Amistad United Church of Christ, Associate College Chaplain at Trinity College in Hartford, and co-founder of Moral Monday CT

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Catie Talarski and Betsy Kaplan contributed to today's show.