Book Hour: Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians

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Poverty, drug experimentation, and expansive artistic boundaries were prevalent in the ’50s and ’60s but it’s not what you think. It was the 1850s and 1860s that the Bohemian artisitc movement took root in America. What Whitman was a central figure. Artemis Ward was America’s first stand-up comedian. Adah Menken was Mariyln Monroe and Madonna wrapped into one self-promoting act that spanned two continents. But Whitman connected to Emerson. Ward led to Twain and Bret Harte. Menken associated with Dickens and Dumas. Other participants in the Bohemian movement went on to become some of the leading journalists in history. This includes Thomas Nast. Listen to author Justin Martin discuss his fascinating new book.

Guest: Justin Martin
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The Tim Danahey Show started in July, 2010 at internet station Castle Rock Radio. It started as a one-day-per week endeavor and quickly grew to five days per week. The show discusses economics, government, social issues, history, and non-fiction books in a magazine format featuring in-depth conversations with guests. Politics and inflammatory conversations are discouraged as they are divisive and counter-productive. Instead, the show seeks under-reported topics and delves into facts, different perspectives, and ramifications of each perspective.