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Just the Best Literature

Hosted by Dennis Leap

Just the Best Literature is designed to inspire you to not only read printed books, but to read only the very best books. Besides books, host Dennis Leap will lead discussions on other current literature such as essays and important articles. Just the Best Literature is the biggest international book club you could ever belong to—for just the price of a few books, which you get to keep. Tuning in will help you develop the skills necessary to gain more value from what you are currently reading. Dennis Leap will give you tips on how to read more effectively, how to analyze what you read, how to think more deeply about what you read, and how to discuss books in scintillating discussions with your friends and family. Come join the conversation.

#63: Introduction to Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip

Aired Monday, May 22, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   24 minutes

Host Dennis Leap discusses Peter Hessler's background and provides an overview of his terrific book.

#62: Thad Carhart’s Memoir: a Master Class for Life

Aired Monday, May 15, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   28 minutes

Host Dennis Leap discusses “The Piano Shop on the Left Bank” as: inspiration to change your thinking about what you can do in your life; suggests following Carhart’s humble example and find a teacher to help you accomplish your goals; and for those wanting to write--study the memoir as a piece of fine literature.

#61: The 60-Plus Panel Discusses “The Piano Shop on the Left Bank,” Part 2

Aired Monday, May 8, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   29 minutes

Host Dennis Leap, Deryle Hope and Deborah Leap discuss music education as lessons for life and the excellent writing of the memoir.

#60: The 60-Plus Panel Discusses “The Piano Shop on the Left Bank,” Part 1

Aired Monday, May 1, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   26 minutes

Host Dennis Leap, Deryle Hope and Deborah Leap discuss the great aspects to the book, as well as, the French people and their culture.

#59: Discussing “The Piano Shop on the Left Bank” With “Music for Life” Host Ryan Malone, Part 2

Aired Monday, April 24, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   27 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guest Ryan Malone discuss Thad Carhart’s memoir as it relates to piano lessons for adults, the piano’s place in the family, and a master class for life.

#58: Discussing “The Piano Shop on the Left Bank” With “Music for Life” Host Ryan Malone, Part 1

Aired Monday, April 17, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   25 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and guest Ryan Malone discuss Thad Carhart’s memoir as it relates to choosing the Armstrong Auditorium piano, the piano as an instrument, and piano lessons for children.

#57: The American and British View of Literature Today

Aired Monday, April 10, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   52 minutes

#56: Introduction to Thad Carhart’s Memoir: The Piano Shop on the Left Bank

Aired Monday, April 3, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   27 minutes

Host Dennis Leap discusses the inspiring reasons to read this pleasurable memoir.

#55: The Great Mystery in Helen Macdonald’s memoir “H Is for Hawk”

Aired Monday, March 27, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   28 minutes

In this final program on “H Is for Hawk,” host Dennis Leap gives his insights into the great mystery that Helen Macdonald did not answer in her memoir.

#54: The 60-Plus Panel Discusses “H Is for Hawk,” Part 3

Aired Monday, March 20, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   42 minutes

Host Dennis Leap, Deryle Hope and Deborah Leap discuss the challenging aspects of Helen Macdonald’s bestselling memoir.