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Word Carver

Word Carver is produced and hosted by Cynthia Rosi, with additional support from Amy Dalrymple. Show music is by Rise and Shine (2015), Seastock from You can listen to the show live on WGRN-fm 94.1 in Columbus, Ohio on Saturdays at 12.30pm. Visit for contact and submission information.

Apr 10, 2019

Word Carver co-host Herbert Ndecki II interviews Oprah Book Club writer Imbolo Mbue about her novel Behold the Dreamer. Both Ndeki and Mbue are from Cameroon, and they speak about African writers and what it takes to keep going. Then, in the first of a two-part series, Word Carver host Cynthia Rosi talks about a...

Mar 6, 2019

In Word Carver 40, Cynthia Rosi and co-host Herbert Ndeki II explore poetry. Ndeki reviews Ahmadou Kourouma's "Allah is not obliged to be fair about all the things he does here on Earth" (warning: strong language -- Kourouma makes liberal use of the n-word in his soldier-boy character) while Rosi reads several original...

Mar 6, 2019

Herbert Ndeki II, a Cameroon native and American emigre, reads poems from Aimé Césaire's work Cahier D'Un Retour and analyses the translation choices. Aimé Césaire was born in 1913 and pioneered the concept of "blackness." He grew up in the French colony of Martinique and moved to Paris where he encountered the...

Feb 22, 2019

Herbert Ndeki reviews "How to Cook Your Husband the African Way" by Calixte Beyala, and Cynthia Rosi reads the short story "The Company" which arrived in a dream, and was written over two days.

Calixte Beyala and Heather Christle

Feb 14, 2019

Herbert Ndeki reviews "How to Cook Your Husband the African Way" by Calixte Beyala. Heather Christle reads at Paging Columbus from her poetic works.