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A Conversation with Author and Journalist James Carroll

Tara Calligan / WGCU
James Carroll

We’re sitting down with award winning author, historian, and journalist James Carroll. A Roman Catholic reformer, Carroll has written extensively over his nearly 50 year career about his experiences in the seminary and as a priest. He’s published novels, books on religion and history, and has written many articles and essays, often for The New Yorker.

His most recently novel is “The Cloister.” He won the National Book Award in 1996 for “An American Requiem.” He lectures widely, both in the United States and abroad, and lives in Boston with his wife, the writer Alexandra Marshall.

Mr. Carroll was in town for two speaking engagements, one as part of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Provost Lecture Series called "Nationalism, Tribalism, Divisiveness, etc." – and another for the Naples Discussion Group called “A HISTORY OF HATE: From Antisemitism and Islamophobia to White Supremacy and Contempt for Immigrants.” So, we brought him in the studio for a conversation about his life and work, and his reflections on the world today.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.