A documentary and call in show on loosing local book shops on the occasion of Moe’s Books 50 Birthday


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Last summer I sat in as host/producer of KPFA’s “Living Room,” an hour
long news and public affairs show.

For the second half of the show I covered Moe’s, Berkeley’s biggest
used book store on historic Tellegraph Ave. Moe’s daughter Dorris
gave me a tour of the store and introduced me to some of the book
people who have worked there for decades. Book stores are going out of business at an alarming rate, and this piece seeks to answer what will be lost if they all go down.

I presented the audio in one and two minute clips while I live hosted.
Then I opened the phone for listener call ins. I am especially proud
of this format of radio and I hope I can do it again soon.

One highlight was the call from my friend who may very well be the only person under 40 trying to make a go at selling used books in a brick and mortar shop. Back when Moes Books was young, in the 1960s there were pleanty of his kind in the Bay Area, now he stands alone and what he has to say about his situation is real interesting.

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