Tal McThenia on the radio and book versions of "Bobby Dunbar"
Sep 11, 2012
Over at the Huffington Post, Tal McThenia has an essay comparing the experience of reporting the Bobby Dunbar story for radio, and writing it (with Margaret Dunbar Cutright) as a book. An excerpt: Reading part of an early draft, my TAL producer made a compelling case for breaking up the 1912-1914 storyline, not with Margaret's story, but with glimpses of the characters' experiences, later in life throughout the 20th century, looking back on their own pasts. When I ran this idea by a book editor friend, he scowled and muttered: 'That is so radio.' The book is called A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation.