Author Spotlight

9 January, 2016

Farrell

Chris Farrell is economics editor of Marketplace Money, a nationally syndicated one-hour weekly personal finance show produced by American Public Media. Chris is also economics correspondent for Marketplace, the Chris Farrelllargest business program in broadcasting and chief economics correspondent for American RadioWorks, the largest producer of long-form documentaries in public radio. He is also contributing economics editor at Business Week magazine. He was host and executive editor of public television’s Right on the Money. He is the author of several books, including Purpose and a Paycheck:  Finding Meaning, Money & Happiness in the Second Half of Life (Harper Leadership, Feb 2019), Unretirement:  How Baby Boomers are Changing The Meaning of Work, Community and the Good life (Bloomsbury, 2015 and in paperback, January 2016), also available in audio from Audible, and The New Frugality . Chris is a graduate of Stanford and the London School of Economics.

Farrell says:  “I’ve spent much of my professional life reporting and writing on economics and helping people make the most of their money. I’m currently senior economics contributor at Marketplace, American Public Media’s nationally syndicated public radio business and personal finance programs. I’m also economics commentator for Minnesota Public Radio. I write regular columns on economics and public policy for Bloomberg Businessweek and on personal finance for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. I’ve written for a number of media outlets, including Kiplinger’s, Next Avenue, Yahoo, Pioneer Press, Frontline, Street.com, and Investment Advisor.

I was economics correspondent for American Public Media’s documentary unit, American Radio Works. Among the documentaries I worked on were After the Projects, Pueblo USA, and Japan’s Pop Power. I was host and executive editor of Right on the Money, a nationally syndicated personal finance series produced for 5 years by Twin Cities Public Television.

I got my undergraduate degree from Stanford University. I spent the following four years as a merchant seaman working in the engine room, going through the Suez and Panama canals, steaming past the Rock of Gibraltar under a full moon at midnight, stopping in ports like Athens, Dubai, Damman, Subic Bay, and Yokosuka. The money I saved at sea financed my graduate degree from the London School of Economics.”

For more about Chris Farrell, go to:  www.chrisfarrellblog.com and follow him on Twitter @farrellecon

 

 


13 March, 2012

Freeman

Classicist, historian and novelist Philip Freeman brings a remarkable gift as a storyteller and an ability to make the ancient world contemporary through his interpretation and translation of events and great works. Currently the Fletcher Jones Chair of Western Culture, Dr. Freeman earned a joint Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1994 in classics and Celtic studies.  He has taught at Boston University, Washington University in St. Louis, and was the Qualley Chair of Classical Languages at Luther College in Iowa. He has been a visiting fellow at the American Academy in Rome, the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C., and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, and the Lilly Foundation.

Philip Freeman is the author of a number of books on ancient and medieval studies, including biographies of St. Patrick, Julius Caesar, and Sappho, as well as translations of the works of Cicero.  Praising his biography of Alexander the Great  (Simon & Schuster 2010), Wall Street Journal declared: “Mr. Freeman’s ambition, he tells us in his introduction, was ‘to write a biography of Alexander that is first and foremost a story.’ It is one he splendidly fulfills.”

Dr. Freeman has been interviewed on All Things Considered, MSNBC, as well as many local NPR shows.  His books have been reviewed in the Wall St. Journal, Slate, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Times, among others. His latest nonfiction book, Searching for Sappho:  The Lost Songs and World of the First Woman Poet, was published by W.W. Norton in 2015.  More recently, Dr. Freeman has proven a natural as a historical novelist. St. Brigid’s Bones, Sacrifice and The Gospel of Mary are Celtic mysteries (Pegasus), set in the early days of Christianity in Ireland, and feature a young nun, Sister Deirdre, who proves to be a charming detective.

You can also follow Philip on Twitter or check him out on Facebook (philipfreemanwriter).  Also check out www.philipfreemanbooks.com