15 with the Author | ‘The Fighting Frenchman – Minnesota’s Boxing Legend, Scott LeDoux’ by Paul Levy

image_miniMuhammad Ali was the Heavyweight champion of the world, but Minnesota’s boxing legend, Scott LeDoux was the people’s champ.  On today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knight’s guest is Paul Levy, author of “The Fighting Frenchman – Minnesota’s Boxing Legend, Scott LeDoux”.  Paul was a writer for the Star Tribune for thirty-five years and has written for the New York Times, ABC News, the Boston Globe, Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, and Mother Jones.  Paul interviewed Scott over a period of time before he died in 2011.  Growing up in Crosby, MN on the Iron Range wasn’t an easy life for Scott.  Paul delves into Scott’s childhood and reveals some very painful moments as well as following his career and afterward.  There are LOTS of great stories about LeDoux.  

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The Fighting Frenchman by Paul Levy



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15 with the Author | ‘Legends of Texas BBQ’ by Robb Walsh 7/11/16

legends_lg2Texas is known for their barbecued beef but, as Teri Knight discovered on 15 with the Author, there’s a lot more to Texas barbecue than sauce! Teri’s guest is Robb Walsh, author of “Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook – Recipes and Recollections from the Pitmasters”. He describes the lineage of Texas bbq as a feisty mutt with a lot of crazy relatives!  From the influence of African American Slaves and Europeans to the Texas Hibachi, Robb shares stories, recipes and photographs of the true pitmasters.  The history is as palatable as the recipes!  Robb Walsh

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15 with the Author | ‘Lists of Note’ by Shaun Usher 7/4/16

51ashFdB93L._SX357_BO1,204,203,200_From a list of mafia do’s and dont’s to a list of Walt Disney’s 50 dwarves, Teri Knight talks with Shaun Usher – author/compiler of the book “Lists of Note” on today’s 15 with the Author.  Notes never intended for public consumption include myriad reasons given by ancient Egyptians for missing work, Albert Einstein’s demands of his estranged wife, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s extensive conjugation of “to cocktail,” and many more. These lists reveal hopes, priorities, and musings. Usher talks about what got him started on “Lists” , his research and how he chose which lists to note!  

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Lists of Note by Shaun Usher


15 with the Author | ‘She Stays’ by Erica Staab-Absher 6/27/16

she stayOn today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knight talks with Erica Staab-Absher, Executive Director of Hope Center in Faribault, about her new book, “She Stays”.   After her friend was killed, Erica wanted to help answer the question, “why did she stay”.  In her interview she talks about the complexity of the issue including love, fear and community.  She also discusses what it takes to leave…  that’s at 11 o’clock this morning on 15 with the Author.  All proceeds of “She Stays” will go to Hope Center’s Capital Campaign.  This is a slim book with a very powerful message.

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She Stays by Erica Staab-Absher


15 with the Author | ‘GRIT – the Power of Passion and Perseverance’ by Angela Duckworth 6/20/16

book-coverLeaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. On today’s 15 with the Author, Angela Duckworth discusses her first book “GRIT – the power of Passion and Perseverance” with Teri Knight.  Angela dives deep into the reasons why those who might not look like they would be high achievers on paper, can attain heights more talented people might never reach.  Angela has created the Grit Scale

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GRIT – The Power of Passion and Perseverance


15 with the Author | ‘Salmon – Everything you need to know + 45 recipes’ by Diane Morgan

salmonSalmon is the 3rd most consumed food in North America but how much do you know about this very versatile fish? On today’s 15 with the Author Teri Knight talks with , James Beard award winning cookbook author, Diane Morgan, about her book “Salmon – everything you need to know plus 45 recipes”.  What’s the difference between wild and farmed?  Pacific and Atlantic salmon?  Diane talks about all the health benefits of salmon and shares numerous tips on preparing it.

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Salmon by Diane Morgan