A great gift for the graduate!

If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?

    Vonnegut’s witty and wise advice delivered at college graduations and in his talks on receiving the Carl Sandburg Award, and to the Indiana Civil Liberties Union. A great gift for the college graduate, post graduate, and hopeful graduate!


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Episode 5

"The Struggle for Racial Equity"

Aired: February 27, 2017

Featuring Dan Wakefield and James Baldwin of the film "I Am Not Your Negro"

On this episode of Uncle Dan’s Story Hour:

  • Dan Wakefield tells of The Emmett Till Murder Trial
  • Hear James Baldwin of “I Am Not Your Negro” film speak on justice
  • Dan Wakefield speaks of his friendship with James Baldwin
  • Guests include: Attucks star Bill Hampton, newly inducted into Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, and Pat Payne, IPS director of “Racial Equity” program

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From the Blog of Dan Wakefield

Monday, January 9, 2017 Published in Books and Writers

Last summer I took my God Daughter to see Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot (not even knowing that the words were G.I. code for “What The F. . .”.) I figured Tina Fey would be funny and I would be interested in...

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Saturday, December 17, 2016 Published in Books and Writers

April Smith, accomplished novelist and TV screenwriter, has published a new novel that is unsettlingly relevant for our time. Home Sweet Home (Knopf) tells the story of suspicion leading to tragedy in the era when Senator Joe McCarthy was spreading fear of Communists in our midst.

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Monday, March 13, 2017 Published in Coming Home

Here are two women who grew up in Indianapolis talking about their father: Tanya: “He’s a lot of fun. We danced, and we still dance! When I come back to Indy we put on Marvin Gaye and Al Green and we dance...

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Published in Coming Home

I wrote this piece for Indianapolis Monthly in October 2012. They recently profiled me in the January 2017 issue. In light of that, I thought it worth re-sharing my side of the story again.

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Listen to Mark Vonnegut in episode 4 of Uncle Dan's Story Hour, "Creativity and Madness"

Be kind; for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.

– Philo of Alexandria

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