Off the Page

WSKG's bi-weekly interview & call-in program with local authors from Binghamton, Ithaca, Elmira and surrounding areas served by WSKG Public Radio. Off the Page is hosted by Bill Jaker.

Football games feature marching bands and cheerleaders. Fans may sing their school's fight song, but there is no famous football song that everyone can sing together. Basketball has a driving rhythm, but has anyone ever written a hit song about scoring a three-pointer? Only baseball, America...
The speakers of Proto-Indo-European were farmers and stockbreeders: we can reconstruct words for bull, cow, ox, ram, ewe, pig and piglet... They divided their possessions into two categories: movables and immovables; and the root for movable wealth (*peku-, the ancestor of such English words as...
Across the bridge, Main Street became Court Street. She passed the nut store and inhaled a heavenly aroma of roasting cashews. Her mother used to buy Spanish peanuts and penuche fudge whenever they stopped there. The surrounding buildings with empty storefronts and signs of years of neglect...