February 18, 2009

Carl Hiaasen began his career as a journalist in his homestate of Florida.  While he still writes a column for the Miami Herald, he has been churning out a steady stream of novels since the early 80’s, including Tourist Season and Strip Tease, which was made into a film starring Demi Moore and Burt Reynolds.  In 2002, he published Hoot, his first young adult novel, which was also made into a film.  He joined us this hour to discuss his writing career, including his new young adult novel Scat, as well as his thoughts on politics and environmentalism, topics he has explored throughout his life.

Then, we spoke with Isela Marin, creator of Presidential Placemats.  Her placemats feature pictures and information about all of the US Presidents, including Barack Obama.