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Programming Highlights; May 14, 2010

Tune in to some great content from today on BlogTalkRadio.
*Please note that all show times are listed in EST time.
Today’s Programming Highlights:

charlaineharris-scroller1At 11:30 AM True-Blood.net hosts Melissa Lowrey and Liz Henderson welcome Charlaine Harris, mega-selling author of The Southern Vampire Mysteries, featuring Sookie Stackhouse—upon which HBO’s True Blood is based. Charlaine will chat about her latest Sookie novel.

tonyshaloub-scroller At 1 PM Monk star Tony Shaloub drops in on Milling About host Robin Milling to dish about his role opposite Anthony LaPaglia in the Broadway revival of the screwball comedy Lend Me a Tenor, which opened last month and has been nominated for three Tony Awards.

generalplatt-scrollerAt 6 PM Host Janice Malone lets it all hang out with General Larry Platt, the 63-year-old civil-rights activist who—this winter on American Idol—tapped into the sentiments of countless Americans with Pants on the Ground, his poppin’ protest against the ulta-low trousers look. Continue reading

It’s A Rich Edition of ‘The Mix’

As the adage goes, you can never be too rich or too thin.

And while we can’t vouch for the weights of this week’s Daily Mix guests, we can tell you that they’ve been blessed with riches of one sort or another.

You’ll learn, for instance:

—Why Land of the Lost director Brad Silberling says of his $20 million-a-flick star, Will Farrell, “He has absolutely no self-confidence.”

CAPTION: “They need something they can relate to or dance to,” Evelyn (above) tells us of pleasing the public with her wealth of disco picks.

“They need something they can dance to,” Evelyn (above) tells us of pleasing the public with her wealth of disco picks.

—Why Evelyn Champagne King says she loves all her hit songs equally.

—Why Rich Girl co-writer John Oates needs to take a break from working with fellow multi-platinum-sell- ing pop icon Daryl Hall.

—Why Tori Spelling – whose late dad, Aaron Spelling, was worth an estimated $500 million – says her kids are papar- azzi hounds.

—Why New York Times No. 1 bestselling author Charlaine Harris tells us she didn’t want to use the term “pulsating rod” in her work.

—Why funny lady Samaria Graham says of her grandma, “I don’t know what size her chest was. Maybe a triple, quadruple Q.”

So don’t miss The Mix, hosted by everyone’s favorite pod jockey, Shaun Daily, tonight – and every Monday – at 9 p.m. ET!

To tune in, click here.

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‘True Blood’ Author Charlaine Harris: My Vampires Are Also a Metaphor for Racial Integration

When Charlaine Harris discusses racial integration in our nation’s public-school system, she knows whence she speaks.

Because during the late ‘60s, at the height of that social experiment, the gothic scribe was a high school student in the tiny town of Tunica, Miss.

CAPTION: “It was a very turbulent and unpleasant time,” Charlaine (above) tells us of her bussed-in classmate days.

“It was a very turbulent and unpleasant time,” Charlaine (above) tells us of her bussed-in classmate days.

Now she reveals on Dr. Blogstein’s Radio Happy Hour that the integration she witnessed serves as a meta- phor for the vampires in her bestselling Southern Vampire Mystery series, which  is the basis for the hit HBO series True Blood.

“The scenario of the vampire trying to assimilate into the community – you’ve said in other interviews that, in writing it, you thought of gays and the struggle that they’re going through,” inquires host Dr. Blogstein during the 25- minute interview.

“But, growing up in the South, how much did the Civil Rights movement and the way blacks are treated work its way into the scenario?” he continues.

“To an incredible extent. Because my high school class was the first integrated class in history, in my county,” Charlaine responds.

“It was a very difficult, scary time. I grew up in Mississippi and it was full of change and full of uncertainty.  And yet, long overdue.

“We weren’t sure if there would be violence. We weren’t sure that everything would go peacefully,” continues Charlaine, before telling listeners that she was a senior when the integration got under way.

“They allowed two black kids to – it must’ve been horrible for them – come over and attended school their senior year at our school,” adds Charlaine, whose latest Southern Vampire novel (featuring, as always, heroine Sookie Stackhouse) is titled Dead and Gone.

“And, honestly, I don’t know how they lived through it. Not that any- body threatened them – that I knew of – but it must’ve been so incredibly tense.”

The 57-year-old mom also discusses how she came to master erotic mom- ents in her work.

“The first time I tried it – a full sex scene – was in the first Sookie book, about nine years ago.  And I rewrote it several times because I want- ed to catch her awkwardness. This was her first sexual experience and yet I wanted it to be the complete sexual experience,” Charlaine explains.

“I didn’t want to resort to the stereotypical romance novel euphem- isms, like ‘pulsating rod’ and stuff like that. And yet I didn’t want to be crude. So it took a lot of thought and it took me a long time.”

To hear Charlaine’s full interview, click here.