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51% #1732: Kate Beaton on "Ducks" and Life in the Oil Sands

Kate Beaton and the cover of Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands
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Kate Beaton is the cartoonist behind Hark! A Vagrant and Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands.

On this week’s 51%, we speak with cartoonist Kate Beaton about her new graphic memoir Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands, chronicling her years working in the oil sands of Northern Alberta. Our Dr. Sharon Ufberg also speaks with poet Judith Antelman and shares some excerpts from her debut poetry collection, The Pugilist’s Daughter.


51% is a national production of WAMC Northeast Public Radio. It is produced by Jesse King. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock, and our theme is "Lolita" by the Albany-based artist Girl Blue.

Jesse King is the host of WAMC's national program on women's issues, "51%," and the station's bureau chief in the Hudson Valley. She has also produced episodes of the WAMC podcast "A New York Minute In History."