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Yaa Gyasi

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Little Atoms 679 - Yaa Gyasi's Transcendent Kingdom

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The Author of Homegoing Yaa Gyasi talks to Neil about the American opioid epidemic, finding meaning through both faith and science, and growing up in Alabama in her latest novel Transcendent Kingdom, which is long-listed for the 2021 Women's Prize for Fiction. Featuring an appearance by Yaa's dog.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


23 Mar 2021

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Yaa Gyasi on writing as rebellion

Growing up with gal-dem

This week we're joined by bestselling and award-winning author Yaa Gyasi, who's debut book Homegoing made waves in 2017. Back this year with a new book Transcendent Kingdom, which has been longlisted for the 2021 Women's Prize for Fiction, Yaa speaks to Charlie and Natty about fulfilling childhood dreams, pandemic puppies, and the power of words and writing in rebellion. We're updating our on-site transcriptions of our podcasts! Check our website to find them now. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


18 Mar 2021

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Aria Code podcast, Yaa Gyasi's new novel, Sky drama The Flight Attendant reviewed

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The podcast ‘Aria Code’ from WQXR and the Metropolitan Opera aims to pull back the curtain on some of operas most well-known moments. Each episode “decodes” one aria, with academics and opera singers diving in to the music. But there are also a variety of unexpected guests, such as a marriage therapist talking relationships in Carmen or a former sex worker giving perspective on La Traviata. Host Rhiannon Giddens explains what’s coming up in the third series of the podcast.The 2020 film The Legend of Fire Saga told the story of Husavik - a plucky little village in Iceland - that wanted to send a local group to compete at The Eurovision Song Contest. They have a song ready to sing in English but decide at the last moment to swap to one which features their native tongue, even though they’ve been warned that it’ll mean they won’t win. It starred Will Ferrel and Rachel McAdams and the song’s real life composer was Atli Örvarsson (who’s also written for Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Ellie Goulding and many others). Now it’s Oscar nominations time and the citizens of Husavik want the ballad to their town to be nominated in the Best Original Song category shortlist. For our Friday Review, critics Lanre Bakare and Anna Smith give their verdict on whether Sky’s The Flight Attendant takes off. Starring Kaley Cuoco of The Big Bang Theory, it tells the story of a flight attendant whose wild night out in Bangkok lands her in a very sticky situation. Michelle Gomez and Rosie Perez also star. And we’ll be asking Lanre and Anna to give their suggestions for something cultural to enjoy this weekend. The author Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel Homegoing was a breakthrough success with its account of the impact of slavery on generations of a family. Her second, Transcendent Kingdom, has just been longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. It’s about opioid addiction, religion and the line between belief and science, with its story of Gifty, a scientist who is looking for ways to understand what has happened to her and her family.Presenter: John WilsonProducer: Julian May


12 Mar 2021

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November 20, 2020: Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib on the future of the Democratic Party, religion in U.S. politics, and author Yaa Gyasi on the power of faith

Our Body Politic

Congresswoman Tlaib talks about The Squad’s role and how grassroots activism is shaping the future of the Democratic Party. Infectious disease expert Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of the Biden Covid-19 task force, offers insights into two promising vaccines. Scholar Robert P. Jones discusses the intersection of religion and politics, and bestselling author Yaa Gyasi tells us about her new book, her Ghanaian roots, and removing the stigma around mental health.Episode 9 Rundown2:42 Representative Rashida Tlaib on how she continues to fight for her constituents despite working in a polarized Congress. 4:28 Representative Tlaib reminisces on her upbringing in Detroit and how her community was so accustomed to inequality, they didn’t realize they had the short end of the stick. 9:12 When talking about The Squad, Representative Tlaib says it’s all about the grassroots support, and how that supports the progressive policies she champions.13:14 Dr. Celine Gounder dives into the goals of President-Elect Joe Biden’s Covid Task Force. 15:05 Dr. Gounder breaks down the challenges that low-income and rural communities will have distributing a Covid vaccine.21:12 Learn about how experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci envisions the rollout of the vaccine in our weekly Covid update.22:28 Lonnae O’Neal of ESPN’s “The Undefeated” investigates the intersection of race, sports and health in America.25:00 The distrust of the medical system among the Black community dates back decades, O’Neal explains.27:03 Errin Haines of The 19th shares her take on current events as a political contributor for Our Body Politic.27:53 Haines says the division between those who trust and those who don’t trust election results speaks to a wider disenfranchisement of Black and brown voters.30:29 The Biden-Harris administration has a plan to put people in historically underrepresented communities into his cabinet, Haines explains, but where are the Black women?32:23 Robert P. Jones, CEO and founder of The Public Religion Research Institute, gives listeners some insight on the influence of religion on how people vote.37:17 Jones breaks down the cultural divide we are seeing in the country, “It really comes down to this big question of who is America, who gets to be an American, what does an American look like?”41:45 Yaa Gyasi talks about writing, her Ghanaian roots, and finding her identity in America.46:20 Growing up, Gyasi recalls her parents finding community in the church and explores the topic of finding community in her book.


20 Nov 2020

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Ep. 137 Specificity in Storytelling with Yaa Gyasi

The Stacks

Our guest today is award winning novelist Yaa Gyasi. here to discuss her new novel Transcendent Kingdom. Our conversation touches on the challenges to writing a follow up to her critically acclaimed debut Homegoing, how she gave herself permission to write about small intimate stories this time around, and the ways research has factored into her process as a storyteller. The Stacks Book Club selection for November is The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America by Marcus J. Moore, we will discuss the book with Cole Cuchna on November 25th. You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2020/11/11/ep-137-yaa-gyasi SUPPORT THE STACKS Join The Stacks Pack on Patreon Hello Fresh - get $90 off your order and free shipping with the code STACKS90 Libro.FM - get two audiobooks for the price of one when you use code THESTACKS at checkout. Purchasing books through


11 Nov 2020

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Ep. 297: Happier Podcast Book Club: Author Yaa Gyasi Talks about Family, Faith, Science, and Belonging in “Transcendent Kingdom”

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We talk to writer Yaa Gyasi about her compelling bestselling novel “Transcendent Kingdom.”Join my brand-new Outer Order Inner Calm 30-Day SMS Challenge! You’ll get daily text messages with an audio message from me that gives you a simple challenge to create more outer order in your home. Learn more: http://gretchenrubin.com/smsGet in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterGet the resources and all links related to this episode here: http://happiercast.com/297Order a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail message on: 774-277-9336For information about advertisers and promo codes, go to happiercast.com/sponsors.Happier with Gretchen Rubin is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts—Do The Thing, Side Hustle School, Happier in Hollywood and Everything Happens with Kate Bowler. If you liked this episode, please subscribe, leave a review, and tell your friends! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


28 Oct 2020

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Yaa Gyasi on her new book Transcendent Kingdom

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Yaa Gyasi — author of Homegoing — talks about her new, and very different, book Transcendent Kingdom: a story about faith, science, addiction, depression, and family.


12 Oct 2020

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Yaa Gyasi

City Arts & Lectures

This week, a conversation with novelist Yaa Gyasi.  Gyasi was just 26 years old when her debut, Homegoing, was published.  It spans eight generations, tracing the lives of two half-sisters and their descendants from eighteenth-century Ghana to present-day America.  The book garnered major critical acclaim and praise from fellow authors like Zadie Smith and Ta-Nehisi Coates.  Four years later, Gyasi has written another powerful work, Transcendent Kingdom.  The protagonist, Gifty, is a doctoral candidate in neuroscience.  Her mother, an immigrant from Ghana, suffers from depression and comes to stay with her.  The novel examines the challenges of addiction and grief, as well as the tensions between science and faith.  On September 22, 2020, Yaa Gyasi spoke with Courtney Martin about her work.


4 Oct 2020

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Yaa Gyasi on her new book, Transcendent Kingdom

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Yaa Gyasi — author of Homegoing — talks about her new, and very different, book Transcendent Kingdom, a story about faith, science, addiction, depression, and family.


21 Sep 2020

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S2. Ep. 09: Yaa Gyasi reads an excerpt from "Transcendent Kingdom"


Yaa Gyasi reads an excerpt from her novel "Transcendent Kingdom," with sound design and music composition from Tim Karplus.Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. Her debut novel, Homegoing, was awarded the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for best first book, the PEN/Hemingway Award for a first book of fiction, the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” honors for 2016, and the American Book Award. She lives in Brooklyn. Tim Karplus has been working as a professional musical jack-of-all-trades in Portland, Oregon for the last 9 years. When he's not playing guitar, bass, drums or keyboards with noted Portland acts such as Haley Johnsen, The Weather Machine, and Anna Tivel, Tim can be found teaching music lessons, writing songs, and producing recordings at various studios in the greater Portland area. Currently, Tim is working on a solo record while sound-mixing for the Storybound podcast.This episode is brought to you by:W.W. Norton, publisher of Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane. Get you copy wherever books are sold, now available in paperback.Audible. Visit Audible.com/Storybound or text Storybound to "500-500" for a free audiobook.Storybound is hosted by Jude Brewer and brought to you by The Podglomerate and Lit Hub Radio. Let us know what you think of the show on Instagram and Twitter @storyboundpod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


8 Sep 2020