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The Greenlight Bookstore Podcast

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Podcast from an independent bookstore in the heart of Brooklyn, NY, featuring great authors in conversation about their newest books in the bookstore and at our partner venues. Signed copies of featured books available at www.greenlightbookstore.com. Subscribe on iTunes by clicking here.

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Podcast from an independent bookstore in the heart of Brooklyn, NY, featuring great authors in conversation about their newest books in the bookstore and at our partner venues. Signed copies of featured books available at www.greenlightbookstore.com. Subscribe on iTunes by clicking here.

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Great Podcast

By Mono Records - Dec 11 2014
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Highly recommended! a great podcast

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11 Ratings
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Great Podcast

By Mono Records - Dec 11 2014
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Highly recommended! a great podcast
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The Greenlight Bookstore Podcast

Latest release on Oct 22, 2020

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Podcast from an independent bookstore in the heart of Brooklyn, NY, featuring great authors in conversation about their newest books in the bookstore and at our partner venues. Signed copies of featured books available at www.greenlightbookstore.com. Subscribe on iTunes by clicking here.

Rank #1: Quarantine Season Episode 2: Robert Reich with Anand Giridharadas

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Robert B. Reich, the best-selling author and commentator who has served in three presidential administrations, discusses his new book The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It, with Anand Giridharadas (Winners Take All). Speaking from opposite coasts, the two generate a blistering analysis of elections, banking, capitalism, corruption, and hope, including insights on how the spread of COVID-19 was affected by -- and will affect -- America's policies and political culture. (Recorded March 31, 2020)  

May 02 2020

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Rank #2: Episode 39: Anne Lamott + Edward L. Beck ( November 29, 2018)

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Bestselling author Anne Lamott talks about her new book, Almost Everything, with author, playwright and CNN-Commentator Father Edward L. Beck. Together they discuss their faith, her struggle with addiction, how recovery works, the pleasures and pain of family, and Anne's "inner Trump."

Nov 29 2018

56mins

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Rank #3: Episode 33: Rachel Cusk + Alexandra Schwartz (July 25, 2018)

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Critically acclaimed author and memoirist, Rachel Cusk sits down with book critic Alexandra Schwartz to discuss her new book Kudos, the final novel of her beloved Outline Trilogy. Together they discuss Cusk's unique prose style, the particulars of her process, and her radical view of fiction that has built her an enormous following and made her novels the source of passionate fascination. She also admits to the fact that sitcoms give her anxiety.

Jul 23 2018

57mins

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Rank #4: Episode 48: Eric Foner + Chris Hayes (December 5, 2019)

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Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner discusses his newest book The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution with Chris Hayes of MSNBC and The Nation, in an erudite, energetic and surprisingly funny conversation about the Reconstruction period and its enormous relevance for contemporary American life and politics. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on September 29, 2019.)

Dec 05 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #5: Episode QS3: Emily Gould + Naomi Fry (May 14, 2020)

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Author and publisher Emily Gould chats with her good friend (and New Yorker staff writer) Naomi Fry about Gould's new novel of music and parenthood, Perfect Tunes.  Their quarantined conversation includes the difficulties of mothering in a pandemic, the ubiquity of vomit in the novel, lots of one-liners, and even some impromptu musical numbers. (Recorded April 14, 2020)

May 14 2020

53mins

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Rank #6: Episode 47: Mark Bittman + Melissa Clark (November 21, 2019)

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Acclaimed food writer Mark Bittman celebrates the release of the 20th anniversary edition of his classic cookbook How To Cook Everything, in a lively conversation about America’s evolving foodways with fellow New York Times food writer Melissa Clark. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on October 2, 2019.)

Nov 21 2019

51mins

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Rank #7: Episode 38: Barbara Kingsolver + Julie Orringer (November 15, 2018)

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Beloved, award-winning author Barbara Kingsolver talks about her new book Unsheltered with author Julie Orringer. Together they talk about writing and reading historical novels, how people deal with catastrophe, the literary art of editing, and why to be cautious with screen adaptations.

Nov 15 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #8: Episode 56: Lindy West

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The inimitable Lindy West (author of Shrill) owns the stage at St. Joseph’s College for a reading from her new book The Witches Are Coming and a frank and hilarious talk on women (and men) in media and politics, internet trolls, abortion stories, and more. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on November 7, 2019)

May 07 2020

1hr 2mins

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Rank #9: Episode 26: Light the Dark (Febuary 22, 2018)

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Editor Joe Fassler leads a panel of brilliant writers in a discussion expanding the themes of his anthology Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process. Starting with the premise that much of creative writing happens in response to what writers read and love, authors Lev Grossman (The Magicians), Ayana Mathis (The Twelve Tribes of Hattie), and Leslie Jamison (The Empathy Exams) reflect on their struggles and triumphs as creators, their transcendent reading experiences and inspirations, connections between literature and music, the demands of metaphor, and the the essential question of why they write.

Feb 22 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #10: Episode 29: Amy Siskind + Nomiki Konst (April 30, 2018)

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Writer Zinzi Clemmons speaks with author and cultural critic Margo Jefferson about her debut novel, What We Lose. They talk about the experience of being biracial, struggling with terminal disease, black womanhood and motherhood, and how fiction can be influenced by creative essay writing.

Apr 19 2018

1hr 3mins

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Rank #11: Episode 31: Michael Chabon + Julie Orringer (June 11, 2018)

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Happy Father's Day from Greenlight Bookstore! From the Brooklyn Voices Series, held at St. Joseph's College, author Julie Orringer speaks with Pulitzer Winner and bestselling writer Michael Chabon about his new book of essays, Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces. They discuss how parenthood and writing fit together in his life, his family ambitions from an early age, how strange his children can seem to him, and his relationship with his own father.

Jun 11 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #12: Episode 44: Nathan Englander + Colson Whitehead (October 10, 2019)

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Two former Brooklyn neighbors (and longtime friends) of Greenlight take the stage as Pulitzer finalist Nathan Englander discusses his novel kaddish.com with Colson Whitehead, in a conversation about family, faith, and the temptations of the internet. (Recorded at the Fort Greene store on March 26, 2019.) 

Oct 10 2019

39mins

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Rank #13: Episode 46: Oyinkan Braithwaite + Bridgett M. Davis (November 7, 2019)

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Oyinkan Braithwaite discusses her smash hit debut My Sister the Serial Killer -- a short, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel that encompasses both sibling rivalry and anti-patriarchal catharsis -- onstage with previous podcast guest Bridgett M. Davis. (Recorded at the Fort Greene store on August 5, 2019.) 

Nov 07 2019

45mins

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Rank #14: Quarantine Season Episode 1: Emily St. John Mandel + Isaac Fitzgerald

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In Greenlight's first-ever virtual event, bestselling Brooklyn author Emily St. John Mandel launches her new novel, The Glass Hotel, in a brilliant and charming conversation with beloved author and interviewer Isaac Fitzgerald. The two discuss Ponzi schemes, ghosts, music, alternate universes, and of course the increased interest in Mandel's previous novel Station Eleven, which imagines the aftermath of a worldwide pandemic.  (Recorded March 24, 2020.)

Apr 25 2020

52mins

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Rank #15: Episode 30: Brittney Cooper + Rebecca Traister (May 27, 2018)

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Academic and writer Brittney Cooper speaks to Rebecca Traister, writer at large for New York Magazine and author, about her new book, Eloquent Rage. They cover her working class background, the political uses of rage, the implications of interracial dating, her complicated support for Hilary Clinton, the beauty of female friendship, and Black Panther.

May 27 2018

1hr 21mins

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Rank #16: Episode 40: Shelley Jackson + Darcey Steinke (December 13, 2018)

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Experimental author Shelley Jackson discusses her new book, Riddance: Or The Sybil Joines Vocational School for Ghost Speakers and Hearing Mouth Children, with author Darcey Steinke. Together, they talk about 19th Century Spiritualism, how the neutral experience is a white fantasy, the fine line between genius and insanity, and how Jackson's childhood has an influence on her surreal novel.

Dec 13 2018

53mins

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Rank #17: Episode 23: Nathan Englander + Jonathan Safran Foer (November 7, 2017)

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Nathan Englander talks about his literary political thriller Dinner at the Center of the Earth with his longtime friend Jonathan Safran Foer in an erudite, kind, and high-energy conversation at St. Joseph’s College. Among the topics the two authors touch on are how Englander’s tendency to write in circles reflects the cycles of violence and vengeance in the Israeli / Palestinian conflict, the conflict between devotion to people and devotion to ideals, and how the hope for peace may be as unlikely and as possible as putting a man on the moon.

Nov 07 2017

48mins

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Rank #18: Episode 53: Dan Rather + Katy Tur (February 13, 2020)

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Legendary journalist Dan Rather launches the paperback edition of his book What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism in conversation with fellow news correspondent Katy Tur, in an evening focused on American ideals, journalistic integrity, and great storytelling. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on September 3, 2019.)

Feb 13 2020

1hr 10mins

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Rank #19: Episode 32: Caryl Phillips + Hilton Als (July 10, 2018)

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Celebrated author and professor, Caryl Phillips speaks with Cultural Critic, Hilton Als to discuss his new book, A View of the Empire at Sunset. They cover a wide range of topics including colonialism, classism and racism in British society, the process of art-making, the necessity of imagination and much more.

Jul 09 2018

53mins

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Rank #20: Episode 41: Blythe Roberson + Phoebe Robinson (August 29, 2019)

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Blythe Roberson, writer, comedian, and researcher at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, launches her debut book How to Date Men When You Hate Men, in conversation with New York Times bestselling author and comedian Phoebe Robinson who praises, “Thank sweet baby Jesus that Blythe Roberson’s How to Date Men When You Hate Men exists. Funny, sharp, and feminist fun in a way we’re led to believe isn’t possible.” (Recorded at our Fort Greene location on January 10, 2019.)

Aug 29 2019

56mins

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Episode QS22: Nelson George + Melissa Kimble (October 22, 2020)

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Beloved Brooklyn author and filmmaker Nelson George returns to Greenlight to discuss the fifth installment of his music-infused D Hunter mystery series, The Darkest Hearts, with Melissa Kimble of #blkcreatives.  The conversation revolves around Black culture and Black music, including Nelson's documentary Finding the Funk, and the questions of how to make a creative living – and possibly be a moral person – in an increasingly polarized America. (Recorded August 10, 2020)

Oct 22 2020

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Episode QS21: Akwaeke Emezi + Rivers Solomon (October 15, 2020)

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Two award-winning authors return to Greenlight as Akwaeke Emezi discusses their highly anticipated new novel The Death of Vivek Oji in a lively conversation with Rivers Solomon.  The two talk about the challenges of writing a book where the main character dies in the first chapter, the origins of the book in ideas of mis-gendering, the setting in the Nigeria of Emezi’s youth, biological vs. chosen families, and how "writing deviants" challenges people's concepts of themselves. (Recorded August 6, 2020) 

Oct 15 2020

1hr 3mins

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Episode QS20: Raven Leilani + Samantha Irby (October 8, 2020)

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In this electrifying pre-publication event, Raven Leilani launches her highly anticipated novel Luster in conversation with fiercely brilliant comedian Samantha Irby.  Leilani's novel of a young Black woman's artistic and sexual trajectory is the starting point for a passionate and hilarious conversation about (among other things) the intersection of writerly craft and honesty about the personal, the gross, and the awkward – and how a novel can make way for Black people to take up space in the world. (Recorded August 3, 2020)

Oct 08 2020

57mins

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Episode QS19: Douglas Martin + Darcey Steinke (October 1, 2020)

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Douglas A. Martin discusses the reissue of his novel, Branwell: A Novel of the Brontë Brother, with his friend and fellow Brooklyn author Darcey Steinke.  In their discussion of Martin's fictionalized story of the less-successful sibling of Emily, Charlotte and Anne Bronte, the two wrestle with how traditional biography fails to make room for queerness, and how writers discover their identify through their writing – as prose can inform life as much as life informs prose. (Recorded July 20, 2020)

Oct 01 2020

1hr 3mins

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Episode QS18: Kelli Jo Ford + Emily Nemens (September 24, 2020)

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Talking about the weather takes on a new dimension when Kelli Jo Ford talks about her debut novel Crooked Hallelujah with Paris Review editor Emily Nemens. Set in Texas and Oklahoma, the novel-in-stories follows four generations of Cherokee women across four decades, and Ford and Nemen's conversation encompasses the novel's craft and language, the process of editing and publishing, and how living in an area prone to natural disasters informs the psyche of the book's characters. (Recorded July 15, 2020)

Sep 28 2020

55mins

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Episode QS17: David Randall + Celine Gounder (September 17, 2020)

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David K. Randall presents the paperback edition of his eerily relevant book on a past pandemic, Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague.  Along with journalist and infectious diseases specialist Dr. Celine Gounder – who has been working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in NYC –  Randall discusses the spread of the bubonic plague in San Francisco in the year 1900, and the anti-Chinese racism, anti-science sentiment, and politicization of public health that followed. Recorded July 9, 2020.

Sep 17 2020

47mins

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Episode QS16: Kyle McCarthy + Leslie Jamison (September 10, 2020)

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Kyle McCarthy discusses her debut novel Everyone Knows How Much I Love You, about the dark side of female friendship, with award-winning author Leslie Jamison (The Recovering, The Empathy Exams). McCarthy and Jamison explore themes of obsessiveness, boundary breaking, and the complexity of friendships, and the parallels between the fragmented structure of the book and the way we carry multiple selves within us. Recorded July 9, 2020.

Sep 10 2020

56mins

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Episode QS15: Emily Temple + Téa Obreht (September 3, 2020)

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Literary Hub senior editor Emily Temple launches her debut novel The Lightness—a meditation on adolescent desire, female friendship, belief, and the female body—with Téa Obreht, bestselling author of The Tiger’s Wife and Inland. The pair discuss the strangeness of writing and launching a debut novel in June 2020, their shared MFA program memories, writing from the perspectives of teens vs. adults, nostalgia, and Buddhism.

Sep 03 2020

58mins

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Episode QS14: Jia Lynn Yang + Michael Luo (August 27, 2020)

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(Recorded June 12, 2020)

Author Jia Lynn Yang and journalist Michael Luo take a whirlwind ride through the legal, political and cultural history of American immigration in their discussion of Yang's book One Mighty and Irresistible Tide. Bookended by major immigration laws passed in 1924 and 1965, the book and discussion work out the questions: Are we a country predicated on race and ethnicity, or on something else? And who is allowed full participation in democracy?

Aug 27 2020

1hr 6mins

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Episode QS13: Zaina Arafat + Mallika Rao (August 20, 2020)

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Palestinian-American writer Zaina Arafat presents her debut novel You Exist Too Much with Mallika Rao of the Atlantic.  In unfolding the novel's explorations of the longing for love, and a place to call home, they also discuss Arab stereotypes and queer stereotypes in media, the tension between generations and cultures in immigrant families. Recorded June 9, 2020.

Aug 20 2020

59mins

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Episode QS12: Joseph Stiglitz + Felicia Wong (August 13, 2020)

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Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz discusses his newest book People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent, with Roosevelt Institute president Felicia Wong.  Wong and Stiglitz expand on the book's analysis of the various and insidious ways in which contemporary capitalism is rigged against the average citizen and tilted in favor of big business and the wealthy, connecting Stiglitz's arguments to the current COVID-19 crisis and Black Lives Matter protests through the intersection of racial and economic injustice. (Recorded June 4, 2020)

Aug 13 2020

59mins

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Episode QS11: Meredith Talusan + Alok Vaid-Menon (August 6, 2020)

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Award-winning author and journalist Meredith Talusan’s talks about her memoir Fairest — a coming of age story about a precocious boy with albinism, a “sun child” from a rural Philippine village, who would grow up to become a woman in America — with her friend (and former roommate), writer and performance artist Alok. Topics of conversation included combating the white cis gaze, different constellations of gender, and the multiplicity of truth, with plenty of warmth and humor in the mix. Recorded May 26, 2020.

Aug 06 2020

58mins

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Episode QS10: Ishmael Beah + Alexis Okeowo (July 30, 2020)

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Alexis Okeowo interviews Ishmael Beah (author of the memoir A Long Way Gone) about his new novel Little Family, a story of the connections we forge to survive the fate we’re dealt. The two discuss the novel's origins in several African nations and the US, the development of its characters, and its relation to African politics and corruption, as well as the experiences of people living on the margins, and how much we're all learning about how interconnected we all are. (Recorded May 7, 2020)

Jul 30 2020

53mins

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Episode QS9: Marie-Helene Bertino + Alexandra Kleeman & more (July 23, 2020)

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In the extraordinary days of early June 2020, Marie-Helene Bertino virtually launches her novel Parakeet in conversation with Alexandra Kleeman, co-hosted by BOMB Magazine.  Poet Angel Nafis opens the event with a meditation and poetry reading, setting the stage for an evening encompassing love and family, dark humor, discussions of craft, racial justice, and pure literary magic. (Recorded June 2, 2020)

Jul 23 2020

1hr 4mins

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Episode QS8: Nicole Dennis-Benn + Imani Perry (July 16, 2020)

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Author and professor Imani Perry interviews novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn for the paperback launch of her novel Patsy, in an evening that grapples with intergenerational trauma as well as embracing Black joy.  The energetic and inspiring conversation delves into Black women's identity, oppression, and power; post-colonialism and racism; mental health and its stigmas; sexual identity and freedom; the intersection of language and class; literary influences; and much more. (Recorded May 28, 2020)

Jul 16 2020

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Episode QS7: John Freeman + Julia Alvarez (July 9, 2020)

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Poet, essayist and editor John Freeman talks with novelist Julia Alvarez about his poetry collection The Park and her novel Afterlife.  A beautiful cross-genre conversation ensues about public space, strangers, what we owe to our fellow humans, and the language and effects of poetry. (Recorded May 5, 2020)

Jul 09 2020

1hr 8mins

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Episode 60: Lidia Yuknavitch + Amber Tamblyn (July 2, 2020)

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Novelist Lidia Yuknavitch rejoins fellow author/actor/activist Amber Tamblyn for a passionate conversation centered around Yuknavitch's newest book Verge.   Their wide-ranging discussion circles around the intersection of feminine rage (regardless of gender) and a toxic political and the possibilities for art and love beyond binaries. (Recorded February 13, 2020)

Jul 02 2020

53mins

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Episode QS6: Jessica Anthony + Deb Olin Unferth (June 25, 2020)

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Jessica Anthony's Enter the Aardvark and Deb Olin Unferth's Barn 8 both engage with the ethics of contemporary political and cultural realities.  In tonight's virtual conversation the two novelists (and longtime friends) get a chance to compare and contrast Anthony's novel of Washington corruption, deception, and absurdity, and Unferth's novel of industrial farming and the complexity of activism. (Recorded April 27, 2020)

Jun 25 2020

53mins

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Episode 59: Ezra Klein + Ta-Nehisi Coates (June 18, 2020)

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Acclaimed podcaster and political analyst Ezra Klein of Vox talks with Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) in front of a packed house about the evolution of America’s broken system as outlined in his book Why We’re Polarized. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on February 2, 2020)

Jun 19 2020

1hr 11mins

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Episode QS5: Kathy Valentine + Lizz Winstead (June 11, 2020)

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Rock legend Kathy Valentine, bassist for the Go-Gos drummer, riffs on her memoir All I Ever Wanted with fellow icon Lizz Winstead, humorist and founder of the Daily Show.  Like the book, their conversation covers a lot of ground: the highs and lows of rock & roll, the challenges of being a woman in entertainment, abortion rights, addiction, difficult familial relationships, feminism, and more. (Recorded April 20, 2020)

Jun 11 2020

57mins

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Great Podcast

By Mono Records - Dec 11 2014
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Highly recommended! a great podcast