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E.E. Cummings And The Great War – Ep 79 with Alison Rosenblitt
August 01, 2020

An incisive biography of E. E. Cummings’s early life, including his World War I ambulance service and subsequent imprisonment, inspirations for his inventive poetry. E. E. Cummings is one of our most popular and enduring poets,

Our Moral Character – Ep 78 with Christian B. Miller
July 16, 2020

We like to think of ourselves, our friends, and our families as decent people. We may not be saints, but we are still honest, relatively kind, and mostly trustworthy. Author and philosopher Christian B. Miller argues in his new book,

In Praise of Walking – Ep 77 with Shane O’Mara
June 27, 2020

In this captivating book, neuroscientist Shane O’Mara invites us to marvel at the benefits walking confers on our bodies and brains, and to appreciate the advantages of this uniquely human skill. From walking’s evolutionary origins,

How To Get things DONE – Ep 76 with Ellen Goodwin
June 14, 2020

DONE: How To Work When No One is Watching is a hands-on guidebook that teaches, through stories, examples, and activities how working with (and around) your brain, can make all the difference in what can be accomplished every day; the importance of be...

Baseball’s Swing Kings – Ep 75 with Jared Diamond
May 25, 2020

From the Wall Street Journal’s national baseball writer, the captivating story of the home run boom, following a group of players who rose from obscurity to stardom and the rogue swing coaches who helped them usher the game into a new age.

Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space – Ep 74 with Amanda Leduc
May 08, 2020

If every disabled character is mocked and mistreated, how does the Beast ever imagine a happily-ever-after? Amanda Leduc looks at fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm to Disney, showing us how they influence our expectations and behaviour and linking th...

Jimmy and the Kid – Ep 73 with Lee Silber
April 22, 2020

When a twelve year-old girl wants to play baseball with the boys, she’s lucky to have the help of Jimmy Parks, a former Major Leaguer and someone with the power to change her life forever. Escaping to the empty baseball fields across the street fro...

The Amateurs – Ep 72 with Liz Harmer
March 14, 2020

“The Amateurs” is a speculative novel of rapture and romance in the vein of Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood and Tom Perotta’s The Leftovers. In the near future, the world’s largest tech company unveils the “Port”,

A Flag of No Nation – Ep 71 with Tom Haviv
February 27, 2020

A meditation on world invention and collapse, A Flag of No Nation traces the stories of Turkish Jews in the 20th century, blind colonists in a white ocean, and performers enacting new rituals around a nationless flag.

The Lost Book of Adana Moreau – Ep 70 with Michael Zapata
February 13, 2020

The Lost Book of Adana Moreau is the mesmerizing story of a Latin American science fiction writer and the lives her lost manuscript unites decades later in post-Katrina New Orleans. In 1929 in New Orleans,