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Recent Episodes

  • In conversation with Angie Martinez Over the years Gabrielle Union has been a tireless advocate for the marginalized and the victimized, and fans around the world have watched her both on and off screen stand up to and speak out against… more

  • Colm Tóibín | The Magician

    • Recorded Sep 14, 2021

    Colm Tóibín’s “audacious, profound, and wonderfully intelligent” ( The Guardian ) work includes an impressive list of novels, short stories, essays, plays, poetry, and criticism. His novels The Blackwater Lightship , The Master , and The… more

  • In conversation with Luis J. Rodríguez "Not only a gifted writer, but an absolutely essential one" ( The New York Times Book Review ), Sandra Cisneros explores the themes of place, identity, and working-class culture in her novels, poems, and… more

  • Christopher Emdin is the author of The New York Times bestseller For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood… and the Rest of Y’all Too , a combination of theory, research, and practical application that offers a helpful approach to teaching in urban… more

  • In conversation with Lorene Cary, author of the memoirs  Ladysitting   and  Black Ice , three novels, and a book for young readers. She teaches at University of Pennsylvania and has written a one-act opera of  Ladysitting  and a play,  My General… more

  • In conversation Trapeta Mayson, Philadelphia Poet Laureate Former United States Poet Laureate Rita Dove won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Thomas and Beulah , a semi-fictional collection of verse that examined the lives of her grandparents. In… more

  • In conversation with Benj Pasek, Tony Award-winning songwriter and New York Times bestselling author of  Dear Evan Hansen A celebrated director, playwright, screenwriter, and librettist, James Lapine earned three Tony Awards for “Best Book of a… more

  • In conversation with David Clay Large, professor at the Fromm Institute, University of San Francisco, Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies, U.C. Berkeley, and author of ten books including  Berlin, Where Ghosts Walked: Munich’s Road… more

  • In conversation with Andrea Mitchell, anchor of Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC and NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker are the authors of the #1 bestselling book A Very Stable Genius , a “taut and terrifying”… more

  • Omar El Akkad | What Strange Paradise

    • Recorded Jul 22, 2021

    Omar El Akkad is the author of  American War , a “poignant and horrifying” ( Washington Post ) dystopian novel that imagines a future civil war born from the U.S.’s current destructive policies and impulses. It was an international bestseller,… more

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