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Recent Episodes

  • Airea D. Matthews | Bread and Circus

    • Recorded Jun 1, 2023

    In conversation with poet Phillip B. Williams Airea D. Matthews is the 2022–23 Philadelphia Poet Laureate and directs the poetry program at Bryn Mawr College. Her collection Simulacra won the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize and her work… more

  • In conversation with George Anastasia The director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, James Comey captured international attention for his investigations into Hillary Clinton’s emails, Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election, and… more

  • In conversation with Arwa Mahdawi Referred to by bestsstelling author Rebecca Traister as “exhilarating, good humored, and forward looking,”  Kristen R. Ghodsee ’s  Everyday Utopia  is a two-millennia examination of diverse civilizations’ boldest… more

  • Samantha Irby | Quietly Hostile: Essays

    • Recorded May 16, 2023

    In conversation with podcaster and author Kelsey McKinney “America’s most talented comic writer” ( The New Republic ), Samantha Irby is the author of four essay collections, including Wow, No Thank you. ; Meaty; New Year, Same Trash: Resolutions… more

  • A contributing writer at  The New York Times Magazine  and The 1619 Project, Linda Villarosa has won numerous awards for articles concerning issues of Black mother and infant health, medical myths, America’s hidden HIV epidemic, environmental… more

  • In conversation with Ernest Owens A consultant and writer in the fields of civic activism and government reform,  Brett H. Mandel  served as director of Philadelphia’s Financial & Policy Analysis Unit in the city controller’s office, was a member… more

  • Hernan Diaz | Trust

    • Recorded May 9, 2023

    Hernan Diaz ’s bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning novel  Trust , "a genre-bending, time-skipping story about New York City’s elite in the roaring ’20s and Great Depression” ( Vanity Fair ), presents a literary puzzle about the reality warping… more

  • With characters situated in surreal,  Twilight Zone -esque, yet all-too-familiar positions of oppression within our most venerable institutions,  Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah ’s 2018 debut fiction collection,  Friday Black , was praised as a "vivid,… more

  • Dave Barry | Swamp Story: A Novel

    • Recorded May 3, 2023

    A “genuine genius” ( The New York Times Book Review ), Dave Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1988. He wrote for the Miami Herald for 30 years, where his column was syndicated in more than 500 newspapers. His dozens of bestselling… more

  • In conversation with Eric Banks Acclaimed for “wonderfully readable” fusions of “biography, philosophy, history, cultural analysis and personal reflection” ( The Independent ), Sarah Bakewell is the author of At the Existentialist Café , a… more

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