David Sedaris joins host Krys Boyd to discuss his essays on family, falling in love, relationships, aging, and the weird ways life’s struggles make us all the more rich.Read more
Is Appropriation In Art Always Wrong?
Paisley Rekdal, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Utah and the state’s poet laureate, joins us to discuss the places where identity intersects with politics, and why it’s important to confront the language we use when defining cultures.Read more
Where Do You Go For Advice – Novels Or Self-Help?
Beth Blum, assistant professor of English at Harvard University, joins us to discuss how classic authors talked to audiences about themes of self-actualization, and how writers today still draw from that well of tips and tricks for better living.Read more
A Novel Plumbs An Immigrant Family’s American Dream
Simon Han joins host Krys Boyd to talk about his story about assimilation and the struggle for immigrants to reach that fabled “shining city upon a hill.”Read more
A Conversation With John Grisham
John Grisham joins us to talk about his prolific pace of writing a book a year – and about the art of the legal thriller.Read more
A Fictional Character’s Very Real Asian-American Experience
Charles Yu, author and writer for shows on FX, AMC and HBO, joins us to discuss his book “Interior Chinatown: A Novel.”Read more
He Died, Their Love Survived
Tembi Locke talks to us about love and loss: from finding her soulmate in Florence to his death from cancer, to the decision to travel back to her husband’s Sicilian hometown to find herself — and her family — again.Read more
A Missing Girl, A Mystery Girl And The Texas Novel That Brings Them Together
Author Julia Heaberlin joins us to talk about her latest crime novel, which deals with themes of beauty, trauma and grit.Read more
Is Hermione Granger Black?
University of Pennsylvania associate professor Ebony Elizabeth Thomas joins us to talk about how the lack of diversity in children’s books reflects a lack of imagination.Read more
James Baldwin Still Has Something To Say
Princeton professor Eddie Glaude, Jr. joins us to talk about looking at today’s racism through the eyes of one of the great thinkers of the 20th Century.Read more
Colson Whitehead Visits The Jim Crow South
Colson Whitehead’s latest novel is based on a real juvenile detention reformatory in 1960s Florida. He joins us to talk about his story of two boys, bound by the trauma around them as they swing between hope and cynicism.Read more
How Shakespeare Spun Tragedy And Comedy From An Epidemic
Stephen Greenblatt, John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, joins us to talk about how an epidemic influenced Shakespeare.Read more