Smarty Pants

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Tune in every week to catch interviews with the liveliest voices from literature, the arts, sciences, history, and public affairs; reports on cutting-edge works in progress; long-form narratives; and compelling excerpts from new books. Produced and hosted by Stephanie Bastek.

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Episode List:

Has Electronic Dance Music Lost Its Soul?

From acid house to deadmau5

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, June 11, 2021

Eat, Pray, Love Like an Ancient

Why we should care about Epicurus

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, June 04, 2021

The Author’s Accomplice

Susan Bernofsky on the art of translation

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, May 28, 2021

Two Parts Gin, One Part Sin

Going back to the Golden Age of cocktails

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, May 21, 2021

Godmother to Poets

An introduction to Muriel Rukeyser

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, May 14, 2021

A Verray, Parfit Gentil Knyght

The first biography of Geoffrey Chaucer in a generation explores the places that inspired the English poet

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, May 07, 2021

Between Science and Séance

The poltergeist that cemented a ghost hunter’s theory about the psyche

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, April 30, 2021

The Lingo of LOLcats

How language is humanity’s most spectacular open-source project

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, April 23, 2021

Caracara, Caw Caw

Meet the smartest bird you’ve never heard of

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, April 16, 2021

Hope Against the Storm

How American communities contend with rising sea levels

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, April 09, 2021
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