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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:

Haunting the Homeland

Germany has all but forgotten the frenzy of witch trials and wonder doctors of the postwar period—but why?

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, October 15, 2021

A Literary Love Letter to Egypt

The story of Cairo’s first modern bookstore

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, October 08, 2021

The Late, Great, Country House

Dissecting the myth of the deteriorating British estate

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, October 01, 2021

Between the Sheets and In the Streets

How should we think about sex?

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, September 24, 2021

Nature on Trial

What happens when creatures break human rules?

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, September 17, 2021

Drawing in Young Readers

The alchemy of children’s illustration

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, September 10, 2021

Outsider Physics

A different perspective on the universe

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, September 03, 2021

Skater Boy

What a board and four wheels can teach us about living

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, August 27, 2021

All the Pretty Horses

What is it about the relationship between girls and their ponies?

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, August 20, 2021

Age of Arthurs

New tales of the Round Table

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, August 13, 2021
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