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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:

Here for the Beer

Exploring ancient ales and fermentation re-creations

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, July 30, 2021

Positively Sweaty

Why perspiration is the essence of life

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, July 23, 2021

Skin Deep, Only Deeper

How people have used makeup to define—and defy—their roles in society

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, July 16, 2021

The Feminine Critique

Jessica Hopper shines a spotlight on the too-often-overlooked women of rock history

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, July 09, 2021

Shelling Out

What seashells reveal about the future of the ocean—and our own past

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, July 02, 2021

The Devils’ Books

What the publishing habits of the 20th century’s dictators reveal

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, June 25, 2021

Listening to the Trees

What the forest can teach us about ourselves

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, June 18, 2021

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
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