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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.

Have suggestions for projects you’d like us to catch up on, or writers you want to hear from? Send us a note: podcast [at] theamericanscholar.org


Episode List:

Reading Together, Alone

Books were social media all along

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, May 29, 2020

Cræft in the Time of Corona

What we make with our hands tell us a lot about ourselves, even in a pandemic

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, May 22, 2020

Spy Games and Secrets

Matthew Quirk opens the dossier on thriller writing

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, May 15, 2020

Trouble Brewing

The story of how coffee recalibrated the world

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, May 08, 2020

Tropical Troublemakers

A new novel explores the true life and crimes of O. Henry

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, May 01, 2020

The Queen of American Folk Music

Resurrecting the legacy of Odetta, voice of the Civil Rights Movement

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, April 24, 2020

Here’s to Drinking at Home

Resurrecting a 500-year-old classic on how to partake

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, April 17, 2020

Dressing for Disaster

What does what we wear say about us?

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, April 10, 2020

A Good Time for Opera

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, April 03, 2020

Coronavirus vs. the Urban Commons

How can communal endeavors survive a pandemic?

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, March 27, 2020
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