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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:

The Forgotten Radical

Lydia Moland on the children’s writer who had a change of heart

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, December 02, 2022

Roughing It

Ted Conover on life off-grid

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, November 18, 2022

The Abortion Underground

Laura Kaplan on the vital work of Jane

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, November 11, 2022

Tulsa 2022

RJ Young on the commemoration—and commercialization—of the massacre’s centenary

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, November 04, 2022

For the Love of Horror

Joe Vallese collects 25 queer reflections on formative films

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, October 28, 2022

The Fantasy of Real Life

Ling Ma on telling stories that see our world sideways

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, October 21, 2022

Welcome to the Osmocosm

Harold McGee explains the science behind a universe of smells

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, October 14, 2022

Fifty Years of Song

Joy Harjo celebrates her life in poetry

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, October 07, 2022

Ordinary Madness

Kate Summerscale on the fixations and fears that make us human

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, September 30, 2022

Know Your Earworm

Susan Rogers on figuring out why you love your favorite songs

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, September 23, 2022
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