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:

Mob Music

T. J. English on the surprising relationship between two grand American traditions—jazz and organized crime

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, August 05, 2022

The Original Influencer

Hilary Hallett on the enduring impact of Hollywood tastemaker Elinor Glyn

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, July 29, 2022

Take Two Shots and Call Me in the Morning

Camper English on when alcohol was the cure

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, July 22, 2022

You, Me, and the Deep Blue Sea

Matthew Green explores Britain’s ghost towns and drowned settlements

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, July 15, 2022

How the Black Creek Lost Their Citizenship

Caleb Gayle on a complicated tale of belonging

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, July 08, 2022

Free, Legal, On Demand

Tamara Dean on abortion in the 19th century

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, July 01, 2022

Split City, U.S.A.

April White on the hottest place to untie the knot in 1890s America

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, June 24, 2022

The Joyce of Cooking

Flicka Small on how food is everything in the world of Ulysses

by Stephanie Bastek | Thursday, June 16, 2022

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Sloane Crosley on her new novel

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, June 10, 2022

Once Upon a Time in Manchester

Hopwood DePree on the quest to restore his ancestral English seat

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, June 03, 2022
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