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:

Caracara, Caw Caw

Meet the smartest bird you’ve never heard of

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, April 16, 2021

Hope Against the Storm

How American communities contend with rising sea levels

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, April 09, 2021

Oh, Cruel Stagolee

Why you should never mess with a bad man’s hat

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, April 02, 2021

The Cherry Blossom Evangelist

How an English eccentric saved Japan’s beloved sakura—and spread them around the world

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, March 26, 2021

Our One-Click World

Online convenience has blinded us to the growth of a tech underclass

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, March 19, 2021

Women at War

The fight for a spot on the frontlines (and in the history books)

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, March 12, 2021

How to Be a Grown-Up

Redefining the traditional markers of adulthood

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, March 05, 2021

The Many Faces of Aeneas

How Virgil plays with our collective memory

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, February 26, 2021

Red Star Avant Garde

How contemporary artists made China modern

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, February 19, 2021

What’s Happening in Myanmar

Understanding the military coup in Myanmar

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, February 12, 2021
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