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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:

Strokes of Genius

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, January 21, 2022

Aww, Phiwosophy!

When cute gets academic

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, January 14, 2022

Good and Angry

The uses of rage in antiracist struggles

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, January 07, 2022

Ho Ho Horror

Why not make this Christmas a little darker?

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, December 17, 2021

How to Lose a War

Elizabeth D. Samet on the dangers of perpetual optimism

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, December 10, 2021

Paleolithic Passions

Charles Foster attempts to live—and think—as humans did 40,000 years ago

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, December 03, 2021

Spinning a Good Yarn

Once upon a time, Clara Parkes adopted a 676-pound bale of wool and got an inside look at a disappearing industry

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, November 26, 2021

Nature’s Pharmacy

How ethnobotany blends past and future medicine

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, November 19, 2021

People of the Parchment

The ordinary lives hidden in medieval manuscripts

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, November 12, 2021

American Modernism’s Lost Boy-King

Paul Auster on Stephen Crane

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, November 05, 2021
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