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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:

Crowdsourced Clairvoyance

Sam Knight on the psychiatrist who tried to predict disaster

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, May 13, 2022

The Intelligence Gatherers

The secret history of how Imperial Russia kept an eye on its Chinese neighbor

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, May 06, 2022

New Name for an Old Ceremony

Gregory Smithers on two-spirits in Indigenous American history

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, April 29, 2022

Indiana Absurd

Tiffany Tsao on translating a beguiling Indonesian short-story collection

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, April 22, 2022

Portrait as Performance

Meet the Tudor characters that populated Hans Holbein’s world

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, April 15, 2022

Hashtag Lit

Leah Price on how books were social media all along

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, April 08, 2022

No Place Is Perfect

Adrian Shirk on the search for American utopia

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, April 01, 2022

Sakura Fever

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

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, March 18, 2022

The Sound of Science

David George Haskell on the sense biology neglects most

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, March 11, 2022
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