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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 Gray Edges of Blackness

Emily Bernard’s essays explore her own experience of race in America

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, February 22, 2019

Postcolonial Punchlines

Alain Mabanckou on what a joke can do

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, February 15, 2019

Heroin’s Long History

What our historical fascination with opium can tell us about the present

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, February 08, 2019

Searching for the Spirit of Acid House

Has electronic dance music lost its soul?

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, February 01, 2019

The Snow Maiden

Our final episode of 2018 is a send-off to the solstice

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, December 21, 2018

The Microscopic House Guest

Coming to terms with the abundance of life in our homes

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, December 07, 2018

Opera 101

A crash course in how to love one of the most elusive art forms

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, November 30, 2018

Through a Lens Darkly

A photographer on how we represent conflict

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, November 16, 2018

Too Much Future

How East German punks tore down the Berlin Wall

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, November 09, 2018

Bad Blood

Why the 17th-century vampire still haunts us today

by Stephanie Bastek | Wednesday, October 31, 2018
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