Smarty Pants Podcast

All the Rage

Stephanie Bastek

Enlightenment, architecture, and a few Irish favorites

Unlikely Encounters

Stephanie Bastek

Between fact and fiction, poetry and motion, and Milton Friedman and China’s General Secretary

From Côte d’Ivoire to the California Coast

Stephanie Bastek

Plus: Phillip Lopate tells us a secret

Portraits of a Movement

Stephanie Bastek

Plus: our new visual arts blog, and a tour of Trump’s conflict of interest

Sounds Like a Revolution

Stephanie Bastek

An interview with Madeleine Thien, plus: catching up with Jessica Love on language

The Aftermath

Stephanie Bastek

Finding hope in unexpected places: prison, protest, and poetry

Fighting the Zika Virus with John Wayne (and John Aubrey)

Stephanie Bastek

Well, not exactly

High Art and Low Chairs

Stephanie Bastek

Plus: a book’s journey from foreign lands to American shelves, and espionage

Ku Klux Kounty

Stephanie Bastek

Plus, tall tales from Claude Monet and Betty MacDonald

Women v. ISIS

Stephanie Bastek

Feminism in the Syrian desert, microbes everywhere, and one agony aunt

A New Story for Black Americans

Stephanie Bastek

Plus: secrets of political conventions and the alchemy of crowdsourced poetry

Go West, Young Scholar

Stephanie Bastek

Or, how to enjoy a California wine in a national park full of rattlesnakes

Reading Lolita in Maximum Security Prison

Stephanie Bastek

Plus: underground art beneath Dupont Circle and headless chickens in Chile

Superheroes Are So Gay!

Stephanie Bastek

Dig into the queer politics of American comics

Mary Roach & a Double Dose of Shakespeare

Stephanie Bastek

Listen to the debut episode of our new podcast