Smarty Pants Podcast

Back in the USSR

Stephanie Bastek

A glimpse inside the house that Stalin built, and Italy’s anti-fascist First Family

Once and Future Food

Stephanie Bastek

Imagining a new world of teas and tastes

Rhapsodies in Blue

Stephanie Bastek

Vulgar tongues, cruel etymologies, and a spot of poetry

Scientists and Saints

Stephanie Bastek

Women’s roles and rituals under the microscope

Lady Pirates and Oceans of Plastic

Stephanie Bastek

One very daring journey and the pirate who puts Blackbeard to shame

What the Nose Knows

Stephanie Bastek

Smell detectives, laughing gas, and all the forces we cannot see

Love Games and First Impressions

Stephanie Bastek

How to judge tennis—or a stranger’s face

From Beer to Eternity

Stephanie Bastek

Exploring ancient ales and fermentation re-creations

From the Horse’s Mouth

Stephanie Bastek

True tales of horse historians, mad bombers, and infinite jam jars

Twin Peaks

Stephanie Bastek

Reporting from the world’s highlines and highlands

The Fox in the Big House

Stephanie Bastek

Soviets, poetry, and foxes, oh my!

Out of the Closet and Into the Courts

Stephanie Bastek

How sex met the law, plus the coolest queen in Africa

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