Smarty Pants Podcast

From Côte d’Ivoire to the California Coast

Plus: Phillip Lopate tells us a secret

By Stephanie Bastek | February 10, 2017


Julia Lichtblau takes us to an elite secondary school in Abidjan that’s changing the lives of African girls; Steve Early shows how Richmond, California, became a progressive beacon; and Phillip Lopate tells us what he thinks about confiding your darkest secrets.

Mentioned in this episode:

• Julia Lichtblau on the smart girls of Côte d’Ivoire
• Phillip Lopate’s collection of essays for us on his blog, Full Disclosure
• Emily Fox Gordon’s essay on the central conflict of the memoir, whether to confess or confide

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