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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:

Black Birds of the Tower

There’s evermore to ravens than you think

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, October 12, 2018

Something Witchy This Way Comes

The social forces at work behind history’s favorite scapegoat

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, October 05, 2018

Threepenny Thriller

An 18th-century thief gets a 21st-century update

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, September 28, 2018

Shifting Sands

We’re almost out of this tiny grain—and we’re only now beginning to pay attention

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, September 21, 2018

Weirdo Capital of the West

The fantastical saga of Oklahoma City

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, September 14, 2018

Smell Ya Later

How 19th-century Americans used their noses to fight for urban change

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, September 07, 2018

Long Live the Library

Our favorite public institution provides far more than books

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, August 24, 2018

Strange Fruit and Stolen Lives

The ugly story of the whitest county in America

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, August 17, 2018

Call of the Wild

How a radical conservation effort has transformed a former farm

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, August 10, 2018

Making the Most of #MeToo

A second-wave feminist on 21st-century feminism

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, August 03, 2018
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