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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:

Daughters of War

Writing women back into battle

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, April 12, 2019

Not Ready to Make Nice

Meet Lillian Smith, forgotten southern radical

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, April 05, 2019

The Man Who Changed the Face of Spring

How an English eccentric saved Japan’s cherry blossoms—and spread them around the world

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, March 29, 2019

White Like Me

How a photograph of a young girl transformed a movement

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, March 22, 2019

A Woman’s Place

White female slave owners in the South were just as deeply invested in the institution as their male counterparts

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, March 15, 2019

The Backdoor to Equality

Alternative arguments for fair treatment

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, March 08, 2019

A Different Sort of Superhero

Black Panther reminds us of comic book protagonists outside the mainstream

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, March 01, 2019

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
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