July 3, 2021
Jeff Shesol is back today for the second of a two-part interview. Jeff worked as a speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, as a communications strategist, and even as a cartoonist. His previous books include Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court and Mutual Contempt: Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, and the Feud that Defined a Decade. Today we’ll be talking about his latest book, Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War which is published by W.W. Norton.
June 26, 2021
Jeff Shesol is here today for the first of a two-part interview. Jeff worked as a speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, as a communications strategist, and even as a cartoonist. His previous books include Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court and Mutual Contempt: Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, and the Feud that Defined a Decade. Today we’ll be talking about his latest book, Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War which is published by W.W. Norton.
June 19, 2021
Olivia Campbell is a respected journalist having written for outlets such as The Guardian, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, among others. Today we’ll be talking about her debut book, Women in White Coats: How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine, which looks at three women who blazed the trail for others to attend medical schools and earn MD degrees in 19th century America and Britain. I’d also like to add a note that internet weather didn’t do our connection any favors, so the audio is a bit dicey at times, but it is a very interesting conversation which I hope that you’ll stick around for.
May 8, 2021
We're pleased to welcome a new guest host, David Mason, to the program today. Dave is an associate professor at Rhodes College. He is also the editor of Ecumenica : Journal of Theatre and Performance. He’s the author of the books The Performative Ground of Religion and Theatre (Routledge, 2019) Brigham Young: Sovereign in America (New York: Routledge, 2014) Theatre and Religion on Krishna’s Stage (New York: Palgrave, 2009)
Dave will be speaking with Vanessa R. Sasson, a professor of religious studies at Marionopolis College in Quebec. She has a good deal of academic writing and editing under her belt, including the collection, Little Buddhas: Children and Childhood in Buddhist Texts and Traditions and the forthcoming, Jewels, Jewelry, and Other Shiny Things in the Buddhist Imaginary. But today, she and Dave will be discussing her debut novel, Yasodhara and the Buddha, which was recent published in the United States by Bloomsbury Academic.
April 17, 2021
Patricia Engel, with her novel, Vida, translated into Spanish, was the winner of the Premio Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana, Colombia's national prize in literature. Her next novel was It’s not Love, It's just Paris, and then her following, The Veins of the Ocean won the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Her latest, Infinite Country, is published by Avid Reader Press, a division of Simon and Schuster.
March 6, 2021
Memphian Mark Greaney return to talk about his latest Gray Man novel, Relentless, and about The Grey Man being developed for Netflix.
February 22, 2021
E.A. Barres is a pseudonym of the crime fiction writer, E.A. Aymar, who is also known as Ed. As E.A. Aymar, he’s published the novels The Unrepentant, I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead, and You’re As Good As Dead, as well as contributed to several anthologies. He has taken on the pseudonym E.A. Barres to publish They’re Gone, which is available from Crooked Lane Books.
February 6, 2021
Mateo Askaripour to the program. He’s a former director of sales for a tech company who has shifted to the written word. His writing has appeared in Entrepreneur, The Rumpus, and Medium, among others. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has recently published his debut novel, Black Buck.
January 9, 2021
Victoria Bond is a poet and teaches writing at the City University of New York. She and T.R. Simon co-wrote the award-winning middle grade novel, Zora and Me, in which a young Zora Neale Hurston and friends must solve a murder in her hometown of Eatonville, Florida. In an unusual move, T.R. Simon wrote the second installment, Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground, and Victoria wrote the recently published final book in the trilogy, Zora and Me: The Summoner, which is published by Candlewick Press.
December 12, 2020
Jenny Colgan is a tremendously successful Scottish novelist, with 35 published books, many of them best sellers, to her credit. She's a versatile writer, having written science fiction, including Doctor Who novels, stand alones, and several romantic comedy series. Today we'll be talking about the latest one in her series set on the fictional island of Mure, Christmas at the Island Hotel, which is available in the United States from William Morrow Paperbacks.