Episode Transcripts


Ep. 211 A Radical Shift with Julie Otsuka

Ep. 212 Doppelgangbanger by Cortney Lamar Charleston

Ep. 213 Curating a Vibe with Novena Carmel

Ep. 214 How You Look and How You Feel Have to Meet with Van Lathan Jr.

Ep. 215 It’s Kind of Wonderful, but it’s Kind of Awful with Danyel Smith

Ep. 216 Shine Bright by Danyel Smith — The Stacks Book Club (Novena Carmel)

Ep. 217 Surviving in the Face of Death with David Dennis Jr.

Ep. 218 Hungry for History with Michael Eric Dyson

Ep. 219 Genre Redlining with Leila Mottley

Ep. 220 Spread Love It’s the Brooklyn Way with Justin Tinsley

Ep. 221 White Negroes by Lauren Michele Jackson — The Stacks Book Club (David Dennis Jr.)

Ep. 222 Living in Between with Elamin Abdelmahmoud

Ep. 223 Our Existence as Protest with Caleb Gayle

Ep. 224 Writing with Duende with Erika L. Sánchez

Ep. 225 Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih — The Stacks Book Club (Elamin Abdelmahmoud)

Ep. 226 A Literal Relationship with the Past with Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ep. 227 Funny but Not F*cking Around with W. Kamau Bell and Kate Schatz

Ep. 228 Grief is Love with Marisa Renee Lee

Ep. 229 Destabilizing Whiteness with Mohsin Hamid

Ep. 230 How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee — The Stacks Book Club (Ingrid Rojas Contreras)

Ep. 231 At the End of Every Day There’s a Book with Lisa Lucas

Ep. 232 What Should the Rules Be with Andrea Elliott

Ep. 233 A Grieving Apocalyptic Historian with Saeed Jones

Ep. 234 The Trees by Percival Everett — The Stacks Book Club (Lisa Lucas)

Ep. 235 Filipinx Literary Renaissance with Anthony Christian Ocampo

Ep. 236 I Thought I Was the Problem with Brandon Kyle Goodman

Ep. 237 Girl Fear with Kamila Shamsie

Ep. 238 Fairest by Meredith Talusan — The Stacks Book Club (Anthony Christian Ocampo)

Ep. 239 The Purpose of a System Is What It Does with Mariame Kaba

Ep. 240 Hold the Powers that Be Accountable with Jemele Hill

Ep. 241 Names on Top of Names on Top of Names with Jonathan Abrams

Ep. 242 Lurching from Disaster to Disaster with Steven W. Thrasher

Ep. 243 Prison by Any Other Name by Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law — The Stacks Book Club (Mariame Kaba)

Ep. 244 Relentlessly Positive with Greta Johnsen

Ep. 245 The Worst Moments of His Life with Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa

Ep. 246 The Best Books of 2022 with Andrew Limbong

Ep. 247 True Biz by Sara Nović — The Stacks Book Club (Greta Johnsen)


Ep. 248 For the Love of Celebrity Memoirs with Chelsea Devantez

Ep. 249 The Vibe is Really Gnarly with Aubrey Gordon

Ep. 250 A Litany of Abuses with Ali Winston and Darwin BondGraham

Ep. 251 The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey — The Stacks Book Club

Ep. 252 Begging to Go to the Library with Mina Kimes

Ep. 253 I Tend to Write About It with Lamya H.

Ep. 254 Heartbreak is Pivotal to Romance with Camonghne Felix

Ep. 255 The Round House by Louise Erdrich — The Stacks Book Club (Mina Kimes)

Ep. 256 Centering Us with Shanita Hubbard

Ep. 257 The Hardest Book I Had to Write with Carol Anderson

Ep. 258 Long-Suffering Basketball Fans with José Olivarez

Ep. 259 How Innocent Are They with Joseph Earl Thomas

Ep. 260 Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay — The Stacks Book Club (Shanita Hubbard)

Ep. 261 All at Once with Clint Smith

Ep. 262 Joy, Surprise, and Uplift with Ari Shapiro

Ep. 263 Revisiting Waco 30 Years Later with Jeff Guinn, Stephan Talty, and Kevin Cook

Ep. 264 Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay — The Stacks Book Club (Clint Smith)

Ep. 265 Deep Comfort Reads with Nicole Chung

Ep. 266 We Are the Ones Who Make the World with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Ep. 267 The Pull to Make Art with Vashti Harrison

Ep. 268 Over Burdened and Under Funded by Roxanna Asgarian

Ep. 269 This Boy We Made by Taylor Harris — The Stacks Book Club (Nicole Chung)

Ep. 270 My Whole Self Is Here with Hannah Oliver Depp

Ep. 271 The Paradox of Visibility with Tre’vell Anderson

Ep. 272 Cold Butter and Cold Emails with Stacey Mei Yan Fong

Ep. 273 Oreo by Fran Ross — The Stacks Book Club (Hannah Oliver Depp)

Ep. 274 Comics Is a Medium Not a Genre with Joel Christian Gill

Ep. 275 We’re on the Extreme Side with Ricardo Nuila

Ep. 276 How We Keep Each Other Alive with Donovan X. Ramsey

Ep. 277 Watchmen by Alan Moore — The Stacks Book Club (Joel Christian Gill)

Ep. 278 We’re Giving Him Drugs with Sam Sanders

Ep. 279 Inaction Is a Form of Police Brutality with Nora Neus

Ep. 280 Blind Thought with Andrew Leland

Ep. 281 The Characters Came Quickly with Jennifer Baker

Ep. 282 You Made A Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi — The Stacks Book Club (Sam Sanders)

Ep. 283 The Curiosity Never Ends with Brittany Luse

Ep. 284 Romance and Politics with Stacey Abrams

Ep. 285 A Page Is Not Wild with Myriam Gurba

Ep. 286 Monsters by Claire Dederer — The Stacks Book Club (Brittany Luse)

Ep. 287 Ending Racism with Minda Honey

Ep. 288 Just Presenting the Facts with Michael Harriot

Ep. 289 Changing the Stories We Tell Ourselves with Oliver Jeffers

Ep. 290 Tar Baby by Toni Morrison — The Stacks Book Club (Minda Honey)

Ep. 291 I’ve Never Read for Pleasure with Mitchell S. Jackson

Ep. 292 Writing Toward Beauty with Jesmyn Ward

Ep. 293 Progress Is not Linear with Beto O’Rourke

Ep. 293 Progress Is not Linear with Beto O’Rourke

Ep. 294 People Just Have Never Seen It with Ali Stroker

Severance by Ling Ma — The Stacks Book Club (Mitchell S. Jackson)