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‘The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World’ by Steve Brusatte

The dinosaurs. Sixty-six million years ago, the Earth’s most fearsome creatures vanished. Today they remain one of our planet’s great mysteries. Now The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs reveals their extraordinary, 200-million-year-long story as never before. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 01:01 - Episode Intro (music: “Pavement” by Deeper) 05:05 - Interview with Steve Brusatte, Part 1 18:26 - “KG” - Deeper 20:26 - Interview...


‘Can’t Help Myself’ by Meredith Goldstein

Every day, Boston Globe advice columnist Meredith Goldstein takes on the relationship problems of thousands of dedicated readers. They look to her for wisdom on all matters of the heart–how to cope with dating fatigue and infidelity, work romances, tired marriages, true love, and true loss. In her column, she has it all figured out, but in her real life she is a lot less certain. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 00:56 -...


‘My Dear Hamilton’ by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

From the New York Times bestselling authors of ‘America’s First Daughter’ comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton—a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. Haunting, moving, and beautifully written, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before - not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal — but also as a...


‘Death Doesn’t Bargain’ by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Deadmen are back... But so are the demons who have broken free of their eternal prison and are bent on mankind's destruction. The worst of the lot is Vine, determined to claim their lives for taking hers. She will see the world burn...and has the perfect lure to destroy them all. One of their own. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 01:00 - Episode Intro (music: Blood + Bones by Robot Princess) 03:50 - Interview with...


‘Ecstasy’ by Mary Sharratt

Gustav Klimt gave Alma her first kiss. Gustav Mahler fell in love with her at first sight and proposed only a few weeks later. Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius abandoned all reason to pursue her. Poet and novelist Franz Werfel described her as “one of the very few magical women that exist.” But who was this woman who brought these most eminent of men to their knees? In Ecstasy, Mary Sharratt finally gives one of the most controversial and complex women of her time center stage. Book Cover...


‘The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind’ by Barbara Lipska

In January 2015, Barbara Lipska—a leading expert on the neuroscience of mental illnes — was diagnosed with melanoma that had spread to her brain. Within months, her frontal lobe, the seat of cognition, began shutting down. She descended into madness, exhibiting dementia- and schizophrenia-like symptoms that terrified her family and coworkers. But miraculously, just as her doctors figured out what was happening, the immunotherapy they had prescribed began to work. Just eight weeks after her...


‘Beautiful Country’ by J.R. Thornton

Chase Robertson arrives in Beijing as a fourteen-year-old boy still troubled by the recent death of his older brother. He discovers a country in transition; a society in which the dual systems of Communist-Era State control and an emerging entrepreneurial culture exist in paradox Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 01:08 - Episode Intro (music by Of Montreal) 02:45 - Interview with J.R. Thornton, Part 1 14:02 - “Paranoiac...


‘The Other Mother’ by Carol Goodman

When Daphne Marist and her infant daughter, Chloe, pull up the gravel drive to the home of Daphne’s new employer, it feels like they’ve entered a whole new world. Tucked in the Catskills, the stone mansion looks like something out of a fairy tale, its lush landscaping hiding the view of the mental asylum just beyond its border Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 02:53 - Episode Intro (music: Downhome Girl by Swampmeat Family...


‘The Atomic City Girls’ by Janet Beard

In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesn’t officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of months—a town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias, and constant security checks. There, June joins hundreds of other young girls operating massive machines whose purpose is never explained. They know they are helping to win the war, but must ask no questions and reveal nothing to outsiders Book Cover...


‘A Girl’s Guide to Joining the Resistance’ by Emma Gray

Interweaving the interviews with her own experiences covering resistance events and being a member of the media in a time when the media has been under assault, author Emma Gray has created a down and dirty guide for women of all ages to roll up their sleeves and resist the forces that are a threat to our rights. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 02:51 - Episode Intro (music: “Guitar” by Tracey Thorn) 06:41 - Interview with...


‘China’s Great Wall of Debt’ by Dinny McMahon

Business journalist McMahon, a longtime China reporter for the Wall Street Journal and current fellow at the Paulson Institute, contends that for all the anti-corruption rhetoric of the Xi Jinping government, corruption is still rampant, adding burdens to an economy already bound by strains of command-economy socialism, free-market capitalism, crony capitalism, and state capitalism, all designations that fail “to sufficiently describe the nature of the Chinese economy.” Book Cover and...


‘The Corporation' by T.J. English

By the mid 1980s, the criminal underworld in the United States had become an ethnic polyglot; one of the most powerful illicit organizations was none other than the Cuban mob. Known on both sides of the law as "the Corporation," the Cuban mob's power stemmed from a criminal culture embedded in south Florida's exile community—those who had been chased from the island by Castro's revolution and planned to overthrow the Marxist dictator and reclaim their nation. Book Cover and Author headshot...


Hiding Out by Tina Alexis Allen

Actress and playwright Tina Alexis Allen’s audacious memoir unravels her privileged suburban Catholic upbringing that was shaped by her formidable father—a man whose strict religious devotion and dedication to his large family hid his true nature and a life defined by deep secrets and dangerous lies. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Book Talk Opening 02:27 - I Remember - Robert Earl Thomas 02:31 - Episode Intro: Kory French 06:11 - I...


One-2-One Series by Lorna Schultz Nicholson

Each ‘One-to-One’ novel tells the story of a different pair of teens participating in the Best Buddies program at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School. Follow the lives of this group of friends who come together with different expectations and problems, seeing the world from their own unique perspectives and facing it head on together Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Book Talk Opening 02:26 - (Soundbed) New Step - Nadine 02:29 -...


Running: A Love Story by Jen A. Miller

As a middle-of-the-pack but tenacious runner, Miller hones her skill while navigating relationships with men that, like a tricky marathon route, have their ups and downs. As she pushes herself toward ever-greater mileage, running helps Miller learn to love herself first, revealing independence, discipline, and confidence she didn’t realize she had. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Book Talk Opening 02:26 - (Soundbed) Shortboard -...


Literary Agency - Caron Knauer

Today’s guest, Caron Knauer, has spent a life on the business side of the written word. In her own words, “More than anything else, the thing I've loved about working in publishing, the film business, and academia is that most people drawn to these fields ... are so passionate about the written word. Write on!” Today, we learn what it takes to get your work read, and the step-by-step process to a career in writing Headshot provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Book Talk Opening...


Broken Bananah by Ross Asdouria

Getting in cabs, going to work, taking a shower... These routine activities were a lot harder to do when I had a catheter in my Little Richard. Why? Well, I tore two muscles in my beloved rooster and severed my urethra having casual sex. This is the funny/not-so-funny story of the accident, the recovery, and all the blood, pain, love, and philosophy in between. A score of people helped me pee, including my mother, as I shuffled around New York City tethered to a urination tube for a month....


Our Lady of the Prairie by Thisbe Nissen

In the space of a few torrid months on the Iowa prairie, Phillipa Maakestad—long-married theater professor and mother of an unstable daughter—grapples with a life turned upside down. After falling headlong into a passionate affair during a semester spent teaching in Ohio, Phillipa returns home to Iowa for her daughter Ginny’s wedding. There, Phillipa must endure (among other things) a wedding-day tornado, a menace of a mother-in-law who may or may not have been a Nazi collaborator, and the...


The Deepest Well by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Through powerful storytelling and fascinating scientific insight, Burke Harris illuminates her journey of discovery, from research labs nationwide to her own pediatric practice in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point. For anyone who has faced a difficult childhood, or who cares about the millions of children who do, the innovative and acclaimed health interventions outlined in The Deepest Well will represent vitally important hope for preventing lifelong illness for those we love and for...


Folly Cove by Kermit “Kim” Schweidel

Against a 1970s backdrop of Vietnam, political corruption, and radical activism, comes the true story of a loose confederacy of thrill-seeking opportunists and disaffected veterans who pulled off the largest, most audacious pot smuggle yet attempted—over twenty-eight tons of primo Colombian headed for the densely populated coast of Massachusetts in a rusty shrimp boat at the height of hurricane season. From the borderland of El Paso to the High Sierra of Mexico to the coast of South...