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Lands of Lost Borders – Ep 45 with Kate Harris

9/12/2018
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A brilliant, fierce writer makes her debut with this enthralling travelogue and memoir of her journey by bicycle along the Silk Road—an illuminating and thought-provoking fusion of The Places in Between, Lab Girl, and Wild that dares us to challenge the limits we place on ourselves and the natural world. The post Lands of Lost Borders – Ep 45 with Kate Harris appeared first on Read Learn Live Podcast.

Duration:01:08:30

Dangerous Dystopias – Ep 44 with Siobhan Adcock

8/29/2018
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After months of disturbing behavior, Gardner Quinn has vanished. Her older sister Fredericka is desperate to find her, but Fred is also pregnant—miraculously so, in a near-future America struggling with infertility. So she entrusts the job to their brother, Carter. In the tradition of The Handmaid’s Tale, The Completionist is speculative fiction at its very best: imaginative and propulsive, revealing our own world in bold and unexpected ways. The post Dangerous Dystopias – Ep 44 with...

Duration:00:58:48

A Room Away From The Wolves – Ep 43 with Nova Ren Suma

8/15/2018
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Bina has never forgotten the time she and her mother ran away from home. Her mother promised they would hitchhike to the city to escape Bina’s cruel father and start over. But before they could even leave town, Bina had a new stepfather and two new stepsisters, and a humming sense of betrayal pulling apart the bond with her mother—a bond Bina thought was unbreakable. Eight years later, after too many lies and with trouble on her heels, Bina finds herself on the side of the road again, the...

Duration:00:53:46

Mischief and Mayhem On The Open Road – Ep 42 with Gina Wohlsdorf

8/1/2018
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Meet Rainy Cain, a tough, smart seventeen-year-old whose primary instinct is survival. That instinct is tested when her life is upended by the sudden appearance of her father, Sam, who she thought was long dead, but instead had been in prison for his part in an armored truck robbery gone murderously wrong. Now escaped and on the run, he kidnaps Rainy, who he is convinced knows where the money from the robbery, never recovered, is hidden. — Gina Wohlsdorf was born and raised in Bismarck,...

Duration:00:52:40

The Simpsons and Springfield Confidential – Ep 41 with Mike Reiss

7/18/2018
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Mike Reiss has won four Emmys and a Peabody Award during his twenty-eight years writing for “The Simpsons”. He ran the show in Season 4, which Entertainment Weekly called “the greatest season of the greatest show in history.” Mike co-created the animated series “The Critic” and created Showtime’s hit cartoon “Queer Duck” (about a gay duck). In 2006, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus. Mike has been a contributing writer to more than two dozen...

Duration:01:02:35

The History and Science of Wine – Ep 40 with Kevin Begos

7/5/2018
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After a chance encounter with an obscure Middle Eastern red, journalist Kevin Begos embarks on a ten-year journey to seek the origins of wine. What he unearths is a whole world of forgotten grapes, each with distinctive tastes and aromas, as well as the archaeologists, geneticists, chemists—even a paleobotanist—who are deciphering wine down to molecules of flavor. The post The History and Science of Wine – Ep 40 with Kevin Begos appeared first on Read Learn Live Podcast.

Duration:00:52:52

A Spiritual Autobiography – Ep 39 with Bill Kelly

6/20/2018
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Bill Kelly studied philosophy at NYU and UC Berkeley and then left the U.S. at 26 for travel and adventure. Unexpectedly, Bill ended up living abroad for almost 25 years, five years of which was spent traveling with little money in Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. Eventually settling in Japan, Bill was active during the 1980s and early 1990s organizing groups, giving talks, writing, and teaching first English and then intercultural communication. When Bill returned to the U.S. in 1996,...

Duration:01:08:17

The Nature Fix – Ep 38 with Florence Williams

6/6/2018
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From forest trails in Korea, to islands in Finland, to eucalyptus groves in California, Florence Williams investigates the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain. Delving into brand-new research, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and strengthen our relationships. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas―and the answers they yield―are more urgent than ever. The post The Nature Fix – Ep 38...

Duration:00:50:39

Eunice Kennedy Shriver – Ep 37 with Eileen McNamara

5/21/2018
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A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist examines the life and times of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, arguing she left behind the Kennedy family’s most profound political legacy.… The post Eunice Kennedy Shriver – Ep 37 with Eileen McNamara appeared first on Read Learn Live Podcast.

Duration:00:49:01

The Human Instinct – Ep 36 with Ken Miller

5/4/2018
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A radical, optimistic exploration of how humans evolved to develop reason, consciousness, and free will. Lately, the most passionate advocates of the theory of evolution seem to present it as bad news. Scientists such as Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, and … The post The Human Instinct – Ep 36 with Ken Miller appeared first on Read Learn Live Podcast.

Duration:01:09:37

James Van Der Zee – Ep 35 with Andrea J. Loney

4/14/2018
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James Van Der Zee was just a young boy when he saved enough money to buy his first camera. He took photos of his family, classmates, and anyone who would sit still for a portrait. By the fifth grade, James … The post James Van Der Zee – Ep 35 with Andrea J. Loney appeared first on Read Learn Live Podcast.

Duration:00:58:04

Dragon Speaker – Ep 34 with Elana A. Mugdan

3/28/2018
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Born into a world of magic wielders without any powers of her own, Keriya Nameless isn’t exactly hero material, yet she’s chosen to save the last living dragon. She doesn’t know why it happened, and frankly she doesn’t care—this is … The post Dragon Speaker – Ep 34 with Elana A. Mugdan appeared first on Read Learn Live Podcast.

Duration:01:11:40

Midlife: A Philosophical Guide – Ep 33 with Kieran Setiya

3/9/2018
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How can you reconcile yourself with the lives you will never lead, with possibilities foreclosed, and with nostalgia for lost youth? How can you accept the failings of the past, the sense of futility in the tasks that consume the … The post Midlife: A Philosophical Guide – Ep 33 with Kieran Setiya appeared first on Read Learn Live Podcast.

Duration:01:17:24

All The Castles Burned – Ep 32 with Michael Nye

2/14/2018
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Set in the early 1990s, All The Castles Burned is about Owen Webb, the son of working-class parents, receives a scholarship to the prestigious Rockcastle Preparatory Academy. He is befriended by the enigmatic Carson Bly, an upperclassman from a wealthy … The post All The Castles Burned – Ep 32 with Michael Nye appeared first on Read Learn Live Podcast.

Duration:01:05:59

The Stowaway – Ep 31 with Laurie Gwen Shapiro

1/31/2018
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The Stowaway is the spectacular, true story of a scrappy teenager from New York’s Lower East Side who stowed away on the Roaring Twenties’ most remarkable feat of science and daring: an expedition to Antarctica. It was 1928: a time … The post The Stowaway – Ep 31 with Laurie Gwen Shapiro appeared first on Read Learn Live Podcast.

Duration:01:12:55

Heartland – Ep 30 with Ana Simo

1/18/2018
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In a word-drunk romp through an alternate, preapocalyptic America, Ana Simo’s fiction debut, Heartland, turns the classic murder mystery on its head with the story of a thwarted author’s elaborate revenge on the woman who stole her lover, blending … The post Heartland – Ep 30 with Ana Simo appeared first on Read Learn Live Podcast.

Duration:01:04:23

Darwin Carmichael Is Going To Hell – Ep 29 with Jenn Jordan

1/3/2018
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It’s tough living in the 21st century, when mythical beings not only roam the earth, but camp out on your sofa and raid your refrigerator. Jobs are scarce; angels infest Brooklyn (the demons have taken all the good property in … The post Darwin Carmichael Is Going To Hell – Ep 29 with Jenn Jordan appeared first on Read Learn Live Podcast.

Duration:01:14:18

Daughters of the Air – Ep 28 with Anca Szilágyi

12/20/2017
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Tatiana “Pluta” Spektor was a mostly happy, if awkward, young girl–until her sociologist father was disappeared during Argentina’s Dirty War. Sent a world away by her grieving mother to attend boarding school outside New York City, Pluta wrestles alone with … The post Daughters of the Air – Ep 28 with Anca Szilágyi appeared first on Read Learn Live Podcast.

Duration:00:42:18

The Paris Secret – Ep 27 with Karen Swan

12/6/2017
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Karen Swan began her career in fashion journalism before giving it all up to raise her three children and a puppy, and to pursue her ambition of becoming a writer. She lives in the forest in Sussex, writing her books …

Duration:01:10:05

Jill Tarter and The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence – Ep 26 with Sarah Scoles

11/22/2017
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For anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered, “Are we alone?” Sarah Scoles examines the science behind the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and its pioneer, Jill Tarter, the inspiration for the main character in Carl …

Duration:00:53:27