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SongWriter is a podcast of stories and answer songs. The first season features Roxane Gay, Joyce Carol Oates, Gary Shteyngart, Ted Leo, Susan Orlean, and many others.

SongWriter is a podcast of stories and answer songs. The first season features Roxane Gay, Joyce Carol Oates, Gary Shteyngart, Ted Leo, Susan Orlean, and many others.
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SongWriter is a podcast of stories and answer songs. The first season features Roxane Gay, Joyce Carol Oates, Gary Shteyngart, Ted Leo, Susan Orlean, and many others.

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@MyHeart

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English


Episodes

Aura Hernandez + Denise Reis

10/15/2019
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Aura Hernandez has been living in a church on the Upper West Side for more than a year. She tells the story of how she came to take sanctuary in the church, and about her hopes for the future. Brazilian songwriter Denise Reis performs a song written in response to Aura's life story.

Duration:00:13:40

Rita Mullaney + Byron Isaacs

10/1/2019
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Retired police captain Rita Mullaney tells a story about two dislocated people who secretly lived for years in New York City police precincts, and veteran musician Byron Isaacs shares a song he wrote in response.

Duration:00:18:03

Kurt Andersen + Vienna Teng

9/17/2019
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Public radio's Kurt Andersen reads from his critical history of America, Fantasyland. He tells the story of colonist Anne Hutchinson and the singular religious rebellion she started, which led to her eventual banishment and death. Vienna Teng plays a song written in response, using a looper pedal and backwards vocals to depict an argument between the complex truth and simplistic jingoism.

Duration:00:18:20

Rick Moody + Xenia Rubinos

9/3/2019
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Bestselling author Rick Moody reads a chapter from his novel Hotels of North America, about love, marriage, and an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction. Xenia Rubinos talks about transience on tour, and plays her answer song, "Three Stars."

Duration:00:22:44

Roxane Gay + Aya Aziz

8/20/2019
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Bestselling author Roxane Gay reads her short story "Baby Arm," about love, friendship, and a women's fight club. Songwriter and playwright Aya Aziz performs "Push," and talks about how she came to write the song in response to Roxane's story.

Duration:00:22:09

Joyce Carol Oates + Ted Leo

8/6/2019
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In the fifth episode of SongWriter, legendary author Joyce Carol Oates reads "Deceit," from her collection Black Dahlia & White Rose, about a young mother dealing with allegations of abuse made about her teenage daughter. Badass songwriter Ted Leo talks about his reaction to the story and reflects on his own history of abuse, and shares his song "Deceit," which was written in response.

Duration:00:27:45

Dolan Morgan + Emily Hope Price

7/23/2019
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Brooklyn author and illustrator Dolan Morgan reads a story called "The New Middle Class," and cellist Emily Hope Price plays a song she wrote in response. Price talks about the recent loss of a friend, and how that loss informed the song, also called "The New Middle Class."

Duration:00:24:09

Deborah Copaken + Tommy Siegel

7/9/2019
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In the third episode of SongWriter, Deborah Copaken reads an excerpt of her upcoming book Ladyparts, and Tommy Siegel (of Jukebox the Ghost) performs his song "Dear Science," which he wrote in response.

Duration:00:26:25

Gary Shteyngart + Elissa LeCoque

6/25/2019
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Gary Shteyngart reads from his novel Lake Success, about the flame out and subsequent freak out of hedge fund manager Barry Cohen, and Elissa LeCoque shares her song written in response, "Weak Wrists."

Duration:00:26:59

Susan Orlean + Ben Arthur

6/11/2019
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This is the first episode of SongWriter, featuring a story from bestselling author Susan Orlean, and a song written in response by host Ben Arthur. Ben and Rob Reinhart, of the syndicated radio program Acoustic Cafe, introduce the series and briefly discuss inspiration and answer songs.

Duration:00:11:05

Preview

5/7/2019
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SongWriter is a podcast of stories and answer songs, with episodes featuring Roxane Gay, Joyce Carol Oates, Susan Orlean, Ted Leo, Jonathan Lethem, and many others.

Duration:00:02:04