The Book Case-logo

The Book Case

ABC News (US)

Are you stuck in a reading rut? The Book Case makes the case for books outside of your usual genre. Wander the aisles of your local bookstore with Kate and Charlie Gibson and meet fascinating characters who will open your appetite to new categories while deepening your hunger for books. This weekly series will journey cover to cover through the literary world, featuring interviews with best-selling authors, tastemakers, and independent bookstore owners. New episodes post every Thursday.

Location:

United States

Networks:

ABC News (US)

Description:

Are you stuck in a reading rut? The Book Case makes the case for books outside of your usual genre. Wander the aisles of your local bookstore with Kate and Charlie Gibson and meet fascinating characters who will open your appetite to new categories while deepening your hunger for books. This weekly series will journey cover to cover through the literary world, featuring interviews with best-selling authors, tastemakers, and independent bookstore owners. New episodes post every Thursday.

Language:

English


Episodes

Diane Oliver's Posthumous Debut

2/22/2024
A few weeks ago Kate received an email informing her of a debut author: Diane Oliver. But this debut book stood out because the author had been dead for more than fifty years. Fascinated, we asked for copies...and Diane Oliver's work knocked us out. Her debut collection, Neighbors and Other Stories, is a compendium of her work: insightful, raw, beautiful, intimate, with character's stark and naked humanity jumping off every page. We talk to the writer Tayari Jones, who wrote the book's enthusiastic introduction, as well as Diane's agent, Elise Dillsworth and her publisher, Katie Raissian. How does one release a debut work when the author is long gone? Tune in and find out. Books mentioned in this week's episode: Neighbors and Other Stories by Diane Oliver An American Marriage by Tayari Jones Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood The Color Purple by Alice Walker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:33:05

Kate and Charlie Gibson's Favorite Love Stories

2/15/2024
It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes we just want to talk to each other. And that’s what happened this week. We spent some time reflecting on lessons we have learned from our authors and we go through our favorite love stories of all time (Valentine’s Day and all). It’s nice to pause every once in a while. We hope you will take a pause with us. Books mentioned in this week's episode: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë This Is Happiness by Niall Williams Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King Trust by Hernan Diaz The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks A Room with a View by E.M. Forster 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:11

Ilyon Woo on the Self-Emancipation of Ellen and William Craft

2/8/2024
Have you ever heard of William and Ellen Craft? They were an escaped enslaved husband and wife whose stories read like a blockbuster action movies. Symbols in their time, Ellen (who was the daughter of an enslaved woman and her master) passed as a white man and had her husband William pass as her property. A harrowing journey gave way to their leadership in the fugitive slave movement, even though it cost them dearly. Ilyon Woo shares their incredible story in her book, Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom. A great read and a great conversation about American heroes of whom you might never have heard. This week we also talk to Island books in Middletown Rhode Island. Join us. Books mentioned in this week's episode: Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom by Ilyon Woo The Great Divorce: A Nineteenth-Century Mother's Extraordinary Fight Against Her Husband, the Shakers, and Her Times by Ilyon Woo William Wells Brown: An African American Life by Ezra Greenspan All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Alicia Miles Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market by Walter Johnson The Slave's Cause by Manisha Sinha Wolf at the Table by Adam Rapp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:39:34

Live: Kate Gibson Revisits Horror

2/1/2024
Kate revisits her favorite genre: horror (but she prefers the moniker of dark fiction), and this one is taped in front of a live audience! Plus: you get three great guests for the price of one, which should be irresistible. In New Hampshire to celebrate the new novel by Chris Golden (do not miss The House of Last Resort!), Kate was given the opportunity sit down with Paul Tremblay, Victor LaValle and Jennifer McMahon. It was really fun, a terrific conversation, and a lot to think about. There is great writing taking place in this genre, and this episode quizzes three of the best. Join us. Books mentioned in this week's episode: The House of Last Resort by Christopher Golden A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay The Little Sleep by Paul Tremblay No Sleep Till Wonderland by Paul Tremblay Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye by Paul Tremblay Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly by Paul Tremblay and Stephen Graham Jones Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay The Pallbearers Club by Paul Tremblay In the Mean Time by Paul Tremblay Growing Things and Other Stories by Paul Tremblay The Beast You Are by Paul Tremblay The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon Island of Lost Girls by Jennifer McMahon The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon The Invited by Jennifer McMahon Don't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon Lone Women by Victor LaValle The Changeling by Victor LaValle Big Machine by Victor LaValle The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle The Ecstatic by Victor LaValle Slapboxing with Jesus by Victor LaValle Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Lord of the Flies by William Golding The Maniac by Benjamin Labatut The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson The Sundial by Shirley Jackson Beloved by Toni Morrison Hamlet by William Shakespeare The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs Skeleton Crew by Stephen King (Contains the short story-“Survivor Type”) The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:33:25

Kaveh Akbar Finds Meaning in Martyrdom

1/25/2024
Kaveh Akbar weighs every word that he writes. An accomplished and published poet, any reader can tell that he understands the undeniable power of language with his first novel, called Martyr! Engaging, funny, fascinating and downright beautiful, Martyr! grabs your attention by the lapels and won’t let go. Read the book and listen to our podcast to hear how Kaveh creates his unforgettable work. Books mentioned in this week's episode: Martyr! By Kaveh Akbar Portrait of the Alcoholic by Kaveh Akbar Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar Pilgrim Bell: Poems by Kaveh Akbar Matrix by Lauren Groff Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov Let Us Descend by Jesmyn Ward Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:38:17

Inci Atrek Lives In Two Worlds at Once

1/18/2024
Inci Atrek is a debut novelist to watch. We recommend going out and picking up a copy of her debut, Holiday Country, a novel it would be easy to overlook and underestimate. It’s much deeper than it appears at the surface. An intimate portrait of multi-generational mother-daughter relationships, it’s also a story about growing up. Growing up is never easy, but adding two countries of origin and two female role models not born in the U.S. makes it that much harder. We are back interviewing a bookstore this week with The Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne, Vermont, whose owner is also a children’s author. Join us. Books mentioned in this week's episode: Holiday Country by Inci Atrek Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty How do you Wokka-Wokka? by Elizabeth Bluemle Chain Gang All Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Gather by Kenneth M. Cadow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:37:59

Ashley Elston On How To Write A Whodunnit Heist Novel

1/4/2024
Happy New Year! The first episode of the year is a truly terrific mystery. Entertaining in the extreme, this is a whodunnit that breaks the mold. Ashley Elston, its author, has written plenty of quality YA titles, but First Lie Wins is her first adult mystery. In this game of cat and mouse, the reader is constantly asking which character is telling the truth….and we never figured it out. A great start to the new year, this book invites you to just relax and enjoy the ride. We sure did. We are taking next week off…but please come back the week after when we talk to author Kaveh Akbar, who has authored the intriguing and funny novel, Martyr! Books mentioned in this week's episode: First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston This is Our Story by Ashley Elston Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier The Trackers by Charles Frazier Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:24:46

Viktoria Lloyd-Barlow Explores Mother-Daughter Dynamics

12/28/2023
Viktoria Lloyd-Barlow's All the Little Bird-Hearts is a novel that will stay with you long after you close the book. It takes place in the 1980’s, and the narrator and heroine is the autistic mother of a teenage daughter. She worries she is on the verge of losing the only person she has ever really loved, and of being seduced by the magnetic social butterflies that are her new neighbors. Viktoria Barlow has autism as well, and her novel is a beautiful exploration of motherhood, friendship and one character’s experience of autism. Long listed for the Booker Prize, Viktoria’s words are lyrical and haunting. This is a great episode on which to end the year. Happy 2024!!! Books mentioned in this week’s episode: All the Little Bird-Hearts by Viktoria Lloyd-Barlow Strong Female Character by Fern Brady Geek Girl by Holly Smale Cassandra in Reverse by Holly Smale The Secret History by Donna Tartt Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson The Haunting at Hill House by Shirley Jackson The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:33:51

Mitch Albom Wrote a Tale of Lies and Truth

12/21/2023
Mitch Albom became a household name with his bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie. His new novel, The Little Liar, is an original and fascinating look at the complexities of truth and what motivates us to lie. It takes place during the Holocaust, at the height of which a little boy tells a lie that affects the rest of his life… coloring all that he is and everything he does. We thought this was a fascinating book and we wanted to talk to Mitch about what drove him to write it. We get a little philosophical in this episode, although every issue is worth talking about this holiday season. Happy Holidays to you and yours! Books mentioned in this week's podcast: The Little Liar by Mitch Albom Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom The Five Strangers You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom Gilead by Marilynne Robinson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:36:38

Patricia Cornwell Dives into the Mysterious World of Kay Scarpetta

12/14/2023
If you haven’t heard of Patricia Cornwell you’ve never been to a bookstore, or an airport, or a library…heck. She is everywhere and there is a reason for that. Prolific AND talented, she has written 27 mystery novels centered around her medical examiner heroine, Kay Scarpetta, and she shows no sign of stopping. We talk about what it’s like to create and shepherd a character like Scarpetta, and what keeps her going. We then have a brief talk about our favorite books of the year. We hope you will join us. Books mentioned in this week's episode: Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell All That Remains by Patricia Cornwell Cruel and Unusual by Patricia Cornwell From Potter’s Field by Patricia Cornwell Cause of Death by Patricia Cornwell Unnatural Exposure by Patricia Cornwell Black Notice by Patricia Cornwell Scarpetta’s Winter Table by Patricia Cornwell Blow Fly by Patricia Cornwell Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell Dust by Patricia Cornwell Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell Chaos by Patricia Cornwell Autopsy by Patricia Cornwell Livid by Patricia Cornwell Unnatural Death by Patricia Cornwell Portrait of a Killer by Patricia Cornwell The Last Precinct by Patricia Cornwell Predator by Patricia Cornwell Spin by Patricia Cornwell Quantum by Patricia Cornwell The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum Paved Paradise by Henry Grabar Absolution by Alice McDermott The General and Julia by Jon Clinch Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club by J. Ryan Stradal The Puppets of Spelhorst by Kate DiCamillo The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession by Michael Finkel The Eyes and the Impossible by Dave Eggers Central Park West by James Comey Swamp Story by Dave Barry A Fever in the Heartland: The Ku Klux Klan's Plot to Take Over America, and the Woman Who Stopped Them by Timothy Egan Oscar Wars: A History of Hollywood in Gold, Sweat, and Tears by Michael Schulman The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:34:41

How to Inspire Your Kids to Love Reading

12/7/2023
When we first began the podcast, our main goal was to inspire more folks to read. But we also talked about how we might offer content to help parents inspire their kids become life long readers. It isn’t easy, and there is no magic bullet, but we have some of the best of the best to tell us how to do it and why it’s so important. Emma Lee is the Associate Director of the Fred Rogers Institute at St Vincent College, Kate DiCamillo is a beloved children’s author, and Holly Weinkauf is the owner of the Red Balloon Children’s Bookshop in St. Paul. We spoke with them for a piece we did for Good Morning America that aired at the end of November. But we loved these conversations so much we wanted to bring them to our podcast audience, extended. There is some great advice here, and it’s worth hearing what these remarkable women have to say. Books mentioned in this week's episode: Mercy Watson is Missing by Kate DiCamillo The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo The Puppets of Spelhorst by Kate DiCamillo Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo The Mercy Watson Series by Kate DiCamillo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:33:32

Jon Clinch Explores the Final Days of Ulysses S. Grant

11/30/2023
The General and Julia is a wonderful novel, delving deeply into the final days of Ulysses S. Grant. Not many know this, but at the end of his life, Grant was financially destitute and in a race to write his memoirs before his death. He knew that if he wrote his memoirs and did it well, it would leave his family financially stable. His love for his wife and children knew no bounds, and his race was born of love. Like Grant Jon Clinch is a wonderful writer, and if you like this, and you will, check out Finn and Marley too (both amazing - both Clinch historical novels). For our bookstore this week, we talk to an old friend who has taken two independent bookstore road trips. What’s an independent bookstore road trip? Tune in and find out. Books mentioned in this week’s episode: The General and Julia by Jon Clinch Marley by Jon Clinch Finn by Jon Clinch The Thief of Auschwitz by Jon Clinch Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch Grant by Ron Chernow Personal Memoirs of US Grant by Ulysses S. Grant edited by John F. Marszalek The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain The Trackers by Charles Frazier Nightwoods by Charles Frazier Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury Absalom, Absalom! By William Faulkner Grendel by John Gardner Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott How to Protect Bookstores and Why: The Present and Future of Bookselling by Danny Cain The World Below the Brine by Walt Whitman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:37:39

Lawrence Wright Takes On Texas Politics

11/23/2023
Lawrence Wright’s newest novel, Mr. Texas, revolves around Texas politics and how they relate to our national political conversation, and he knows from where he speaks. Not only is he a native Texan, but he has also written one of the definitive NON fiction books about Texas, (God Save Texas). Both books are insightful, prescient, and, this might surprise you, very funny. Mr. Texas is about modern politics, the price of selling your soul, the importance of Texas politics, how to talk to each other, and whether or not one person can make a difference in this world. Our bookstore this week is Werner Books and Coffee in Erie PA. Books mentioned in this week's episode: Mr. Texas by Lawrence Wright The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright The End of October by Lawrence Wright The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid by Lawrence Wright Thirteen Days in September: The Dramatic Story of the Struggle for Peace by Lawrence Wright The Terror Years: From Al Qaeda to the Islamic State by Lawrence Wright Sheets by Brenna Thummler Lights by Brenna Thummler Delicates by Brenna Thummler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:37:33

Jennifer Vanderbes Chronicles the Dark History of Thalidomide

11/16/2023
You might know the historical fiction of Jennifer Vanderbes, but just wait until you read Wonder Drug: The Secret History of Thalidomide in America and Its Hidden Victims. Think thalidomide didn’t affect mothers and children in this country? Think again. Wonder Drug is the hidden American story of thalidomide: yes, it did get to pregnant women and yes there were children born effected by phocomelia in this country. Although the system denied their existence for decades, this beautifully researched book tells their story, as well as the deeply disturbing truth about how this drug was distributed behind the backs of the FDA. Join us. Book mentioned in this week's episode: Wonder Drug: The Secret History of Thalidomide in America and Its Hidden Victims by Jennifer Vanderbes Easter Island by Jennifer Vanderbes The Secret of Raven Point by Jennifer Vanderbes Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn These are the Plunderers: How Private Equity Runs—and Wrecks—America by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner Write for Your Life by Anna Quindlen Portrait of a Lady by Henry James Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:42:25

Diana Walsh Shares Her Manual on Leadership

11/9/2023
eing the president of anything takes vision, ambition, and leadership. Being the president of a leading academic institution takes courage (and a whole lot of smarts). Leading Wellesley College for almost 20 years while it ushered in the new millennium took Dr. Diana Chapman Walsh. In her new memoir, The Claims of Life, she gives you a front row seat to the front office of Wellesley and walks you how she got there. Diana is also one of our nearest and dearest friends….and we loved talking to her. Our bookstore this week is Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, Vermont. Books mentioned in this week's episode: The Claims of Life by Diana Chapman Walsh A Synthesizing Mind: A Memoir from the Creator of Multiple Intelligences Theory by Howard Gardner Death at an Early Age by Jonathan Kozol North Woods by Daniel Mason Save me a Seat!: A Life with Movies by Rick Winston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:38:27

Alice McDermott on the Women Behind the Vietnam War

11/2/2023
Alice McDermott has written one of THE great novels of 2023. Absolution is so many things…a portrait of diplomatic wives carving out lives for themselves in Saigon before the start of the war, a moralistic novel about the dangers of colonialism and good intentions, the story of the complex relationships women have with motherhood, and with each other. Why did she write it? And what has convinced so many that it's going to be a Pulitzer finalist this year? Tune in and find out. Our bookstore this week comes from one of our beloved listeners-The Lost Bookshop in Delhi, NY. Join us, and keep sending in suggestions! Books mentioned in this week's episode: Absolution by Alice McDermott Charming Billy by Alice McDermott Someone by Alice McDermott The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott That Night by Alice McDermott At Weddings and Wakes by Alice McDermott A Bigamist’s Daughter by Alice McDermott After This by Alice McDermott What About the Baby?: Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction by Alice McDermott The Quiet American by Graham Greene This is Happiness by Niall Williams The Holy Bible Hamlet by William Shakespeare The Art of Seeing Things by John Burroughs A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:39:48

Our Halloween Horror Reading Recommendations

10/26/2023
So we have come to the last of our horror genre shows…although we have decided we like the moniker 'dark literature’ better. We have a game-changing author to end it with (in time for Halloween): Paul Tremblay. If you read ‘dark literature’ and you haven’t devoured A Head Full of Ghosts on a dark and stormy night, RUN, do not walk, to your nearest independent bookstore. But Kate has read seven of his books (so far) and has not been disappointed in a single one. We also talk to horror writer and Professor Michael Arnzen of Seton Hill University about the courses he teaches in the dark art of writing what scares us. We hope you have enjoyed our ‘dark literature’ series….we might dip back from time to time. Happy Halloween. Books mentioned in this week's episode: A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay The Little Sleep by Paul Tremblay No Sleep Til Wonderland by Paul Tremblay Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye by Paul Tremblay Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly by Paul Tremblay and Stephen Graham Jones Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay The Pallbearer’s Club by Paul Tremblay In the Mean Time by Paul Tremblay Growing Things and Other Stories by Paul Tremblay The Beast You Are: Stories by Paul Tremblay Sophie’s Choice by William Styron Absolution by Alice McDermott The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Frankenstein by Mary Shelley The Stand by Stephen King Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates Pet Sematary by Stephen King Our Share of Night by Mariana Enríquez Psycho by Robert Bloch The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe Dracula by Bram Stoker The Turn of the Screw by Henry James Ulysses by James Joyce Tender Is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell Men, Women and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Film by Carol Clover Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:45:42

Tan Twan Eng Takes Us Through The House of Doors

10/19/2023
Tan Twan Eng, in some ways, has the perfect bibliography. He has written three books, all novels. All three have been on the short or long list for the Man Booker Prize. That should tell you how talented he is….and this is the first book he has published in more than a decade. The House of Doors is a lyrical and lovely read about the travels of William Somerset Maugham in Malaysia. Don’t know Maugham’s work? Doesn’t matter. Don’t know much about Malaysia? Doesn’t matter. Tan Twan Eng’s books transcend the familiar-getting to the humanity of every conflict, every story. This book transports readers….and its more than worth the price of the ticket. Books mentioned in this week's podcast: The House of Doors by Tan Twan Eng The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng This is Happiness by Niall Williams The Letter by William Somerset Maugham Of Human Bondage by William Somerset Maugham The Casuarina Tree by William Somerset Maugham Time for a Tiger by Anthony Burgess Tiger Moon by Antonia Michaelis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:31:25

Writers of the Movie "Airplane!" On The Rules of Comedy

10/12/2023
Surely You Can’t be Serious - heard that before? Surely you have, if you have seen the movie Airplane! Made in 1980. The incredibly successful and popular movie was the brainchild of three guys from Milwaukee - then in their twenties - David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker. They called themselves ZAZ. And, improbably, they got their movie made against all odds. They admit they didn’t have the slightest idea how to make a movie. Much less direct it. Much less convince Hollywood executives to invest in it. But they did and the rest is history and not to mention, a very funny book, just released. Surely You Can’t be Serious is the story behind the story of one of the funniest movies ever made. Books mentioned in this week's podcast: Surely You Can't Be Serious: The True Story of Airplane! by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro Ketogenic Diets: Treatments for Epilepsy and Other Disorders by Jon Freeman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:33:02

Amanda Gorman’s Poetry Slays Monsters

10/5/2023
Amanda Gorman is an American treasure. Her inaugural poem, The Hill We Climb, stunned audiences around the world in 2021, and her tome of poetry, Call Us What We Carry, spoke to the pain and powerlessness that the world felt while locked down by COVID-19. What you might not know (and now we hope you do) is that she is also an accomplished children’s author. Her latest, Something, Someday teaches kids to make the world a better place by starting small while thinking big. Illustrated by the talented Christian Robinson (who also joins us), Amanda’s words reach out from the page to say that no one is too small to make a difference. Books mentioned in this week’s episode: Something, Someday by Amanda Gorman, Illustrated by Christian Robinson Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman Change Sings by Amanda Gorman, Illustrated by Loren Long The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury Deacon King Kong by James McBride The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride You Matter by Christian Robinson Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills by Renée Watson, Illustrated by Christian Robinson The Last Stop on Market Street by Mark de la Peña, Illustrated by Christian Robinson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:42:20