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The Stacks is your one stop shop to talk books and reading. Guests will join the host, Traci for two episodes of bookish conversations. In their first episode guests will talk about their reading habits, likes and dislikes, and much more. In their second episode, they'll discuss The Stacks Book Club (TSBC) pick. Get ready for fun and thoughtful conversations about books and reading. Make sure to check the website www.thestackspodcast.com for more details, including upcoming The Stacks Book Club picks.

The Stacks is your one stop shop to talk books and reading. Guests will join the host, Traci for two episodes of bookish conversations. In their first episode guests will talk about their reading habits, likes and dislikes, and much more. In their second episode, they'll discuss The Stacks Book Club (TSBC) pick. Get ready for fun and thoughtful conversations about books and reading. Make sure to check the website www.thestackspodcast.com for more details, including upcoming The Stacks Book Club picks.

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The Stacks is your one stop shop to talk books and reading. Guests will join the host, Traci for two episodes of bookish conversations. In their first episode guests will talk about their reading habits, likes and dislikes, and much more. In their second episode, they'll discuss The Stacks Book Club (TSBC) pick. Get ready for fun and thoughtful conversations about books and reading. Make sure to check the website www.thestackspodcast.com for more details, including upcoming The Stacks Book Club picks.

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English


Episodes

Ep. 168 Embodying History with Clint Smith

6/16/2021
Today we are joined by Clint Smith author of How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America. Clint is also a staff writer at The Atlantic and the poet behind Counting Descent. We talk about how Clint’s poetry informs his nonfiction writing, the capacity to be surprised, and the recency of slavery. The Stacks Book Club selection for June is The Undying by Anne Boyer. We will discuss the book with Mychal Denzel Smith on Wednesday June 30th. You can find links...

Duration:01:19:32

Ep. 167 Disrupting the Systems that Cage Us with Marlon Peterson

6/9/2021
Today we are joined by author and activist Marlon Peterson. His book Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist’s Freedom Song is out now and is both a memoir of Marlon’s time in prison and an indictment of a system that fails its citizens. We talk today about possibility, asking different questions, and romantic comedies. The Stacks Book Club selection for June is The Undying by Anne Boyer. We will discuss the book with Mychal Denzel Smith on Wednesday June 30th. You can find links to everything we...

Duration:00:59:05

Ep. 166 Who Do We Want to Be with Mychal Denzel Smith

6/2/2021
Our guest this week is Mychal Denzel Smith, the author of one of Traci’s favorite books from 2020, Stakes is High. Mychal’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other publications, and now he hosts the Open Form podcast. Today we talk about the difference between accountability and punishment, abolition, and what it means to want better for America. The Stacks Book Club selection for June is The Undying by Anne Boyer. We will discuss the book with Mychal...

Duration:01:07:47

Ep. 165 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy -- The Stacks Book Club (Jenny Lee)

5/26/2021
Today is The Stacks Book Club day and we’re finally discussing Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy with author Jenny Lee. Jenny’s books Anna K and Anna K Away are modern day retellings of Anna Karenina which makes her the perfect person to do a deep dive into this mega-novel. Please be warned there are a lot of spoilers in the episode. Also, a huge thank you to everyone who read along with us, it's no small feat, and we’re honored you took the time to read along with us! There are spoilers on this...

Duration:01:13:22

Ep. 164 Breaking a Story with Patrick Radden Keefe

5/19/2021
Our guest today is staff writer at The New Yorker, and award winning author Patrick Radden Keefe. We talk about his newest book Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty, and the ways the opioid crisis was directly connected to their drug OxyContin. We also discuss Patrick’s thinking around breaking a story, writing after the success of his bestselling book Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, and his foray into podcasting with his show Wind of...

Duration:00:57:38

Ep. 163 Pushing the Boundaries of Understanding with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

5/12/2021
Today we're joined by Chanda Prescod Weinstein, a theoretical physicist specializing in early universe cosmology. She is the author of The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred. We talk today about science anxiety, the ways politics play into science, and how the cosmos are part of all of our lives. The Stacks Book Club selection for May is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy we will discuss the book with Jenny Lee on Wednesday May 26th. You can find links...

Duration:01:06:26

Ep. 162 Adapting a Classic with Jenny Lee

5/5/2021
Today on The Stacks we’re talking with TV writer and author Jenny Lee. Jenny is the author of Anna K a modern retelling of Anna Karenina set in the world of New York City’s teenage elite. Her brand new book is a sequel to the bestselling Anna K entitled, Anna K Away. We talk today about adapting a classic, what happens when the source material runs out, and the very real struggle of not always liking your work. The Stacks Book Club selection for May is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy we will...

Duration:01:14:10

Ep. 161 The Tradition by Jericho Brown -- The Stacks Book Club (Reginald Dwayne Betts)

4/28/2021
On today's episode of The Stacks we're talking with poet, lawyer, and activist, Reginald Dwayne Betts about The Tradition by Jericho Brown for The Stacks Book Club. We discuss poems as fact or fiction, what happens when you hear a poem out loud, and the ways different poems can take on different meanings to different people. Click here to be part of The Stacks fundraiser for Million Book Project. You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website:...

Duration:01:22:41

Ep. 160 Black People Doing Spectacular Things with Hanif Abdurraqib

4/21/2021
On this week's episode we're joined by Hanif Abdurraqib. Hanif is an author, poet, music and cultural critic, and the host of the podcast Object of Sound. We talk today about his newest book, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance. We talk today about how Hanif expanded the definition of performance, restraint as a tool in writing, and finding gratitude amidst grief. Click here to be part of The Stacks fundraiser for Million Book Project. You can find links to...

Duration:01:08:52

Ep. 159 Surviving the White Gaze with Rebecca Carroll

4/14/2021
Our guest today Rebecca Carroll. Rebecca is a writer, cultural critic, and podcaster. She is the author of multiple books including her memoir which came out in February and is titled Surviving the White Gaze. We discuss her life as a Black child adopted into a white family, how she continues to interrogate the white gaze, and her 2020 podcast Come Through with Rebecca Carroll. There are no spoilers on this episode. For the month of April, The Stacks is raising $50,000 for Million Book...

Duration:00:58:15

Ep. 158 Reaching for Answers with Reginald Dwayne Betts

4/7/2021
On today's episode we talk with poet, author, activist, and attorney Reginald Dwayne Betts (Felon). In the conversation we explore the ways we police and punish ourselves and the people around us, the conditions of worthiness, and the balance between form and word choice in poetry. Dwayne also shares about his nonprofit, Million Book Project, and the work they do to bring books into prisons. Click here to be part of The Stacks fundraiser for Million Book Project. The Stacks Book Club...

Duration:01:11:41

Ep. 157 Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh -- The Stacks Book Club (Nic Stone)

3/31/2021
It's time for The Stacks Book Club conversation about our March pick, 2020 National Book Award Finalist, Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh. We are joined by prolific YA author, Nic Stone (Dear Martin, Dear Justyce). Our conversation explores what makes a book "good" or "bad", the complexity of finding one's self, and the power and value in our bodies. There are spoilers on this episode. Be sure to listen until the end of today’s episode to find out our book club picks for BOTH April and...

Duration:00:53:50

Ep. 156 Pursuing a Passion with Brandon Hobson

3/24/2021
Brandon Hobson is a National Book Award Finalist, and the author of a brand new novel called The Removed. The book is about one family and the lasting impacts from the murder of their son at the hands of a police officer. Today we talk about how The Removed challenges stereotypes around Native Americans, creating a career from passions, and the writers who inspire Brandon. There are no spoilers on this episode. The Stacks Book Club selection for March is Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh,...

Duration:00:49:24

Ep. 155 The Art of the Crush with Mary H.K. Choi

3/17/2021
Today on the podcast we talk with young adult author Mary H.K. Choi about her newest book, Yolk. Mary shares with us about her struggles with disordered eating, the steps she takes to take care of herself and her body, and writing about the city of New York. We also spend time discussing having a crush and what makes someone crush worthy. There are no spoilers on this episode. The Stacks Book Club selection for March is Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh, we will discuss the book with Nic...

Duration:01:13:31

Ep. 154 Representation in Kink with R.O. Kwon & Garth Greenwell

3/10/2021
Today we're talking with R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell, the editors of Kink a new short story anthology all about...well, kink! We discuss the ways this book attempts to push back against harmful stereotypes around sex, the mundanity of kink, and the nuts and bolts of bringing together this many incredible writers. The Stacks Book Club selection for March is Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh, we will discuss the book with Nic Stone on March 31st. You can find links to everything we...

Duration:00:52:33

Ep. 153 Breaking Down Standards with Nic Stone

3/3/2021
Today we welcome author Nic Stone to the podcast. Nic is best known as the Young Adult and Middle Grade author of Dear Martin, Dear Justyce, and the Shuri series with Marvel Comics. We talk today about doubt, listening to young people, and the creative process. We also discuss the books that fill up Nic's bookshelves. The Stacks Book Club selection for March is Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh, we will discuss the book with Nic Stone on March 31st. You can find links to everything we...

Duration:01:03:51

Ep. 152 The New Wilderness by Diane Cook -- The Stacks Book Club (Vann Newkirk)

2/24/2021
It's The Stacks Book Club day and we're discussing The New Wilderness by Diane Cook with senior editor at The Atlantic and host of the Floodlines podcast, Vann Newkirk. Our conversation looks at the impact of humans on nature, biblical allegories, and the nuance in relationships between parent and child. There are spoilers on this episode. Be sure to listen until the end of today’s episode to find out our book club pick for March! You can find links to everything we discuss on today's...

Duration:01:07:30

Ep. 151 Truth and Satire with Mateo Askaripour

2/17/2021
Our guest today is Mateo Askaripour, the debut author of Black Buck which is a New York Times Bestseller. We talk about writing satire, Mateo's respect for his readers, and the ways he looked to other authors for inspiration throughout his process. The Stacks Book Club selection for February is The New Wilderness by Diane Cook, we will discuss the book with Vann Newkirk on Wednesday February 24th. You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website:...

Duration:00:59:11

Ep. 150 An Invitation to History with Keisha N. Blain

2/10/2021
Today our guest is author and historian Dr. Keisha N Blain. Keisha, along with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, edited the brand new collection Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America 1619-2019. Our conversation delves into the work of historians, our ancestors wildest dreams, and the logistics of bringing this ambitious book to life. The Stacks Book Club selection for February is The New Wilderness by Diane Cook, we will discuss the book with Vann Newkirk on Wednesday February...

Duration:01:04:49

Ep. 149 A Bias Toward Justice with Vann Newkirk

2/3/2021
Our guest today is journalist and senior editor at The Atlantic, Vann Newkirk. Vann is also the host of the Floodlines podcast that chronicled the events of Hurricane Katrina. We talk today about the idea of journalistic neutrality, environmental racism, and using books as a way to fill in the gaps of the things we learned (or didn’t) in school. The Stacks Book Club selection for February is The New Wilderness by Diane Cook, we will discuss the book with Vann Newkirk on Wednesday February...

Duration:00:58:43