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A podcast about authors reading their audiobooks from Penguin Random House Audio.

A podcast about authors reading their audiobooks from Penguin Random House Audio.


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A podcast about authors reading their audiobooks from Penguin Random House Audio.






S7 E30: Reverend Raphael G. Warnock, Ed Yong, and Ellyn Gaydos

S7E30: In this episode, meet Georgia Senator Reverend Raphael G. Warnock, Pulitzer Prize–winning science writer Ed Yong, and award-winning writer Ellyn Gaydos. Tune in to hear about each author’s work that led to the creation of their audiobooks: from Warnock’s incredible journey to becoming an elected official whose race flipped the senate, to Gaydos’s memoir that began as diary entries while working as a farmhand, to Yong’s exploration of the wide world of animal senses. Enjoy! A Way Out...


S7 E29: Nabil Ayers, Kathleen Buhle, and Jake Keiser

S7E29: In this episode meet writer and President of Beggars Group U.S. Nabil Ayers, CEO of The House at 1229 Kathleen Buhle, and former city dweller turned nonprofit farm owner Jake Keiser. Press play to hear what the authors are most proud to share in their audiobooks about their extraordinary lives. Enjoy! My Life in the Sunshine by Nabil Ayers: If We Break by Kathleen Buhle:...


S7 E28: Joseph Osmundson, Terrence Real, and Trisha Prabhu

S7E28: In this episode, meet professor of microbiology Joseph Osmundson, family therapist Terrence Real, and social entrepreneur and inventor of ReThink™ Trisha Prabhu. Listen in to hear what inspired these authors to write their audiobooks, and their takes on the different ways we, as people, connect with each other. Enjoy! Virology by Joseph Osmundson: Us by Terrence Real:


S7 E27: Deanna Singh, Kathryn Finney, and Julien and Kiersten Saunders

S7E27: In this episode, meet Founder and Chief Change Agent of Flying Elephant Deanna Singh, Founder and CEO of Genius Guild Kathryn Finney, and co-creators of Rich & Regular Julien and Kiersten Saunders. Tune in to hear the ways that these authors hope their audiobooks inspire listeners: from the creation of inclusive workplaces to achieving business dreams amidst personal and societal challenges. Enjoy! Actions Speak Louder by Deanna Singh:...


S7 E26: Olugbemisola Rhuda-Perkovich, Elif Batuman, andTad Friend

S7 E26: In this episode, meet children’s fiction and non-fiction author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Idiot Elif Batuman, and The New Yorker staff writer Tad Friend. Press play to hear the personal reasons they were inspired to write their audiobooks, and what they hope listeners will take away. Enjoy! Mae Makes a Way by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich: Either/Or by Elif Batuman:...


S7 E25: Scott Hershovitz, Andy Dunn, and Clint Emerson

S7E25: In this episode, meet professor of law and philosophy Scott Hershovitz, co-founder and former CEO of Bonobos Andy Dunn, and former Navy SEAL and founder of Escape the Wolf Clint Emerson. Tune in to hear what each of these authors is most excited for listeners to hear in their audiobooks. Enjoy! Nasty, Brutish, and Short by Scott Hershovitz: Burn Rate by Andy Dunn:...


S7 E24: AJ Jacobs, Emily Bingham, and Jazmyn Simon

S7E24: In this episode, meet journalist, lecturer, and puzzle-lover AJ Jacobs, writer Emily Bingham, and actress Jazmyn Simon. Press play to hear more about the specific moments that inspired these authors to write their books. Plus, learn about special features in the audiobook editions (audio-specific puzzles, anyone?). Enjoy! The Puzzler by A.J. Jacobs: My Old Kentucky Home by Emily Bingham:...


S7 E23: Julia Haart, Liz Fosslien, and Daniel Coyle

S7E23: In this episode, meet CEO, co-owner, and chief creative officer of Elite World Group Julia Haart, Head of Communications and Content at Humu Liz Fosslien, and author and advisor Daniel Coyle. Tune in to hear how each of these author’s personal experiences shaped and inspired their audiobooks. Enjoy! Brazen by Julia Haart: Big Feelings by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy:...


S7 E22: Lilly Singh, Terry Crews, and Charles Booker.

S7 E22: In this episode, meet actress and creator Lilly Singh, actor Terry Crews, and former Kentucky State Representative Charles Booker. Listen in to hear about each of these authors incredible life stories, the hard personal work that served as inspiration for their audiobooks, and what they took away from their experiences reading their own words in the recording booth. Be a Triangle by Lilly Singh: Tough by Terry Crews:...


S7 E21: Neelou Malekpour, Dylan Tomine, and Erin S. Lane

S7 E21: In this episode, meet SMUDGED founder Neelou Malekpour, Patagonia ambassador and conservation advocate Dylan Tomine, and writer and theologian Erin S. Lane. Listen in to hear what inspired these authors to write their audiobooks, and what they’re most excited for audiobook listeners to hear. The Art of Sacred Smoke by Neelou Malekpour: Headwaters by Dylan Tomine:...


S7 E20: Andre Henry, Christine Emba, and Susie Wise

S7 E20: In this episode, meet award-winning musician, writer, and activist Andre Henry, Washington Post columnist Christine Emba, and designer and teacher Susie Wise. Listen in to learn about how these authors are working within their specific disciplines—racial justice, sexual ethics, and community-centered design--to create a better, more equitable world. All the White Friends I Couldn't Keep by Andre Henry:...


S7 E19: Dana Brown, Cathy O'Neil, and Dr. Thomas Fisher

S7 E19: In this episode, meet former deputy editor of Vanity Fair Dana Brown, mathematician and data scientist Cathy O’Neil, and emergency medicine physician Dr. Thomas Fisher. Press play to hear about the personal moments that made narrating their own audiobooks so special. Dilettante by Dana Brown: The Shame Machine by Cathy O'Neil: The Emergency by Dr....


S7 E18: Alice Boyes, Cynthia Thurlow, and Jordan Lee Dooley

S7 E18: In this episode, meet former clinical psychologist-turned-writer Alice Boyes, nurse practitioner and founder of the Everyday Wellness Project Cynthia Thurlow, and founder of the Own It Academy and SoulScripts and host of the podcast She, Jordan Lee Dooley. Listen in to hear about each author’s desire to help others in a number of ways, and how that inspired their audiobooks. Stress-Free Productivity by Alice Boyes, Ph.D:...


S7 E17: Matt Damon and Gary White

S7 E17: In this special episode of This Is the Author, meet actor Matt Damon and water expert and engineer Gary White, who are the founders of nonprofits and WaterEquity. Listen in as these two unlikely allies discuss writing The Worth of Water, telling the stories of those effected by the global water crisis, and offering solutions to solve the crisis within our lifetime. The Worth of Water by Matt Damon and Gary White:...


S7 E16: Joshua David Stein, Tamar Haspel, and Neil Hoyne

S7 E16: In this episode, meet journalist Joshua David Stein, Washington Post columnist Tamar Haspel, and data analyst Neil Hoyne. Hear Joshua David Stein celebrate solitude in the animal kingdom, Tamar Haspel on the adventures in growing your own food, and Neil Hoyne on using data to win your costumers’ hearts. Solitary Animals by Joshua David Stein: To Boldly Grow by Tamar Haspel:...


S7 E15: Amy Bloom, Daniel Genis, and Cole Arthur Riley

S7 E15: In this episode, meet writer Amy Bloom, journalist Daniel Genis, and Black Liturgies creator Cole Arthur Riley. Step into the recording booth and hear Amy Bloom discuss what inspired her to share her husband’s story, Daniel Genis on using literature to find meaning in 10 years spent incarcerated, and Cole Arthur Riley on the power of storytelling as a family tradition. In Love by Amy Bloom: Sentence by Daniel Genis:...


S7 E14: Jeremy W. Peters, Meghan O'Rourke, and Kate Robinson

S7 E14: In this episode, meet New York Times journalist Jeremy W. Peters, writer and editor Meghan O'Rourke, and education consultant Kate Robinson. Listen in to hear Jeremy Peters on unearthing the early seeds of Trumpism, Meghan O'Rourke on living with an invisible chronic illness, and Kate Robinson on completing the book started with her late father, Sir Ken Robinson. Insurgency by Jeremy W. Peters: The Invisible Kingdom by...


S7 E12: Jennie Allen, Lara Hodgson, and Todd Kashdan

S7 E12: In this episode, meet IF: Gathering founder Jennie Allen, President and CEO of NOW Corp Lara Hodgson, and psychologist Todd Kashdan. Hear Jennie Allen on the lost art of making friends, Lara Hodgson on helping small and underrepresented businesses thrive, and Todd Kashdan on how to find your voice and rebel against an unhealthy status quo. Find Your People by Jennie Allen: Level Up by Stacey Abrams, Lara Hodgson...


S7 E13: Harvey Fierstein, Stephanie Foo, and Danny Pellegrino

S7 E13: In this episode, meet actor Harvey Fierstein, radio producer and journalist Stephanie Foo, and host of the Everything Iconic podcast Danny Pellegrino. Hear the famously gravel-voiced Harvey Fierstein share what it was truly like to record his memoir, Stephanie Foo on writing the book she wanted to read, and Danny Pellegrino on bringing stories to life in the recording studio. I Was Better Last Night by Harvey Fierstein:...


S7 E10: Tiffanie Drayton, Paul Tran, and Karen Cheung

S7 E10: In this episode, meet journalist Tiffanie Drayton, poet Paul Tran, and journalist Karen Cheung. These authors have written books in which they explore the intersection of personal experience and the broader culture---whether rethinking the American Dream, answering trauma with resilience, or delving into the meaning of memory in a shifting geopolitical landscape. Listen in to learn more; plus, find out what it was like for these authors to record their audiobooks. Black American...