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The secrets we keep in childhood; the fights and bonds we have with our siblings; the ways we disappoint our parents and they disappoint us. These are among the recurring themes in children's literature and in our lives. Children's book author Julie Sternberg talks with fellow authors and others about how such themes have played out in their past and in their work.




Season 2, Episode 2: Beyond “Kids Will Be Kids”: Using Stories to Stave Off Bullying

How can adults help kids who are likely to be targeted for bullying? How can we try to turn kids who are likely to be mean in a better direction? And how can we prevent bystanding and help kids step in if they see mistreatment happening in front of them? Middle-school teacher Gordon Center uses […]

Duration: 00:27:21

Season 2, Episode 1: Mean Kids

In today’s episode I talk with fellow writer Katherine Center, author of five novels, and Orrit Hershkovitz, who as a child was the victim of emotional bullying, about a theme that recurs in children’s literature: the ways in which kids treat other kids badly. Katherine and Orrit tell many stories from their childhood and address […]

Duration: 00:25:16

Season 1, Episode 6: Quick Announcement

Announcing the end of Season 1 and the upcoming start of Season 2.

Duration: 00:00:43

Season 1, Episode 5: The Joys and Sorrows in a Lifetime of Friendship

Wendy Lipsey and Elayne English have the friendship of a lifetime. But the intensity of their bond is matched by the intensity of struggles they’ve faced–struggles that have brought them closer and driven them apart. I interview them together for this episode, revisiting at the same time moments from my own childhood.

Duration: 00:58:36

Season 1, Episode 4: Good v. Evil (Part 1)

I’ve asked a number of authors whether they’ve ever seen good versus evil playing out in front of them, and their intriguinganswers have led to surprising conversations. This episode includes thoughts about good and evil from New York Times bestselling author Peter Abrahams—who is Stephen King’s “favorite suspense novelist”—and middle-grade debut novelist Kat Yeh, whose […]

Duration: 00:22:46

Season 1, Episode 2: “I Work Out My Past Through [My] Stories”

In this episode I talk to multiple New York Times bestselling author Michael Buckley about his childhood. Michael has called this interview “probably the most honest and personal thing I have ever done in a public forum.”

Duration: 00:29:17

Season 1, Episode 1: Secrets Within Secrets [Podcast]

For for this first episode of Play, Memory, I reveal a secret from my childhood. In Act One, I revisit that secret moment with a long-lost person from my past. In Act Two, I speak to a clinical psychologist about the secret. And in Act Three, I talk to my editor, Liz Van Doren, about […]

Duration: 00:26:35