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Dan Barry is a National Treasure. In his long, celebrated career, the New York Times journalist has traveled the 50 states, bringing us stories of both historic and seemingly everyday events from unlikely perspectives (see this week's coverage
What if you could control what happens in your dreams? Turns out you can by doing something called lucid dreaming. Science journalist Alice Robb digs into the phenomenon in her book Why We Dream. The book discusses the ways ancient Greeks and
Heather Cox Richardson is a professor of 19th Century American History at Boston College and author of the immensely popular and lucrative Substack newsletter, "Letters from An American." On the pod, she talks about how she built up over 1.5 mi
One of my favorite non-fiction books of all time is S.C. Gwynne's Empire of the Summer Moon, which tells the dramatic story of Quanah Parker and the Comanches. Quanah was the son of Cynthia Ann Parker, a frontier girl who was kidnapped by the C
From funk to punk, pop to power ballads, Boy George to breakdancing, the year 1984 is largely regarded as the golden era of music. This week, I welcome Michaelangelo Matos, author of Can't Slow Down, to talk about what made 1984 such an importa
Do you try hard to be a “good” person? This week’s guest Dolly Chugh says that striving to be “good-ish” may be good enough. Dolly is a social psychologist and Associate Professor at NYU’s Stern School. She is also the author of The Person You
In 2001, when writer Jill McCabe Johnson heard the details about a newly caught "Green River Killer" named Gary, she thought a few of the details matched a man she met and took home from a country-western bar in Seattle as a young and eager 18
Espree Devora is a serial entrepreneur and founder of the Women in Tech and WeAreLATech podcast. Many know Espree and rely on her for great advice surrounding the present and future of tech and podcasting, but as we learn this week, we’ve still
My guest this week is Dr. Jud Brewer, New York Times best selling author, Addiction Psychiatrist, and pioneer in the world of getting people to change their habits and enjoy life a little more. Dr. Jud is the author of the much needed book, Unw
Rima Fujita is my guest this week. She is the extraordinary artist behind the stunning new picture book called The Extraordinary Life of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama: An Illuminated Journey. Rima talks about the high honor of being as
It's been six years since Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn were awakened in the middle of the night, told they were being robbed, and then were zip-tied and blinded with swim goggles covered in duct tape. Huskins was taken from the home and kidna
My guest is Danielle Henderson, TV writer and author of the moving and thoughtful new memoir THE UGLY CRY. She talks about using humor as a way to process some of the strange and disturbing events throughout her childhood, and chronicles what i
Christina Sweeney-Baird wrote her new speculative fiction novel The End of Men before Covid-19 struck, but the similarities are striking. Baird writes about a 2025 pandemic that kills only men and what that means for the women left behind. She
Writing is never easy, but there are certain tricks, shortcuts, and techniques you can use to increase your productivity and efficiency. David Hochman joins the show to suggest some very useful writing “hacks.” He is a long-time freelance write
“It all started with a mixtape,” says guest Nifemi Aluko, who used that inspiration to write his fascinating new book: Press Play: Music as A Catalyst For Change. Originally from Nigeria, Nifemi is a graduate of Stanford Business School, a musi
My guest is Kristin van Ogtrop. In her new memoir, Did I Say That Out Loud?: Midlife Indignities and How to Survive Them, she shares a funny and insightful take on being middle age. Kristin is an old colleague and friend. We first met as young-
In her debut novel GOLD DIGGERS, Sanjena Sathan tells a funny and moving story about growing up Indian American in the suburbs of Atlanta and the costs of the American dream. The book is so good that Mindy Kaling recently announced her producti
Before the Big Lie of 2021, there was the Big Lie of 1847. Missionary Marcus Whitman and 11 others were killed by members of the Cayuse tribe, which led Congress to make Oregon a U.S territory and justified countless crimes against Native Ameri
How does a writer find their voice? If you're bestselling novelist Emma Straub, you let it find you. Emma is the author of four novels, including her latest All Adults Here, a funny and keenly perceptive novel about a dysfunctional family in a
We all need help navigating our relationships with our loved ones. Marc and Angel Chernoff are experts on this topic. The married couple and life coaches have written a few bestselling books, including their latest 1000 Little Habits of Happy,
Who was the first DJ? Where did the term disc jockey come from? Who are the superstar DJs that changed the game? How have DJs survived and thrived all these years? These are just some of the questions our guest Bill Brewster takes for a spin. B
Writing and rejection go hand and hand, but many of us are not equipped for it. Guest Barbara DeMarco Barrett has some suggestions about handling criticism, along with some other great advice. Barbara has been writing and teaching for over thre
Max Brooks knows all about using mental agility to solve big problems. He is the bestselling author of three zombie survival books, including World War Z and Devolution about a Sasquatch Massacre. Recently, he released Minecraft: The Mountain,
In the late 19th century, women reporters went undercover in places like insane asylums, textile factories, abortion clinics, and even the circus to expose the corruption and poor conditions in which people lived and worked. They were called "G
In the late 19th century, women reporters went undercover in places like insane asylums, textile factories, abortion clinics, and even the circus to expose the corruption and poor conditions in which people lived and worked. They were called "G
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