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Megha Majumdhar, A BURNING & Gigi Georges, DOWNEAST

We talk with Megha Majumdhar about her breakout debut novel, A Burning. It follows three characters in today’s India: one, a young Muslim woman falsely accused of terrorism, and two others who must choose between justice and self-interest.

Then, rural America isn’t just poverty, opioid addiction and despair; it’s also community, resilience, and some remarkable young women.
We talk with Gigi Georges about Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America.

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Nina Burleigh, VIRUS & Celia Jeffries, BLUE DESERT

We talk with journalist Nina Burleigh about Trump’s failure on Covid and what that says about our public health system—and capitalism. Her book is Virus: Vaccinations, the CDC, and The Hijacking Of America’s Response To The Pandemic.

Then, we shift gears to consider a remarkable debut novel by Celia Jeffries, Blue Desert. It’s about freedom and limits, secrets and what happens when a young British woman falls in love with the chieftain of a Tuareg tribe in Morocco in the early years of the 20th century.

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Joseph Illidge on Diversity in Super Hero Comics

Today we talk with DC Comics & Warner Brothers comic book editor Joseph Illidge about his career in comic books, bringing diverse voices to the super hero genre.

We also hear a sneak preview of our interview with recycling maven Jennie Romer about her book Can I Recycle This?

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Ann Armbrecht, THE BUSINESS OF BOTANICALS

We spend the hour talking with Ann Armbrecht, first about her new book, The Business of Botanicals: Exploring the Healing Promise of Plant Medicines in a Global Industry. It’s the first book to explore the interconnected web of the global herb industry and its many stakeholders.

Then, we revisit part of our 2009 conversation with her about her memoir, Thin Places.

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WEB EXTRA: Ann Armbrecht, THIN PLACES (full interview)

In 2009, Writer’s Voice spoke with Ann Armbrecht about her memoir, THIN PLACES: A Pilgramage Home. Francesca Rheannon was joined on the interview by writer Christian MacEwen.

The original edited aired episode has been lost, so here is the unedited version of the conversation, pulled from our archives. The first few minutes have been lost, but we join her as Armbrecht is talking about how the people in the village in Nepal first received her.

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Cal Flyn, ISLANDS OF ABANDONMENT & James Romm, THE SACRED BAND

We talk with Cal Flyn about her book, Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape.

Then, just in time for Pride Month, James Romm tells us about his book The Sacred Band: Three Hundred Theban Lovers Fighting To Save Greek Freedom.

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Dr. Michael Okun, ENDING PARKINSON’S DISEASE & Lionel Shriver, SHOULD WE STAY OR SHOULD WE GO

Parkinson’s disease. It’s an epidemic—and growing. We talk with Dr. Michael Okun about the book he co-authored, Ending Parkinson’s Disease: A Prescription for Action. He tells us about symptoms, causes, and new treatments.

But first, we talk with novelist Lionel Shriver about her latest foray into burning questions for our times. This one asks, as per its title, Should We Stay Or Should We Go. Should we cut our lives short before reaching possible decrepitude or should we stick around for come what may?

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Judy Batalion, THE LIGHT OF DAYS & Lissa Evans, V FOR VICTORY

We talk with Judy Batalion about her book, The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos.

Then, another WWII story—this time fiction—told through an unforgettable cast of characters: we talk with Lissa Evans about V for Victory, the sequel to Crooked Heart.

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Carey Gillam, THE MONSANTO PAPERS & John Englander, MOVING TO HIGHER GROUND

We talk with Carey Gillam about her page-turning follow-up to Whitewash, The Monsanto Papers: Deadly Secrets, Corporate Corruption, and One Man’s Search for Justice. It’s about the groundbreaking case of school groundskeeper Lee Johnson—how he sued Monsanto and won.

Then, sea level rise is happening—and it’s affecting way more than just coastal communities. That means millions are going to have to move to higher ground. We talk with John Englander about how fast sea level rise is happening and what communities can do about it. His book is Moving to Higher Ground: Rising Sea Level and the Path Forward. Continue reading

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Michaeleen Doucleff, HUNT, GATHER, PARENT & Sherry Turkle, THE EMPATHY DIARIES

What do the oldest cultures in the world have to teach us about raising happy, well-adjusted children? Michaeleen Doucleff tells us, as she talks about her book, Hunt, Gather, Parent.

Then, a leading social psychologist reveals the family secrets that drove her to study how technology is eroding human connections. Sherry Turkle tells us about her fascinating memoir, The Empathy Diaries.

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Milo Beckman, MATH WITHOUT NUMBERS & Giles Sparrow, A HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE IN 21 STARS

We talk with Milo Beckman about his book, Math Without Numbers. It’s a conversational guide to the three main branches of abstract math—topology, analysis, and algebra.

Then, we go from math to astronomy as we talk with science writer Giles Sparrow about his new book, A History of the Universe in 21 Stars: (and Three Imposters).

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Carl Hart, DRUG USE FOR GROWNUPS & Hari Ziyad, BLACK BOY OUT OF TIME

We talk with Carl Hart about his book, Drug Use For Grownups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear.

We also talk with Hari Ziyad about their memoir, Black Boy Out Of Time. It’s about growing up Black and queer in a family of Hari Krishna adherents.

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Julia Fine, THE UPSTAIRS HOUSE & Lisa Scottoline, ETERNAL

We talk with Julia Fine about her genre-bending novel The Upstairs House. It’s about a new mother’s postpartum depression—and her obsession with Margaret Wise Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon.

Then best-selling legal thriller novelist Lisa Scottoline tells us about her first foray into writing historical fiction, Eternal. It’s about a love triangle between three young friends in Rome during Mussolini’s Fascist regime.

We also hear poet Martin Espada read his poem The Fugitive Poets of Fenway Park.

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Eliot Peper, VEIL & Paul Greenberg, THE CLIMATE DIET

We talk with Eliot Peper about his cli-fi novel, Veil. It’s about what happens when a tech CEO decides to geo-engineer the climate—in secret.

Then, we catch up with author Paul Greenberg about The Climate Diet: 50 Simple Ways to Trim Your Carbon Footprint. It’s just out for Earth Day.

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Simon Winchester, LAND & Isabella Tree, WILDING

We spend most of the hour talking with Simon Winchester about his new book Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World.

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Then we revisit part of our 2020 interview with one of the people Winchester talks about in Land, Isabella Tree. She tells us of the land she’s re-wilded. Her book is Wilding: the Return of Nature to a British Farm.

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