Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Luke Shaefer, co-author with Kathryn Edin of $2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America. They talk about how poverty in the U.S. has deepened and expanded in the last 25 years and about the role of public policy in those changes. They also talk about eye-opening data and the real, human stories of American poverty that the data represents.
Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with poet & Pal of the Podcast Keith Taylor about his latest collection Ecstatic Destinations (Alice Greene & Co 2018). They talk about Canada, park benches and the joy of neighborhood walks.
Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Julia Turshen about Feed the Resistance: Recipes and Ideas for Getting Involved (Chronicle Books 2017); they talk about about writing about food and eating, the important role of food in today’s resistance movement–and diversity and inclusion in the food industry.
DavidSedaris came to town with his essay collection When You Are Engulfed in Flames (Little, Brown 2008). In this conversation, we talk about the wonders of the public library, Tobias Wolff and Matt Damon, and fact checking. We also talk about balancing humor, unstable fables and little known ant facts.
Russell Thorburn reads from Somewhere We’ll Leave the World (Wayne State University Press 2017). We talk about wandering, Philip Levine, and garage bands. We also talk about being haunted by Lake Superior and being poet laureate emeritus of the Upper Peninsula.
Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Jennifer Traig, author of Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood, Well Enough Alone: A Cultural History of My Hypochondria, editor of The Autobiographer’s Handbook and many other titles. Her upcoming book is a cultural history of parenting, due out in 2019. A memoirist, humorist, editor, and a self-possessed craft addict with a PhD in literature, Jennifer joins Amanda to talk about writing about oneself, parenting, feminism, food, mental illness, religion, the 80s, and beyond.
Douglas Trevor reads from his latest collection of stories The Book of Wonders (six one seven books 2017). We talk about Radiohead, putting together a book of connected stories, invention, the number 9, melancholy and wonder.