Guest host Frank Uhle talks with Mike McGonigal, editor of Maggot Brain magazine from Third Man Records, about the joys and challenges of print-only publishing, Detroit gospel music, and the state of the record industry. Mike McGonigal has also edited Chemical Imbalance and Yeti magazines; written a 33 1/3 series entry on My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless and for Spin, Pitchfork, and the Village Voice; served as music editor of the Metro Times; and produced or written liner notes for numerous music reissues.
Novelist and journalist Rebecca Clarren (KICKDOWN, Skyhorse Publishing, 2018) reads from her novel, a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction.
Summer host Amanda Uhle and Rebecca Clarren talk about writing with a social cause in mind, journalistically reporting a novel, and the American West. We also consider whether KICKDOWN is maybe part of a new genre of subversive westerns in contemporary writing.
Summer host Amanda Uhle talks with Lisa Taddeo, author of Three Women (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster 2019), about women’s desire and how it’s intertwined with judgement from others, how to build layered and complicated characters as a journalist, and the incredible feat of reporting on the lives of these three American women over the course of eight years.
Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Anna Clark about The Poisoned City (Metropolitan Books 2018), an acclaimed, thorough account of the causes, crisis, and aftermath of the Flint, Michigan water disaster. They talk about tragedy, courage, resilience, and the way forward.
Cat Warren reads from What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World published by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, Inc. We talk about science journalism and creative nonfiction. We also talk about working dogs — cadaver dogs, particularly.