Thursday, April 25
Dinner with the novelist, the book critic and “Myshkin, a 14-year-old female dachshund who is deaf but decidedly not mute.”
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Spaced Out, by Greg Klerkx
Living in space was meant to be our next evolutionary step. What happened to the dream of the final frontier?
There’s an App for That, by John-Paul Flintoff
What to eat, when to meditate and whether to call your parents: can self-monitoring tools make a difference?
This Is Humankind, by Polina Aronson
If my grandfather could survive the Siege of Leningrad and still distinguish between a German and a Nazi, so can I.
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Dillie Nerios’s job is to convince people food is a right, not a luxury.
Wednesday, April 24
Ted Conover is the author of five books and the recent Harper's article "The Way of All Flesh."
"My identity is a rubber band. It can stretch that way and it can stretch this way. When I get home it goes mostly back into the shape it's been, but not completely. And it's that not completely that is interesting and makes me who I am."
Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode!
Show notes and links:
- Personal Archive
- [1:00] "The Way of All Flesh" (Harper's • April 2013) (sub. required)
- [3:30] "Power Steer" (Michael Pollan • New York Times Magazine • March 2002)
- [15:00] Coyotes: A Journey Across Borders with America's Illegal Migrants (1987)
- [33:30] "Enter the Chicken" (Burkhard Bilger • Harper's • March 1999)
- [34:00] Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing (2000)
- [36:15] The Routes of Man: Travels in the Paved World (2011)
- [42:30] "A Snitch's Dilemma" (New York Times Magazine • July 2012)
- [49:00] Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails with America's Hoboes (1984)
On the drone strikes that killed Anwar al-Awlaki and his U.S.-born son.
The sole survivor of a 1966 shipwreck tells his tale.
Tuesday, April 23
A collection of war stories told by women who have seen combat while serving in the U.S. military.
Fifty years ago, a gay, cross-dressing, black singer named Jackie Shane scored a surprise radio hit. A few years later, he disappeared.
“Dan Seavey stepped ashore the docks of Grand Haven, Michigan, armed with two of the most dangerous weapons known to man: booze and bad intentions.” The story of the early 20th century’s fiercest Great Lakes pirate.