Originally aired July 26, 2022.
Tonight’s episode is 100% Flexible Press! Flexible Press
is a mission-driven publishing house based right here in Minneapolis. In the first half of the hour, Josh is joined by Diane Josefowicz (Ready, Set, Oh
). After the break, Dave talks with Karen Lee Boren about her novel Secret Waltz.
Originally aired July 5, 2022.
Dave opens the hour in a gripping and relevant discussion with Natalie Moore
of her new play, The Billboard
, which discusses concerns and conflicts over reproductive health.
After the break, it’s legacy time! The crew revisits Annie’s 2020 interview with Lisa Zeidner
about Who Says?
, her book about channeling perspective to improve your manuscript and process.
Originally aired April 19, 2022.
Dave opens the show with Chris Stark
and her new book, Carnival Lights
. Set in a summer of hippie Vietnam War protests and the moon landing, Carnival Lights
also spans settler arrival in the 1800s, the creation of the reservation system, and decades of cultural suppression, connecting everything from lumber barons’ mansions to Nazi V-2 rockets to smuggler’s tunnels in creating a narrative history of Minnesota.
After the break, Liz welcomes Carole Lawrence
and her new novel, Cleopatra’s Dagger
. Elizabeth van den Broek is the only female reporter at the Herald, 1800s NYC’s most popular newspaper. Then she and her bohemian friend Carlotta Ackerman find a woman’s body wrapped like a mummy in a freshly dug hole in Central Park—the intended site of an obelisk called Cleopatra’s Needle. The macabre discovery takes Elizabeth away from the society pages to follow an investigation into New York City’s darkest shadows.
Originally aired April 12, 2022.
Dave opens the show with a return appearance by Kim Dower
, to discuss her new poems on motherhood in I Wore This Dress for You Today, Mom
After the break, Liz welcomes thriller all-star Lynn Hightower
and her latest book, The Enlightenment Project.
Originally aired March 29, 2022
Josh and Ananyo Bhattacharya kick off the episode discussing Bhattacharya’s newest book, The Man from the Future
, a biography discussing the remarkable and under-discussed life of John von Neumann, who was foundational in quantum mechanics and the Manhattan Project.
After the break, Dave and Andrew DeYoung get real about the workplace (and the creative process) while discussing DeYoung’s dystopian novel The Temps
and how it speaks to the modern workplace.
Originally aired February 22, 2022.
Dave and Maureen Gibbon
open the show discussing fact, fiction, writing, and art in context of Gibbon’s latest, The Lost Notebook of Edouard Manet.
After the break, Josh welcomes Jim Wojcik to discuss Bud’s Jacket
, a true story of an American flyer evading Nazi capture in occupied France, co-written by Wojcik and his wife, Barbara.
Originally aired February 1, 2022.
Dave opens the show joined by Lambda Literary finalist author SJ Sindu
, discussing her new collection Dominant Genes
After the break, Josh and Ronald Peterson
discuss science, introversion, and more in the context of Peterson’s memoir, An Introvert Learns to Fly
Originally aired January 18, 2022.
Dave kicks off the show by welcoming Farah Jasmine Griffin, author of Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature.
After the break, Liz is joined by Mike Errico, author of Music, Lyrics, and Life.