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An audio documentary series about books, reading, and language.
||Clean#17: Is Reading Endangered?||People don't read as much as they used to. At least that's what people say. But is it true? And if they are reading less, why does it matter? Or does it matter? And the internet is bad for reading right? These questions in this episode. This episode is sponsored by: Park Row Books and Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners by Gretchen Anthony Penguin Random House Audio Relevant links: Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in the Digital Age by Maryanne Wolf Part of Our Lives: A People's History of the American Public Library by Wayne Wiegand Annotated on Instagram Annotated on Twitter Review Annotated on Apple Podcasts||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#16: The Patron Saint of Libraries||The story of how Andrew Carnegie transformed the public library in America. This episode is sponsored by: Vampires Like It Hot by Lynsay Sands A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney Relevant Links: Carnegie Libraries by George Bobinski Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw Part of Our Lives: A People's History of the American Public Library by Wayne Wiegand Annotated on Instagram Annotated on Twitter Review Annotated on Apple Podcasts||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#15: Touch of Genius||The story of how Louis Braille brought reading to the blind. This episode is sponsored by: TBR The Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith The Summer List by Amy Mason Doan Links discussed in this episode: The National Braille Press Review Annotated on Apple Podcasts!||9/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14: Used||Last month, a large used book collection and distribution company suddenly went out of business, leaving a hole in the local used book ecosystem. In this episode, we follow that story into the modern world of used book-selling. This episode is sponsored by: Warlight written by Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient and read by British actor Steve West Do This For Me written and read by Eliza Kennedy Annotated Season 2 Giveaway: The Best Books About Books of 2017||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13: La Cote Basque, 1965||In 1975, Truman Capote published a short story in Esquire magazine that led a New York socialite to commit suicide and the fallout effectively ended Capote's literary career. This is the story of the story, "La Cote Basque 1965." This episode is sponsored by: Penguin Random House Audio Gun Love by Jennifer Clement and read by Imani Parks Further Reading: The Ten Restaurants that Changed America by Paul Freedman Tru Life by Danny Heitman Truman Capote by George Plimpton Capote: A Biography by Gerald Clarke||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12: Democracy by the Book||Last fall, a woman with no prior political experience decided to run for city commission in her small college-town. So she went to the library, checked out a book called How to Win a Local Election. And she did. This is her story and the story of the book that helped her win. This episode is sponsored by: Penguin Random House Audio The Punishment She Deserves written by Elizabeth George and read by award-winning narrator Simon Vance Win the 10 Best Books About Books of 2017||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11: The Nobel Crisis||In a shocking development, the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature will not be awarded. In this episode, we explore what happened, how it happened, and what might happen still. This episode is sponsored by: Penguin Random House Audio Educated written by Tara Westover and read by Julia Whelan Season 2 Giveaway! Further Reading: The Nobel Prize in Literature: Where Do We Go From Here? by Erika Kern The Nobel Prize by Burton Feldman||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10: The Original Gone Girl||The story of the strange 11-day disappearance of Agatha Christie: what did happen, what didn't happen, and what might have happened. This episode is sponsored by: TryAudiobooks.com The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer Enter to our giveaway of the 10 Best Books...About Books of 2017!||4/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9: How to Hack the New York Times Bestseller List||Last summer, an unknown book came out of nowhere to debut at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for Young Adult books. Its short time at the top exposed some flaws in bestseller lists and provoked questions about why we care so much about bestsellers. This episode is sponsored by: TryAudiobooks.com The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer Further reading: Constance Grady on the bestseller list landscape Lila Shapiro's profile of Lani Sarem Lila Shapiro's profile of Justina Ireland||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8: The Dictionary War||In this episode, the story of Merriam-Webster's Third Edition, and fight about language it caused. This episode is sponsored by: TryAudiobooks I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon Annotated Season 2 Giveaway Special Thanks: Kory Stamper, author of Word by Word David Skinner, author of The Story of Aint If you have a moment, rating and/or review Annotated on Apple Podcasts is the best way to help get the word out about the show. If you have questions or comments about the show, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7: Saving Shakespeare||In this first episode of season 2 of Annotated, the story of how Shakespeare was saved for posterity by two of his friends and a cagey publisher. This episode is sponsored by Penguin Random House Audio. Visit TryAudiobooks.com/bookriot for great listening recommendations. To enter this season's giveaway of 10 great books about books from 2017, visit bookriot.com/annotated2. For further reading, we suggested Emma Smith's The Making of the First Folio.||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6: Love, Punctuation, and the Oxford Comma||In this episode, an investigation of the Oxford comma that starts, improbably, with a love story. This episode is sponsored by: The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston Devastation Road by Jason Hewitt You can keep up with Annotated between episodes with photos, facts, and trivia on Instagram (@annotatedfm) and Twitter (@annotatedfm). If you liked this episode, check out Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris. This episode was written and produced by Jeff O'Neal and directed by Jeremy Desmon. Sound design and editing by Kyle O'Neal. Special production assistance by Rita Meade. You can subscribe to Annotated in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or in your podcast player of choice.||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5: The 17-Year-Old Who Invented Science Fiction||In this episode, the story of how a 17-year-old named Mary Godwin came to write Frankenstein and in doing so write the first great work of science fiction. This episode is sponsored by: Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters Seeing Red by Sandra Brown You can keep up with Annotated between episodes with photos, facts, and trivia on Instagram (@annotatedfm) and Twitter (@annotatedfm). This episode of Annotated was written by me, Jeff O’Neal, and directed by Jeremy Desmon. Sound editing and design by Kyle O’Neal. Our thanks to Mahvesh Murad for being our Mary Shelley, Bob Schinsky for being our Lord Byron, Amanda Nelson for being our Jane Clairmont and Kyle O’Neal for taking on the role of Percy Shelley. Further reading recommendations: Mary Shelley by Miranda Seymour The Lady and Her Monsters by Roseanne Montillo Romantic Outlaws by Charlotte Gordon Mary Shelley by Muriel Spark Mary Shelley: Romance and Reality by Emily W. Sunstein You can subscribe to Annotated in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or in your podcast player of choice.||8/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4: The United States V. One Book Called "Ulysses"||In this episode, the story of how an unlikely cast of characters brought James Joyce's Ulysses to America, got it legalized, and changed how we understand what literature can do. This episode is sponsored by: You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie The Lost Woman by Sara Blaedel You can keep up with Annotated between episodes with photos, facts, and trivia on Instagram (@annotatedfm) and Twitter (@annotatedfm). This episode was written and directed by Jeremy Desmon and produced by Jeff O'Neal. Sound editing and design by Kyle O'Neal. Special production assistance from Rita Meade and Blair Anderson. Enormous thanks to Kevin Birmingham author of The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses. and Maya Lang, author of The 16th of June. You can subscribe to Annotated in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or in your podcast player of choice.||8/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3: The World's Most Glamorous Librarian||In this episode: the life of Belle da Costa Greene, the most glamorous and influential librarian in early 20th Century America, who kept a life-long secret that would have ended her career. This episode is sponsored by: Careers for Women by Joanna Scott Blame by Jeff Abbott You can keep up with Annotated between episodes with photos, facts, and trivia on Instagram (@annotatedfm) and Twitter (@annotatedfm). Special thanks to: Andrea Mays, author of The Millonaire & The Bard Heidi Ardizzone, author of An Illuminated Life This episode was written and produced by Jeff O’Neal and directed by Jeremy Desmon. Sound editing and design by Kyle O’Neal. Special production assistance by Rita Meade. ___________________________ You can subscribe to Annotated in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or in your podcast player of choice.||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2: How Did Independent Bookstores Avoid Going Extinct?||In this episode, we look at the remarkable turnaround in independent bookstores in the U.S. After thousands closed from 1995 to 2008, over the last decade more bookstores are setting up shop...and staying open. How did it happen? And will it continue? This episode is sponsored by: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley Less by Andrew Sean Greer You can keep up with Annotated between episodes with photos, facts, and trivia on Instagram (@annotatedfm) and Twitter (@annotatedfm). This episode was written and produced by Jeff O’Neal and directed by Jeremy Desmon. Sound editing and design by Kyle O’Neal. Special production assistance from Sharifah Williams, Blair Anderson and Rita Meade. Our thanks to Josh Christie of Print: A Bookstore in Portland, Maine, Oren Teicher of the American Booksellers Association, Prof Ryan Rafaelli of Harvard’s Business School and Noelle Santos of The Lit Bar, coming soon to The Bronx.||7/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1: Is It 1984 Yet?||In this inaugural episode, we consider the resurgence of interest in George Orwell's 1984, and the story of how 1984 came to be in the first place. This episode is sponsored by: Al Franken: Giant of the Senate by Al Franken Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed To enter the giveaway of all twelve of the books sponsoring this season of Annotated, go here. Malka Older's debut novel is Infomocracy. Michael Shelden's biography of George Orwell is Orwell: The Authorized Biography.||6/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnnotated Ep. #0: Introducing Annotated||This is a teaser/preview of the first episode of Annotated, Book Riot's new audio documentary series about books, reading, and language. Episode 1 will be released June 29th and explore the history and continuing influence of George Orwell's 1984. This six-episodes season of Annotated is presented by Hachette. You can keep up with Annotated between episodes with photos, facts, and trivia on Instagram (@annotatedfm) and Twitter (@annotatedfm).||6/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
The Book Podcast You've Been Waiting For
Bookriot never disappoints, but this is really excellent. This isn't another chat podcast but a scripted, researched and insightful deep dive into a bookish topic. Definitely worth your time!
For fans of Invisibilia, Planet Money, etc. but BOOKS
Book RIot podcat hosts Jeff and Rebecca pivot from a chat show format into a scripted, investigative format for this new show - and it is great! I really enjoyed their deep-dive into Orwell's creation of 1984 and how the book has become scarily relevant again (who knew that about the movie adaptation?). And that was just the first episode. Looking forward to the rest of the season :)
Before finding this podcast I couldn't have said that I had a "favorite" podcast. But this is definitely it! As a book lover and avid reader this always gives me something new to go in search of or brings back memories from books I read years ago and brings new light to the stories. Very well done and informative.