Smarty Pants from The American Scholar
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A podcast from The American Scholar magazine. Tune in every two weeks to catch interviews with the liveliest voices from literature, the arts, sciences, history, and public affairs; reports on cutting-edge works in progress; long-form narratives; and compelling excerpts from new books. Hosted by Stephanie Bastek.
||Clean#11: Sounds Like a Revolution||Madeleine Thien talks about art and music under totalitarianism, along with her novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize; Scholar managing editor Sudip Bose explains how Neville Marriner, conductor of the now-ubiquitous A...||12/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10: The Aftermath||Keramet Reiter talks about what happens to prisoners who spend decades in solitary confinement; Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilia-Whitaker offer some historical perspective on the crisis at Standing Rock; and Sandra Gilbert reflects on the importance...||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9: Fighting the Zika Virus with John Wayne (and John Aubrey)||Harriet Washington discusses how our current Zika crisis fits into the (tragic) pattern of ignoring tropical diseases until they hit our shores; Brian Doyle tries to justify watching 50 John Wayne movies in a row; and Ruth Scurr tells funny stories abo...||11/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8: High Art and Low Chairs||Take a crash course in Indie Publishing 101 with the founders of Restless Books; hear Scholar senior editor Bruce Falconer explain how John le Carré burned the bridge between genre and literary fiction; and learn from Witold Rybczynski how an iconic mo..||10/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7: Ku Klux Kounty||Patrick Phillips recounts the ugly history of a southern county that brutally expelled its African-American residents and remained entirely white for most of the 20th century; Ross King reveals some of Claude Monet’s more unusual painting habits, inclu.||10/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6: Women v. ISIS||Meredith Tax explains how the Rojava Kurds—and their democratic, feminist, and environmentally conscious society—are fighting back against ISIS; Ed Yong takes us on a tour of the ecosystems lurking inside our bodies; and Amy Whitaker, our resident ago||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5: A New Story for Black Americans||Charles Johnson questions the stories we tell ourselves about black America, eight years after President Obama’s election; Barry Goldstein gives us the inside story on covering the 2016 Republican and Democratic national conventions; and David Lehman e.||8/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4: Go West, Young Scholar||Terry Tempest Williams talks America’s national parks and her new book, “The Hour of Land;” James Conaway explains how to survive a California wild fire while downing petit syrah; and Ted Levin sticks up for the beleaguered timber rattlesnake.||7/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3: Reading Lolita in Maximum Security Prison||How do you run a literature course for convicts, and what do a headless chicken and Pinochet have in common? Mikita Brottman discusses her new book, THE MAXIMUM SECURITY BOOK CLUB; Idra Novey reads a short story; and we venture underground to check out...||7/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2: Superheroes Are So Gay!||What do the X-Men have to do with feminism, and how did the Fantastic Four get caught up in the radical politics of the New Left? Learn about the queer history of superhero comics with Ramzi Fawaz, and check in on reporter Karen Coates's documenta...||6/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1: Mary Roach and a Double Dose of Shakespeare||Hear about weird military science from Mary Roach, learn bizarre Elizabethan recipes, and catch an excerpt from a new book about Shakespeare's strange appeal.||6/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSmarty Pants #0: Trailer||Tune in every two weeks to catch interviews with the liveliest voices from literature, the arts, sciences, history, and public affairs; reports on cutting-edge works in progress; long-form narratives; and compelling excerpts from new books. Hosted by S...||6/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|