Many of the makers in the podcast-sphere come from a writing tradition of one sort or another. So, it’s only natural that there’s a glut of authors and journalists and screen writers using podcasts as extensions of their creative preoccupations. This week’s prose pros playlist highlights a few of the many shows that bend a literary ear—and sets a clear path for an afternoon of audio book-worming. Let spoken and printed word worlds collide!
HOUND TALL WITH MOSHE KASHER
History of Hip Hop: “Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation, joins a panel of comedians for a lively, funny, and intelligent discussion of hip hop’s roots.”
– Mike Ingram, co-host of Book Fight!
NEW YORK MAGAZINE SEX’S LIVES
Is Everyone Sexually Frustrated?: “An interesting, lively interview with the author of ‘Sex Myths,’ discussing the difference between the sex lives people actually have vs. the ones they think everyone else has.”
– Tom McAllister, co-host of Book Fight!
THE NEW YORKER FICTION PODCAST
Tobias Wolff reads Stephanie Vaughn: “I’ve listened to this reading probably 20 times. Every few months I think of ‘My name is Duke! My name is Duke!’ and I have to smile. Trust me.”
– Devon, editor
THE MOMENT WITH BRIAN KOPPELMAN
Salman Rushdie: “From everyday anxiety to writerly panic, Rushdie with Koppelman offers a high-brow brain hug—and confirmation that the safest and scariest place is between our ears.”
– LJ, editor
E.L. Doctorow: “The incomparable and underrated E.L. Doctorow, who died last summer, revisits his novel Ragtime 20 years after its release. ”
– Eric, editor
Brene Brown on “Big Strong Magic”: “Brene Brown talks about the unusual way she wrote Rising Strong, while holed up in a cabin with a few of her best friends.”
– Jessie Gibbons, reader