Spring Schedule and our new partnership with Literature Lab

When Recall This Book started back in January, we modestly thought we might manage  one episode per month.Instead, we bolted from the gate fast: eight episodes in our first two-and-a-half months.

That is a sprinter’s pace, when what we have in mind is a marathon. So: a slowdown of sorts…but with the prospect of some great upcoming items.

First, one goody that is available today, and another you barely have to wait for. As of this moment, you will notice a new page on our website, up there in the right-hand corner next to About Our Hosts.  We are delighted to announce a partnership with Literature Lab, a fascinating podcast that features thoughtful intense conversations about topics like book history, the relationship between dance and theater, and the ways that poetry reshapes our experience of the world. Check it out, and let us know what episodes move you!

Next treat-to-come: Thursday (March 28th) you can hear Elizabeth and John’s conversation with the brilliant anthropologist of Mongolia Manduhai Buyandelger. Her fieldwork has been on the emergence of a new generation of female candidates in Mongolian politics, but the discussion covers all sorts of female political leaders: John reveals an unhealthy fascination with a certain British “leading lady,” while Elizabeth analyzes Eva Perón’s shifting hairstyles and Manduhai makes the case for HRC’s lasting influence.

After Manduhai, a brief silence falls. We are taking to the studio to speak with another anthropologist,  taking to the road (taping conversations with SF authors and scholars in Edinburgh in April, Palo Alto in May) and taking the liberty of eavesdropping on a conversation about genesis and animals’ social lives between poet and translator David Ferry and biologist E. O. Wilson.

Expect those episodes and more in what we might think of as our Spring (as opposed to Winter) season: around half a dozen episodes that will be coming out before Midsummer’s Night. (Dreamy!)

Merry Equinox to All!






Author: plotznik

I teach English (mainly the novel and Victorian literature) at Brandeis University, and live in Brookline.

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