This week we talk to Eugene Cho about his new book, “Overrated.” If you want to change the world but don’t know where to start, you need to hear what Eugene has to say. Plus, Jon Guerra stops by our studio to play a couple of songs from his new EP, Shauna gives us her Thanksgiving tips and Jesse wrestles with the idea of being eaten alive by an anaconda. Read More
Ann Patchett is many things—a novelist, essayist and master of the written word—but she is not married to her dog, no matter what a wonderful (now corrected) typo in The New York Times' Sunday Book Review may lead you to believe. Patchett caught the typo early, and sent the paper what surely must be one of 2014's finest examples of a letter to the editor ... Discuss
This year's best mystery/drama/story isn't on TV. It's not even in theaters. It's actually a podcast, but even if you don't consider yourself a podcast listener, you need to be listening to Serial. WBEZ Chicago is the station behind This American Life—this country's other great audio documentarians—but Serial is a different animal. It's clearly made with Generation Binge in mind, trusting that the same addiction that fueled Breaking Bad could be harnessed for podcasts and, boy, were they ever right. The segments are posted weekly (they're currently six episodes in) and listeners are on tenterhooks between releases.
Serial is a piece of serialized investigative journalism that, for its first season, is focusing on the 1999 real-life murder of a teenager in Maryland. The boyfriend was charged in the murder, but as reporter Sarah Koenig (pictured) goes over the facts, some serious questions are raised. To tell you any more than that would be to spoil this team's masterful unveiling of their own riveting research. You shouldn't even be reading this. You should be listening to Serial. It's all free, but be warned, once you start listening, you won't be able to stop ... Discuss
These new additions JK Rowling is making to the Potterverse are becoming dependable, but it's still fun to see a master toymaker tinker around with her inventions. As a Halloween treat to the nations, she's written several new short stories for Pottermore, the official Harry Potter fansite. Thus far, her stories have focused on bit players, and today's additions are no exception. Dolores Umbridge is, with all due respect to Voldemort, possibly Rowling's most hateable creation, and in today's exploration of Umbridge's past (excerpted here) we learn that she is no misunderstood victim, just a genuinely unpleasant person—though she is certainly not exactly all she seems. Other stories focus on the awesome flying thestrals, the eccentric Sibyll Trelawney, the sinister Ministry of Magic and other Potter-y things. Happy Halloween ... Discuss