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Live at Politics and Prose

Live at Politics and Prose

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Readings and discussions featuring today's best authors, recorded live at Washington DC's famous Politics & Prose bookstore.

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Rana Foroohar: Live at Politics and Prose

Taking her title from Google’searly mantra,Foroohar, the award-winning CNN global economic analyst andFinancial Timescolumnist and associate editor, chronicleshow far Big Tech hasfallen from itsoriginal vision of free information and digital democracy. Drawing on nearly thirty yearsof experience reporting on the technologysector,Faroohartracesthe evolution of companiessuch asGoogle, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon into behemothsthat monetize people’sdata,spread misinformation and hatespeech, and threaten citizens’ privacy.She alsoshowshow we can fight back by creating a framework that both fostersinnovation and protectsusfrom the threatsposed by digital technology.https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781984823984Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48 MIN2019 DEC 7
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Rana Foroohar: Live at Politics and Prose

Susan Choi: Live at Politics and Prose

Choi’s first novel,The Foreign Student,won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction; her second,American Woman, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and after that she was awarded the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award forA Person of Interest.Praised for narrative style, inventiveness, and keen insight, Choi in her latest work of fiction takes the novel to new places. At first a seemingly straightforward story of first love, the book follows two students at a performing arts high school who live, study, and fall in love in a competitive and rarefied world that has at its center a charismatic acting teacher. Then the off-stage dramas go too far, and the second half of the narrative puts into question all that preceded it.Choi is in conversation with Nicole Chung, author ofAll You Can Ever Know.https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781250309884Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

52 MIN2019 NOV 29
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Susan Choi: Live at Politics and Prose

Carmen Maria Machado: Live at Politics and Prose

Machado’selectrifyingHer Body and Other Parties—a finalist for the National Book Award—expanded oursense of what ashortstory could be and do. Her powerful new book drawson asimilarly wide range of tones, cultural references, and formal innovationsto redefine the memoir. Organizing each chapter around different themes—a haunted house, erotica, thebildungsroman—Machado exploresan abusive lesbian relationship from multiple angles. Asshechroniclesher attraction to a charismatic and volatile woman, Machado looksback at the role of religion in her adolescence, interrogatesthe assumption that lesbian relationshipsaresafe, and exploresthe history and reality of abuse within the queer community.Machado is in conversation withJeannieVanasco, author ofThingsWe Didn’t Talk about When I Wasa Girl.https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781644450031Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

56 MIN2019 NOV 23
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Carmen Maria Machado: Live at Politics and Prose

Lindy West: Live at Politics and Prose

Lindy West,New York Timescolumnist and bestselling author ofShrill, provides a brilliant and incisive look at how patriarchy, intolerance, and misogyny have conquered not just politics, but American culture itself inThe Witches Are Coming. With her signature wit and in her uniquely incendiary voice,The Witches Are Cominglays out a grand theory of America that explains why Trump's election was, in many ways, a foregone conclusion. Whether it be the notion overheard since the earliest moments of the #MeToo movement that feminism has gone too far or the insistence that holding someone accountable for his actions amounts to a "witch hunt," this book exposes the lies that many have chosen to believe and the often unexpected figures who have furthered them. Along the way, it unravels the tightening link between culture and politics, identifying in the memes, music, and movies we've loved the seeds of a reactionary movement now surging through the nationhttps://www.politics-prose.com/book/...

65 MIN2019 NOV 15
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Lindy West: Live at Politics and Prose

Sherrod Brown: Live at Politics and Prose

In this engaging political history, Brown, seniorU.S.senator from Ohio, tells the story of twentieth-century progressive politics through the profiles of eight of the senators who occupied his chair—desk 88—before him. In a series of insightful essays, Brown traces the achievements of Hugo Black, Robert F. Kennedy, Al Gore Sr., George McGovern, Herbert Lehman, Glen Taylor,Theodore Francis Green, and WilliamProxmire, extolling the men’s hard work and dedication, assessing and celebrating their communal legacy, and, drawing on his own experience, showing that progressive ideals are still vital to the life of our democracy.https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9780374138219Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

60 MIN2019 NOV 8
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Sherrod Brown: Live at Politics and Prose

Jack Goldsmith: Live at Politics and Prose

There have been many theories about the fate of Jimmy Hoffa, the longtime president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, since he disappeared in 1975. Many involve Charles “Chuckie” O’Brien, Hoffa’s aide and Goldsmith’s stepfather. In this compelling investigation-cum-memoir, Goldsmith, Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University and author ofTerror PresidencyandPower and Constraint, recounts how his childhood affection for O’Brien became more complicated as he pursued a legal career. Then, with the perspective he gained from serving as assistant attorney general under George W. Bush, Goldsmith was moved to uncover the truth about O’Brien, Hoffa, the mob, the waning of labor’s power, and the rise of the surveillance state.https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9780374175658Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

61 MIN2019 NOV 1
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Jack Goldsmith: Live at Politics and Prose

Ronan Farrow: Live at Politics and Prose

In a dramatic account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth, at any cost, inCatch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators.In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood's most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move, and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family. This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability, and silence victims of abuse. And it's the story of the women who risked e...

67 MIN2019 OCT 25
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Ronan Farrow: Live at Politics and Prose

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Live at Politics and Prose

The Water Dancer is a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure. Driven by Coates’ bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, this is the story of America's oldest struggle—the struggle to tell the truth—from one of our most exciting thinkers and beautiful writers.Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage—and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child—but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as sh...

74 MIN2019 OCT 18
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Ta-Nehisi Coates: Live at Politics and Prose

Olga Tokarczuk: Live at Politics and Prose

Winner of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize, Flights is narrated by a compulsive traveler eager to analyze experience from the perspective of motion rather than stability, and she reports from a wide range of places, vehicles, and eras. The stories start and stop, interrupt each other, continue, and subtly comment on each other, from a plot involving a Polish tourist in Croatia whose wife and children disappear then mysteriously reappear, to another unfolding at Chopin’s funeral, and a third following a pioneering 17th-century Dutch anatomist whose story resonates with many socio-political questions of our own day. Tokarczuk’s evident delight in storytelling is matched by her penchant for questioning everything we take for granted. Tokarczuk was a psychologist before becoming one of Poland’s premier fiction writers, and her early training is evident throughout this insightful, masterfully observed, and utterly original novel.Tokarczuk is in conversation with Jennifer Croft,...

65 MIN2019 OCT 11
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Olga Tokarczuk: Live at Politics and Prose

Jacqueline Woodson: Live at Politics and Prose

The 2018-‘19 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Woodson is the award-winning author of dozens of books for children, young adults, and above, including the classic Brown Girl Dreaming. Her new novel, written for adults, and infused with her signature insight and rich, poetic prose, opens in 2001 in Brooklyn. The occasion is Melody’s sixteenth birthday, but it proves bittersweet as the assembled family recalls Melody’s mother—who never reached age sixteen. Charting the course of two families from different classes, Woodson’s affecting narrative tackles identity, ambition, desire, and parenthood as well as exploring how the decisions young people make change the generations to come. Woodson is in conversation with Lynn Neary, longtime NPR arts correspondent.https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9780525535270Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

54 MIN2019 OCT 4
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Jacqueline Woodson: Live at Politics and Prose

Latest Episodes

Rana Foroohar: Live at Politics and Prose

Taking her title from Google’searly mantra,Foroohar, the award-winning CNN global economic analyst andFinancial Timescolumnist and associate editor, chronicleshow far Big Tech hasfallen from itsoriginal vision of free information and digital democracy. Drawing on nearly thirty yearsof experience reporting on the technologysector,Faroohartracesthe evolution of companiessuch asGoogle, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon into behemothsthat monetize people’sdata,spread misinformation and hatespeech, and threaten citizens’ privacy.She alsoshowshow we can fight back by creating a framework that both fostersinnovation and protectsusfrom the threatsposed by digital technology.https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781984823984Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48 MIN2019 DEC 7
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Rana Foroohar: Live at Politics and Prose

Susan Choi: Live at Politics and Prose

Choi’s first novel,The Foreign Student,won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction; her second,American Woman, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and after that she was awarded the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award forA Person of Interest.Praised for narrative style, inventiveness, and keen insight, Choi in her latest work of fiction takes the novel to new places. At first a seemingly straightforward story of first love, the book follows two students at a performing arts high school who live, study, and fall in love in a competitive and rarefied world that has at its center a charismatic acting teacher. Then the off-stage dramas go too far, and the second half of the narrative puts into question all that preceded it.Choi is in conversation with Nicole Chung, author ofAll You Can Ever Know.https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781250309884Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

52 MIN2019 NOV 29
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Susan Choi: Live at Politics and Prose

Carmen Maria Machado: Live at Politics and Prose

Machado’selectrifyingHer Body and Other Parties—a finalist for the National Book Award—expanded oursense of what ashortstory could be and do. Her powerful new book drawson asimilarly wide range of tones, cultural references, and formal innovationsto redefine the memoir. Organizing each chapter around different themes—a haunted house, erotica, thebildungsroman—Machado exploresan abusive lesbian relationship from multiple angles. Asshechroniclesher attraction to a charismatic and volatile woman, Machado looksback at the role of religion in her adolescence, interrogatesthe assumption that lesbian relationshipsaresafe, and exploresthe history and reality of abuse within the queer community.Machado is in conversation withJeannieVanasco, author ofThingsWe Didn’t Talk about When I Wasa Girl.https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781644450031Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

56 MIN2019 NOV 23
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Carmen Maria Machado: Live at Politics and Prose

Lindy West: Live at Politics and Prose

Lindy West,New York Timescolumnist and bestselling author ofShrill, provides a brilliant and incisive look at how patriarchy, intolerance, and misogyny have conquered not just politics, but American culture itself inThe Witches Are Coming. With her signature wit and in her uniquely incendiary voice,The Witches Are Cominglays out a grand theory of America that explains why Trump's election was, in many ways, a foregone conclusion. Whether it be the notion overheard since the earliest moments of the #MeToo movement that feminism has gone too far or the insistence that holding someone accountable for his actions amounts to a "witch hunt," this book exposes the lies that many have chosen to believe and the often unexpected figures who have furthered them. Along the way, it unravels the tightening link between culture and politics, identifying in the memes, music, and movies we've loved the seeds of a reactionary movement now surging through the nationhttps://www.politics-prose.com/book/...

65 MIN2019 NOV 15
Comments
Lindy West: Live at Politics and Prose

Sherrod Brown: Live at Politics and Prose

In this engaging political history, Brown, seniorU.S.senator from Ohio, tells the story of twentieth-century progressive politics through the profiles of eight of the senators who occupied his chair—desk 88—before him. In a series of insightful essays, Brown traces the achievements of Hugo Black, Robert F. Kennedy, Al Gore Sr., George McGovern, Herbert Lehman, Glen Taylor,Theodore Francis Green, and WilliamProxmire, extolling the men’s hard work and dedication, assessing and celebrating their communal legacy, and, drawing on his own experience, showing that progressive ideals are still vital to the life of our democracy.https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9780374138219Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

60 MIN2019 NOV 8
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Sherrod Brown: Live at Politics and Prose

Jack Goldsmith: Live at Politics and Prose

There have been many theories about the fate of Jimmy Hoffa, the longtime president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, since he disappeared in 1975. Many involve Charles “Chuckie” O’Brien, Hoffa’s aide and Goldsmith’s stepfather. In this compelling investigation-cum-memoir, Goldsmith, Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University and author ofTerror PresidencyandPower and Constraint, recounts how his childhood affection for O’Brien became more complicated as he pursued a legal career. Then, with the perspective he gained from serving as assistant attorney general under George W. Bush, Goldsmith was moved to uncover the truth about O’Brien, Hoffa, the mob, the waning of labor’s power, and the rise of the surveillance state.https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9780374175658Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

61 MIN2019 NOV 1
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Jack Goldsmith: Live at Politics and Prose

Ronan Farrow: Live at Politics and Prose

In a dramatic account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth, at any cost, inCatch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators.In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood's most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move, and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family. This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability, and silence victims of abuse. And it's the story of the women who risked e...

67 MIN2019 OCT 25
Comments
Ronan Farrow: Live at Politics and Prose

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Live at Politics and Prose

The Water Dancer is a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure. Driven by Coates’ bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, this is the story of America's oldest struggle—the struggle to tell the truth—from one of our most exciting thinkers and beautiful writers.Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage—and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child—but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as sh...

74 MIN2019 OCT 18
Comments
Ta-Nehisi Coates: Live at Politics and Prose

Olga Tokarczuk: Live at Politics and Prose

Winner of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize, Flights is narrated by a compulsive traveler eager to analyze experience from the perspective of motion rather than stability, and she reports from a wide range of places, vehicles, and eras. The stories start and stop, interrupt each other, continue, and subtly comment on each other, from a plot involving a Polish tourist in Croatia whose wife and children disappear then mysteriously reappear, to another unfolding at Chopin’s funeral, and a third following a pioneering 17th-century Dutch anatomist whose story resonates with many socio-political questions of our own day. Tokarczuk’s evident delight in storytelling is matched by her penchant for questioning everything we take for granted. Tokarczuk was a psychologist before becoming one of Poland’s premier fiction writers, and her early training is evident throughout this insightful, masterfully observed, and utterly original novel.Tokarczuk is in conversation with Jennifer Croft,...

65 MIN2019 OCT 11
Comments
Olga Tokarczuk: Live at Politics and Prose

Jacqueline Woodson: Live at Politics and Prose

The 2018-‘19 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Woodson is the award-winning author of dozens of books for children, young adults, and above, including the classic Brown Girl Dreaming. Her new novel, written for adults, and infused with her signature insight and rich, poetic prose, opens in 2001 in Brooklyn. The occasion is Melody’s sixteenth birthday, but it proves bittersweet as the assembled family recalls Melody’s mother—who never reached age sixteen. Charting the course of two families from different classes, Woodson’s affecting narrative tackles identity, ambition, desire, and parenthood as well as exploring how the decisions young people make change the generations to come. Woodson is in conversation with Lynn Neary, longtime NPR arts correspondent.https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9780525535270Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

54 MIN2019 OCT 4
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Jacqueline Woodson: Live at Politics and Prose
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