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LARB Radio Hour

The Los Angeles Review of Books Radio Hour is a weekly show featuring interviews, readings and discussions about all things literary. Hosted by LARB Editor-at-Large Kate Wolf, Managing Editor Medaya Ocher, and Gender and Sexuality Editor, Eric Newman.
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Apr 21, 2016

This week’s show features more interviews from the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. We talk with actor Rainn Wilson, author of a new memoir, The Bassoon King, and with Malaysian Chinese writer Mei Fong, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and the author of One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment. We also talk with LARB Senior Humanities Editor Sarah Mesle about the upcoming season of Game of Thrones.

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin. The LARB Radio Hour airs Thursdays at 2:30pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

Apr 14, 2016

This week’s show is the first of several to feature interviews conducted at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. We talk with attorney and author Marcia Clark about her portrayal in American Crime Story and her latest crime novel, Blood Defense. We also talk with graphic novelist Sonny Liew about The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, and Steve Wasserman, one of the co-founders of the festival, talks about his career and his new stint as publisher of Heyday Books in Berkeley, California.

This episode is sponsored by Otherppl with Brad Listi, a weekly podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today’s leading authors, poets, and screenwriters. Electric Literature calls it “one of the best podcasts on the web,” and Buzzfeed calls it “the perfect way to get the story behind your stories.” There are now more than 400 episodes available — and counting. Hear conversations with writers like George Saunders, Cheryl Strayed, Roxane Gay, Leslie Jamison, Hanya Yanagihara, Jonathan Lethem, Sheila Heti, Eileen Myles, and many more. Otherppl with Brad Listi has its own official app, available for free at your favorite app store. The show is also available for free at iTunes and Stitcher, and on the web at otherppl.com.

Apr 7, 2016

This week’s show features an in-depth conversation with novelist and screenwriter Bruce Wagner, whose work includes the novels Force Majeure, Wild Palms, and I’m Losing You, and the screenplay for Maps to the Stars, directed by David Cronenberg. He talks about his new book, I Met Someone, and the struggles of being seen as a “Hollywood” novelist despite an interest in much darker and more spiritual themes. Also, author Norman M. Klein recommends two books by Dutch historian Johan Huizinga.

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin. The LARB Radio Hour airs Thursdays at 2:30pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

Mar 31, 2016

On this week’s show we talk with Deanne Stillman on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of her most well-known book, Twentynine Palms: A True Story of Murder, Marines, and the Mojave. We also discuss the new HBO documentary Everything Is Copy, about the life and career of author and screenwriter Nora Ephron, and author Wally Rudolph recommends reading Scott O’Connor’s Half World.

This episode is sponsored by Otherppl with Brad Listi, a weekly podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today’s leading authors, poets, and screenwriters. Electric Literature calls it “one of the best podcasts on the web,” and Buzzfeed calls it “the perfect way to get the story behind your stories.” There are now more than 400 episodes available — and counting. Hear conversations with writers like George Saunders, Cheryl Strayed, Roxane Gay, Leslie Jamison, Hanya Yanagihara, Jonathan Lethem, Sheila Heti, Eileen Myles, and many more. Otherppl with Brad Listi has its own official app, available for free at your favorite app store. The show is also available for free at iTunes and Stitcher, and on the web at otherppl.com.

Mar 24, 2016

This week’s show features a recap of Laurie’s recent trip to Broadway, including a review of the hit musical Hamilton. We also discuss the new documentary City of Gold, about legendary Los Angeles food critic Jonathan Gold, and talk with screenwriter John Romano about the late Charles Dickens novel Our Mutual Friend.

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin. The LARB Radio Hour airs Thursdays at 2:30pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

Mar 17, 2016

This week’s guest is the acclaimed and often controversial author, playwright, actress, and radio columnist Sandra Tsing Loh. Her latest book, The Madwoman in the Volvo, is an unforgiving memoir about parenting, menopause, and adultery, and she takes us through the entire story and its adaption into a play at the South Coast Repertory theater in Costa Mesa, CA.

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin. The LARB Radio Hour airs Thursdays at 2:30pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

Mar 10, 2016

On this week’s show we discuss the new FX miniseries American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, author Antoine Wilson returns to recommend the French short story writer Guy de Maupassant, and Linda Hervieux joins to talk about her new book Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, at Home and at War.

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin. The LARB Radio Hour airs Thursdays at 2:30pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

Mar 4, 2016

On this week’s show we discuss the new Showtime series “Billions,” Jerry Stahl returns to endorse Philip Kerr’s trilogy of Berlin novels, and we’re joined by professors Norman M. Klein and Margo Bistis to talk about their new book and companion multimedia project, “The Imaginary 20th Century.”

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin. The LARB Radio Hour airs Thursdays at 2:30pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

Feb 25, 2016

On this week’s show we discuss a panel that Tom Lutz recently moderated at UC Irvine on the limits of free speech with regard to cartooning. Also, former Los Angeles Times book critic David L. Ulin recommends one of his favorite LA books, Armed Response by Ann Rower, and we talk with screenwriter John Romano about his work on the upcoming film adaptation of Philip Roth’s American Pastoral.

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin. The LARB Radio Hour airs Thursdays at 2:30pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

Feb 18, 2016

LARB law editor Don Franzen talks about the career of the late supreme court justice Antonin Scalia and whether his unique legal theories will survive him. We’re also joined by Daniel Olivas and Ruben Rodriguez, co-editors of an upcoming anthology of Los Angeles poetry, "The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles", from Tia Chucha Press.

"The Coiled Serpent" publishes on April 15, 2016, and Tia Chucha Press will host a launch party for the book during the AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Conference, on March 30, at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin. The LARB Radio Hour airs Thursdays at 2:30pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

Feb 11, 2016

Featuring Andy Bowers, the creator of Slate podcasts and the co-founder of the podcasting network Panoply. Also writer and comedian Bonnie McFarlane, who discusses her new memoir You’re Better Than Me, and another one of our favorite Colin Marshall interviews, this time with food writer Dana Goodyear.

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin. The LARB Radio Hour airs Thursdays at 2:30pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

Feb 4, 2016

On this week’s show, a conversation on the wildly popular Netflix show Making a Murderer; an interview with Phil Zuckerman, author of Living the Secular Life and founder at Pitzer College of one of the first departments of secular studies; and a recommendation by author Bruce Bauman of three books that he describes as a “philosophical and foodie trilogy of the early part of the 20th century.”

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin. The LARB Radio Hour airs Thursdays at 2:30pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

Jan 28, 2016

On this week’s show, a conversation on the wildly popular Netflix show Making a Murderer; an interview with Phil Zuckerman, author of Living the Secular Life and founder at Pitzer College of one of the first departments of secular studies; and a recommendation by author Bruce Bauman of three books that he describes as a “philosophical and foodie trilogy of the early part of the 20th century.”

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin. The LARB Radio Hour airs Thursdays at 2:30pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

Jan 21, 2016

This week we discuss Woody Guthrie L.A.: 1937 to 1941, a chronicle of Guthrie’s formative years in Los Angeles, during which he not only experimented and refined his music but also found his calling as a political songwriter. Co-authors Darryl Holter and William Deverell join to talk about Guthrie’s legacy in Los Angeles, and Holter even plays a rare Guthrie tune about the city's 1934 New Year’s Eve flood.

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin. The LARB Radio Hour airs Thursdays at 2:30pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

Jan 14, 2016

This week’s show features some surprising opinions on the career and life of David Bowie; an interview with author Alex Espinoza, who is currently helping launch California’s first bilingual MFA program at Cal State LA; and a discussion of Sean Penn’s Rolling Stone feature with Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin. The LARB Radio Hour airs Thursdays at 2:30pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

Jan 7, 2016

This week’s show features a lively debate with author David Shields about his new book War Is Beautiful: A Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict, an excerpt from Colin Marshall’s interview with novelist Jonathan Lethem about whether his adopted town of Claremont, California, would make for a good setting in an upcoming novel, and an interview with author and journalist Sam Quinones about his new book Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin. The LARB Radio Hour airs Thursdays at 2:30pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

Dec 31, 2015

This week marks the exciting release of a special end-of-year edition of the LARB Radio Hour, taped for the first time ever in front of a live audience on December 9 in Los Feliz, California. Our three special guests were Terry McMillan, author of the award-winning novels (later turned into motion pictures) Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Pulitzer Prize–winning Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold, and English-born Angeleno Geoff Dyer, author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including his most recent work, Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush.

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin. The LARB Radio Hour airs Thursdays at 2:30pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

Dec 10, 2015

This week’s show features The Economist science correspondent Matt Kaplan talking about the science of liver prophecies and other folklore, author Eli Horowitz discussing his new multi-platform novel The Pickle Index, and author and actor Wally Rudolph on his new book Mighty, Mighty and the discounted role of Catholicism in modern fiction.

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin. The LARB Radio Hour airs Thursdays at 2:30pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

Dec 3, 2015

On this week’s show, author and critic Luc Sante discusses his new book, The Other Paris, David L. Ulin drops by to recommend Richard Rayner’s novel Los Angeles Without a Map, and entrepreneur Jessica Jackley joins to talk about her book Clay Water Brick and the world of micro-finance.

Join us on Wednesday, December 9, for our first-ever live broadcast of the LARB Radio Hour. We’re bringing our weekly variety show to the pop-up Annex next door to Skylight Books, at 1816 N. Vermont Ave. in Los Feliz. Hosts Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland will be joined by author and critic Geoff Dyer, novelist Terry McMillan, and Pulitzer Prize–winning food writer Jonathan Gold. Tickets are free but please RSVP!

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/152087148480554/

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/larb-radio-hour-live-tickets-19735277747

Nov 19, 2015

This week’s show features author and film critic Karina Longworth, whose podcast You Must Remember This, a show focusing on the politics, culture, and scandals of classic Hollywood icons, is getting widespread acclaim in recent months. Novelist Dana Johnson joins to talk about The Little Brother by Victoria Patterson, and longtime LARB podcaster Colin Marshall bids farewell for now to Los Angeles and discusses his upcoming move to Seoul, Korea.

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin. The LARB Radio Hour airs Thursdays at 2:30pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

Nov 12, 2015

Bruce Bauman, adjunct professor in the CalArts MFA Writing Program and the senior editor of Black Clock, joins to talk about his latest novel, Broken Sleep. Also featuring novelist Parnaz Foroutan’s book recommendations, and a discussion about the ongoing heated debates at Yale surrounding the school’s Halloween costume email.

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin. The LARB Radio Hour airs Thursdays at 2:30pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

Nov 5, 2015

In his new book, popular secular critic and bestselling author Sam Harris puts his views in dialogue with Maajid Nawaz, a once radical Islamist who reformed and co-founded Quilliam, a counter-extremism think tank based in London. In a bit of a departure from his earlier work, which some on the left have viewed as aggressive and intolerant criticism of Islam, Harris hopes this partnership with Nawaz will feel more accessible to the Muslim world, which he says doesn’t need more criticism from “infidels like me, but from self-identifying Muslims who want to find some basis for reform.” The interview features Harris’s take on the effect of Islamic doctrine compared with other religious doctrines both past and present, the challenges of reforming Islam, and his response to his liberal critics.

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin. The LARB Radio Hour airs Thursdays at 2:30pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

Oct 29, 2015

On this week’s show, LARB contributing editor Magdalena Edwards talks about the recent revival of acclaimed Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector; Harry G. Frankfurt, professor emeritus of philosophy at Princeton University, joins to talk about his new book On Inequality; and Jedediah Purdy and LARB editor Sarah Mesle join to talk about Purdy’s recent LARB essay “Maybe Connect,” which compares two noteworthy authors of the last year, Elena Ferrante and Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin. The LARB Radio Hour airs Thursdays at 2:30pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

Oct 23, 2015

On this week’s show, Los Angeles Times book critic David L. Ulin joins to talk about his latest book Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, the artifice and authenticity of the popular entertainment complex The Grove, and the urban qualities of New York compared with Los Angeles.

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin. The LARB Radio Hour airs Thursdays at 2:30pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

Oct 15, 2015

On this week’s show, New York–based writer, filmmaker, and visual artist Gary Indiana stops by to talk about resentment writing, overhyped authors, and his new memoir I Can Give You Anything But Love; and Uruguayan-born author Carolina De Robertis discusses The Gods of Tango, her new novel about tango culture, gender politics, and immigration in early 20th-century Argentina.

Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin. The LARB Radio Hour airs Thursdays at 2:30pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles.

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