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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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Jun 23, 2016

Author and Comic Lauren Weedman joins Seth, Laurie, and Tom to discuss her new book, Miss Fortune; then author David Ulin looks at Donald Trump through the lens of American Literature

Jun 17, 2016

The show opens with Seth and Laurie discussing this year's Tony Awards, then author Julia Claiborne Johnson recommends "To the One I Love the Best;" our own Tom Lutz talks about his newly published book "Drinking Mare's Milk on the Roof of the World," Norman Klein comes back to recommend his favorite meat and condiment, and Seth, Laurie, and Tom choose their favorite literary fathers in honor of their Day.

Jun 10, 2016

Tom and Seth talk about Tom's travel in Georgia, Armenia, and environs; Laurie, Tom, and Seth interview Michelle Latiolais about her new book of fiction, She. Ryan Gattis recommends Jill Leovy's Ghettoside.

Jun 3, 2016

Jack Miles discusses the first ever Norton Anthology of Religion, which he compiled; and Ryan Gattis returns to recommend another masterful historical novel about Los Angeles, Nina Revoyr's Southland.

May 26, 2016

Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney joins Seth, Laurie, and Tom to discuss her best-selling novel The Nest; and screenwriter John Romano praises George Eliot's masterful Daniel Deronda

May 19, 2016

This week’s show features an interview with Ryan Gattis, author of All Involved, a novel set during the 1992 LA Riots, focusing on a sliver of Los Angeles almost completely ignored by the media at the time and told through seventeen interconnected first-person narratives. Gattis, who is a member of the LA street art crew UGLARworks, describes how he spent over two years researching the novel, interviewing a wide range of people that had lived through the riots, from nurses, firefighters, and police officers to gang members and graffiti artists.

 

May 12, 2016

On this week’s show we talk with BLDGBLOG writer Geoff Manaugh about his new book, A Burglar's Guide to the City, which offers a fascinating look at architecture and design principles from the point of view of burglars and the authorities looking to catch them. Bruce Wagner reads a poem by William Butler Yeats, and Kate Gale and John Brantingham of Red Hen Press join to talk about their new collection of short fiction LA Fiction Anthology.

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.

May 6, 2016

This week’s show features Bruce Eric Kaplan, also known as BEK, a longtime cartoonist for The New Yorker and a writer and producer on HBO's Girls, talking about his new memoir I Was a Child. We also talk with author and critic Katie Roiphe about her new book The Violet Hour, stories of writers coping with death, and with David Gessner about his new book All The Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West.

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 28, 2016

This week’s show features our final interviews from the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. We talk with Sarah Bakewell, author of At the Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails. Tony Tulathimutte joins us to discuss his novel Private Citizens and how he overcame his fear of writing comedy. We also talk with Andrea Kleine about her deeply personal novel Calf, a story about a love affair between John Hinckley, Jr. (the failed Reagan assassin) and Leslie DeVeau, a woman who murdered her own daughter.

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 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.

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