Tag: radio

Uzodinma Iweala (BSS #473)

Uzodinma Iweala is most recently the author of Our Kind of People. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Looking beyond. Subjects Discussed: The advantages of hearing stories told to understand issues, the rhythms and tones of language, how to track down people to talk with in Nigeria, China Keiteski, the advantages of bus depots, the Nigerian Civil Read More

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Timothy Noah (BSS #458)

Timothy Noah is most recently the author of The Great Divergence. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Holding onto the remains of his wallet. Author: Timothy Noah Subjects Discussed: The 1984 “Morning in America” ad, why the American public gets suckered into the American Dream panacea, the Kuznets curve, the decline of the bank teller, Obama’s 2012 Read More

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Florence Williams (BSS #457)

Florence Williams is most recently the author of Breasts. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Contemplating a new career in unique dairy products. Author: Florence Williams Subjects Discussed: The history of breastfeeding, formula ushered into the industrial age, artificial selection and breasts, 19th century mothers who raised infants on oatmeal, infant mortality, contaminants within breast milk, the Read More

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Robert A. Caro (BSS #455)

Robert A. Caro is most recently the author of The Passage of Power. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Expressing his determination to keep the forward thrust of America began with notable historians. Author: Robert A. Caro Subjects Discussed: Lyndon B. Johnson as a great reader of men, Horace Busby, Johnson talking with people until he got Read More

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Catherine Chung (BSS #442)

Catherine Chung is most recently the author of Forgotten Country. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering if he left his car keys in Korea. Author: Catherine Chung Subjects Discussed: How Forgotten Country emerged from multiple stories, finding inspiration from disappearance, mysterious ghost monks that couldn’t float their way into the narrative, getting to know a character’s Read More

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Sara Benincasa (BSS #436)

Sara Benincasa is most recently the author of Agorafabulous. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering whether or not he has actually left the house. Author: Sara Benincasa Subjects Discussed: How to get out of bed and leave the house, the unanticipated benefits of contextual noise, overstuffed schedules, voices inside one’s head, the picaresque existence, commitments and Read More

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Liz Moore (BSS #434)

Liz Moore is most recently the author of Heft. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Swelling with untapped emotional weight. Author: Liz Moore Subjects Discussed: Emotional sincerity through a twin narrative, Mary Gordon, McNally Jackson, “grotesque” characters, Flannery O’Connor, complicated relationships with food in the developed world, body image issues, the perception of physicality, researching addictions and Read More

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Weird Al Yankovic (BSS #418)

Weird Al Yankovic’s most recent album is Alpocalypse. Many thanks to Jay Levey for helping to make this unlikely conversation happen. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Got skills, he’s a champion of D&D. Guest: Weird Al Yankovic Subjects Discussed: Whether most people in the world are doing okay, Weird Al’s longevity, a fastidious concern for the Read More

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Susan Straight (BSS #367)

Susan Straight is most recently the author of Take One Candle, Light a Room. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Exploding Roman candles overlooked by the elite. Author: Susan Straight Subjects Discussed: [List forthcoming] EXCERPT FROM SHOW: Straight: I think what I’m trying to say about America is that it’s a series of villages. And everyone has Read More

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Jennifer Weiner III (BSS #346)

Jennifer Weiner is most recently the author of Fly Away Home. Ms. Weiner previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #198 and The Bat Segundo Show #14. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Hoping to be frightened by The Motherland sometime soon. Author: Jennifer Weiner Subjects Discussed: [List forthcoming] EXCERPT FROM SHOW: Correspondent: It seems to me Read More

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Alec Foege (BSS #246)

Alec Foege is most recently the author of Right of the Dial. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Defying the maker of rules and dealing with fools. Author: Alec Foege Subjects Discussed: WINZ switching to Air America because of Fahrenheit 9/11‘s success, Jesse Jackson and Keep Hope Alive, profitability vs. integrity, Clear Channel’s Republican viewpoint, conservative talk Read More

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Samantha Hunt (BSS #183)

Samantha Hunt is most recently the author of The Invention of Everything Else. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Pining for chambermaids. Author: Samantha Hunt Subjects Discussed: Managing multiple perspectives, working within the limitations of 1943, helpful historical endnotes, Tesla’s tendency to divide things by three, pleasantly misleading metafictional names, using abandoned New York topography in a Read More

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