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Last update: 2013-06-26

Unemployment (FYE #7)

2013-06-26 :: Edward Champion
Length: 59s

This program looks into whether or not the jobs are really coming back. Are we avoiding a serious problem that we don't have the courage to stare in the face? To what degree are we repeating history? We meet a man who motivates the unemployed in library basements, get experts to respond to Chairman Bernanke's recent claims that unemployment will fall between 5.8 and 6.2% by 2015, discuss the finer points of Beveridge curves with economics professor William Dickens, chat about how the last four decades of labor developments have contributed to the unemployment crisis with Down the Up Escalator author Barbara Garson, discover a company that protected the unemployed against discrimination with the National Employment Law Project's Mitchell Hirsch, and learn about discrimination and how local labor policy reveals national labor policy with Dr. Michelle Holder of the Community Service Society of New York. …

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Claire Messud II (BSS #504)

2013-06-18 :: Edward Champion
Length: 51s

Claire Messud returns to our program to discuss her latest novel, THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS, unlikable characters in fiction, why angry women aren't featured in fiction, technological impediments, the millennial generation, Shel Silverstein's songwriting career, James Joyce, and how fiction can be dangerous in a surveillance state.…

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Roxana Robinson (BSS #503)

2013-06-11 :: Edward Champion
Length: 55s

We talk with Roxana Robinson about Sparta, talking and living with veterans, why soldiers don't have a common experience, self-preservation vs. digital culture, Georgia O'Keeffe, playing tennis in inflatable courts, and how socioeconomic investigation into America's ills often occurs by accident.…

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Lisa Hanawalt (BSS #502)

2013-06-07 :: Edward Champion
Length: 1s

In this one hour conversation, artist Lisa Hanawalt discusses her collection My Dirty Dumb Eyes, informs us of the appropriate method to neigh like a horses, describes the bizarre business politics she observed at a toy fair, delineates the trappings of pop culture, tells us how to contend with online trolls, and even offers a few sartorial views. During the majority of this conversation, Our Correspondent is licked copiously by Ms. Hanawalt's extremely friendly dog.…

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Lauren Beukes (BSS #501)

2013-06-04 :: Edward Champion
Length: 36s

We talk with Lauren Beukes, author of THE SHINING GIRLS, about what it takes to find empathy in detestable characters, why fictitious sociopaths tend to be fond of Canadian Club, the benefits of lacerating villains, the proper ways to explain backstory in narrative, being vengeful, parallels between South African and American history, why Beukes sets her American novels in the Midwest, and how research creates ambiance.…

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Elliott Holt (BSS #500)

2013-05-28 :: Edward Champion
Length: 1s

In this one hour conversation, Elliott Holt discusses her debut novel, You Are One of Them, her feelings about The Eagles, Chekhov vs. Dostoevsky, living in Moscow, the baleful babushkas in the swimming pool, whether advertising is an inevitable reality in crumbling nations, and her reluctant feelings about the literary star system. There is also a brief attempt at a Boris and Natasha impersonation.…

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Jack Butler (BSS #499)

2013-05-14 :: Edward Champion
Length: 58s

This rare interview with Jack Butler, author of Jujitsu for Christ, discusses Southern writing, mixing the funny with the repulsive, Mississippi humidity, living in shanties, and combating desperation.…

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Bullies (FYE #6)

2013-03-05 :: Edward Champion
Length: 58s

Bullying is the most common form of violence in America. We talk with poet Shane Koyczan, Sticks and Stones author Emily Bazelon, and Dr. William Copeland about bullying's long-lasting effects. We also explore cyberbullying with distinguished author James Lasdun and journalist Camille Dodero.…

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Rebels (FYE #5)

2013-03-05 :: Edward Champion
Length: 58s

We examine why rebels get the short end of the stick. We talk with historian Jeanne Theoharis about how Rosa Parks's rebellious life has been swept under the carpet of modern American history, examine Pussy Riot's rebellious legacy with many of the band's supporters, and chat with a rebel journalist about a mysterious shooting in Missouri and the pros and cons of assumption.…

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Aid (FYE #4)

2013-02-14 :: Edward Champion
Length: 56s

Giving aid to nations and people who desperately need help has been an American staple for more than a century. Yet in 2013, aid has become more beholden to red tape and incompetence than ever before. This week, we go to Staten Island to talk with the organizers and volunteers of Occupy Sandy to find out how they helped people when others could not and get a sense of their philosophy. We talk with Jonathan Katz, the only full-time American journalist stationed in Hatii during the 2010 earthquake and reveal how billions of dollars given by Americans to help the impoverished and the homeless ended up in the wrong place.…

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Cycles (FYE #3)

2013-02-06 :: Edward Champion
Length: 58s

Are our lives and our culture locked within cycles? Are we aware of it? Should we be aware of it? Or is there a certain folly in paying too much attention? Our quest for answers has us talking with bike shop owners and a Finnegans Wake reading group. We reveal how Raiders of the Lost Ark caused two teenage boys to become consumed by a relentless cycle of remaking the movie they loved with limited cinematic resources. We also talk with Scottish novelist Ian Rankin about how he returned to Inspector Rebus and got caught up in cycles he couldn't quite describe and Lesley Alderman, the author of The Book of Times, who shows us how being aware of time doesn't necessarily preclude you from finding enticing new cycles of existence.…

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Guns, Part Two (FYE #2)

2013-02-06 :: Edward Champion
Length: 51s

Last week, we examined the Second Amendment's history and the seductive allure of guns. This second of our two part program includes our efforts to contact the National Rifle Association, reveals how gun-related crimes have affected human lives, and shows how a flood of affordable large magazine semiautomatic pistols altered the course of American history. …

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Guns, Part One (FYE #1)

2013-01-22 :: Edward Champion
Length: 58s

Aurora, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech. We’re shocked by the massacres and the loss of life, but how did we get to this? This is the first of a two part program examining guns at length. Edge of the South Bronx On the edge of the South Bronx, everybody we talk with has an opinion about [...]…

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Michael Apted (The Bat Segundo Special)

2013-01-18 :: Edward Champion
Length: 29s

This 30 minute radio special serves as a transitional episode between The Bat Segundo Show, which aired its final episode last November, and Follow Your Ears, a new thematic radio program that will be premiering this month. It features an interview with Michael Apted, director of the Up movies. His latest installment, 56 Up, is [...]…

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J. Robert Lennon II (BSS #497)

2012-11-05 :: Edward Champion
Length: 1s

J. Robert Lennon is most recently the author of Familiar. He previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #300. This conversation was recorded live at McNally Jackson on October 3, 2012. This is also the final episode of The Bat Segundo Show. Thank you for listening. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Contending with five possible endings [...]…

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Chris Ware (BSS #496)

2012-11-05 :: Edward Champion
Length: 30s

Chris Ware is most recently the writer and illustrator of Building Stories. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Learning how to wash his hands. Author: Chris Ware Subjects Discussed: The significance (or lack thereof) of the date September 23, 2000, technological reliance and its intrusion upon existence in Building Stories, the amount of time that humans presently [...]…

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Benjamin Anastas (BSS #495)

2012-11-05 :: Edward Champion
Length: 42s

Benjamin Anastas is most recently the author of Too Good to Be True. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wrestling with failure. Author: Benjamin Anastas Subjects Discussed: Memoirs devoted to literary failure, Paul Auster’s Hand to Mouth, Tom Grimes’s Mentor, being inspired by Notes from Underground, measuring life through the medium of writing, seeking existential symmetry through [...]…

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Jami Attenberg II (BSS #494)

2012-10-25 :: Edward Champion
Length: 39s

Jami Attenberg is most recently the author of The Middlesteins. She previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #172. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Dodging the slings and arrows of families. Author: Jami Attenberg Subjects Discussed: Chapter headings with weight listings, why Edie wasn’t the first Middlestein to emerge from the Attenberg brain, finding the structure [...]…

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Peter Davison (BSS #493)

2012-10-22 :: Edward Champion
Length: 32s

Peter Davison played the fifth incarnation of Doctor Who! But he also delivers numerous charming performances in A Very Peculiar Practice, All Creatures Great and Small, At Home with the Braithwaites and The Last Detective. (Many thanks to Roger Bilheimer for his great help in making this improbable conversation happen and to Yashoda Sampath for [...]…

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T.C. Boyle V (BSS #492)

2012-10-22 :: Edward Champion
Length: 48s

T.C. Boyle is most recently the author of San Miguel. Since Mr. Boyle has appeared four previous times on this program (Show #10, Show #70, Show #273, Show #385), we felt that it was essential to include him in Bat Segundo’s last stretch. This is the fifth and final conversation with T.C. Boyle. Condition of [...]…

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Ross McElwee (BSS #491)

2012-10-17 :: Edward Champion
Length: 40s

Ross McElwee is most recently the director of Photographic Memory. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Stepping away from the memories. Guest: Ross McElwee Subjects Discussed: Walker Percy’s “certification,” Heidegger’s Alltäglichkeit, whether social media and YouTube can capture the essential quality of “everydayness,” patterns and layers of meaning discovered through the act of filming one’s life for [...]…

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Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez (BSS #490)

2012-10-11 :: Edward Champion
Length: 55s

Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez are the creators, writers, and artists for Love and Rockets, the long-running and much acclaimed series celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Revisiting a moment in 1969 which sealed his fate. Authors: Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez Subjects Discussed: Mario Hernandez, the way that Gilbert and Jaime [...]…

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Liv Ullmann (BSS #489)

2012-10-05 :: Edward Champion
Length: 24s

Liv Ullmann is the subject of Liv and Ingmar, which is now playing the New York Film Festival. She has also appeared in many legendary movies. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering whether his persona is predicated upon cries and whispers. Guest: Liv Ullmann Subjects Discussed: Maintaining patience while living with an eccentric genius, living in [...]…

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Andrea Arnold (BSS #488)

2012-10-01 :: Edward Champion
Length: 25s

Andrea Arnold is the co-writer and director of Wuthering Heights, which opens on October 5 in select theaters. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering if his creator is Heathcliff. Guest: Andrea Arnold Subjects Discussed: Characters defined by how they observe things, working with moths, Yorkshire insect wranglers, how to get animals to behave on camera, improvisational [...]…

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Cole Stryker (BSS #487)

2012-09-27 :: Edward Champion
Length: 48s

Cole Stryker is most recently the author of Hacking the Future. (PROGRAM NOTE: This episode’s introduction contains the first appearance of Jorge and Mr. Segundo in two years. As The Bat Segundo Show winds down, we will do our best to resolve numerous plot threads that were established years before in these introductions.) Condition of [...]…

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A.M. Homes III (BSS #486)

2012-09-25 :: Edward Champion
Length: 45s

A.M. Homes is most recently the author of May We Be Forgiven. She previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #58 and The Bat Segundo Show #115. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Seeing if there’s anyone left to forgive him. Author: A.M. Homes Subjects Discussed: May We Be Forgiven as an update to White Noise, Nixon [...]…

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Steve Stern (BSS #485)

2012-09-22 :: Edward Champion
Length: 53s

Steve Stern is most recently the author of The Book of Mischief. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering why they’re playing the bagpipes. Author: Steve Stern Subjects Discussed: Playing bagpipes for the dead, the relationship between Jewish identity and the phantasmagorical in Stern’s fiction, growing up without Jewish identity, being an oral historian in Memphis, Beale [...]…

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Lynn Povich (BSS #484)

2012-09-14 :: Edward Champion
Length: 38s

Lynn Povich is most recently the author of The Good Girls Revolt. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering why mysterious men are packing him off to Paris. Author: Lynn Povich Subjects Discussed: The Henry Luce “tradition” of men working as writers and women working as researchers, well-educated women being exploited in a two-tier system, Janet Flanner, [...]…

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Jeffrey Ford III (BSS #483)

2012-08-31 :: Edward Champion
Length: 39s

Jeffrey Ford is most recently the author of Crackpot Palace. He previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #36 and The Bat Segundo Show #191. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Constricted by restrictive taxonomies. Author: Jeffrey Ford Subjects Discussed: Eleven-hour drives from Ohio, the first-person “road” stories featuring a fictitious “Jeffrey Ford” and his wife Lynn [...]…

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Ariel S. Winter (BSS #482)

2012-08-31 :: Edward Champion
Length: 44s

Ariel S. Winter is most recently the author of The Twenty-Year Death. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering if he can condense the shards of his life into a twenty-year epic spanning three books. Author: Ariel S. Winter Subjects Discussed: Day jobs, being a stay-at-home father, sneaking out to write in the library, the exhaustion of [...]…

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Paula Bomer II (BSS #481)

2012-08-31 :: Edward Champion
Length: 1s

Paula Bomer is most recently the author of Nine Months. She previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #375 Condition of Mr. Segundo: Searching for the mother who stole the car keys. Author: Paula Bomer Subjects Discussed: Katie Roiphe’s In Praise of Messy Lives, similarities between exploring women’s issues in fiction and hyperbolic op-ed journalists, [...]…

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Martin Amis II (BSS #480)

2012-08-28 :: Edward Champion
Length: 53s

Martin Amis is most recently the author of Lionel Asbo. He previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #101. This episode of The Bat Segundo Show is brought to you by Audible.com. If you want to listen to Martin Amis’s Lionel Asbo, and help keep this show going, sign up for a free audiobook and [...]…

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Lisa Cohen (BSS #479)

2012-08-23 :: Edward Champion
Length: 1s

Lisa Cohen is most recently the author of All We Know. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Working his obsolete connections. Author: Lisa Cohen Subjects Discussed: Spending years conducting book research, Esther Murphy, Mercedes de Acosta, and Madge Garland, Garland’s connection to Virginia Woolf, Virginia Woolf’s diaries, the early history of British Vogue, the side effects of [...]…

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Laura Lippman II (BSS #478)

2012-08-21 :: Edward Champion
Length: 56s

Laura Lippman is most recently the author of And When She Was Good. She previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #280. This episode of The Bat Segundo Show is brought to you by Audible.com. If you want to listen to Laura Lippman’s And When She Was Good, and help keep this show going, sign [...]…

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Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud (BSS #477)

2012-08-17 :: Edward Champion
Length: 22s

Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud are most recently the writers and directors of Chicken with Plums. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering if his creative skills can be adapted. Guests: Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud Subjects Discussed: Adapting graphic novels to film, Natural Born Killers, sitcoms, Hollywood’s insistence on remakes, splitting duties as co-directors, the importance [...]…

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Katie Kitamura (BSS #476)

2012-08-14 :: Edward Champion
Length: 43s

Katie Kitamura is most recently the author of Gone to the Forest. This episode of The Bat Segundo Show is brought to you by Audible.com. If you want to listen to Katie Kitamura’s The Longshot, and help keep this show going, sign up for a free audiobook and a 30 day trial. Use this handy [...]…

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Julie Delpy (BSS #475)

2012-08-09 :: Edward Champion
Length: 21s

Julie Delpy is most recently the writer, director, and star of 2 Days in New York. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Searching for a castle that doesn’t require too much physical exertion. Guest: Julie Delpy Subjects Discussed: Patriarchs who key cars, countesses who murder women for their virgin blood, aberrant and eccentric behavior in Delpy’s films, [...]…

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Megan Abbott II (BSS #474)

2012-08-07 :: Edward Champion
Length: 43s

Megan Abbot is most recently the author of Dare Me. She previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #404. This episode of The Bat Segundo Show is brought to you by Audible.com. If you want to listen to Megan Abbott’s Dare Me, and help keep this show going, sign up for a free audiobook and [...]…

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Uzodinma Iweala (BSS #473)

2012-08-04 :: Edward Champion
Length: 33s

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 [...]…

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Andrew Shaffer (aka Fanny Merkin) (BSS #472)

2012-07-31 :: Edward Champion
Length: 58s

Andrew Shaffer is most recently the author of Fifty Shames of Earl Grey. This episode of The Bat Segundo Show is brought to you by Audible.com. If you want to listen to Fanny Merkin’s Fifty Shames of Earl Grey, and help keep this show going, sign up for a free audiobook and a 30 day [...]…

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John Lanchester (BSS #471)

2012-07-24 :: Edward Champion
Length: 40s

John Lanchester is most recently the author of Capital. This episode of The Bat Segundo Show is brought to you by Audible.com. If you want to listen to John Lanchester’s Capital, and help keep this show going, sign up for a free audiobook and a 30 day trial. Use this handy link: http://www.audiblepodcast.com/bat Condition of [...]…

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Karolina Waclawiak (BSS #470)

2012-07-22 :: Edward Champion
Length: 47s

Karolina Waclawiak is most recently the author of How to Get Into the Twin Palms. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Combing through the immigrant experience and what’s left of his deliquescing hair. Author: Karolina Waclawiak Subjects Discussed: Kafka’s The Trial, being forced by parents to read Kafka and Dostoevsky, Roald Dahl, avoiding biographical details about a [...]…

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Jennifer Weiner (BSS #469)

2012-07-17 :: Edward Champion
Length: 55s

Jennifer Weiner is most recently the author of The Next Best Thing. This episode of The Bat Segundo Show is brought to you by Audible.com. If you want to listen to Jennifer Weiner’s The Next Best Thing, and help keep this show going, sign up for a free audiobook and a 30 day trial. Use [...]…

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Frank Partnoy (BSS #468)

2012-07-12 :: Edward Champion
Length: 35s

Frank Partnoy is most recently the author of Wait. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Impatient for a pause. Author: Frank Partnoy Subjects Discussed: Perception of time, Walter Clark, pauses and authenticity, Jon Stewart’s 20 second pause in response to Sarah Palin’s “squirmish,” This American Life, Christian Marclay’s The Clock, “Kristen Schaal is a horse,” Tao Lin’s [...]…

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Alix Ohlin (BSS #467)

2012-07-10 :: Edward Champion
Length: 44s

Alix Ohlin is most recently the author of Inside and Signs and Wonders. This episode of The Bat Segundo Show is brought to you by Audible.com. If you want to listen to Alix Ohlin’s Inside, and help keep this show going, sign up for a free audiobook and a 30 day trial. Use this handy [...]…

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Brian Francis Slattery II (BSS #466)

2012-07-05 :: Edward Champion
Length: 1s

Brian Francis Slattery is most recently the author of Lost Everything and previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #142. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Hammering in the morning, the evening, and the afternoon. Author: Brian Francis Slattery Subjects Discussed: Radio programs which force authors to starve for an hour, the glut of dystopian novels after [...]…

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Jess Walter II (BSS #465)

2012-07-03 :: Edward Champion
Length: 49s

Jess Walter is most recently the author of Beautiful Ruins and previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #163…

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Sarah Polley (BSS #464)

2012-06-28 :: Edward Champion
Length: 18s

Sarah Polley is most recently the writer and director of Take This Waltz. The film opens in select theaters on June 29, 2012. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering if the chicken cookbook or the adulterous egg came first. Guest: Sarah Polley Subjects Discussed: Similarities between Away from Her and Take This Waltz, the need for [...]…

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Jesmyn Ward (BSS #463)

2012-06-26 :: Edward Champion
Length: 38s

Jesmyn Ward is most recently the author of Salvage the Bones. This episode of The Bat Segundo Show is brought to you by Audible.com. If you want to listen to Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones (available at Audible.com), and help keep this show going, sign up for a free audiobook and a 30 day trial. [...]…

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Elizabeth L. Cline (BSS #462)

2012-06-21 :: Edward Champion
Length: 38s

Elizabeth L. Cline is most recently the author of Overdressed. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Rubbing his hands over a personal project: a tequila haul video now in development. Author: Elizabeth L. Cline Subjects Discussed: The disposability of clothes, why so many clothes at the Quincy Street Salvation Army gets thrown away, fast fashion industries eyeballing [...]…

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Emily St. John Mandel (BSS #461)

2012-06-19 :: Edward Champion
Length: 42s

Emily St. John Mandel is most recently the author of The Lola Quartet. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Considering a new career as a sake mangler. Author: Emily St. John Mandel Subjects Discussed: Starting a novel from a comic place, Kafka, cornball jokes, never knowing how a book is going to end, Jayson Blair, trusting emotional [...]…

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Alison Bechdel III (BSS #460)

2012-06-14 :: Edward Champion
Length: 52s

Alison Bechdel is most recently the author of Are You My Mother? She has previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #63 and The Bat Segundo Show #250. [PROGRAM NOTE: Because this show is so unusual, we feel compelled to offer some helpful cues. At the 7:42 mark, Our Correspondent stops tape. He then offers [...]…

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Hari Kunzru, Part One (BSS #440)

2012-03-12 :: Edward Champion
Length: 40s

Hari Kunzru is most recently the author of Gods Without Men. This is the first of a two part conversation. It is believed that Mr. Kunzru will also be appearing on The Bat Segundo Show #441, which will be appearing later in the week. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wrestling with issues of conversational faith. Author: [...]…

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Adam Wilson (BSS #439)

2012-03-09 :: Edward Champion
Length: 1s

Adam Wilson appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #439. He is most recently the author of Flatscreen. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Seeking his remote control and his dignity within an armed blanket. Author: Adam Wilson Subjects Discussed: Wilson’s dislike of flying, Will Self’s rules for writers, Flatscreen‘s televisual influence, working at Flavorpill, innovating literature through [...]…

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Adam Johnson (BSS #438)

2012-03-05 :: Edward Champion
Length: 59s

Adam Johnson is most recently the author of The Orphan Master’s Son. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Revising his own narrative. Author: Adam Johnson Subjects Discussed: Growing up in Arizona, reading a novel as an act of faith and how style reflects that, narrative which mimics Casablanca, storytelling as the North Korean identity, being the center [...]…

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Sara Levine (BSS #437)

2012-03-01 :: Edward Champion
Length: 27s

Sara Levine is most recently the author of Treasure Island!!! Condition of Mr. Segundo: Seeking elusive parrot memoirs. Author: Sara Levine Subjects Discussed: Ways to state exclamation marks in conversation, unreliable narrators, verbal flair, taking qualities away from a character to create a voice, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, on Levine not [...]…

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Sara Benincasa (BSS #436)

2012-02-28 :: Edward Champion
Length: 50s

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 [...]…

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Arthur Goldwag (BSS #435)

2012-02-15 :: Edward Champion
Length: 52s

Arthur Goldwag is most recently the author of The New Hate. PROGRAM NOTE: In Show #430, we asked our listeners if they could share their introvert and extrovert experiences. We received numerous stories and read many on the air at the head of this program. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Pondering the dangerous possibilities of innate [...]…

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Liz Moore (BSS #434)

2012-02-14 :: Edward Champion
Length: 46s

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 [...]…

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Agnieszka Holland (BSS #433)

2012-02-09 :: Edward Champion
Length: 22s

Agnieszka Holland is most recently the director of In Darkness, which has been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award and opens in limited release on Febraury 10, 2012. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Fumbling in the dark for the Zippo. Guest: Agnieszka Holland Subjects Discussed: Creating cinematic environments, how to design a sewer [...]…

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Stephen Fry (BSS #432)

2012-02-07 :: Edward Champion
Length: 1s

Stephen Fry is most recently the author of The Fry Chronicles. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Basking in a pleasant tsunami of erudition. Author: Stephen Fry Subjects Discussed: Journalists who attack morally and spiritually, capitulating an iPhone, the number of gadgets that Fry carries on him, physical books vs. ebooks, high school physics lessons and vacillating [...]…

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Deborah Scroggins (BSS #431)

2012-02-03 :: Edward Champion
Length: 27s

Deborah Scroggins is most recently the author of Wanted Women: Faith, Lies & The War on Terror: The Lives of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Aafia Siddiqui. My response to Dwight Garner’s New York Times review, which contains more links and information, is also helpful background reading for this interview. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Oscillating between [...]…

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Susan Cain (BSS #430)

2012-01-30 :: Edward Champion
Length: 38s

Susan Cain is most recently the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts. SPECIAL BOOK GIVEAWAY: Are we all prone to the malady of the introvert who turns away and gazes only upon the emptiness within? Perhaps this conversation about introverts will clear up this Bertrand Russell idea. And perhaps you, dear listener, can weigh [...]…

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Elliot Perlman (BSS #429)

2012-01-10 :: Edward Champion
Length: 1s

Elliot Perlman is most recently the author of The Street Sweeper. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Collecting the dregs of his spatulate ambitions. Author: Elliot Perlman Subjects Discussed: Perlman living across the street from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, whether an author has to reside in a place to write about it, why some Australians consider the [...]…

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Thomas Frank (BSS #428)

2012-01-05 :: Edward Champion
Length: 59s

Thomas Frank is most recently the author of Pity the Billionaire. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering why Grover Norquist keeps leaving voicemails about tax pledges. Author: Thomas Frank Subjects Discussed: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s notion of “compromise,” the Republican failure to acknowledge Reagan’s complete history, Reagan’s Continental Illinois bailout, efforts to “erase” liberalism from [...]…

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William Kennedy (BSS #427)

2011-12-09 :: Edward Champion
Length: 1s

William Kennedy is most recently the author of Changó’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes. For related material, you can read my Modern Library Reading Challenge essay on Ironweed. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Caught in a migratory comedy of errors. Author: William Kennedy Subjects Discussed: Resonances in historical fiction that align with the present day, the William [...]…

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Joyce Carol Oates (BSS #426)

2011-12-07 :: Edward Champion
Length: 36s

Joyce Carol Oates is most recently the author of The Corn Maiden and the editor of New Jersey Noir. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Contending with needless tempers and false heaters. Author: Joyce Carol Oates PROGRAM NOTE: For many years, I had hoped to schedule Joyce Carol Oates on this program. And the opportunity at long [...]…

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Dennis Cooper (BSS #425)

2011-12-06 :: Edward Champion
Length: 28s

Dennis Cooper is most recently the author of The Marbled Swarm. Subjects Discussed: Cannibalism, worming, BDSM, “industriously garbled syntax,” reconciling confusion within literature, being a Francophile, Rimbaud, irritating certain readers, attempts to tame language, Alain Robbe-Grillet, de Sade, Cooper’s efforts to disguise his own voice, violent metaphors as a writing strategy, shock value, listening to [...]…

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Charles Yu (BSS #424)

2011-12-05 :: Edward Champion
Length: 46s

Charles Yu is most recently the author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Saying goodbye before saying hello. Author: Charles Yu Subjects Discussed: Accusations of egomania, Abbott and Costello, the real Charles Yu vs. the fictive Charles Yu, writing a novel in a nonlinear fashion, how time [...]…

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Wayne Koestenbaum (BSS #423)

2011-12-04 :: Edward Champion
Length: 56s

Wayne Koestenbaum is most recently the author of Humiliation. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Fully considering the witnesses. Author: Wayne Koestenbaum Subjects Discussed: Whether a deliberate slander of a surname is a humiliation, the three components of humiliation (victim, abuser, and witness), the differences between recorded humiliation and experiential humiliation, spectacles of martyrdom, preexisting humiliation and [...]…

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Alan Hollinghurst (BSS #422)

2011-11-23 :: Edward Champion
Length: 42s

Alan Hollinghurst appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #422. He is most recently the author of The Stranger’s Child. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Pondering a new career that has nothing to do with literary biography. Author: Alan Hollinghurst Subjects Discussed: Ivy Compton-Burnett, attention to character panoramas in 21st century literature, the appeal of huge gaps [...]…

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Téa Obreht (BSS #421)

2011-11-14 :: Edward Champion
Length: 59s

Téa Obreht is most recently the author of The Tiger’s Wife, winner of the Orange Prize and finalist for the National Book Awards (to be announced on Wednesday: check out Reluctant Habits and the Twitter feed for live coverage from the floor that evening). Condition of Mr. Segundo: Pondering a future in which writers are [...]…

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Lawrence Weschler (BSS #420)

2011-11-11 :: Edward Champion
Length: 45s

Lawrence Weschler is most recently the author of Uncanny Valley. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Feeling 95% himself, wondering why he recoils at his mirror image. Author: Lawrence Weschler Subjects Discussed: Masahiro Mori’s “uncanny valley,” Zeno’s paradox, the difficulties of animating the face, getting past the uncanny valley in our lifetime, Quidditch matches, the human face [...]…

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Diana Abu-Jaber (BSS #419)

2011-11-07 :: Edward Champion
Length: 1s

Diana Abu-Jaber is most recently the author of Birds of Paradise. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Salivating in tandem with his diminishing wallet. Author: Diana Abu-Jaber Subjects Discussed: The dangers of French pastries, Abu-Jaber’s propensity for describing food in lurid terms, growing up with food-obsessed parents, wooing people and readers with food, Abu-Jaber’s former life as [...]…

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Weird Al Yankovic (BSS #418)

2011-11-01 :: Edward Champion
Length: 42s

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 [...]…

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Anne Enright (BSS #417)

2011-10-27 :: Edward Champion
Length: 27s

Anne Enright is most recently the author of The Forgotten Waltz. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Troublesomely willing to sign on the dotted line. Author: Anne Enright Subjects Discussed: Writing a novel as a minute allegory of the Celtic Tiger, Gresham’s law, books with shifting moral alignment, marriage as a financial relationship, punctuation and subordinate clauses [...]…

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Roger Corman (BSS #416)

2011-10-25 :: Edward Champion
Length: 28s

In addition to directing some of the most memorable and entertaining drive-in movies of the 20th century (among many other accomplishments), Roger Corman is most recently the subject of a new documentary called Corman’s World, which is now playing film festivals and is set for release on December 16. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Not of [...]…

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Susan Orlean (BSS #415)

2011-10-13 :: Edward Champion
Length: 37s

Susan Orlean is most recently the author of Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Pondering an alternative timeline with the golden retriever rising as the heroic dog of choice. Author: Susan Orlean Subjects Discussed: Rin Tin Tin references in Finnegans Wake, Rinty’s indefinable charm, Jack London, dogs in World [...]…

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Yannick Murphy III (BSS #414)

2011-10-13 :: Edward Champion
Length: 27s

Yannick Murphy’s most recent novel is The Call. She has previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #158 and The Bat Segundo Show #41. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Terrified of picking up the telephone. Author: Yannick Murphy Subjects Discussed: Chatty people named Ed, imagining the proper format for an illusory veterinary log, husbands who claim [...]…

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Nick Broomfield (BSS #413)

2011-09-30 :: Edward Champion
Length: 35s

Nick Broomfield is most recently the co-director of Sarah Palin: You Betcha. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering if he has gone rogue or rouge. Guest: Nick Broomfield Subjects Discussed: Being attracted to conservative politicians with big hair, Christopher Hitchens’s sexual fantasies about Margaret Thatcher, Frederick Wiseman and Errol Morris, contending with publicists and press agents, [...]…

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Sheila McClear (BSS #412)

2011-09-29 :: Edward Champion
Length: 58s

Sheila McClear is most recently the author of The Last of the Live Nude Girls. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Embracing the diminishing returns of Old New York. Author: Sheila McClear Subjects Discussed: Peter Pan Donuts as a point of meaning in one’s life, Hunter S. Thompson and breakfast, Old New York, staying in New York [...]…

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Mara Hvistendahl (BSS #398)

2011-06-23
Length: 42m 51s

Mara Hvistendahl…

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James Gleick (BSS #397)

2011-06-07
Length: 42m 17s

James Gleick…

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Adam Hochschild (BSS #396)

2011-06-01
Length: 38m 8s

Adam Hochschild…

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Tayari Jones II (BSS #395)

2011-05-24
Length: 33m 15s

Tayari Jones…

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Daniel Clowes (BSS #394)

2011-05-11
Length: 42m 19s

Daniel Clowes…

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Ross Perlin (BSS #393)

2011-05-04
Length: 59m 27s

Ross Perlin…

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Lynne Tillman (BSS #392)

2011-04-28
Length: 36m 57s

Lynne Tillman…

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Jaimy Gordon (BSS #391)

2011-04-20
Length: 54m 11s

Jaimy Gordon…

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Ian Rankin (BSS #390)

2011-04-14
Length: 57m 2s

Ian Rankin…

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Carol Emshwiller & Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts (BSS #389)

2011-04-12
Length: 1h 0m 17s

Carol Emshwiller & Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts…

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Holly Tucker (BSS #388)

2011-04-08
Length: 41m 29s

Holly Tucker…

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Michael Crummey (BSS #387)

2011-03-29
Length: 38m 48s

Michael Crummey…

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Deb Olin Unferth (BSS #386)

2011-03-23
Length: 46m 41s

Deb Olin Unferth…

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TC Boyle IV (BSS #385)

2011-03-16
Length: 45m 25s

TC Boyle IV…

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Insulted by Authors (BSS #384)

2011-03-08
Length: 31m 40s

Bill Ryan…

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Aminatta Forna (BSS #383)

2011-03-01
Length: 42m 17s

Aminatta Forna…

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Adrian Tomine (BSS #382)

2011-02-18
Length: 51m 30s

Adrian Tomine…

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Eduardo Porter (BSS #381)

2011-02-17
Length: 35m 44s

Eduardo Porter…

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Toby Ball (BSS #380)

2011-02-11
Length: 38m 54s

Toby Ball…

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Karen Rusell (BSS #379)

2011-02-04
Length: 36m 30s

Karen Russell…

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Jessie Sholl (BSS #378)

2011-02-01
Length: 32m 53s

Jessie Sholl…

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Gregg Araki (BSS #377)

2011-01-28
Length: 24m 30s

Gregg Araki…

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Misha Angrist (BSS #376)

2011-01-28
Length: 51m 13s

Misha Angrist…

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Paula Bomer (BSS #375)

2011-01-20
Length: 30m 59s

Paula Bomer…

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Elia Suleiman (BSS #374)

2011-01-08
Length: 25m 8s

Elia Suleiman…

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Mike Leigh II (BSS #373)

2010-12-31
Length: 23m 32s

Mike Leigh II…

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Andrew O’Hagan (BSS #372)

2010-12-31
Length: 36m 7s

Andrew O'Hagan…

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Paul Murray, Part Two (BSS #371)

2010-12-23
Length: 38m 13s

Paul Murray, Part Two…

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Paul Murray, Part One (BSS #370)

2010-12-23
Length: 41m 25s

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Paolo Bacigalupi (BSS #369)

2010-12-22
Length: 43m 47s

Paolo Bacigalupi…

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Cynthia Ozick II (BSS #368)

2010-12-13
Length: 56m 22s

Cynthia Ozick II…

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Susan Straight (BSS #367)

2010-12-03
Length: 48m 18s

Susan Straight…

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Isabel Wilkerson (BSS #366)

2010-11-19
Length: 43m 31s

Isabel Wilkerson…

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Tom McCarthy II (BSS #365)

2010-11-19
Length: 40m 52s

Tom McCarthy…

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Paul Harding (BSS #364)

2010-11-08
Length: 46m 42s

Paul Harding…

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Yiyun Li (BSS #363)

2010-10-29
Length: 43m 30s

Yiyun Li…

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David Rakoff II (BSS #362)

2010-10-28
Length: 39m 3s

David Rakoff II…

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Andrew Ervin (BSS #361)

2010-10-28
Length: 41m 12s

Andrew Ervin…

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Neal Pollack II (BSS #360)

2010-10-26
Length: 32m 52s

Neal Pollack II…

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Joe Dante (BSS #359)

2010-10-12
Length: 27m 39s

Joe Dante…

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Matthew Sharpe II (BSS #358)

2010-10-12
Length: 25m 2s

Matthew Sharpe II…

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Scarlett Thomas II (BSS #357)

2010-09-09
Length: 57m 17s

Scarlett Thomas II…

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Mary Robinette Kowal (BSS #356)

2010-09-09
Length: 45m 13s

Mary Robinette Kowal…

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Allegra Goodman (BSS #355)

2010-09-09
Length: 25m 53s

Allegra Goodman…

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Prince of Broadway & Adam Langer II (BSS #354)

2010-09-09
Length: 56m 13s

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Daniele Thompson (BSS #353)

2010-08-27
Length: 29m 48s

Daniele Thompson…

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Gary Shteyngart II (BSS #352)

2010-08-20
Length: 36m 51s

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Vincent Cassel & Rachel Shukert II (BSS #351)

2010-08-12
Length: 48m 0s

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David Mitchell III (BSS #350)

2010-08-11
Length: 13m 6s

David Mitchell III…

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Adam Ross (BSS #349)

2010-08-06
Length: 50m 22s

Adam Ross…

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Ken Russell (BSS #348)

2010-07-30
Length: 32m 6s

Ken Russell…

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Sally Potter (BSS #347)

2010-07-23
Length: 21m 19s

Sally Potter…

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Jennifer Weiner III (BSS #346)

2010-07-21
Length: 36m 36s

Jennifer Weiner III…

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Edie Meidav II (BSS #402)

0000-00-00 :: Edward Champion
Length: 42s

Edie Meidav previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #51 in a tag-team interview with Scott Esposito. She is most recently the author of Lola, California. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Been all around this great big world. Author: Edie Meidav Subjects Disc…

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James Marsh (BSS #401)

0000-00-00 :: Edward Champion
Length: 22s

James Marsh is most recently the director of Project Nim, which opens in theaters on July 8, 2011. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Pondering unethical experiments that might slide by today’s authorities. Guest: James Marsh Subjects Discussed: States of ex…

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Aimee Bender II (BSS #400)

0000-00-00 :: Edward Champion
Length: 38s

Aimee Bender is most recently the author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. She previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #16. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Feeling his inner cake and eating it too. Author: Aimee Bender Subjects Discussed: Fantasy and…

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Janet Reitman (BSS #399)

0000-00-00 :: Edward Champion
Length: 55s

Janet Reitman is most recently the author of Inside Scientology. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Always on the run. Author: Janet Reitman Subjects Discussed: Scientology and cults, the way Scientology works, Orthodox Judaism, Michael Sklar, tax-exempt religions…

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Emma Forrest (BSS #403)

0000-00-00 :: Edward Champion
Length: 27s

Emma Forrest is most recently the author of Your Voice in My Head. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Fearing the arrival of kneeling supplicants. Author: Emma Forrest Subjects Discussed: Occupying the insides of planes, positive mania, Ben Yagoda’s Memoir: …

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Megan Abbott (BSS #404)

0000-00-00 :: Edward Champion
Length: 38s

Megan Abbott is most recently the author of The End of Everything. For more on Megan Abbott, you can read Edward Champion’s essay “Megan Abbott: Literary Criminal” at The Millions, Condition of Mr. Segundo: Pondering unanticipated carnal…

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Miranda July (BSS #405)

0000-00-00 :: Edward Champion
Length: 20s

Miranda July is most recently the writer, director, and star of The Future, which opens in theaters on July 29, 2011. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Seeking further bifurcations between art and commerce. Guest: Miranda July Subjects Discussed: People in their …

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Jesús Ángel García (BSS #406)

0000-00-00 :: Edward Champion
Length: 47s

Jesús Ángel García appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #406. He is most recently the author of badbadbad. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Hoping not to confuse his relationship pursuits with his research ones. Author: Jesús Ángel García Subjects Discussed: W…

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John Banville/Benjamin Black (BSS #407)

0000-00-00 :: Edward Champion
Length: 44s

John Banville is most recently the author of The Infinities. Benjamin Black is most recently the author of A Death in Summer. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Doubting that his alter ego is the work of a craftsman. Author: John Banville (aka Benjamin Black) Subj…

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Dana Spiotta II (BSS #408)

0000-00-00 :: Edward Champion
Length: 45s

Dana Spiotta is most recently the author of Stone Arabia and previously appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #28. This particular conversation was recorded before a packed audience at McNally Jackson on July 20, 2011. My thanks to Michele Filgate and Katie Mo…

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Lauren Beukes (BSS #409)

0000-00-00 :: Edward Champion
Length: 32s

Lauren Beukes is most recently the author of Zoo City. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Avoiding roaming urban animals. Author: Lauren Beukes Subjects Discussed: Jet lags and hangovers, cultural references, I Can Haz Cheeseburger, whether or not books should be …

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Alex Shakar (BSS #410)

0000-00-00 :: Edward Champion
Length: 44s

Alex Shakar is most recently the author of Lumanarium. Condition of Mr. Segundo: In search of a zendo to teach him a few cheap tricks. Author: Alex Shakar Subjects Discussed: Splitting novelists into scientists and mystics, how location and characters tra…

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Alexander Maksik (BSS #411)

0000-00-00 :: Edward Champion
Length: 34s

Alexander Maksik is most recently the author of You Deserve Nothing. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Staring into unreliable news outlets for confirmation of existence. Author: Alexander Maksik Subjects Discussed: Writing an anti-Parisian novel in Paris, experi…

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The Bat Segundo Show & Follow Your Ears

The Bat Segundo Show is a cultural radio program devoted to quirky and very thorough long-form interviews with contemporary authors, idiosyncratic thinkers, and other assorted artists. Guests have included John Waters, John Updike, Stephen Fry, Marilynne Robinson, Karen Russell, David Lynch, Weird Al Yankovic, Robert A. Caro, and more than 500 others. Follow Your Ears is an investigative radio program committed to original inquiry and the pursuit of a specific subject through several angles. A new Follow Your Ears episode is released every month. The remaining weeks are devoted to Bat Segundo. New shows are released every Tuesday.

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