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Read Learn Live is your book club discussion - times ten. Join host Jon Menaster as he takes a deep dive with an author and a book they've written to learn about their writing process, the how and the why of the book itself, and tries to learn some lessons about life along the way. Learn about your world from a new perspective. Find new books to read. Or just listen and laugh.
 
Every Tongue Got to Confess Podcast (ETGTCP) is hosted and co-produced by Dr. Julian Chambliss, Professor of English and Core Faculty in the Consortium for Critical Diversity in a Digital Age Research (CEDAR) at Michigan State University. This podcast seeks to document the ideology and activism central to the mission of the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities.
 
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Forty years ago in Egypt, the mystic and inventor Al-Jahiz pierced the veil between realms, sending magic into the world before vanishing into the unknown. Think steampunk meets history meets detective novel meets magic! Now in 1912 Cairo, humans brush elbows with djinn in crowded tramcars and airships sail the skies. In this new world the Egyptian…
 
Tea saunas, detective mysteries, and magical Cairo, oh my! Shaun Duke and Brandon O’Brien join forces for an incredible interview with the incredible P. Djèlí Clark! Together, they discuss A Master of Djinn, the wonders of historical research, addressing transnational racism, making Cairo full of magic, wonder, and complexity, and challenging genre…
 
Welcome to episode 12 of Season 12 of The Coode Street Podcast. This week Jonathan and Gary are joined by the remarkable Zen Cho, whose new novel Black Water Sister will be followed later this summer by an expanded version of her Crawford Award-winning collection Spirits Abroad from Small Beer Press. We touch upon issues of Malaysian identity both …
 
Mortars, marabouts, and colonialist briefcases, oh my! Shaun Duke and Brandon O’Brien take At the Movies in a truly new direction as they explore Ousmane Sembène’s Xala! Together, Shaun and Brandon explore the history of one of the earliest and significant works of African SF/F cinema, from its themes of family, pride, and greed to its exploration …
 
Welcome to episode 11 of Season 12 of The Coode Street Podcast. This week Jonathan and Gary are joined by Daryl Gregory, whose new novella The Album of Dr. Moreau is an improbable but delightful mashup of H.G. Wells, boy bands, Las Vegas, and locked-room murder mysteries. We discuss the challenges of attempting so much at novella length, the import…
 
Bad language, human hand bras, and space lesbians, oh my! Shaun Duke, Alex Acks, and Becca Evans join forces to discuss John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars (2001)! Together, they try to make sense of the bizarre plot, the worldbuilding, why Jason Statham is just so darn handsome, why Martian ghost monsters love saw blades, and some pressing questions a…
 
The future continues to unfold. Swords continue to sing. Prophets continue to roam the land. The past continues to collapse. The present continues to be unintelligible. It's Book of the New Sun - Episode 1!This time around, Langdon and Eden tackle the first volume of Book of the New Sun - The Shadow of the Torturer. Miracles! Resurrections! How may…
 
At last! The fated prophecy has been completed and the first episode of the Book of the New Sun arrives! Spaceships fly to the forested moon! Swords are wielded in the dark! Time bends like so many swallows in the last light of the day! Lots of confusing shit is soon to happen so Langdon and Eden do some setup for the next few episodes, diving into…
 
Highschool shenanigans, friends inside satellites, and secret identities, oh my! Righteous Kicks is back! Brandon O’Brien and Iori Kusano put on their spandex bodysuits and head to even more abandoned quarries to kick evildoers until they explode in their continuation of Kamen Rider Fourze (Ep. 17-32)! Together, they talk about the show’s progressi…
 
Welcome to episode 10 of Season 12 of The Coode Street Podcast. This week Jonathan and Gary have a delightful conversation with Nghi Vo, whose The Empress of Salt and Fortune won this year’s Crawford Award and is a Hugo finalist, and whose debut novel The Chosen and the Beautiful, a fantastical revisioning of The Great Gatsby with a queer, Asian Jo…
 
From PA to LA isn’t like anything you’ve read before. Expect this book to cut deeper than your traditional tell-all. Built around a detailed, inside look at the Pitt and USC football programs, it is at heart a story about a small town kid from Pennsylvania who uses sports, travel and adventure as a way to develop his own winning philosophy of life.…
 
Twisted quotas, questionable empires, and ancient mysteries, oh my! Shaun Duke is joined by special guest Brent Lambert for a neck deep discussion of Acacia by David Anthony Durham! Together, they discuss the influence of the book on Brent’s life, the role of ancestry and legacy in empire, Durham’s treatment of trauma and the fantasy genre, and so …
 
Strange eggs, suspicious mannequins, traumatic youth, oh my! Shaun Duke, Brandon O’Brien, and Iori Kusano join forces with Soup to discuss the controversial anime series, Wonder Egg Priority! Together, they discuss what the show was trying to do, how it went off the rails, what it’s like for an anime studio to run into production problems, and the …
 
Welcome to episode 9 of Season 12 of The Coode Street Podcast. This week Jonathan and Gary are joined by Nebula and Philip K. Dick award-winning author and musician Sarah Pinsker, whose new novel We Are Satellites is out this week. We touch upon the actual science of brain implants which served as background research for the novel, her reasons for …
 
Traumatic Americans, Blip politics, and vibranium wings, oh my! Shaun Duke and Brandon O’Brien team-up like a Marvel comic book crossover event for a discussion of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier! They’re joined by Allie Bustion and Faiq Lodhi. Together, this crew of Avengers tackle the show’s treatment of race and trauma, what it means to wear t…
 
Welcome to episode 8 of Season 12 of The Coode Street Podcast. This time out, Jonathan and Gary are joined by P. Djèlí Clark, whose novella Ring Shout has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards this year and whose first novel, A Master of Djinn, appears this month. We touch upon themes of colonialism and racism, why he decided to set…
 
Lesbian vampires, Ottawa, and bad wigs, oh my! Shaun Duke and Paul Weimer bring on special guest and friend of the show Tonia Ransom for a truly special edition of Torture Cinema! Together, they discuss 2001’s totally absurd parody film, Jesus Christ, Vampire Hunter. Just what makes this movie tick? Why are there so many militant atheists? Where do…
 
On a blazing steed of heat and light, Death // Sentence arrives once again. This time around, Langdon and Eden navigate the post-modern labyrinth that is the Suez Canal stoppage, unravelling the blood-ritual at its core. Then, they discuss "Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space" by Keller Easterling, a mind-boggling, expansive analysis…
 
Welcome to episode 7 of Season 12 of The Coode Street Podcast. This week Jonathan and Gary return to form with a classic ramble through a jumble of topics ranging from the postponement of this year’s Swancon in Perth (and a bit of trivia about an American Swanncon from decades ago); the possible effects of the missing convention years on the SFF fi…
 
Electric whips, cruel spirits, and acid lakes, oh my! Shaun Duke and Alex Acks return for the second part of our first “a book and its adaptation” pairing. This time, they discuss Brown Girl Begins, a prequel adaptation of Brown Girl in the Ring, which we covered in episode 420! Together, they cover the film’s approach to adapting the novel, the sc…
 
Welcome to episode 6 of Season 12 of The Coode Street Podcast. This week Jonathan and Gary are joined by the delightful Nebula and Aurora winning author Kelly Robson, whose first collection Alias Space and Other Stories has just been published by Subterranean Press. Kelly discusses life during lockdown in Toronto, the joys of becoming a widely admi…
 
After recovering from falling out of two buildings consecutively, Langdon finally posts the newest episode. In it, Eden and Langdon tackle NFTs, the new psychopoison of the capitalist age, then tackle the psychedelic mindwarp SF/F novel LIGHT by M. John Harrison. FEATURED MUSIC: Steel Bearing Hand - "Command of the Infernal Exarch", Seputus - "The …
 
Invisible men, sexy moss, and gymnastics, oh my! Shaun Duke and Alex Acks join forces for the first ever A Book and Its Adaptation pairing. April 2021’s selection includes Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring and the prequel adaptation, Brown Girl Begins (2017; dir. Sharon Lewis)! In this episode, Shaun and Alex discuss Hopkinson’s novel, diving…
 
Invisible men, sexy moss, and gymnastics, oh my! Shaun Duke and Trish Matson take a page out of the 60s to discuss Samuel R. Delany’s Captives of the Flame! Together, they discuss Delany’s approach to plotting, the novel’s themes of the other and war, the strange ending, and so much more! Thanks for listening. We hope you enjoy the episode! Show No…
 
Welcome to episode 5 of Season 12 of The Coode Street Podcast. After three weeks of unexcused absences, Jonathan and Gary return, just as the world starts re-emerging with the announcement that the Montreal World Fantasy Convention, at least at present, expects to host an in-person event in early November. That led us to return to our occasional di…
 
A vibrant history of the modern conservation movement―told through the lives and ideas of the people who built it. In the late nineteenth century, as humans came to realize that our rapidly industrializing and globalizing societies were driving other animal species to extinction, a movement to protect and conserve them was born. In Beloved Beasts, …
 
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