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We talk with Brad Gooch about his acclaimed new biography of Keith Haring, RADIANT: The Life and Line of Keith Haring. Then we listen back to a clip of Gooch talking with us in 2017 about his biography, Rumi’s Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love. Writers Voice— in depth conversation with writers of all genres, on the air since 2004. Find us o…
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We talk with Brad Gooch about his acclaimed new biography of Keith Haring, RADIANT: The Life and Line of Keith Haring. Then we listen back to a clip of Gooch talking with us in 2017 about his biography, Rumi’s Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love. Writers Voice— in depth conversation with writers of all genres, on the air since 2004. Find us o…
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A grandmother’s traumatic history reverberates through three generations… We talk with Tessa Hulls about her powerful graphic memoir, Feeding Ghosts. It tells the story of three generations of women — her Chinese grandmother, Sun Yi; her mother, Rose; and herself —and how, in the process of writing and drawing their stories, she was able to heal th…
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A grandmother’s traumatic history reverberates through three generations… We talk with Tessa Hulls about her powerful graphic memoir, Feeding Ghosts. It tells the story of three generations of women — her Chinese grandmother, Sun Yi; her mother, Rose; and herself —and how, in the process of writing and drawing their stories, she was able to heal th…
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This weeks episode kicks off with Tamara's adventure at IKEA. She was very happy to buy some new lights, but things got off track and she ended up having a few more things jump into her cart. She is still very happy with all of her purchases. Rheannon is concerned about Tamara's choice of movies for a movie marathon. Tamara struggles to talk Rheann…
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This week's episode kicks off with minor tech support. Tamara was thoroughly entertained by a facetime mini Blaire Witch Project. It was like being in the movie only if it was a comedy and your best friend was running through their own house. It is amazing what a shaking camera and a dark interior can accommodate. Last week Tamara was struggling ge…
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Is identity politics keeping us divided? And how can activists build solidarity with others while fighting for their own rights? We talk with activist, educator and organizer Michael Zweig about his book, Class, Race and Gender: Challenging the Injuries and Divisions of Capitalism. Then in honor of Spring, Host Francesca Rheannon reads her story, T…
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Is identity politics keeping us divided? And how can activists build solidarity with others while fighting for their own rights? We talk with activist, educator and organizer Michael Zweig about his book, Class, Race and Gender: Challenging the Injuries and Divisions of Capitalism. Then in honor of Spring, Host Francesca Rheannon reads her story, T…
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This week we talk about two novels that explore connections: between men and women, people and nature, the young and the old. National Book Award finalist Bonnie Jo Campbell tells us about her wonderful new novel, The Waters and translator and novelist Jennifer Croft discusses her acclaimed new novel, The Extinction of Irina Rey. Writers Voice— in …
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This week we talk about two novels that explore connections: between men and women, people and nature, the young and the old. National Book Award finalist Bonnie Jo Campbell tells us about her wonderful new novel, The Waters and translator and novelist Jennifer Croft discusses her acclaimed new novel, The Extinction of Irina Rey. Writers Voice— in …
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In this hilariously uncensored episode of Downhill Fast, Rheannon hilariously claps back at her wife's oddball infatuation with Tom Cruise's Lestat from 1994, sharing her mix of horror and bizarre agreement. Amid the chaos, Tamara weaves through the madness, uncovering the underlying truths and helping Rheannon see her own blend of masculinity and …
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We talk with Rue Matthiessen, daughter of the famed writer Peter Mathiessen about her family memoir, Castles And Ruins: Unraveling, Family Mysteries, And Literary Legacy In The Irish Countryside. Then, Claire Coughlan tells us about her twisty-turny whodunit, Where They Lie. It’s a murder mystery set in 1968 Dublin, where the detective isn’t a poli…
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We talk with Rue Matthiessen, daughter of the famed writer Peter Mathiessen about her family memoir, Castles And Ruins: Unraveling, Family Mysteries, And Literary Legacy In The Irish Countryside. Then, Claire Coughlan tells us about her twisty-turny whodunit, Where They Lie. It’s a murder mystery set in 1968 Dublin, where the detective isn’t a poli…
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We talk with Amitav Ghosh about his masterful history of the opium trade, Smoke and Ashes: Opium’s Hidden Histories. Then, Manjula Martin tells us about her personal and “pyro-natural” history of California wildfires — the ones she lived through in 2020 and the ones Indigenous people lived with before white settlers moved in and took their land. He…
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We talk with Amitav Ghosh about his masterful history of the opium trade, Smoke and Ashes: Opium’s Hidden Histories. Then, Manjula Martin tells us about her personal and “pyro-natural” history of California wildfires — the ones she lived through in 2020 and the ones Indigenous people lived with before white settlers moved in and took their land. He…
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We talk with Charles Derber about the book he co-wrote with Suren Moodliar, Dying For Capitalism, How Big Money Fuels Extinction And What We Can Do About It. Then we talk with Andy Lee Roth about Project Censored’s yearbook, State of the Free Press 2024: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2022–23. And finally, we read a poem from Mosab …
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We talk with Charles Derber about the book he co-wrote with Suren Moodliar, Dying For Capitalism, How Big Money Fuels Extinction And What We Can Do About It. Then we talk with Andy Lee Roth about Project Censored’s yearbook, State of the Free Press 2024: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2022–23. And finally, we read a poem from Mosab …
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"🎙️💣 'Downhill Fast' goes wild! 💣🎙️ Rheannon's MIA, so Theresa & Tamara wreak havoc with cheeky challenges and a space odyssey in 'Project Hail Mary.' 🚀 Plus, Theresa confesses her crush on Tom Cruise a la Vampire - swoon-worthy hair included! 🧛‍♂️✨ Missing this episode? You'd miss more laughs and thrills than your heart can handle. 🔥 #TandTDynamit…
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We talk with Les Leopold of the Labor Institute about his groundbreaking study of the political cost of mass layoffs. His book is Wall Street’s War on Workers: How Mass Layoffs and Greed Are Destroying the Working Class and What to Do About It. Then we re-air a clip from our 2013 interview with Les Leopold about his book, How To Make A Million Doll…
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We talk with Les Leopold of the Labor Institute about his groundbreaking study of the political cost of mass layoffs. His book is Wall Street’s War on Workers: How Mass Layoffs and Greed Are Destroying the Working Class and What to Do About It. Then we re-air a clip from our 2013 interview with Les Leopold about his book, How To Make A Million Doll…
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In this riot of an episode, Tamara dives headfirst (and wrist-first, unfortunately) into the saga of her latest athletic misadventure. Picture this: a tale of bravery, folly, and a wrist that's seen better days. Rheannon, ever the sage, swoops in with remedies that sound more like ancient witchcraft than actual medical advice. Tamara, in her infini…
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The Rundown We talk with Michael Wolraich about his book, The Bishop And The Butterfly: Murder, Politics, And The End Of The Jazz Age. Then, we re-air part of our conversation with Paul Kix about You Have To Be Prepared To Die Before You Can Begin To Live: Ten Weeks In Birmingham That Changed America. And we read a poem by Palestinian poet Mosab Ab…
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The Rundown We talk with Michael Wolraich about his book, The Bishop And The Butterfly: Murder, Politics, And The End Of The Jazz Age. Then, we re-air part of our conversation with Paul Kix about You Have To Be Prepared To Die Before You Can Begin To Live: Ten Weeks In Birmingham That Changed America. And we read a poem by Palestinian poet Mosab Ab…
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We talk with Elizabeth Flock about her book, The Furies. It follows three remarkable women — in the US, in India and in Syria — who took justice into their own hands to defend themselves, other women and their communities against abuse. Then, environmental journalist Stephen Robert Miller tells us about his book, Over The Seawall: Tsunamis, Cyclone…
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We talk with Elizabeth Flock about her book, The Furies. It follows three remarkable women — in the US, in India and in Syria — who took justice into their own hands to defend themselves, other women and their communities against abuse. Then, environmental journalist Stephen Robert Miller tells us about his book, Over The Seawall: Tsunamis, Cyclone…
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Hold onto your W2s and 1040s, folks! Downhill Fast is back with another episode that'll have you laughing harder than trying to understand the Federal Tax Codes. In this week's episode of chaos, Tamara spills the beans on her potential new flame – will sparks fly or will she just be swiping left? Rheannon, our trusty wing woman, reveals her unique …
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Mind & Liberation: Unveiling Frantz Fanon’s Revolutionary Psychiatry and Post-Colonial Vision. Also, a Cherokee murder mystery. We talk with Adam Shatz about his acclaimed biography, The Rebel’s Clinic: The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon. Then, a Cherokee murder mystery based on two very real crises affecting Indigenous communities: missing an…
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Mind & Liberation: Unveiling Frantz Fanon’s Revolutionary Psychiatry and Post-Colonial Vision. Also, a Cherokee murder mystery. We talk with Adam Shatz about his acclaimed biography, The Rebel’s Clinic: The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon. Then, a Cherokee murder mystery based on two very real crises affecting Indigenous communities: missing an…
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Get ready to buckle up for a rollercoaster of laughs in the latest episode of Downhill Fast Pod, where our editor's pursuit of a master's degree takes "fashionably late" to a whole new level. Episode 7 dives into Rheannon's wild encounter with Idahoans in parking lots—spoiler alert: her wife's freedom remains intact. Tamara drops some hilarious wis…
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We talk with world-renowned climate scientist Michael Mann about climate, past, present and future. His book is Our Fragile Moment: How Lessons from Earth’s Past Can Help Us Survive the Climate Crisis. The world is largely past climate denialism (except for the Republican Party and its fascist leader Donald Trump.) But what has replaced it is clima…
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We talk with world-renowned climate scientist Michael Mann about climate, past, present and future. His book is Our Fragile Moment: How Lessons from Earth’s Past Can Help Us Survive the Climate Crisis. The world is largely past climate denialism (except for the Republican Party and its fascist leader Donald Trump.) But what has replaced it … Contin…
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We talk with authors Douglas Preston and Emma Donoghue about a collaborative novel whose characters — and their stories — are each written by a different, major literary voice: Fourteen Days: An Unauthorized Gathering. Then, we remember Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday by airing some of our conversation with Jonathan Eig, about his biography, King:…
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We talk with authors Douglas Preston and Emma Donoghue about a collaborative novel whose characters — and their stories — are each written by a different, major literary voice: Fourteen Days: An Unauthorized Gathering. Then, we remember Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday by airing some of our conversation with Jonathan Eig, about his biography, King:…
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This week’s episode kicks off with Tamara opening her present of a harmonic. She does try a couple of notes, but is excited to learn more. Rheannon did some research to try and set Tamara up for success. Tamara is shocked to learn Rheannon played not one but three instruments growing up. Rheannon shares that the family fought a stomach bug and lost…
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We talk with Cory Doctorow about his new novel The Lost Cause, “a solarpunk science fiction novel of hope amidst the climate emergency.” It imagines an America where another better world is possible, while confronting the evils of today. Writers Voice— in depth conversation with writers of all genres, on the air since 2004. Find … Continue reading …
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We talk with Cory Doctorow about his new novel The Lost Cause, “a solarpunk science fiction novel of hope amidst the climate emergency.” It imagines an America where another better world is possible, while confronting the evils of today. Writers Voice— in depth conversation with writers of all genres, on the air since 2004. Find us on Facebook at W…
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We explore the people of North Sentinel Island, who are thought to be the last un-contacted tribe on Earth. Our guest is historian, essayist, and author Adam Goodheart and his book is The Last Island: Discovery, Defiance, and the Most Elusive Tribe on Earth. Read The Interview Transcript Then, we talk with author, gardener and … Continue reading Ad…
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We explore the people of North Sentinel Island, who are thought to be the last un-contacted tribe on Earth. Our guest is historian, essayist, and author Adam Goodheart and his book is The Last Island: Discovery, Defiance, and the Most Elusive Tribe on Earth. Read The Interview Transcript Then, we talk with author, gardener and radio host Jennifer J…
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In this hilariously belated episode of Downhill Fast Season 8, the hosts finally roll out the podcast after recovering from a Christmas-induced time warp. Rheannon's facing a hydration crisis, rejecting the mere notion of plain water like it's a villain in a superhero movie. Meanwhile, Tamara's living her best life in a cabin by the water, blissful…
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Turtles are jaw-droppingly amazing. Some can run faster than a 10-year-old; some can climb trees; others have shells that glow in the dark. We talk with The Soul of An Octopus author Sy Montgomery and illustrator Matthew Patterson about this and more amazing things about turtles. Their acclaimed book is Of Time And Turtles: Mending … Continue readi…
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Turtles are jaw-droppingly amazing. Some can run faster than a 10-year-old; some can climb trees; others have shells that glow in the dark. We talk with The Soul of An Octopus author Sy Montgomery and illustrator Matthew Patterson about this and more amazing things about turtles. Their acclaimed book is Of Time And Turtles: Mending the World, Shell…
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Antisemitism and conspiracy theories. Also, how to protect wildlife by protecting people. First, we talk with Mike Rothschild about his book: Jewish Space Lasers: The Rothschilds and 200 Years of Conspiracy Theories. It’s about the persistence of rightwing antisemitism and its link to conspiracy theories. Then, scientist Adam Hart tells us about ho…
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Antisemitism and conspiracy theories. Also, how to protect wildlife by protecting people. First, we talk with Mike Rothschild about his book: Jewish Space Lasers: The Rothschilds and 200 Years of Conspiracy Theories. It’s about the persistence of rightwing antisemitism and its link to conspiracy theories. Then, scientist Adam Hart tells us about ho…
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Get ready for a rollercoaster of laughs on this week's episode of Downhill Fast! Tamara kicks things off by accusing herself of unintentionally adopting a Christmas ornament orphan several years ago. The twist? She can't remember who it originally belonged to! The big question looms: should she keep it or embark on a quest to return it after all th…
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We talk with labor educator and activist Steve Babson. His book is The Forgotten Populists: When Farmers Turned Left to Save Democracy. Then, Heather Has Two Mommies author Lesléa Newman tell us about the enduring legacy of Matthew Shepard. Her new book is Always Matt: A Tribute to Matthew Shepard. Writer’s Voice — in depth … Continue reading Steve…
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We talk with labor educator and activist Steve Babson. His book is The Forgotten Populists: When Farmers Turned Left to Save Democracy. Then, Heather Has Two Mommies author Lesléa Newman tell us about the enduring legacy of Matthew Shepard. Her new book is Always Matt: A Tribute to Matthew Shepard. Writer’s Voice — in depth conversation with writer…
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Welcome to Downhill Fast, the podcast where chaos is our co-host, and sanity is just a distant memory. In Season 8, Episode 3, Tamara graces us with her fashionably late presence because punctuality is overrated, and tardiness is an art form she has perfected. Meanwhile, Rheannon, the beanie bandit, swipes a hat from the kitchen counter faster than…
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What happened when a poor African-American community went up against the biggest meatpacking company in the world? We spend the hour with Corban Addison talking about his spell-binding legal thriller, WASTELANDS: The True Story of Farm Country on Trial. Writers Voice— in depth conversation with writers of all genres, on the air since 2004. Find us …
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What happened when a poor African-American community went up against the biggest meatpacking company in the world? We spend the hour with Corban Addison talking about his spell-binding legal thriller, WASTELANDS: The True Story of Farm Country on Trial. Writers Voice— in depth conversation with writers of all genres, on the air since 2004. Find … C…
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This week's rollercoaster ride through culinary catastrophes and festive fiascos starts with Tamara unleashing a symphony of flavors from a dinner rendezvous with a past podcast guest. Brace yourselves as she spills the beans on her Christmas tree misadventure in a mega-store that left her wallet gasping for breath. Meanwhile, Rheannon shares the e…
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