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Each Vital Minds episode will feature a conversation between host James Millward, an early career PA, and a guest expert on a topic of relevance to the PA and healthcare provider audience, ranging from mental health to obesity to pain management and many more. The series will explore nuances of the featured topic and provide solid tips and information PAs can put into practice to benefit patients. Vital Minds is a podcast of the PA Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that promotes ...
 
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What drives a man to murder another due to the hideousness of one physical attribute? Is it madness or pure evil? Can it be both? Will the guilt caused by the deed lead the murderer to confession or only sink him deeper into insanity? This week, we're diving into Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart, but first, we discuss the real-life murders whi…
 
Let's start this week with the theme TRAVEL THE BOOK: SINGAPORE STYLE. We'll virtually visit two main attractions before quickly understanding why Singapore is one of the most visited cities in the world. Then, on to our book... The brilliant and beautiful Rachel Chu is shocked to find that the man she's been seeing for two years is wealthier than …
 
As a great poet once said, "You believe in things that you don't understand — superstition ain't the way." Today, we're discussing the harmful effects of superstitious thinking and group thought. We'll be honest. Kari led this discussion, and it's kind of all over the place. Then, on to our book... A local philanthropic gentleman is slashed to deat…
 
Momma's baby, the preacher's maybe. A puritan community is rocked by a scandal involving a married woman found unfaithful to her husband. Instead of condemning her to death, they mercifully allow her to be branded for her crime with a scarlet "A." The red letter announces her as unclean, the fallen one, the adulteress. As the years pass, however, t…
 
What would you do if one of the people you admired most was accused of murder? Faced with this question, one teen decides to uncover the secrets her hometown’s been hiding for the last five years. She soon realizes that nearly everyone she knows is a suspect. What’s more, someone wants her quiet, and someone wants her dead. You're listening to LIT …
 
Vital Minds is a podcast of the PA Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that promotes better health and wellness by providing PAs and PA students with philanthropic opportunities and resources. Each Vital Minds episode features a conversation between host James Millward, an early career PA, and a guest expert on a topic of relevance to the…
 
We're taking off this week! Enjoy this oldie but goodie... Comprised entirely of dialogue, this is the first-hand account of one band's meteoric rise to fame in the 1970s. It openly relates the few triumphs and many failures, that took them from the top to the bottom and everywhere in between. More importantly, this story is about the destructive a…
 
"Does the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?" We begin this week's discussion with our Theme of the Week: The Butterfly Effect. How much does today affect our future? There's a theory that we'll do our best to break down. Then, on to our book... From halfway around the world, an Egyptian archeologist is desperate to u…
 
A silent killer lives among us and is everywhere. I've met him. So have you. So has everyone you know. Still, we prefer to pretend he doesn't exist. Hello, Loneliness, my old friend. This is your story. SEEK YOU brings to light the shameful parts of the human experience, namely our relatable need to touch, converse with, and receive recognition fro…
 
It's the first Thursday of the month, and you know what that means The Importance of Being Ernest (Video Podcast) — a wild card episode. Or, should we say "Wilde" card, because this week we're reviewing The Importance of Being Earnest, the first play of our series on theatrical works. As official as that sounds, you should know that this episode is…
 
Remember "The Bubble Boy," the episode of Seinfield from season four? In it, George is taunted by a cantankerous boy who must spend life inside a protective shield because of his disease. It's funny. However, the actual disease is not. Alexis takes away one of our remaining joys in life by sharing the story of the real "Bubble Boy." Then, on to our…
 
A family is devastated by information that their mother, long dead, is helping people live longer, happier lives all around the world. How can this be? Rumors spread that scientists have cloned the matriarch and that the woman they love now has duplicates of herself around Europe. Still, another suspicion is that she's been shot into space, stuffed…
 
Before diving into this week's book, we'll talk about the medical industry's not-so-secret (and not-so-distant) questionable past in our theme of the week: Medical Murders. Then, on to our book... Decades ago, while listening to her body's suggestion that something was wrong, a young wife and mother of five trusted the only healthcare facility in t…
 
After weeks of reading copious news articles, we still don't know if Caresha and Diddy are dating. Why is it so difficult to harvest "the news" from The News nowadays? Also, when did our news sources get so sensational? These ponderings lead us to this week's theme: How to Avoid Misleading Information in the News and Social Media. Alexis walks us t…
 
Vital Minds is a podcast of the PA Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that promotes better health and wellness by providing PAs and PA students with philanthropic opportunities and resources. Each Vital Minds episode features a conversation between host James Millward, an early career PA, and a guest expert on a topic of relevance to the…
 
This week we're taking it back to our very first episode, featuring a book that's drowning in controversy. As a kid, did you ever fantasize about running away from home? Ever dream about escaping to a place where no one could tell you what to do? Imagine for a moment that your fantasy came true but in reverse. Your parents ran away from home, leavi…
 
In the quiet village of St. Mary Mead, in the peaceful English countryside, the unthinkable happens — a murder. What is more, this is not just any murder. The dead man is found in the local's clergyman's office, blood on the desk and a note in his atrophying hand. Did the clergyman bring an end to the life of a man he envied? Or was it one of the m…
 
This week we're talking jewelry heists. Which notorious thieves were caught by police, and which got away? Alexis has the answers. Then, it's on to our book. Orphaned in high school, Ray Carney worked his way through college and now owns his own furniture store in 1960s Harlem. He's a family man living the American dream, but some dreams are no dif…
 
It is the first week of June, and you know what that means. We're back with another WILD CARD episode. Instead of dissecting a book, we're discussing Kenneth Branagh's Death On the Nile, a film released in cinemas and streaming this year. We saw this film in theaters and at home, and we've got a LOT to say. Watch the flick before listening to see i…
 
Convenience Store Woman is the deadpan tale of one woman's happy life in a simple occupation before conformity-obsessed friends, family members, and strangers pressure her into confusion and despair. Will she find her way back, or will she end up like a sandcastle, washed away by the current of conventionality? As Beyoncé said, "This is for the 30-…
 
America's first Black-American established towns are our theme this week, inspired by the author's hometown in the state of Florida. How did these towns form, and what's the story behind them? Alexis has the details. Then, it's on to our book... This Harlem Renaissance classic is the story of a woman too beautiful to be trusted and too innocent to …
 
Vital Minds is a podcast of the PA Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that promotes better health and wellness by providing PAs and PA students with philanthropic opportunities and resources. Each Vital Minds episode features a conversation between host James Millward, an early career PA, and a guest expert on a topic of relevance to the…
 
No matter who you are, you're sure to relate to this week's theme: How Our Ancestors Effect Who Are Today. In a real, measurable way, the family members who came before us affect who we are and how we live. We'll chat about how this has proven true in our own lives. Then, on to our book... Following the story of two sisters and the generations they…
 
This week's is a wild card episode. We're discussing song lyrics and our favorite musical storytellers. We've also got a game — because you all love to put Alexis on the spot (and Kari is more than happy to oblige). Joining us this week is acclaimed author Dawnie Walton. A seasoned publication editor turned novelist - Walton has worked for Essence …
 
This week's episode is OUT OF THIS WORLD! First, we'll start with all the petty details of how NASA originated. It's like when that juice box bar opened in Chicago; Everyone went once for the IG pic and then never again. It's like that. By the way, did you know that only 12 men have walked on the moon? Unrelated fact, but true. Then it's on to our …
 
It's National Poetry Month, and we've got a special episode to celebrate this brilliantly unique form of literature. Whether or not you're a fan of poetic prose, we guarantee there's something for you. First, we're taking it back to AP English with a breakdown of poetic rhythm, including Shakespeare's fav iambic pentameter, in this week's theme, Ho…
 
America's Most Wanted was a television show launched by a man who knew what it meant to lose a child forever, in the blink of an eye, to the hands of a monster. He took his pain and helped others find their missing children before it was too late. Today, we discuss how that man, Jon Walsh, lost his son and what we all can do to be a little safer in…
 
We're taking a well-deserved break this week, but here's a favorite episode from our past! What is love? Baby, don't hurt me. Alicia Berenson is a beautiful, brilliant painter married to one of the best-looking fashion photographers in the world. Her life is seemingly perfect, so it is so unbelievable that she'd shoot her husband five times in the …
 
Iconic American poet, activist, playwright, and holder of numerous awards and 50 honorary degrees, Maya Angelou, was a giant among humans- but like all giants, she started small before learning to grow. This, the first of her famous autobiographies, tells of her modest start and the beginning of her meteoric rise. The lesson — no matter what we've …
 
What would you do if one of the people you admired most was accused of murder? Faced with this question, one teen decides to uncover the secrets her hometown’s been hiding for the last five years. She soon realizes that nearly everyone she knows is a suspect. What’s more, someone wants her quiet, and someone wants her dead. And You're listening to …
 
Pack your bags! We're touring Egypt and the Nile River, courtesy of Alexis! This week's theme paints a picture so vivid you'll feel as if you're there with the pyramids. Enjoy! Then, it's time for our book: Suffering through his retirement, a world-renowned detective stumbles upon a glamorous young heiress and her new husband. Quickly, he discovers…
 
An indomitable enemy, it holds you captive in your body as it eats away at your mind. Until it stops your mind and your heart, it is relentless. It abducts those you love the most, leaving you alone until even the person in the mirror becomes a stranger. That enemy is Alzheimer's Disease, and one brilliant woman is blind-sighted when having to face…
 
Alexis sits down for an intimate chat with renowned author Lisa Genova after our discussion of her book, Still Alice. You can find more about Genova and her work here: https://www.lisagenova.com/ __________ Find Alexis and Kari online: Instagram — www.instagram.com/litsocietypod/; Twitter — twitter.com/litsocietypod; Facebook — www.facebook.com/Lit…
 
👩🏾‍🏫 🧑🏾‍🏫 Our Independent Bookstore of the Month: Café con Libros 724 Prospect Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11216 https://www.cafeconlibrosbk.com/ _________________________________________ It’s the first episode of the month, and you know what that means – A WILD CARD EPISODE! We’re discussing memories, and how to remember what matters. This is the first wild …
 
🕵🏽‍♀️ Who do you love? Who deserves your loyalty? And are the two one and the same? One young, brilliant, beautiful FBI officer is tasked with betraying her heart in devotion to her country. Her mission will take her from the high rises of New York to the roads of West Africa to the island of her motherland. Will she have what it takes when the tim…
 
What do you know about arranged marriages? If you've ever watched The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Married at First Sight, Love is Blind, or a million other reality shows, you may know more than you think. This week, we're discussing arranged hitching and clearing up a few misconceptions about the practice. Then, it's on to our book: The search for …
 
🦀 This week, we discuss crabs and who's got them. No, this isn't a new celebrity gossip segment. We're talking crabs in a bucket syndrome, a.k.a. crabs in a barrel syndrome, a.k.a. crab mentality, a.k.a. tall poppy syndrome. These monikers all describe a phenomenon where people (usually peers, family, or close associates) try to hold back, criticiz…
 
👩🏾‍🏫 🧑🏾‍🏫 Our Independent Bookstore of the Month: Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery 1714 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 https://www.semicolonchi.com/ _________________________________________ 🗣 Season three of LIT Society is here, and we’re proud to sit down for a chat with the gorgeous Jo Franco of Netflix’s hit travel series The World’s Most Amazin…
 
The premiere of season three is around the corner! A brand new episode is coming next week, Thursday, February 3rd. 'Til then, here's another favorite episode from our past! Before we get into this week's book, we discuss forgiveness. Can you imagine? What does it take to forgive someone, and how do you know you've genuinely forgiven a person in yo…
 
Have you heard? We got cooties and so season three of our show will now start Thursday, February 3rd. So, here's another favorite episode from our past! Have you ever had to cut someone out of your life? No phone calls, texts, and your friends know not to invite both of you to the same event? This week, our theme, How to Cut Someone Out of Your Lif…
 
Yo. It's crazy because season three of our show was supposed to begin Thursday, January 13th, but we're both super sick thanks to Apryl Jones' ex. Season three will now start Thursday, February 3rd. So, here's another favorite episode from our past! This week's theme, How to Survive a Crisis, is inspired by the first comic book we ever featured, an…
 
That's right. We're still on vacation! But we'd never leave you without a dope book to ...um... discuss. So, here's another favorite episode from our past! Remember, we return with a NEW episode on January 13th, 2022, the start of our THIRD SEASON. 'Til then, we're ecstatic to share with you the shows still living rent-free in our heads. Hyde yo' k…
 
Hey, y'all! This is Kari. Alexis and I are still enjoying a much-deserved vacation. So, here's another favorite episode from our past! Remember, we return with a NEW episode on January 13th, 2022, the start of our THIRD SEASON. 'Til then, we're ecstatic to share with you the shows still living rent-free in our heads. Is fear the hairline to your in…
 
We're throwing it back again this Thursday, with another favorite episode from our past! Remember, we return with a NEW episode on January 13th, 2022, the start of our THIRD SEASON. 'Til then, we're ecstatic to share with you the shows still living rent-free in our heads. And now for the crass: The life of the sometimes-brilliant Ignatius J. Reilly…
 
This Thursday, we're getting ReLIT with another throwback to one of our favorite shows from season one! The topic of our opening discussion is "How to Deal with Hostile People." LISTEN UP! We're sharing the tools we all need for putting up with other people's (adult) children. Then, it's on to our book: The first published science fiction novel wri…
 
This Thursday, we're getting reLIT with a throwback to one of our favorite shows from season one! Such a Fun Age is a story contrasting who we are as individuals against the role society has cast us to play. It follows Emira Tucker, a black 25-year-old who feels she's failing at adult life, and her white 30-something boss Alix who teeters around he…
 
🗣Hear ye, hear ye! We are geeks and not afraid to show it. Fortunately, we have found a community of fellow book-loving weirdos in you, and for that, we're grateful. Today, we bring you the weirdest thing we do – dramatic readings of our favorite passages from our favorite (and least favorite) books. We've taken sections from past shows and stuffed…
 
Some are good, some are great, and others are an abomination. We're talking books; specifically, we are discussing the books we loved (and hated) most from season two. If you're new to our podcast or a long-time listener, this is an excellent episode to find the books and discussion we enjoyed the most. Which of these recommended reads are you brin…
 
We talked about Passing by Nella Larsen three episodes ago. That book made an impact on our minds, and we won't soon forget the story of Clare and Irene. Fortunately for all of us, Netflix recently released a movie adaptation of that book, and we need to talk about it. Oooo chile, this movie! The setting is Harlen in the 1920s. One Black woman, who…
 
IT'S THE SEASON FINALE! Can y'all believe we've been reading books with you for TWO YEARS?! We're so grateful to you listeners who support our show and keep up with us on Instagram and Twitter. To close out the second season, Alexis has created a game you're sure to love: Is it a Song or a Movie? Guess correctly for a chance to win a virtual, nontr…
 
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