Mario Vargas Lllosa on culture and democracy

The Storyteller

An Interview with Mario Vargas Llosa

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The Nobel Prize-winning novelist spoke with us about how the erosion of culture means the erosion of political liberty.

  Brian Jay Jones on Dr. Seuss and kids of all ages

Pure Nonsense

An Interview with Brian Jay Jones

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What made Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss? His biographer Brian Jay Jones explains how hard work, creativity, and respect for kids changed Ted Geisel into an icon.

  Harold bloom featuredHarold Bloom and John Currin on Othello and Iago

Green-Eyed Monster

An Interview with Harold Bloom

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America's most eminent literary critic explains Iago, Othello, and the nature of their tragedy.

Elliot Ackerman on Waiting for Eden

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For this week's podcast, we spoke with the National Book Award finalist about his new novel, war, marriage, and everything in between.

Middle of the Journey

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The Divine Comedy changed the course of culture. Bestselling author of The Dante Chamber Matthew Pearl explains why.

  Nathaniel Philbrick on Moby-Dick and Herman Melville

Deep Waters

An Interview with Nathaniel Philbrick

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Nathaniel Philbrick, the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Seas and Why Read Moby Dick? spoke to us about why the book is so important and what it can teach us.