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Episode 108: Sarah Kasbeer

Episode 108: Sarah Kasbeer

2020-12-0701:19:21

There are times you meet somebody and you instantly recognize each other. That happened with Brad and author Sarah Kasbeer, whose book A Woman, A Plan, and Outline of a Man came out in October. The two writers covered a wide ranging of topics (obviously), but most importantly they discussed the aftermath of trauma, mental health, and the importance of healing those past hurts. Plus, lots of sports. Seriously. It'll all make sense when you listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We're back after a Thanksgiving hiatus with author Elizabeth B. Splaine. And good people, this is a wild ride. From healthcare to opera to voice teacher, Elizabeth has gone on one of those unconventional paths to becoming a writer. Her story is fantastic, and she stopped by the Bunker to talk with Brad about the absurdity of it all! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Buckle up, good people, because this episode is unlike any other we've done. Author Nina Renata Aron stopped by the Bunker to talk with Brad about her memoir, Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls, which chronicles Nina's co-dependent, destructive relationship. Along the way, Brad and Nina open up about addiction, trauma, Alcoholics Anonymous, and the lives they've forged on the other side of their destructive natures. Not saying it's a very special episode...but it's a very special episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 105: Brad Fox

Episode 105: Brad Fox

2020-11-1601:19:48

Author Brad Fox is a citizen of the world. Born in Kansas City, he's been wandering around the globe for most of his adult life. And, he joined Brad in the Bunker from Peru, where he's currently quarantined because of travel restrictions related to the coronavirus. But shaky Internet and the potential for monkey sightings weren't enough to keep These Two Brads from talking about Brad Fox's debut novel, To Remain Nameless, Eastern Europe, and the horrors of high school. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 104: Lorraine Brown

Episode 104: Lorraine Brown

2020-11-1201:12:20

Writers face rejection regularly. Listen to this show—or talk to any writer—and the ten-year journey to publication becomes a familiar tale. Author Lorraine Brown took that to origin story to an absurd, new level. She was constantly on the precipice of success only to have the rug pulled out from under her. But, listeners, Brad is here to tell you that this story has a happy ending because Lorraine's debut novel Uncoupling is come to the world in February of 2021! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 103: Ava Homa

Episode 103: Ava Homa

2020-11-0901:10:59

If you're like Brad, you don't know much about the Kurdish people other than they have been our allies in the Middle East. That's all getting fixed in today's episode. Kurdish novelist Ava Homa dropped by the Bunker to talk about her debut novel, Daughters of Smoke and Fire. But she and Brad also talk about the history of the Kurdish region, Ava's decision to leave for North America, and how she's used her writing—she's the first Kurdish woman to write an English novel—to make good trouble. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 102: Alechia Dow

Episode 102: Alechia Dow

2020-11-0201:05:10

Alechia Dow first came across the radar here in the Jam Bunker because of her tweets about delicious baked goods she made for her family. But, Brad soon realized there was more to this former pastry chef than just cookie tweets. She's also the author of the YA science fiction book, The Sound of Stars, a story about "a girl who risks her life for books and an alien who loves pop music" working together to save the world. So, join Brad and Alechia as they talk Black Lives Matter, science fiction, reading, baked good, and the importance of giving good presentations! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 101: Larry Smith

Episode 101: Larry Smith

2020-10-2901:17:36

Buckle up. You are about to take a walk through the DIY, GenX media landscape of the nineties. Writer Larry Smith, founder of SMITH magazine, and Brad circled around each other for three decades. Until now. Sit back while they talk about boing boing, Mondo2000, Might Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Mother Jones, Alternet, and all the publications that shaped a generation of writers. And, how that inspired Larry to launch the Six-Word Memoirs project with Twitter in 2006. Today, 1.7 million people have contributed stories. (And yes, we touched on his wife, Piper Kerman, and her work in prison reform.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 100: Alysia Sawchyn

Episode 100: Alysia Sawchyn

2020-10-2601:20:47

Buckle up for the wild ride on the 100th episode from the Jam Bunker. Author Alysia Sawchyn and Brad go on a wild journey from Eastern Europe to Florida to the psych ward to graduate school and on to Alysia's debut book, A Fish Growing Lungs, a series of "linked essays that reflect on Sawchyn’s (bi polar) diagnosis and its unraveling, the process of withdrawal and recovery, and the search for identity." Along the way, they talked about serendipity, travel, trauma, and how in the hell they shared a building for three years but never met! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 99: Elisheba Haqq

Episode 99: Elisheba Haqq

2020-10-2201:17:00

When you get two working class writers together, you an expect some laughter at situations that aren't funny. And Brad and Author Elisheba Haqq didn't disappoint. Elisheba was born in India, but she was raised in Minnesota with an overbearing father and a step-mother who didn't much care for her or her siblings. After a career in nursing, she went back to school, earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and now teaches writing at Rutgers University. Her first book, Mamaji: A Memoir, is out now! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 98: Suzanne Roberts

Episode 98: Suzanne Roberts

2020-10-1901:17:07

National Geographic’s Traveler named Suzanne Roberts “The Next Great Travel Writer.” Since then, she’s written two travel books, Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail (which won the National Outdoor Book Award) and her latest essay collection Bad Tourist: Misadventures in Love and Travel. But Suzanne and Brad didn’t get into any of that. Instead, they talked about her struggles in high school with an undiagnosed learning disability through earning a Ph.D. in literature and the environment. Oh, publishing poetry books while doing what writers do best: procrastinating on another project.⁣ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 97: Keah Brown

Episode 97: Keah Brown

2020-10-1501:24:38

If you're on Twitter, you may know Keah Brown as the creator of the hashtag #DisableAndCute and as the author of The Pretty One. But, true to Jam form, Keah and Brad didn't talk about either of those. Instead, they talked about the space for Black joy, grandmas, the absolute dumpster fire that is Twitter, and some of their favorite movie biopics. Oh, and Keah's next project, a picture book coming in 2022: Sam's Super Seats! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 96: Lilly Dancyger

Episode 96: Lilly Dancyger

2020-10-1201:19:34

Author Lilly Dancyger is one of the most punk rock, badass writers to stop by the Jam Bunker. She and Brad talked about growing up as working class kids, working through the rage that simmers beneath the surface of that life, and the joy of coming out on the other side. Her book, Negative Space, comes out next year (but pre-orders are open now)! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 95: Angela Chen

Episode 95: Angela Chen

2020-10-0801:19:04

There's nothing better than a science and journalist stopping by the Jam Bunker. And that's exactly what happened when author Angela Chen joined Brad to talk about her book Ace: What Asexuality Reveals about Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex. This is one of those rare occasions when the Jam takes a deep dive into the author's book because this topic isn't one we talk about enough. But, Brad and Angela also talked about journalism, their shared experiences covering technology, and the importance of finding your place in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
You're going to want to buckle up for today's conversation with author and activist Esuantsiwa (Esua) Jane Goldsmith, whose book The Space Between Black and White is out now. She and Brad had a conversation unlike anything else that's happened in the Jam Bunker. With family in both the United Kingdom and (she would find much later) Ghana, they touched a bit on Esau's story (spoiler: she's been breaking barriers in her life since 1975!), but then they mused on the importance of conversations, the work it takes to get comfortable talking about race and class, intersectionality, and absolute joy of life even when everything around you is falling down. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Author Jacqueline Friedland stopped by the Jam Bunker to talk about leaving her law career to pursue her dream of writing, which all happened in the middle of having four children in six years! But, as you're about to find out, she's not one to shy away from hard work. She started working on her first novel and then returned to school to earn her Masters of Fine Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, graduating from the program in 2016. Her second novel, That's Not a Thing, is out now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 92: Sara Schaff

Episode 92: Sara Schaff

2020-09-2801:36:23

Authors rarely travel a direct path to their writing career. But author Sara Schaff may have one of the most winding roads yet. She spent several years exploring the world, including a stint studying of storytelling in Northern Ireland as well as teaching in China and Columbia. Eventually, she made her to way to the University of Michigan where we earned her MFA. And earlier this year, she published her second book of short stories, The Invention of Love. Oh, and she—and her daughter—stopped by the Jam Bunker to talk with Brad and Maxx about dinosaurs! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 91: Iris Cohen

Episode 91: Iris Cohen

2020-09-2401:24:49

Author Iris Cohen stopped by the Jam Bunker to talk with Brad about her latest novel, Last Call on Decatur Street. But, good people, she is the embodiment of GenX, punk rock, DIY writers and she's carved quite a path through the world! She grew up in the French Quarter, a place with almost no children but surrounded adults content with putting building an art scene. She dropped out of high school and college before she was 17. And she co-founded The Accompanied Library, a storied literary salon in New York City. All before getting her M.F.A. and becoming a novelist! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 90: Whitney Hill

Episode 90: Whitney Hill

2020-09-2101:13:59

Author Whitney Hill stops by the Jam Bunker to talk with Brad about her book ELEMENTAL and her Shadows of Otherside series, which she wrote during National Novel Writing Month! Whitney's journey has taken her from Pittsburgh to London and now to Raleigh, where she's working on her third and fourth books! Pull up a chair, pour yourself a drink, and join us for a conversation about writing, flying by the seat of your pants, and how to pack for the apocalypse! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 89: Brad Balukjian

Episode 89: Brad Balukjian

2020-09-1701:16:35

Brad Balukjian is director of the Natural History and Sustainability Program and teaches biology at Merritt College in Oakland, California. He's also a scientist. Specifically, he's an island biogeographist. (Yeah, Brad didn't know what that was either. He studies evolutionary diversity on islands!) Of course he's written one of the most interesting baseball books—The Wax Pack—to come out during the pandemic. So, grab a cold beer and swing by the Jam Bunker as the two Brads talk science, baseball cards, and the state of writing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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