19-14 Segment 1: The Role of a Literary Editor

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You see authors thank their editors all the time in the acknowledgements section of a book. But exactly what does an editor do? We talk to an editor himself who explains to us what an editor does to get the book from a manuscript to the finished copy on store shelves.

Guest:

  • Peter Ginna, literary editor and author, What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing

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19-13 Segment 1: Using YA Fiction to Help Young People Process Big Issues

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For a few decades now, teens have flocked to YA novels like The Hunger Games or The Fault in Our Stars. Why are they so popular? We talk to two novelists who say young adult fiction can help teens consider big issues and life and ‘practice’ their responses to real-world problems like violence and drugs.

Guests:

  • Marie Lu, author, Wildcard
  • Ellen Hopkins, author, People Kill People

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19-11 Segment 2: Harry Potter Therapy

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The Harry Potter series is full of creatures and storylines that parallel real-life adversities like depression, PTSD and grief in a heightened reality. Dr. Janina Scarlet says these stories are so powerful that she uses them to help people cope in real-life therapy sessions.

Guest:

  • Dr. Janina Scarlet, a clinical therapist and author of Superhero Therapy: A Hero’s Journey through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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19-10 Segment 2: A Fantasy Series that Aims at Teaching Children to Consider Some Big Questions

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We grow up hearing nursery rhymes and fairy tales that deal with good and evil. All of us fondly remember the cartoons of our youth and the stories we grew up with. We talk to Soman Chainani about authoring a new entry into the catalog of mythology and his attempt to course-correct the lessons more modern stories have been teaching our children.

Guest:

  • Soman Chainani, author of The School for Good and Evil

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19-06 Segment 2: The Written Word: A history of storytelling

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Throughout history, stories have been told but sometimes preserving them for future generations has proven difficult. We examine the ways stories have been passed down, and the role the written word has played in shaping our civilizations.

Guest:

  • Martin Puchner, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Harvard University, and author, The Written Word: The power of stories to shape people, history, and civilization

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18-52 Segment 1: Unlocking Creativity: Tips for sticking to your artistic New Year’s resolutions in 2019

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We’re about to enter the season of New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you want to write a book, make a short film, or paint your masterpiece. We talk to two published authors about silencing your inner critic, breaking through any artistic funks, and finally putting pen to paper in 2019.

Guests:

  • Danielle Krysa, author, Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk: and other truths about being creative
  • David W. Berner, professor and author

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18-49 Segment 2: Winter Reads for 2018

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It’s getting cold outside, which means it’s time to cuddle up with some good books to pass the time. Or maybe you’re just on the prowl for some holiday gifts for the reader in your life. Either way, we have some options for what to read this winter.

Guests:

  • Ellen Keith, author, The Dutch Wife
  • Andrew Shaffer, author, Hope Never Dies: An Obama/Biden Mystery

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