Podcast #154 – Rachel L. Swarns

This week we interview Rachel L. Swarns, a New York University Professor of Journalism and journalist who writes about race and race relations as a contributing author to The New York Times. Her latest book, The 272: The Families Who Were Enslaved and Sold to Build the Catholic Church, was published by Random House in May 2023. She also authored American Tapestry: The Story of the Black and White and Multicultural Ancestors of Michelle Read More »

Podcast Episode #95 – Brian Harker

This week we interview award-winning author and Brigham Young University music professor Brian Harker. His latest biography, Sportin’ Life: John W. Bubbles an American Classic, was published by Oxford University Press in January 2022. John Bubbles was one of the jazz world’s most singular and elusive architects. Harker also explored jazz music in his previous books, Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings and Jazz: An American Journey. Brian Harker was interviewed… Read More »

Podcast Episode #79 – Swipe Right for your Subject: How Do You Know It’s the Right One?

This week we offer the first in a mini-series of special episodes featuring highlights from panel discussions conducted during BIO’s first virtual annual conference, held May 14-16, 2021. The session, Swipe Right for your Subject: How Do You Know It’s the Right One?, featured biographer Mary V. Dearborn (Ernest Hemingway: A Biography), long time book editor Gerald Howard and biographer Eric K. Washington (Boss of the Grips: The Life of James Read More »

Podcast Episode #77 – David Hajdu and John Carey

In this week’s episode, we interview David Hajdu and John Carey, collaborators on a biography in graphic form about three vaudeville stars. A Revolution in Three Acts: The Radical Vaudeville of Bert Williams, Eva Tanguay and Julian Eltinge was published Columbia University Press in September 2021. David Hajdu is a biographer, cultural historian, novelist, and songwriter. His previous biographies include Lush Life, Positively 4th Street and Adrianne Geffel, and he teaches at the… Read More »

Podcast Episode #75 – Kevin McGruder

In this week’s episode, we interview Kevin McGruder, Associate Professor of history at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He is a first-time biographer and author of Philip Payton: The Father of Black Harlem, published by Columbia University Press in July 2021. During the 1990s, Kevin McGruder served as the director of real estate development for the Abyssinian Development Corporation, a nonprofit church-based organization in Harlem, and he wrote a book about race and… Read More »

Podcast Episode #42 – Eric K. Washington

In this week’s episode, we interview Eric K. Washington, first-time biographer and author of Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal (Liveright, 2019). This interview was recorded via an online Zoom session in June 2020. https://biographersinternational.org/podcast-player/6982/podcast-episode-42-eric-k-washington.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 23:25 | Recorded on July 3, 2020 | Speakers: Eric K. Washington, Sonja WilliamsSubscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More »