In this week’s episode, we interview Stephen Budiansky, a veteran historian, biographer, and journalist who has published 15 books, including his current biography, Journey to the Edge of Reason: The Life of Kurt Gödel, published by W.W. Norton & Company in May 2021. His writing also has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, and he is a Guggenheim Fellow. Budiansky was interviewed in his Loudoun County, Virginia, home via Zoom on July 8, 2021, by BIO member Sonja Williams.
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In this week’s episode, we interview Kerri Greenidge, author of Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter, published November 19, 2019, by Liveright/Norton. Greenidge was interviewed via Zoom on June 28, 2021, by writer and BIO member Sonja Williams.
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In this week’s episode, we interview Patrick Parr, author of One Week in America: The 1968 Notre Dame Literary Festival and a Changing Nation, published March 2021 by Chicago Review Press. Parr’s narrative is a day-by-day examination of a week that began with President Lyndon B. Johnson announcement that he would not seek re-election and ended with the fallout created by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s the assassination. Parr includes never-before-published letters from festival attendees Joseph Heller (Catch-22), Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man), Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse-Five), and Norman Mailer (The Naked and the Dead). Parr was interviewed via Zoom in his home in Yokohama, Japan, on February 25, 2021 by writer and BIO member Lisa Napoli.
In this week’s episode we interview Alison M. Parker, author of Unceasing Militant: The Life of Mary Church Terrell, published by the University of North Carolina Press in December 2020. Parker’s book is the first full-length biography of Terrell, one of the most prominent African American activists of her time, and whose career bridged the late nineteenth century to the civil rights movement of the 1950s. Parker, a history professor and department chair at the University of Delaware, was interviewed by BIO member Lisa Napoli via Zoom in April 2021.
In this week’s episode, we interview Janice P. Nimura, author of The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine, published in January 2021 by W. W. Norton & Company. Her previous book, Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back, was a New York Times notable book in 2015. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian, The Rumpus, and LitHub, among other publications. Nimura was interviewed by writer and BIO member Lisa Napoli via Zoom on March 18th, 2021.
In this week’s episode, we interview former lawyer and college professor Jayne E. Zanglein, author of The Girl Explorers: The Untold Story of the Globetrotting Women Who Trekked, Flew, and Fought Their Way Around the World, published March 2, 2021, by Sourcebooks. Zanglein was interviewed in her home in North Carolina on March 18th, 2021, via Zoom by writer and BIO member Lisa Napoli.
In this week’s episode, we interview Martha Ackmann, author of These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson, published Feb 25, 2021, by W. W. Norton & Company. Ackmann’s award-winning books include The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight, and Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone, First Woman to Play Profession Baseball in the Negro League. Ackmann was interviewed in her home in western Massachusetts on March 10, 2021, via Zoom by writer and BIO member Lisa Napoli.
In this week’s episode, we interview Stephen Heyman, author of The Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield and the Seeds of a Food Revolution, published April 14, 2020, by W.W. Norton & Company. Heyman, a former features editor for The New York Times Style Magazine, also has written for The Times, Slate, Vogue, and many other publications. He was interviewed in his home in Pittsburgh on March 10, 2021, via Zoom by writer and BIO member Lisa Napoli.