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  1. My Henry James Problem: Dinitia Smith and Susan Mizruchi (The Bat Segundo Show #553)2022/03/17
    This Bat Segundo special chronicles Our Correspondent’s indefatigable and good faith efforts to find appreciation for an author he does not care for — namely, Henry James. Our Correspondent read numerous books for this particular episode and appealed to several James scholars and acolytes to help set him straight. Susan Mizruchi is most recently the […]
  2. 5. Compassion Fatigue (The Gray Area)2017/08/01
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  3. 4.5. The Waiting Room (The Gray Area)2017/08/01
    Virginia Gaskell finds herself on the other side of the portal that lured her in, greeted by an extremely exuberant (and strangely familiar) receptionist, some squawking avians that aren't quite okay with her love of chicken fajitas, and further mysteries about how the universes rupture into each other. (Running time: 7 minutes)
  4. 4. Loopholes (The Gray Area)2017/07/03
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  5. 3. Fuel to the Fire (The Gray Area)2017/06/06
    An artisanal mustard retailer from Astoria finds herself in a strange realm with the ability to set things on fire. Meanwhile, Ed Champion continues his investigation into Miss Gaskell's disappearance, meeting a woman in mourning who may hold the answer to his own strange curse. (Running time: 19 minutes)
  6. 2. Brand Awareness (The Gray Area)2017/05/16
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  7. 1.5. Dissociation (The Gray Area)2017/05/02
    Greg Sutton, a fidgety young man who is a little too fixated on selling himself, sees his psychiatrist for the first time in months, hoping to find answers about his lost childhood and how to get back the woman he loves. But his own quick fix solution to his problems is not quite what the psychiatrist had in mind. (Running time: 5 minutes)
  8. 1. Hello (The Gray Area)2017/04/19
    A man wakes up in his apartment with a hazy memory of the night before. He's greeted in bed by a mysterious woman who keeps saying, “Hello.” But she seems to know far more about his life than he ever could have told her in one night. And as the rats gnaw mercilessly from within the walls, she has a few bold and shocking answers as to why he's so afraid. (22 minutes)
  9. 0. Prologue (The Gray Area)2017/04/04
    Virginia Gaskell, an underappreciated 66-year-old cult writer forced into a rest home, contends with mysterious voices summoned from her typewriter and an obscure literary interviewer named Ed Champion. (9 minutes)
  10. The Gray Area – Season One Trailer2017/03/23
    Strange voices, agitated psychiatrists, giant rats, magical couriers, mysterious women, and loud and disheveled men. This 90 second trailer serves as a teaser for the first season of The Gray Area, a new audio drama project that will be premiering very soon.
  11. Loser: A Report from the Trump Tower Protests2016/11/11
    On Thursday, November 10, 2016, I attended the protests that had unfolded across the street from Trump Tower after Donald Trump had been elected the 45th President of the United States. I talked with anti-Trump activists, people who voted for Gary Johnson, people who voted for Trump, and people who didn't vote at all in an attempt to understand how these unfathomable election results happened.
  12. Disappearing Act2016/09/14
    This five minute radio play deals with mortality, connection, and who we choose to leave behind as we continue our tricky march through life.
  13. The Mark Twain Special (BSS #552)2016/01/20
    This special program devoted to Mark Twain features editor Benjamin Griffin (The Autobiography of Mark Twain ), Ben Tarnoff (The Bohemians ), and Adam Nee and Kyle Gallner (Band of Robbers ).
  14. Season of the Witch (Interstitial Mix #4)2015/10/30
    Just in time for Halloween, this is the fourth in a series of interstitial mixes. I recently worked a gig to provide a 50 minute Halloween AV mix for a party. The audio version can be enjoyed in the feed. Go to the main site to see the audiovisual version.
  15. Vibes, Liebe, Plucks, Horns, and Kazoos Yodeling in the Deep (Interstitial Mix #3)2015/10/09
    This is the third of a series of interstitial mixes, this one very heavy on Germanic influence (although featuring many others!) and designed with the changing seasons, both in year and in life, in mind.
  16. An Elemental Race Between a Nice Guy and a Duck (Interstitial Mix #2)2015/09/18
    This is the second of a series of interstitial mixes, this time imagining a race between two very strange imaginary figures.
  17. Robert Smiths Slightly Mad Pop Pop Canon Cannon Bang Bang Wake (Interstitial Mix #1)2015/08/27
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  18. Merritt Tierce (BSS #551)2014/09/25
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  19. The Cultural Redemption of Stefan Zweig: Anthea Bell and George Prochnik (BSS #550)2014/09/17
    This special two hour episode of The Bat Segundo Show details the life and work of Stefan Zweig in considerable detail. It may be the most epic radio program ever devoted to Stefan Zweig. It includes interviews with translator Anthea Bell and George Prochnik, author of THE IMPOSSIBLE EXILE.
  20. Amanda Vaill (BSS #549)2014/06/27
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  21. Mimi Pond (BSS #548)2014/06/19
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  22. Joanna Rakoff (BSS #547)2014/06/05
    Joanna Rakoff spent 1996 working as an assistant for Harold Ober Associates, overhearing the likes of J.D. Salinger and Judy Blume talking shop. This 75 minute conversation, which discusses Rakoff's memoir MY SALINGER YEAR, gets into some of the underlying privilege and protective family dynamics which led Rakoff to get a later start as an adult.
  23. Paula Bomer III (BSS #546)2014/05/28
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  24. Porochista Khakpour II (BSS #545)2014/05/14
    In this wide-ranging 79 minute conversation, Porochista Khakpour discusses how she fused the romantic with the grotesque for her second novel, THE LAST ILLUSION, birds as an inevitable cultural symbol, growing up as an Iranian immigrant, quirky and pragmatic attitudes to death, Kafka and Kierkegaard, and academics who misinterpret authenticity,
  25. Nikil Saval (BSS #544)2014/05/13
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  26. Evie Wyld (BSS #543)2014/04/29
    Evie Wyld is the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize-winning and Granta 20 author of ALL THE BIRDS, SINGING -- a novel that is arguably more alive than most of the dull literary books about flatware and chalices at pretentious dinner parties. Our conversation gets into how work defines even the natural landscape, the relationship between insects and humans, and why kangaroos are quite dangerous.
  27. Yiyun Li II (BSS #542)2014/04/28
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  28. Ben Tarnoff (BSS #541)2014/04/23
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  29. Islamophobia, Extremism, and the War on Terror: Arun Kundnani (BSS #540)2014/04/03
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  30. Dinaw Mengestu (BSS #539)2014/03/25
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The Bat Segundo Show & Follow Your Ears
The Bat Segundo Show was a long-running cultural radio program devoted to quirky and very thorough long-form interviews with contemporary authors, idiosyncratic thinkers, and other assorted artists. Guests included David Lynch, Octavia Butler, John Waters, John Updike, Stephen Fry, Marilynne Robinson, Karen Russell, Weird Al Yankovic, Robert A. Caro, and more than 500 others. There was also a program called Follow Your Ears, which was a thematic investigative counterpart, in which I pursued a specific subject through several angles. The entire archive of what I did from 2005 to 2014 is included here.

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