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Episode 30: Too Black

The Downtown Writers Jam

Release Date: 05/15/2017

Episode 69: Helen Zuman show art Episode 69: Helen Zuman

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Episode 69: Helen Zuman: The search for meaning often takes us on interesting journeys. For author Helen Zuman, that search led the Harvard graduate to Zendik Farm in 1999. But, this isn't the story you are expecting. Sit down and listen as Helen and Brad talk about her book, , her search for meaning in the world, and the fallout—and her subsequent rebirth—after nearly losing herself in a cult of personality.

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Episode 68: Aimee Liu: The pandemic has given everyone enough time to sit with our own philosophical musings. And author and Brad brought that to the show, ruminating on the meaning of time and the fallacy of memory. It wasn't all existentialism, though. They also covered her early modeling career, her eating disorder, a failed painting career, and how all of that shaped her writing and her career. (A career that has spanned both fiction and non-fiction!) Her latest book, , is out now.

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Episode 67: Joe Clifford: Buckle up for this interview. It's unlike anything else you've heard on the program. But this is no Hero's Journey for either author ( + ) or Brad. Joe came out of the block on fire, and they covered everything from Donald Trump (two thumbs down), addiction, white privilege, empathy, toxic masculinity, mental health, and therapy. Oh, and writing. There was some talk of writing. If you listen closely.

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Episode 66: Hannah Mary McKinnon: You're going to learn a little bit about German dialects and the insanity of the word "the" in the German language in this episode. But stick around—Brad and author Hannah Mary McKinnon aren't just talking languages. They are here to talk about her book, , which is a Canadian best seller. Oh, her family's drive to consistently reinvent themselves. So, yeah, come for a chat with a marvelous author and stay for your daily dose of German.

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Episode 65: Dr. James Carter: The Downtown Writers Jam Podcast is staying on the history train with author Dr. James (he goes by Jay, though) Carter (), who spent his life unpacking how he looks at the world. In this episode, Jay and Brad talk about how he does that using curiosity, writing, and (professionally) through examining the United States' relationship with China.

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Episode 64: Dr. Stephen Knott: There’s nothing better than good, old political gossip, and that’s just what Brad got with Dr. Stephen Knott, who—amongst other projects—ran an oral history program that covered the Regan and Bush presidential years. And, it was that project that led Knott to write seven books, including . Come for the political intrigue and stay…well stay for the political intrigue!

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Episode 63: Abigail Mann: From writing journals at the dinner table to writing her first novel (), novelist Abigail Mann and Brad talk what they didn't know about the publishing industry and the joy of fan fiction readings. (And, you know, a bit about the literary feud happening in the world of poetry. Sorry, poets!)

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So much of life is about finding comfort in your own skin. Somehow, Brad and author () stumbled down that rabbit hole on this episode of the Jam. But it wasn't all philosophical. Jennifer also explains how she accidentally ended up with her writing career.

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Author  has been on the move for most of her life, but that has made all the difference! While her first novel, , is now available, Anika’s personal life has also been filled with adventure. From working at major newspapers to quitting her job to move to Germany after meeting her future husband on a travel website, you will want to settle back in for this story. (Oh, and there’s a great discussion about Winter Guard. Don’t know what that is? You will!)

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Episode 60: Susan Allott: One of the enduring themes of the program is that almost nobody knows how to become a writer. On this episode of the Jam, author Susan Allot went to Australia for a boy, got homesick, came back to Britain, married an Australian...and then more than a decade later she wrote her book about a British woman who returns to Sydney. But, as you'll find out, that's not what her book is about. And there's more to Susan's story.

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