39 episodes of Eclectic Readers since the first episode, which aired on June 13, 2015.
Episode 39: The Captive Mind: Finish A Chapter, Eat A Cookie
August 15th, 2017
1 hr 7 mins
Philosophy, Political, captive mind, did not finish, dnf, nonfiction, socialism
Susan, Tara, and Jeannette talk about DNF'ing a book; why do you DNF, what makes you DNF, would you go back to a DNF? All this leads to a discussion of The Captive Mind. We discuss if it has captivated our minds.
Episode 38: Wallbanger: Entertain Me, Please
July 15th, 2017
1 hr 15 mins
Alice Clayton, Wallbanger, contemporary, romance
In this episode, Meredith, Susan, and Jeannette wrap up the Eclectic Readathon and ER Madlibs and announce the winners! We speak on the weird happiness of adulthood, and how we overcome reading slumps. Finally, we discuss Wallbanger - its characters, the unreality of Caroline’s cat, and the reality of sex in romance. Disclaimer: Slight Mature Content
Episode 37: Interview with Patrick Phillips
June 30th, 2017
45 mins 50 secs
Blood at the Root, Patrick Phillips, Race, author interview, racial cleansing
Tara interviews Patrick Phillips, author of Blood at the Root. They talk about his experience as he researches, writes and promotes his book. We also get his Eclectic Pick!
Episode 36: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe: A YA With Parents!
June 15th, 2017
1 hr 28 mins
benjamin alire saenz, coming of age, lgbtq, sexuality, ya
The Eclectic Readers Podcast is two years old! In celebration, we’re gearing up for our next Eclectic Readathon (starting Friday, June 23rd at 8:00pm EST) and the end of our first ER Mad Libs Reading Challenge (submissions due at the end of the Readathon.)
In this episode we talk about books that helped shape us into who we are today and discuss the Young Adult (YA) book “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” which focuses on two teenage boys discovering their personal, cultural, and sexual identities.
Episode 35: Romeo and/or Juliet: Everything Would be Better with a Buff Captain Picard
May 15th, 2017
1 hr 5 mins
Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and or Juliet, Ryan North, Shakespeare, choose your own path, retelling
In this episode, Tara, Jeannette, and Meredith discuss what makes a good “retelling” of a classic story as well as share some of their favorite and least favorite (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) retellings of all time. We’re also ramping up for the end of our ERMadlib challenge and the start of our 24 hour readathon! Now with new great prizes! Then we dive into the multiple endings and laughter of Ryan North’s “Romeo and/or Juliet.”
Episode 34: Love Warrior: Mind the Gap
April 15th, 2017
1 hr 3 mins
Glennon Doyle Melton, Love Warrior, marriage, memoir
Susan has updates on our reading challenges, while Jeannette has a stack of new books to recommend. And we’re all excited about the PRIZES we’ll be handing out in June! Then we talk about the memoir Love Warrior and gaps between what we want and what authors give us.
Episode 33: Girl Waits With Gun: Future Historical Fiction
March 15th, 2017
1 hr 6 mins
Amy Stewart, Girl Waits With Gun, Historical Fiction
Susan, Meredith, and Jeannette discuss historical fiction: what is it, what isn’t it, and do we like it? Then we dig into Amy Stewart’s novel Girl Waits with Gun, and the complicated relationship between sisters, mothers and daughters, and women, sheriffs, and Singer salesmen.
Episode 32: Interview With Tara Clancy
March 1st, 2017
37 mins 58 secs
New York, feminism, interview, lgbt, memoir, nyc, queens
Susan and Meredith interview the amazing Tara Clancy, author of The Clancys of Queens. We talk about her reasons to writing her memoirs of growing up and how became the woman she is today.
Episode 31: Blood at the Root: Not for the Faint of Heart
February 28th, 2017 | 1 hr 34 mins
In this episode we welcome a new guest host and book blogger: Stacie! We talk about some exciting podcast news, like our new website and upcoming author interview, and then we discuss some of our favorite POC (Person of Color) literary characters and this tough but important read: Blood at the Root.
Episode 30: Men Explain Things to Me: We’re So Witty
January 15th, 2017 | 1 hr 11 mins
Susan, Tara, and Meredith start off the new year with their read-olutions and goals for 2017. A small update on our ER MadLibs Challenge and then we dive into Men Explain Things to Me. We talk about how Rebecca Solnit addresses hard and upsetting issues that women experience through 9 essays.