AnnBausum, MattMcCarthy, and SisterHelenPrejean
S4 E30: Ann Bausum, Matt McCarthy, and Sister Helen Prejean

In this episode of This Is the Author, meet Ann Bausum, author of VIRAL: The Fight Against AIDS in America; Matt McCarthy, author of Superbugs; and Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking. From potentially life-threatening illnesses to the death penalty as a part of our criminal justice system, the often-overlooked and complicated topics explored by each of these authors will educate and inspire listeners. Plus, discover which author’s family would schedule road trips around each release of the Harry Potter audiobooks.

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Jayson Greene, John Von Sothen, Reagan Moya-Jones
S4 E29: Jayson Greene, John Von Sothen, and Raegan Moya-Jones

In this episode, Jayson Greene, author of Once More We Saw Stars; John Von Sothen, author of Monsieur Mediocre; and Raegan Moya-Jones, author of What It Takes. From processing a devastating personal tragedy, to drawing back the curtain on daily life in Paris, to building a big career out of an idea that originated at a kitchen table, these authors are able to reveal the powerful universalities we all share as a result of them each getting deeply personal about their own experiences. Plus, hear why the subway is one author’s favorite place to listen to everything.

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Janny Scott, Michael Brendan Dougherty, Erin Lee Carr
S4 E27: Janny Scott, Michael Brendan Dougherty, Erin Lee Carr

In this episode meet, Janny Scott, author of The Beneficiary; Michael Brendan Dougherty, author of My Father Left Me Ireland; and Erin Lee Carr, author of All That You Leave Behind. Each of these authors wrote and read their audiobooks in order to explore the deeply personal—and often complex—histories that they shared with their fathers. Plus, hear why one female author would actually cast a male actor to record her audiobook.

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Geraldine Brooks, Jason Baumann, and Stoney Stamper
S4 E26: Geraldine Brooks, Jason Baumann, and Stoney Stamper

In this episode meet, Geraldine Brooks, author of Foreign Correspondence; Jason Bauman, editor of The Stonewall Reader; and Stoney Stamper, author of My First Rodeo. From reconnecting with old pen pals to exploring integral and unknown pieces of LGBT history to sharing the ups-and-downs of fatherhood, this episode explores the importance of sharing stories and preserving voices from our pasts. And, find out how through recording her audiobook, one author was able to reconnect with her younger selves.

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S4 E25: Tyler Kepner, Monica L. Smith, and Mathew Sleeth

In this episode of This Is the Author meet Tyler Kepner, author of K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches; Monica L. Smith, author of Cities; and Matthew Sleeth, author of Reforesting Faith. Each of these authors wants to ensure that the history and importance of particular people and places are acknowledged, explored, and celebrated—whether it’s a beloved baseball pitcher, a bustling city, or the beauty of trees in the natural world. And, learn why one author’s recording experience reminded him of reading aloud in first grade.

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