A Black woman sits in a chair reading
Author Interview, Blog, Podcast Shownotes

5 Star Reads of 2023 (so far) + The Wild Wild Alaskan Front with Iris Yamashita

It’s been a very good year of reading for Renee so far. Even though we’ve barely scratched the surface of the year (and we’re still covered in snow), Renee shares seven books that she’s rated five stars already. Then, Jordy sits down with Academy-Award nominated screenwriter, Iris Yamashita, to discuss her debut novel, City Under […]

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Blog, Podcast Shownotes

Double Date with America’s Founders + Dr. Poetry on Spoken Word

In our new series, Sally proposes a bookish Double Date by sharing two of her favorite books on a particular topic, starting with America’s founders. Taking a deep dive into the early years of U.S. history may not seem super sexy, but these books are engaging and offer insights your teachers might have missed in

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Author Interview, Blog, Podcast Shownotes

Four Books with an Older Main Character + The World As It Can Be with Nic Stone

As Renee enters her late 30s, she craves books with older main characters. In this short segment, she shares four books that center the lives and stories of older women.  After a short message from our sponsor, Ashley speaks with Nic Stone about her novel, Chaos Theory. The conversation includes how class and power play

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Author Interview, Blog, Podcast Shownotes

Reckoning with V, formerly Eve Ensler

Ashley interviews V, formerly Eve Ensler, about her book, “Reckoning”. The conversation includes asking V about how she has grown as a storyteller, how do we address one another for progress, her thoughts on content warnings, and how has feminism changed since she wrote “The Vagina Monologues”.  Book content and conversation warning: rape, sexual abuse,

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Blog, Book Reviews, Podcast Shownotes

Ida In the Middle: Book Review + Queerness & Solving the Climate Crisis

This episode starts off with a review of IDA IN THE MIDDLE by Nora Lester Murad. This book follows Ida, a Palestinian-American girl, as she eats a magic olive that takes her to the life she might have had in her parents’ village near Jerusalem. In the second segment, Niba sits down with Liz Weinberg.

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Blog, Podcast Shownotes

Five Books about Friendship + Sober Not Somber: Dry January, unpacking your relationship with alcohol & the rise of the zero proof cocktail with Jen Gilhoi

There just aren’t enough books about friendship, you know? For many of us, our friendships are some of the most important relationships we’ll ever have, and they deserve to be celebrated and represented in the books we read. In this segment Sally shares five of her favorite books about friendship.  In the second segment, Jen

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Blog, Podcast Shownotes

Burlesque & Queer Joy with Burly Bluffs, GG Delish & MonaRydeHer

What is burlesque and who is it even for? In this episode Rah sits down with the founders of Burly Bluffs, GG Delish and Mona RydeHer, to answer just that question. Burly Bluffs is a NEW burlesque organization taking over Winona, Minnesota. Listen in as they discuss burlesque and the importance of queer spaces.  Learn

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ECQA and Tony Hoang on queer rights
Blog, Social Justice

Equality California’s 20-Year Fight for Queer Rights 

Equality California (EQCA) is the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ civil rights organization. According to their site, they are always “striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ+ people.” With over 180 bills passed in favor of queer rights over 20 years, EQCA has been making good on its mission in

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