22 episodes

Coffee and Books podcast is hosted by Marc Lamont Hill, a noted author, social commentator, professor, and owner of a coffee shop and bookstore in Philadelphia named Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books. In each episode he chats with authors and prominent public figures who share the backstory behind their latest book. An organic conversation that flows naturally from the book at hand, through the writer’s journey, and of course, the author’s own taste in books. The tone is curious and smart, informal and enlightening - covering everything from Malcolm X to Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret.

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Coffee and Books podcast is hosted by Marc Lamont Hill, a noted author, social commentator, professor, and owner of a coffee shop and bookstore in Philadelphia named Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books. In each episode he chats with authors and prominent public figures who share the backstory behind their latest book. An organic conversation that flows naturally from the book at hand, through the writer’s journey, and of course, the author’s own taste in books. The tone is curious and smart, informal and enlightening - covering everything from Malcolm X to Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret.

    Alicia Garza on "The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart"

    Alicia Garza on "The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart"

    Alicia Garza and Marc discuss her book "The Purpose of Power" and her experiences in organizing, leading, and activism is general, and the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

    • 57 min
    Marc along with Nate Marshall and the Uncle Bobbie's team discuss former President Barack Obama's book "A Promised Land"

    Marc along with Nate Marshall and the Uncle Bobbie's team discuss former President Barack Obama's book "A Promised Land"

    On this episode, Marc is conversation with Assistant Professor and poet Nate Marshall, along with the Uncle Boobies team to discuss former President Barack Obama's new book; A Promised Land. They dive into the importance of this book to independent bookstores, why this memoir was necessary for Obama to write, and how this book stacks up against other presidential memoirs.

    • 37 min
    Marc talks with Kiese Laymon on his book; “How To Slowly Kill Yourself And Others In America”

    Marc talks with Kiese Laymon on his book; “How To Slowly Kill Yourself And Others In America”

    Marc and Kiese discuss Kiese's decision to reissue his book How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. Kiese reveals his motivation for reissuing the book with six new additional essays, how little he got paid for his first publishing deal, thinking he would never live to see people read his art, and how a popular book written by Toni Morrison taught him to "see".

    • 49 min
    Marc Lamont Hill and Special Host Mychal Denzel Smith discussing Marc's book; "We Still Here: Pandemic, Policing, Protest and Possibility"

    Marc Lamont Hill and Special Host Mychal Denzel Smith discussing Marc's book; "We Still Here: Pandemic, Policing, Protest and Possibility"

    On this special episode of Coffee and Books, Marc dives into what motivated him to write his latest book; "We Still Here: Pandemic, Policing, Protest and Possibility." He is interviewed by his friend, and fellow New York Times Best selling Author, Mychal Denzel Smith. The two break down the book and the importance of why Marc wrote the book in this current climate. Also, Mychal gets a shot at revenge when the tables are turned on Marc for the tortuous Buy It, Borrow It, Burn It.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Marc discusses "Sexual Citizens" with Columbia University Professors Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Khan

    Marc discusses "Sexual Citizens" with Columbia University Professors Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Khan

    Marc unpacks the groundbreaking book Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus with Columbia University professors Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Khan, they discuss the widespread issue of sexual assault on college campuses.

    • 1 hr
    Marc Lamont Hill and Zaheer Ali On The Impact Of "The Autobiography of Malcolm X"

    Marc Lamont Hill and Zaheer Ali On The Impact Of "The Autobiography of Malcolm X"

    On this special episode of Coffee and Books, the 55th Anniversary of the release of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Marc examines the cultural significance of this piece of literature with oral historian and educator, Zaheer Ali. The two unpack what impact the book has had on their personal lives, Alex Haley and Malcolm X's process for writing the book, and what the enduring legacy of the autobiography will be.

    • 50 min

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