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As an organization that's all about the literary community, PEN America knows that the current health crisis is hitting our Members and friends particularly hard. This limited-run podcast, "The PEN Pod," is meant to provide regular updates and conversations about literature and free expression, and provide an outlet for our in-person events that have been postponed or canceled.

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As an organization that's all about the literary community, PEN America knows that the current health crisis is hitting our Members and friends particularly hard. This limited-run podcast, "The PEN Pod," is meant to provide regular updates and conversations about literature and free expression, and provide an outlet for our in-person events that have been postponed or canceled.

Join the conversation online at pen.org and on our social channels @PENAmerica. Thanks for tuning in. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/penamerica/support

    David Heska Wanbli Weiden and Winter Counts; Plus, Matt Bailey on Facebook, Twitter, and the New York Post

    David Heska Wanbli Weiden and Winter Counts; Plus, Matt Bailey on Facebook, Twitter, and the New York Post

    On this Tuesday edition of The PEN Pod, we bring you an interview with debut novelist David Heska Wanbli Weiden, whose new book Winter Counts is a thriller that also explores the tension between justice systems inside and outside Indian Country. Then, PEN America's own Matt Bailey discusses the latest on the social platforms throttling back an unsubstantiated New York Post story.


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    • 17 min
    Michi Trota and Storytelling; Plus, Suzanne Nossel on Facebook, the New York Post, and China's Higher Ed Influence

    Michi Trota and Storytelling; Plus, Suzanne Nossel on Facebook, the New York Post, and China's Higher Ed Influence

    On this episode, PEN America's Gina Chung talks storytelling, representation, and elevating new voices with writer and editor Michi Trota. Then, CEO Suzanne Nossel explores the free speech controversies of the week, including Facebook's crackdown on Holocaust denial, a New York Post story gone awry, and China's influence on academic freedom.


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    • 34 min
    Behind the Decision Desk: A Conversation with AP, CNN, and Fox News

    Behind the Decision Desk: A Conversation with AP, CNN, and Fox News

    On this special edition, we bring you a conversation among the top decision desk editors from AP, CNN, and Fox News. Ray Suarez moderates our #WhatToExpect2020 roundtable with Sally Buzbee, Senior Vice President and Executive Editor, The Associated Press; David Scott, Deputy Managing Editor, The Associated Press; Arnon Mishkin, Decision Desk Director, Fox News; Dana Blanton, Head of Public Opinion Research, Fox News; Sam Feist, Washington Bureau Chief and Senior Vice President, CNN; and Jennifer Agiesta, Politics Polling Director, CNN


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    Lisa Jewell and Invisible Girl

    Lisa Jewell and Invisible Girl

    Author Lisa Jewell joins The PEN Pod today to discuss her latest thriller Invisible Girl, out in the U.S. today. The novel explores the disappearance of a young woman and the dark corners of incel culture. Our Gina Chung has that conversation.


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    • 16 min
    Fredrik Backman and Anxious People; Plus, Suzanne Nossel on Trump's Diagnosis, the Debates, and Campus Speech

    Fredrik Backman and Anxious People; Plus, Suzanne Nossel on Trump's Diagnosis, the Debates, and Campus Speech

    On this episode, our Gina Chung talks to award-winning bestseller Fredrik Backman about his latest book Anxious People and how he blends mystery and comedy. Plus, our Suzanne Nossel fields tough questions about the president's refusal to debate, reticence to talk about his health, and an executive order that's sent government agencies and campuses scrambling.


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    • 29 min
    Bill Konigsberg and The Bridge

    Bill Konigsberg and The Bridge

    On this edition of The PEN Pod, our Gina Chung in conversation with young adult author Bill Konigsberg. He reflects on his latest novel, what it means to openly reckon with mental illness, and how this book served as a kind of second coming out for him.


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