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From UC Berkeley, a books-and-arts podcast about the cultural imagination — what Joan Didion once called the stories we tell ourselves to live. C&V delves into novels, nonfiction, poems, music, film, and other touchstones of our culture, with an eye to the spells they cast and the questions they raise.

Sponsored by Berkeley's Townsend Center for the Humanities and hosted by Scott Saul, Chapter & Verse features artists, critics, historians and journalists, with a guest list that radiates outward from the ranks of the Berkeley faculty to the larger cultural community of the Bay Area and beyond.

Chapter & Verse Scott Saul

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    • 5.0, 4 Ratings

From UC Berkeley, a books-and-arts podcast about the cultural imagination — what Joan Didion once called the stories we tell ourselves to live. C&V delves into novels, nonfiction, poems, music, film, and other touchstones of our culture, with an eye to the spells they cast and the questions they raise.

Sponsored by Berkeley's Townsend Center for the Humanities and hosted by Scott Saul, Chapter & Verse features artists, critics, historians and journalists, with a guest list that radiates outward from the ranks of the Berkeley faculty to the larger cultural community of the Bay Area and beyond.

    C&V #8: Jenna Wortham with Nadia Ellis on race, gender and social media in the age of Trump

    C&V #8: Jenna Wortham with Nadia Ellis on race, gender and social media in the age of Trump

    The New York Times Magazine's Jenna Wortham -- one of the most stimulating writers on technology, media, race, sexuality, and anything else she puts her mind to -- in conversation with Nadia Ellis, a professor of English at UC Berkeley. Wortham recounts her own development as a journalist; reflects on the challenges — psychological and even physical — of reporting on our often toxic political scene; and sketches some of the blindspots of the high tech industry.

    • 54 min
    C&V #7: Hua Hsu & Jeff Chang on Music, Race & the Craft of Writing

    C&V #7: Hua Hsu & Jeff Chang on Music, Race & the Craft of Writing

    Hua Hsu (The New Yorker) and Jeff Chang (We Gon' Be Alright) take on a set of urgent questions: how is it that, as American culture becomes increasingly 'colorized,', its politics get increasingly polarized in terms of black and white? What are the roots of this divide? Where do Asian-Americans fit in? And how might a Berkeley education (both Hsu and Chang are Cal alums) set up a writer to see the faultlines of this terrain?

    • 48 min
    C&V Ep #6: Namwali Serpell on "The Sack"

    C&V Ep #6: Namwali Serpell on "The Sack"

    Novelist Namwali Serpell reads from, and explores the meaning of, her short story “The Sack,” winner of the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing.

    • 33 min
    C&V Episode #5: Adam Hochschild on the moral drama of the Spanish Civil War

    C&V Episode #5: Adam Hochschild on the moral drama of the Spanish Civil War

    Historian Adam Hochschild discusses Spain in Our Hearts, his mesmerizing chronicle of the Spanish Civil War and the three thousand Americans who — in defiance of their own country — crossed the Atlantic to join the Spanish Republican Army and fight the forces of fascism.

    Hochschild delves into how he found so many fresh angles on the conflict, and how he understands its lessons.

    • 49 min
    C&V Episode #4: Mark Bittman on Writing and the Food Revolution

    C&V Episode #4: Mark Bittman on Writing and the Food Revolution

    Mark Bittman -- a key player in 'how we eat today' -- reflects on how he became the unique writer he is: both a writer of popular cookbooks and a forceful advocate for changing our food system. In the first part, he opens up about the people and cultural forces that shaped him in his teens and twenties. In the second, he reads and discusses one of his more personal New York Times columns, "Bagels, Lox & Me," and describes what it was like to be a columnist for the Times.

    • 36 min
    C&V Episode #3: Katrina Dodson on Clarice Lispector, "Brazil's Kafka"

    C&V Episode #3: Katrina Dodson on Clarice Lispector, "Brazil's Kafka"

    In this episode, Katrina Dodson reads two Clarice Lispector short stories in their entirety — the fable-like "A Chicken" and the intricate "The Smallest Woman in the World" — and reflects on how she tried to render Lispector's very special Portuguese in the English language.

    • 1 hr 8 min

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4 Ratings

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Eclectic, engaging conversations

Part of the attraction of this podcast is the range of topics: the host, Scott Saul, allows his eclectic interests and curiosity to guide his choice of subjects—Yoko Ono, obscure books of the Old Testament, the Brazilian modernist, Clarice Lispector. But what really makes this podcast is that Saul is such a great conversationalist—he’s an astute reader and critic in his own right, so his take on these subjects is always interesting, but he also finds really interesting guests, and he lets them talk.

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off to a great start!

Chapter & Verse is eclectic in the best way possible — so far, covering topics that I would never have the time or wherewithal to stumble upon on my own, yet found myself fascinated by. Saul also does a nice job having casual, but very smart conversations with experts, giving them space to talk about what they know best in a way that is accessible to people (like me) who otherwise have little to no knowledge off areas like 60s feminist art or translations of the Hebrew bible. Looking forward to future episodes!

avatarr8 ,

Off to a great start!

The topics covered are
eclectic in the best way -- covering areas I would never have the time to read about otherwise, but fascinating to learn about in an hour.
Saul also does a nice job having casual, yet smart conversations that allow experts to talk about what they know best, in a way that is accessible and interesting to someone (like me) with basically no knowledge of the topic.

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