This weekly podcast will be hosted by Torie Clarke with co-hosts David Aldridge, Jeanne McManus and Michael Kornheiser. Each week, they'll have entertaining interviews with authors, plus lively discussions about what they are reading, what they love and what they hate! This show will be many things, but boring won't be one of them!
Vauhini Vara “The Immortal King Rao”
Chatter goes all books with David, Torie and Jamie. They answer listener emails and agree they would generally not read anything by or about Harvey Weinstein. Debut novelist Vauhini Vara zooms in to share “The Immortal King Rao.” It’s really three novels in one, expertly intertwined to tell the stories of an immigrant’s rise to world power and the consequences of his inventions.
John Branch “Sidecountry: Tales of Death and Life from the Back Roads of Sports”
Favorite sister Liz Clarke joins Torie and David for a breakdown on the French Open (Rafael and Coco rock!) and more. Pulitzer Prize winner John Branch zooms in to share “Sidecountry,” his amazing collection of essays about the unique and funny and sometimes tragic stories on the edge of sports. COB fave Susan Orlean says John writes “the best of American portraiture.” Yep.
Louis Bayard “Jackie and Me”
“It’s about choices.”
Chatter rolls into summer. David kicks things off with a report on the NBA and Torie’s future trophy husband. NYT star Joe Drape joins (who knew he wrote “In the Hornets’ Nest?) for a Belmont preview and chat about “Black Maestro,” his wonderful book about the last Black jockey to win the Kentucky Derby. COB fave Louis Bayard zooms in to share “Jackie and Me,” his fascinating take on Jack and Jackie Kennedy’s courtship through the eyes of Lem Billings, lifelong JFK friend.
Brendan Slocumb: “The Violin Conspiracy”
A very special edition of Chatter kicks off at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in blistering heat and wonderful book fans. Torie and David have a great chat with Brendan Slocumb, classically trained and internationally acclaimed violinist. He also weaves a great mystery tale of ambition and resilience in “The Violin Conspiracy.”
Susan Straight “Mecca”
“Put on earth to write.”
Torie kicks off the show with David and Washington Post book critic Ron Charles. Ron debriefs on the rise in book banning efforts and people fighting back. Award winning author of eight novels Susan Straight zooms in to talk about her latest, “Mecca.” A sweeping saga of intertwined lives, race, history and family, “Mecca” sets a high bar for anything about California and American culture.
Jack Carr “In the Blood”
“Vengeance and forgiveness.” Torie kicks off the show with Mayor Jud Ashman. Jud gives the back story on the Gaithersburg Book Festival and how he got into public service. Former Navy seal and multiple best selling author (and very forgiving) Jack Carr zooms in to talk about his latest, “In the Blood.” Over 20 years in Naval Special Warfare inform Carr’s fast paced and highly believable novel about tracking down a Mossad agent’s killer and walking into a highly sophisticated trap with global implications. Come for the action; stay for the smart geopolitical thinking.
Love this podcast!
Never miss a show. Enjoyable conversation and informative interviews.
Funny and super smart without being full of themselves. Love it. Got my family on it as well. -X in Austin
Tons of fun
Love this quirky, opinionated, fast-moving podcast that is ostensibly about books, but also about sports and anything else interesting that might come up along the way. The hosts are appallingly smart, accomplished, and erudite - well worth a listen.