100 episodes

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!

Chatter on Books Torie Clarke

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 330 Ratings

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!

    Erik Larson “The Demon of Unrest: A saga of hubris, heartbreak, and heroism at the dawn of the civil war."

    Erik Larson “The Demon of Unrest: A saga of hubris, heartbreak, and heroism at the dawn of the civil war."

    “Political horror story.”
    Chatter rolls with Claude, David, Torie, and man about town Rodney Ferguson. They break down Wimbledon, rave about “James” by Percival Everett, and marvel at BookTok. David shares the back brief on his upcoming book “The Basketball 100,” a celebration of the best players in NBA History. Award winning, best selling and all around cool guy Erik Larson zooms in to chat about “The Demon of Unrest: A saga of hubris, heartbreak, and heroism at the dawn of the civil war.”  With his usual meticulous research and riveting writing, Larson brings new perspective on the months between Lincoln’s election and the Confederate shelling of Fort Sumter.  And despite the known outcome, there’s suspense too.

    • 50 min
    Karen Valby “The Swans of Harlem: Five Black Ballerinas, Fifty Years of Sisterhood, and Their Reclamation of a Groundbreaking History."

    Karen Valby “The Swans of Harlem: Five Black Ballerinas, Fifty Years of Sisterhood, and Their Reclamation of a Groundbreaking History."

    “Long overdue”
    Chatter rolls with Claude, David, Jamie and Torie.  They do “Chatter on Weddings” (they used to be a lot less complicated), contemplate a live show, share father’s day experiences, and somehow veer into what makes elite athletes so dedicated.  Karen Valby zooms in from Austin to share “The Swans of Harlem.” Until now, not many outside the world of ballet (heck, even inside that world) knew about five pioneering Black ballerinas and their remarkable friendship that has survived fifty years. 

    • 50 min
    Ben Rothenberg – “Naomi Osaka: Her Journey to Finding Her Power and Her Voice”

    Ben Rothenberg – “Naomi Osaka: Her Journey to Finding Her Power and Her Voice”

    “Revealing”
    Chatter rolls with David, Torie, and Torie’s sister from another mother Liz Clarke. They do email (keep them coming!), share “worst ever injuries,” and marvel at the late great, Bill Walton’s Grateful Dead obsession. Bill Gates’ summer reading list has few takers; Torie’s most into “The Women,” historical fiction by Kristin Hannah. Multi-talented and trivia superstar Ben Rothenberg zooms in with “Naomi Osaka,” his remarkably revealing bio of a superstar tennis talent whose influence went well beyond the courts on which she played. 

    • 52 min
    Live at the Gaithersburg Book Festival with Anne Foster “The Long War on Drugs”

    Live at the Gaithersburg Book Festival with Anne Foster “The Long War on Drugs”

    “It’s important.”
    Chatter rolls at the Gaithersburg Book Festival with David, Torie, and Jamie. They rave about now Pulitzer Prize winning author Ilyon Woo whose “Master Slave Husband Wife” was featured on Chatter over a year ago. COB alum Anne Foster joins under the tent to share (again) “The Long War on Drugs,” her 360 degree look at decades of efforts to combat drugs. And she shares what it’s like to be one of David’s oldest and earest friends.

    • 33 min
    Abraham Chang “888 Love and the Divine Burden of Numbers”

    Abraham Chang “888 Love and the Divine Burden of Numbers”

    “Let’s get busy living!“
    Chatter rolls with David, Claude and Torie.  They debrief the Gaithersburg Book Festival and speculate on why whales attacks (aka “Chatter on Whales”).  Bobby Gottfried got things going, and Maryland Governor Wes Moore recently signed a law banning book banning. They debate signs you should give up on a book. Award winning, poetry writing and publishing guru Abraham Chang zooms in to share his debut novel.  Packed with pop culture and blistering dialogue, “888 Love and the Divine Burden of Numbers” covers love, identity, and Chinese culture in a completely unique way. And he had fun writing it!

    • 54 min
    Elizabeth O’Connor “Whale Fall”

    Elizabeth O’Connor “Whale Fall”

    Chatter rolls into May with David, Torie, and America’s favorite book festival founder Mayor Jud Ashman.  They rave about the Derby, bemoan the celebrification (is that a word?)) of sporting events, and claim to be good sports parents.  Jud debriefs on the  Gaithersburg Book Festival.  Over one hundred authors, events, and workshops – not to mention it’s free and offers free parking.  Chatter will be there at 12:15 pm with Anne Foster and "The Long War on Drugs".  Award winning and debut novelist  Elizabeth O'Connor  zooms in from across the pond to share  "Whale Fall".  Glowing reviews on both sides of the ocean applaud O’Connor’s care in writing the story of a young woman finding herself on a remote Welsh island.  We’d add compelling and evocative.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
330 Ratings

330 Ratings

soxwally ,

Wonderful knowledgeable and fun podcast

What a fun way to learn about books. Wonderful group. I just love this podcast.

beacape ,

Spy plus

Yes to Chatter on Movies. I think David is the spy. Think of all his travel…

Artie J. ,

Always learning!

I love Chatter on Books. Great authors, stories, and personalities. Interesting and intelligent and learned hosts. Torie is masterful at asking the right questions and throwing in the most ridiculous ones also. Today I learned a new word, thanks Jamie. (Show off)

Rob Dundon

per·si·flage
/ˈpərsəˌfläZH/
noun
1.
light and slightly contemptuous mockery or banter.

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