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!

    Eric Blehm “The Darkest White”

    Eric Blehm “The Darkest White”

    “You never know about tomorrow.”
    Chatter rolls with Torie and COB’s favorite Mayor, Jud Ashman. The eclipse eclipses March Madness. Shout outs to Rob Dundon, Jake, and COB authors in Middleburg Books. They debate the funniest novels (sort of), and Jud briefs the May 18 Gaithersburg Book Festival.   Over a hundred authors and events and good weather guaranteed. Plus it’s free. Award winning and thrill seeking author Eric Blehm zooms in with “The Darkest White.” Harrowing and inspiring, his gripping account of the short life of legendary snowboarder Craig Kelly mesmerizes and inspires.

    • 1 hr
    James Grady “The Smoke in Our Eyes”

    James Grady “The Smoke in Our Eyes”

    “The book he was meant to write.”
    Chatter rolls with David, Torie, and Jamie. March Madness rules and inspires book ideas. Torie spots COB authors in airports and on The Atlantic’s best novels list.  Best selling, award winning, and all around cool guy James Grady zooms in to share “The Smoke in Our Eyes.”  With his typically brilliant writing and imagination, Grady captures a very modern coming of age story.  In Going Local, he chats up the Toole County Library, his favorite place in Shelby, Montana.

    • 54 min
    Liza Mundy “The Sisterhood”

    Liza Mundy “The Sisterhood”

    “Secrets that should be told.”
    Chatter rolls in like a lion with David, Torie, Jamie, and special guest Ann Hornaday.  In addition to the usual, they’re talking about non-books things like Caitlin Clark – awesome.  Award winning Wash Post movie critic Ann Hornaday joins for Oscar buzz and what makes a good book into a good movie (or not!).  NYT bestseller Liza Mundy zooms in to share “The Sisterhood,” her revelatory history of the role of women in the CIA.  With meticulous research and wonderful storytelling, Liza tells important stories unheard for too long.  As part of COB’s “Go Local,” she chats up her favorite libraries and independent bookstores.  DC’s MLK Library gets her nod for a Chatter on Books donation.

    • 57 min
    Louis Ferrante “Borgata: Rise of Empire – A History of the American Mafia.”

    Louis Ferrante “Borgata: Rise of Empire – A History of the American Mafia.”

    “It’s really life lessons.”
    Chatter rolls with David, Torie, and celebrity mixologist Rodney Ferguson.  They break down the Super Bowl and marvel at the life well lived by remarkable publisher (think “Jaws,: “The Exorcist,” and “Catcher in the Rye”).  Student of life and former Mafia associate Louis Ferrante zooms in to share “Borgata: Rise of Empire, a History of the American Mafia.”  Ferrante blends personal anecdotes with a remarkable grasp of history to track the rise of organized crime in America.  This is part one of a trilogy – he will be back!

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Mark Wish – “Necessary Deeds”

    Mark Wish – “Necessary Deeds”

    “Ferrari Brain”
    Chatter rolls with Claude, Torie, and Jamie. They hope the best for King Charles, and Torie gets to rave about Pebble Beach.  The “most checked out books” includes “The Snowy Day,”  and Jamie’s all over it.  Prolific writer and book doctor Mark Wish zooms in to share his (according to Torie) somewhat autobiographical “Necessary Deeds.” Wish’s protagonist is a literary agent turned convict, imprisoned for a crime of passion. “Necessary Deeds” quickly goes down a twisting and wonderful mind path of revenge and redemption. 

    • 40 min
    Chip Reid “Battle Scars”

    Chip Reid “Battle Scars”

    “Effects that last a lifetime.”
    Chatter rolls into 2024 with David, Torie, and Jamie.  They praise Tara VanDerveer, the winningest NCAA basketball coach, break down self-publisher Beatrix Potter, decide that dogs rule and we all have a ton of books.  Longtime journalist Chip Reid zooms in to share “Battle Scars.” Twenty years after embedding with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines in the Iraq War, Chip tells their stories of bravery, comradeship, and how the war changed their lives. Terrifying and inspiring all at once. 
     

    • 1 hr 1 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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