One True Podcast explores all things related to Hemingway, his work, and his world. The show is hosted by Mark Cirino and produced by Michael Von Cannon. Join us in conversation with scholars, artists, political leaders, and other luminaries. For more, follow us on Twitter @1truepod. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From St. Louis to Kansas City with Andrew Theising and Steve Paul
Jump on Interstate 70 with us as we take a trip between two great American cities planted on the outer edges of Missouri -- St. Louis and Kansas City -- in order to explore their connections to Hemingway.
In the first half of our discussion, we're joined by Andrew Theising, author of Hemingway's Saint Louis: How St. Louisans Shaped His Life and Legacy, to understand more about the city's history, its arts & culture, and a vast array of St. Louisans, including Hemingway's first three wives.
250 miles away, we pick up with the story of Kansas City. We welcome Steve Paul, whose book Hemingway at Eighteen: The Pivotal Year That Launched an American Legend becomes our road map to navigating the city, its history, and Hemingway's formative journalistic experience at The Kansas City Star.
Grab a coffee, maybe some barbecue, and join us!
Nicholas Reynolds on Hemingway as Soldier and Spy
In this episode, we welcome Nicholas Reynolds, author of Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961, to discuss Hemingway's politics and involvement in espionage and intelligence.
Why was the Labor Day hurricane of 1935 Hemingway's political genesis point? How and why was he recruited by the Soviet NKVD? What was his involvement, beyond the role of war correspondent, during WWII? Reynolds, a former Marine colonel and intelligence officer who has served as the historian at the CIA Museum, explores these and other topics as we investigate Hemingway's preternatural intelligence-gathering ability, his growing paranoia during the later years, and the way his writing reflects his involvement in these "secret adventures."
One True Sentence #11 with Erik Nakjavani
Erik Nakjavani shares his one true sentence from Hemingway's Green Hills of Africa.
A. Scott Berg on Max Perkins
For this fascinating discussion, we welcome the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian A. Scott Berg, author of Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, to discuss Perkins’s role in Hemingway’s life and career.
Berg talks about the research and writing of his biography, the difference between Perkins’s approach to editing and promoting Hemingway and Fitzgerald, and the editor's collaborations with other writers such as Thomas Wolfe, James Jones, and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Berg also offers his “one true sentence” from all of Hemingway’s work.
We hope you enjoy this episode with one of America’s leading biographers!
Valerie Hemingway on the Summer of 1959
We welcome Valerie Hemingway to share her memories of her father-in-law and the thrilling Spanish summer of 1959. We draw from her wonderful memoir Running with the Bulls to hear stories about Hemingway’s later years, his writing process, and the stark difference between the dangerous summer of 1959 and the grim crises of 1960.
Ms. Hemingway recollects her own Irish childhood and her development as a young journalist thrust into the exhilarating role as Hemingway’s secretary. She also looks back at her relationship with Papa, which was unlike any other in Hemingway’s life.
Join us for our conversation with this brilliant and charming raconteur about her crucial role in Hemingway's life and legacy.
One True Sentence #10 with Andre Dubus III
Andre Dubus III, author of House of Sand and Fog, Townie, and Gone So Long, talks about his one true Hemingway sentence from "Hills Like White Elephants."
My favorite podcast
Intelligent, thoughtful discussions on a variety of topics about and related to Hemingway. All the flash in this podcast is in the insightful questions and thorough, often surprisingly illuminating answers. If only episodes were released more frequently--one can dream. Thanks, Mark and Michael.
Hemingway Society member
I have had a subscription to the Hemingway Review in the past and was happy to see that they were starting this podcast. As a Hemingway connoisseur and avid fan I find these podcasts to be informative and very accurate. I had previously read Alex Vernon’s article on Hemingway and war in a previous edition of the review and was glad to see he is readdressing the topic in a podcast.
This is an amazing podcast! Those guys know there stuff.