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Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly literary podcast featuring in-depth conversations with today's leading writers.  
 


Books, literature, writing, authors, screenwriters, art, life, conversation.  
 


PRAISE FOR THE OTHERPPL PODCAST: 
 


“…[an] excellent literary podcast." -The Paris Review  
 


“Fabulously smart.” -The Rumpus 
 


“…fun, quirky, in-depth…” -NPR 
 


“The perfect way to get the story behind your stories.” -Buzzfeed 
 


“…the preplanned responses of NPR personalities sound somewhat counterfeit when stacked against the largely, if not completely, unscripted monologues that open rawer podcasts, such as Marc Maron’s ‘WTF’ and Brad Listi’s literary ‘Otherppl’ podcast. Mr. Listi, for instance, frequently allows for lengthy pauses in between sentences that convey, without stage directions, the process of someone thinking aloud.” -New York Times 
 


“Good from the word ‘go.’…funny, pointed, thought-provoking. If there’s any justice in the world, this will become huge.” -McSweeney's  
 


“Always engaging and often revelatory…one more cog in a burgeoning literary media empire.” -Filmmaker Magazine 
 


“Listi’s interviews are somehow both more relaxed and more personal than the typical author conversation.” -The Millions 
 


“In a world full of distractions — where almost everything I encounter is practically begging me not to write — Brad Listi’s podcast has made me hit the pause button on my iTunes, blow off social obligations, and sit my ass down in a chair and write. The show is funny, insightful, entertaining, affirming, and, more than anything — inspiring. It’s easily one of the best podcasts on the web.” -Electric Literature 
 


“What’s awesome here is the personal questions, the open quality of the interviews…Listi is a damn good interviewer with an ability to discuss just about anything. His discussions of religion in particular make for an awesomely intimate environment that many other interview podcasts just don’t have.” -Book Riot 
 


“The writers and book-relevant folks [Listi has] chosen to feature range from the up-and-coming to well-established. Indie presses and their authors are abundant, so it’s a great spot to hear about off-the-radar talent. I feel like I’ve gone into some of the episodes barely knowing a name, and I come out with a better understanding of the creative life and, usually, a new book on my to-read list.” -Bustle 
 


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Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly literary podcast featuring in-depth conversations with today's leading writers.  
 


Books, literature, writing, authors, screenwriters, art, life, conversation.  
 


PRAISE FOR THE OTHERPPL PODCAST: 
 


“…[an] excellent literary podcast." -The Paris Review  
 


“Fabulously smart.” -The Rumpus 
 


“…fun, quirky, in-depth…” -NPR 
 


“The perfect way to get the story behind your stories.” -Buzzfeed 
 


“…the preplanned responses of NPR personalities sound somewhat counterfeit when stacked against the largely, if not completely, unscripted monologues that open rawer podcasts, such as Marc Maron’s ‘WTF’ and Brad Listi’s literary ‘Otherppl’ podcast. Mr. Listi, for instance, frequently allows for lengthy pauses in between sentences that convey, without stage directions, the process of someone thinking aloud.” -New York Times 
 


“Good from the word ‘go.’…funny, pointed, thought-provoking. If there’s any justice in the world, this will become huge.” -McSweeney's  
 


“Always engaging and often revelatory…one more cog in a burgeoning literary media empire.” -Filmmaker Magazine 
 


“Listi’s interviews are somehow both more relaxed and more personal than the typical author conversation.” -The Millions 
 


“In a world full of distractions — where almost everything I encounter is practically begging me not to write — Brad Listi’s podcast has made me hit the pause button on my iTunes, blow off social obligations, and sit my ass down in a chair and write. The show is funny, insightful, entertaining, affirming, and, more than anything — inspiring. It’s easily one of the best podcasts on the web.” -Electric Literature 
 


“What’s awesome here is the personal questions, the open quality of the interviews…Listi is a damn good interviewer with an ability to discuss just about anything. His discussions of religion in particular make for an awesomely intimate environment that many other interview podcasts just don’t have.” -Book Riot 
 


“The writers and book-relevant folks [Listi has] chosen to feature range from the up-and-coming to well-established. Indie presses and their authors are abundant, so it’s a great spot to hear about off-the-radar talent. I feel like I’ve gone into some of the episodes barely knowing a name, and I come out with a better understanding of the creative life and, usually, a new book on my to-read list.” -Bustle 
 


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otherppl.com  
 


@otherppl 
 


Instagram 
 


Support the show on Patreon 
 


Proud Bookshop affiliate. Buy books here!

    694. David Tromblay

    694. David Tromblay

    David Tromblay is the guest. His new memoir, As You Were, is available from Dzanc Books. It is the official February pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.
    Tromblay served in the U.S. Armed Forces for over a decade before attending the Institute of American Indian Arts for his MFA in Creative Writing. He's since written and published a memoir and three novels. His other books include The Essentials: A Manifesto and The Ramblings of a Revenant. He currently works as an editor for Shotgun Honey Magazine and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his cat, Walter, and dogs, Bentley and Hank.
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    Launched in 2011. Books. Literature. Writing. Publishing. Authors. Screenwriters. Life. Death. Etc.
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    693. Candace Jane Opper

    693. Candace Jane Opper

    Candace Jane Opper is the author of the debut memoir Certain and Impossible Events. It was selected by Cheryl Strayed as the winner of the Kore Press Memoir Award.
    Opper is a writer, a mother, and an occasional visual artist. She grew up in the woods of Southern Connecticut. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Longreads, Guernica, Creative Nonfiction, LitHub, Narratively, Brevity, and Vestoj, among others. She is a Creative Nonfiction Foundation Fellowship recipient and a member on the advisory council for Write Pittsburgh, a program collective that empowers writers to amplify their voices and strengthen their communities. Certain and Impossible Events is her first book.
    Today's monologue: listener mail
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    Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly literary podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today's leading writers.
    Launched in 2011. Books. Literature. Writing. Publishing. Authors. Screenwriters. Life. Death. Etc.
    Support the show on Patreon
    Merch
    www.otherppl.com
    @otherppl
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    • 1 hr 47 min
    692. Ahmed Naji

    692. Ahmed Naji

    Ahmed Naji is the guest. He is the author of three novels, including Using Life (University of Texas Press), which led to his imprisonment in Egypt—and then led to the writing of a new memoir, Rotten Evidence: Reading and Writing in Prison, currently excerpted in The Believer magazine.
    In 2016, Naji was sentenced to 2 years in prison after a reader complained that an excerpt of Using Life published in a literary journal harmed public morality. His imprisonment marks the first time in modern Egypt that an author has been jailed for a work of literature. Writers and literary organizations around the world rallied to support Naji, and he was released in December 2016. His original conviction was overturned in May 2017.
    His other books include the novels Rogers and And Tigers to My Room.
    Throughout his career, he has won several prizes, including the 2016 PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award.
    He is now a fellow at the Black Mountain Institute in Las Vegas, where he lives with his small family.
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    Launched in 2011. Books. Literature. Writing. Publishing. Authors. Screenwriters. Life. Death. Etc.
    Support the show on Patreon / get merch. 
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    691. Michael Bible

    691. Michael Bible

    Michael Bible is the guest. His new novel, The Ancient Hours, is available from Melville House.
    Support independent booksellers! Get your copy here.
    Bible's other books include Empire of Light and Sophia, also from Melville House. He is originally from North Carolina. His work has appeared in the Oxford American, The Paris Review Daily, Al-Jazeera America, ESPN The Magazine, and New York Tyrant Magazine. He is a former bookseller at Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, and lives in New York.
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    690. Te-Ping Chen

    690. Te-Ping Chen

    Te-Ping Chen is the guest. Her debut story collection, Land of Big Numbers, is available from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It is the official January pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.
    Chen's fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Granta and Tin House. She is a Wall Street Journal correspondent in Philadelphia who was previously based in Beijing and Hong Kong. She has reported on rice cookers and wrongful convictions, gotten hung up on by Edward Snowden and eaten more robot-cooked noodles than she can count. 
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    Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly literary podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today's leading writers.
    Launched in 2011. Books. Literature. Writing. Publishing. Authors. Screenwriters. Life. Death. Etc.
    Support the show on Patreon
    Merch
    www.otherppl.com
    @otherppl
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    Email the show: letters [at] otherppl [dot] com
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    689. Rob Doyle

    689. Rob Doyle

    Rob Doyle is the guest. His new book, Threshold, is available from Bloomsbury.
    Doyle's debut novel, Here Are the Young Men, was published in 2014 by Bloomsbury and the Lilliput Press. It was selected as one of Hot Press magazine’s ‘20 Greatest Irish Novels 1916-2016’, and has been made into a film starring Dean Charles Chapman and Anya Taylor Joy. This is the Ritual, a collection of short stories, was published in 2016 to widespread acclaim.
    Doyle is the editor of the anthology The Other Irish Tradition (Dalkey Archive Press), and In This Skull Hotel Where I Never Sleep (Broken Dimanche Press). He has written for the Guardian, TLS, Vice, Sunday Times, Dublin Review, Observer and many other publications, and throughout 2019 he wrote a weekly column on cult books for the Irish Times.
    He lives between Ireland and Berlin.
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    Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly literary podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today's leading writers.
    Launched in 2011. Books. Literature. Writing. Publishing. Authors. Screenwriters. Life. Death. Etc.
    Support the show on Patreon
    Merch
    www.otherppl.com
    @otherppl
    Instagram 
    Email the show: letters [at] otherppl [dot] com
    The podcast is a proud affiliate partner of Bookshop, working to support local, independent bookstores.
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    • 1 hr 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
339 Ratings

339 Ratings

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non nonsense

really genuine conversations that are simultaneous self-aware and as if the writers have forgetten they are being recorded

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Interview w/ Sarah Kendzior

Just discovered your pod because of Sarah being on it! Loved this interview, of course. It was great hearing Sarah talk for awhile uninterrupted. Thanks for the good work you do!

MOREPB ,

Another awesome episode.

Really enjoyed your conversation with Milo Martin. One of my favorites. What a Christmas gift! Thank you, Brad ❤️🌲💚

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