18 episodes

SongWriter is a podcast of stories and answer songs, featuring performances from Roxane Gay, Joyce Carol Oates, Gary Shteyngart, Sarah Jaffe, Michael Ian Black, Ted Leo, Susan Orlean, and many others.

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    • 4.4, 24 Ratings

SongWriter is a podcast of stories and answer songs, featuring performances from Roxane Gay, Joyce Carol Oates, Gary Shteyngart, Sarah Jaffe, Michael Ian Black, Ted Leo, Susan Orlean, and many others.

    Dodai Stewart + Natalia Zukerman

    Dodai Stewart + Natalia Zukerman

    Dodai Stewart tells a story about destiny, choice, and tarot cards that she wrote specially for SongWriter, and slide guitarist Natalia Zukerman performs her song “Storm Cloud Rising,” and talks about her own recent tangles with fate.

    • 20 min
    Soman Chainani + Cave Twins

    Soman Chainani + Cave Twins

    Author of the bestselling School for Good and Evil series (which is currently becoming a Netflix show), Soman Chainani, reads a children’s story he wrote for SongWriter, about an evil bear that eats children. David Mayfield and Abby Rose, who perform as Cave Twins, perform their song, “Mighty Mountain Monster,” and talk about how America’s political divisions inform their art.

    https://americansongwriter.com/american-songwriter-podcast-network/

    • 23 min
    Malachy McCourt + Louise Cairns

    Malachy McCourt + Louise Cairns

    Malachy McCourt is the 87 year-old brother of Pulitzer Prize-winning memoirist Frank McCourt, who wrote Angela’s Ashes about their childhood in Ireland. Malachy tells a story about a walk he and his father took together when he was a small boy, and Scottish songwriter Louise Cairns performs her response song, “Baby Rocks.”

    https://americansongwriter.com/american-songwriter-podcast-network/basic-folk-podcast/

    • 24 min
    Season Two Preview

    Season Two Preview

    This is a preview for the second season of SongWriter, the podcast of stories and "answer songs." This season will feature stories from Joyce Carol Oates, Soman Chainani, and Michael Ian Black, and songs written in response by Sarah Jaffe, Cave Twins, Tony Trischka, and Drew Holcomb.

    • 2 min
    Jonathan Lethem + Cindy Lee Berryhill (Bonus Episode!)

    Jonathan Lethem + Cindy Lee Berryhill (Bonus Episode!)

    Novelist and MacArthur "Genius Grant" award-winner Jonathan Lethem reads his story "Vivian Relf," and songwriter Cindy Lee Berryhill performs a song written in response.

    • 37 min
    Anna North + Miss Eaves

    Anna North + Miss Eaves

    Novelist and journalist Anna North reads two pieces of flash fiction, "The Machine" and "Cheese Baby," and rapper and filmmaker Miss Eaves performs a song written in response the second piece. The two friends also discuss how they met, and their reaction to each others' work.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

BZ Douglas ,

Wonderful concept, wonderful host

Attended a live taping of the show in Cleveland, and immediately fell in love with the concept and how Ben conducted the interview. Looking forward to following this show for as long as it runs!

Besteger ,

Looking Forward to More

Long-time fan of Arthur’s music. It’s fun to hear stories that have sparked his interest & learn more about his writing process.
I’m looking forward to hearing from his guests, as well.

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