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Harper’s Magazine, the oldest general-interest monthly in America, explores the issues that drive our national conversation, through long-form narrative journalism and essays, and such celebrated features as the iconic Harper’s Index. With its emphasis on fine writing and original thought Harper’s provides readers with a unique perspective on politics, society, the environment, and culture. The essays, fiction, and reporting in the magazine’s pages come from promising new voices, as well as some of the most distinguished names in American letters, among them Annie Dillard, Barbara Ehrenreich, Jonathan Franzen, Mary Gaitskill, David Foster Wallace, and Tom Wolfe.

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    • 4.4 • 108 Ratings

Harper’s Magazine, the oldest general-interest monthly in America, explores the issues that drive our national conversation, through long-form narrative journalism and essays, and such celebrated features as the iconic Harper’s Index. With its emphasis on fine writing and original thought Harper’s provides readers with a unique perspective on politics, society, the environment, and culture. The essays, fiction, and reporting in the magazine’s pages come from promising new voices, as well as some of the most distinguished names in American letters, among them Annie Dillard, Barbara Ehrenreich, Jonathan Franzen, Mary Gaitskill, David Foster Wallace, and Tom Wolfe.

    Free Country

    Free Country

    Permitless carry is the law in more than twenty states, even though it’s unpopular with the vast majority of gun owners. Rachel Monroe, author of Savage Appetites: True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession, joins web editor Violet Lucca to discuss her latest report on the small, vocal groups of gun activists who are agitating to expand this right. The two also break down the false ideas that shape gun legislation in the U.S.—of the typical gun owner, a good guy with a gun, and of a purer past of gun ownership—along with an upcoming Supreme Court case that could lead to more armed people than ever before.

    Read Monroe’s cover story: https://harpers.org/archive/2022/02/free-country-permitless-carry-new-guns-rights-extremism/

    This episode was produced by Violet Lucca and Andrew Blevins.

    • 43 min
    Another Green World

    Another Green World

    Jessica Camille Aguirre joins web editor Violet Lucca to discuss “Another Green World,” her piece in the February issue that explores a new experiment inside the infamous Biosphere 2 facility near Tucson, Arizona. Together, they discuss the relationship between climate change, the desire to travel in space, and a failure to confront the lingering colonialist tendency to control and exploit earth’s natural resources until they are exhausted. Does the impetus to find another home for humanity betray a discomfort with our ecological interdependence? Is it an attempt to absolve ourselves for harming the planet when there’s still time to make it livable again? Issues around science and climate reporting are also discussed.

    Read Aguirre’s essay: https://harpers.org/archive/2022/02/biosphere-2-ecosystem-space-exploration-another-green-world

    This episode was produced by Violet Lucca and Andrew Blevins.

    • 47 min
    Findings + “An Errand”

    Findings + “An Errand”

    Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, a contributing editor to Harper’s Magazine, joins web editor Violet Lucca to discuss Findings, one of the most iconic sections of the magazine, and his recent short story, “An Errand.” Together, they explore his process for finding Findings and carefully juxtaposing recent scientific studies to form an alternately juvenile and highbrow comedic chronicle. They also delve into the world of Old Delhi to examine Kroll-Zaidi’s short story from the January issue, which finds a brother and sister on a quest to find a seller of hearts. They discuss the ways in which the story blends contemporary reality with folklore, and how Kroll-Zaidi’s work on Findings informs his fiction.

    Findings: https://harpers.org/sections/findings/

    “An Errand”: https://harpers.org/archive/2022/01/an-errand-rafil-kroll-zaidi/

    This episode was produced by Violet Lucca and Andrew Blevins.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Routine Maintenance

    Routine Maintenance

    This year, resolve to think differently about habit. Meghan O’Gieblyn, author of God, Human, Animal, Machine: Technology, Metaphor, and the Search for Meaning, discusses the spiritual, cognitive, and creative benefits of embracing routine in an increasingly automated world. O’Gieblyn dispenses with narrow notions of life hacking and argues that habits can free us from rigid algorithms to create space for contemplation. Routine doesn’t have to mean killing all spontaneity, but instead can function as a bulwark against mindlessness.

    • 39 min
    A Firm Hand

    A Firm Hand

    What does advice from the world’s most notorious consulting firm look like? Ian MacDougall discusses the McKinsey mystique, its work culture, the inner workings of its project to reduce violence at New York’s Rikers Island jail complex, and how the firm has shaped American capitalism over nine decades. You can read MacDougall’s annotation of one of McKinsey’s PowerPoint slides, created for the Rikers Island project—along with the entire presentation—here: https://harpers.org/archive/2022/01/a-firm-hand-mckinsey-goes-to-rikers-island

    This episode was produced by Violet Lucca and Andrew Blevins.

    • 42 min
    The Odor of Things

    The Odor of Things

    Writer Scott Sayare discusses his most recent piece for Harper’s Magazine, which addresses what little we know for certain about our ability to smell, as well as the secretive world of the fragrance industry and our tendency to take olfaction for granted. Sayare also explains new methods of helping those who’ve lost their ability to smell, a common lingering effect of COVID-19.

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

SoupsTroups ,

Unserious approach makes it a tough listen

I am a magazine subscriber and want to be a regular listener. But the loose, chummy, often giggly tone of the episodes detracts from the material for me. It’s not in service of the listener to focus more on banter than the subject. For demographic reference, I’m an older millennial.

nicoleay ,

You need this podcast!

A thoughtful, stimulating show. Violet Luca is an excellent host.

JJRROMI ,

Unlistenable

Even worse than the disorganized treatment of the subject is the vile vocal fry creaky talk of the guest. Where is the editor, or do these folks think this revival of Baby Snooks is cute? I’ve given this podcasts two tries and that’s all for me! What a shame on such an old and distinguished publication!

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