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Each week on Smart Podcast, Trashy Books, Sarah Wendell interviews authors, readers, reviewers, bloggers, publishing professionals, editors, and librarians about romance novels, which are among the most popular genres in fiction worldwide. Popular guests include: Ilona Andrews, Robin Bradford, NPR's Barrie Hardymon, Jaye Wells, and Rachel Aaron. Amanda, Carrie, Elyse, and RedHeadedGirl, the crew of reviewers at SB-TB.com, also make frequent appearances with maximum silliness. Frequent topics include romance novels, the way the genre is changing, and the brilliant and interesting people who read, write, and produce it, and issues common among romance readers. Plus, we always recommend some books we're reading and really enjoying. Learn more at SB-TB.com/Podcast.

Smart Podcast, Trashy Books: Reviews, Interviews, and Discussion About All the Romance Novels You Love to Read Sarah Wendell - Romance Novel Reviewer, Reader, and Author

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Each week on Smart Podcast, Trashy Books, Sarah Wendell interviews authors, readers, reviewers, bloggers, publishing professionals, editors, and librarians about romance novels, which are among the most popular genres in fiction worldwide. Popular guests include: Ilona Andrews, Robin Bradford, NPR's Barrie Hardymon, Jaye Wells, and Rachel Aaron. Amanda, Carrie, Elyse, and RedHeadedGirl, the crew of reviewers at SB-TB.com, also make frequent appearances with maximum silliness. Frequent topics include romance novels, the way the genre is changing, and the brilliant and interesting people who read, write, and produce it, and issues common among romance readers. Plus, we always recommend some books we're reading and really enjoying. Learn more at SB-TB.com/Podcast.

    432. Saving Endangered Animals, Plus Romance: A Conversation with Michelle Hazen

    432. Saving Endangered Animals, Plus Romance: A Conversation with Michelle Hazen

    Michelle Hazen is a romance author and a wildlife tortoise biologist, a semi-nomadic career (the biologist part) (and also the author part) that informs much of her writing. We talk about saving baby animals, writing about trauma, life in the desert doing biologist work, and romance tropes that work really well in the desert.

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    Looking for a podcast to try? Have you checked out Tea & Strumpets?

    Tea & Strumpets is a lively and engaging podcast dedicated entirely to Historical Romance! Join hosts and friends Zoë and Kelsey each episode as they discuss all the steamy (and sometimes tepid) details of the Regency Romance genre. And since the regency technically only lasted 9 years, generally we're talking post-wigs but pre-telephone! Find us wherever you download podcasts, or at RomancePod.com.

    431. Amanda and Sarah’s Q&A Part Deux: Silly Bugaloo

    431. Amanda and Sarah’s Q&A Part Deux: Silly Bugaloo

    We’re back with more questions from our Patreon community! We have questions about books, romance covers, and of course, food. Strong opinions? Yes! Silliness! Also yes!

    Thank you again to the Patreon community for providing the very silly, very much needed questions.

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    430. A Very Silly Q&A with Amanda and Sarah

    430. A Very Silly Q&A with Amanda and Sarah

    With the help of the Podcast Patreon community, Amanda and I are answering silly questions to help get us all through Hellweek.

    If you're like me, and a little stressed/overwhelmed/chin-deep-in-existential-dread, a little silliness goes a long way. So Amanda and I are bringing you a temporary respite with an extremely silly Q&A with half the Patreon’s incredible questions - the other half will be in a future episode. Think The Most Goofy AMA You've Ever Heard. Is there background construction noise AND dog barking? Of course! We’re talking candy, bedside tables, time travel, cheese plate perfection, and more - with extra silliness. We hope it gets you through.

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    429. Here She Is: Discussing Beauty Pageants and History with Dr. Hilary Levey Friedman

    429. Here She Is: Discussing Beauty Pageants and History with Dr. Hilary Levey Friedman

    My guest today is Dr. Hilary Levey Friedman, Brown University professor and author of the new book Here She Is: The Complicated Reign of the Beauty Pageant in America. I had a chance to read the book and was so eager to discuss it, in particular because of the ways in which public conceptions of beauty pageants overlap substantially with public conceptions of romance. We talk about pageants, history, popular culture, and several surprising elements of the culture of Miss America - for example, the number of former pageant contestants who go into politics and public service.

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    • 50 min
    428. The Cheese Plate is a Technology: Because Internet with Gretchen McCulloch

    428. The Cheese Plate is a Technology: Because Internet with Gretchen McCulloch

    Today Amanda and I are talking with Gretchen McCulloch, author of Because Internet and host of the podcast “Lingthusiasm.” If you like listening to a really smart person with intricate knowledge of what’s going on beneath the mundane, this is an episode for you. We start by fangirling about Courtney Milan and creative use of language in some of her favorite novels, and then we talk about internet language. We also talk about how the use of language as a tool for socializing is something we’re all redefining. The words we use, and the spaces in which the words, happen are changing rapidly, and now are even more different.

    This is a longer episode because we talk about So Many Things. Amanda and I both read and really enjoyed Because Internet, and it was a treat to talk to the author about her book, and about how language and socializing are evolving.

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    427. Mailboxes to Bonetown: Amanda and Sarah Talk Sex Ratings

    427. Mailboxes to Bonetown: Amanda and Sarah Talk Sex Ratings

    We received an email from Megan, who wanted to know about the possibility of building a rating system for sex in books. TL;DR, we don’t think it’s entirely feasible given how subjective heat levels can be for different readers, but the idea gives us a lot to talk about.

    We also talk about Prime Day this week, my younger child’s bar mitzvah, which was last weekend, virtually, from our backyard, and different levels of friendship.

    What about you? What would your sex rating system look like? What elements would you want to highlight? Think it’s doable? Email us! We love hearing from you.

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    Music: purple-planet.com

    • 1 hr

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