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The B&N Podcast

Feb 28, 2018

The novelist Robert Harris has made a specialty out of flash points in history: the explosion of Mt. Vesuvius in ancient Rome, the cracking of the WWII Enigma code, or intrigue surrounding the Dreyfus Affair in 19th-century France.  In his latest thriller, Munich, Harris turns to the infamous 1938 meeting between...


Feb 23, 2018

The seemingly endless war in Afghanistan is both a recurrent headline and a perpetual mystery: the longer America's shadowy conflict with the Taliban drags out, the less we understand about who and why we're fighting.  Fortunately for us, journalist and author Steve Coll's deep reporting – which earned him a Pulitzer...


Feb 21, 2018

Laura Lippman's new novel Sunburn begins with the arrival in a Delaware town – the kind of town most people pass through on their way to the beach without even noticing – of a woman who's definitely going to be noticed. But for all it's film noir atmosphere and slow-kindling unease, in this story of ill-starred...


Feb 15, 2018

In 2005 writer, director and producer Reginald Hudlin added comic book author to his resume, picking up the mantle of the first black superhero, the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby creation Black Panther.  Hudlin's run writing one of Marvel’s most iconic characters deepened and expanded the world of T’Challa’s family...


Feb 14, 2018

With her bracing, witty, and incisive reflections on her experience as a young black woman in 21st-century America, Morgan Jerkins has arrived as one of the essential voices of our moment, discussing racism, sexism, and the paradoxes that she encounters in her career as a writer and editor.  She joins Miwa Messer in the...