Annotated

This book podcast is like Radiolab for books, studying different aspects of books, reading, and language. Past episodes have focused on the 2018 Nobel crisis in literature, Agatha Christie’s mysterious disappearance, and how Shakespeare was saved.

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Episode 30National Novel Writing Month

How a gimmick to write more became one of the biggest literary events online.

Episode 29The Baby-Sitters Club

The affirming, surprising, and most of all lasting legacy of The Baby-Sitters Club.

Episode 28The Dream of a Universal Language

What if the whole world spoke the same language? How would it work? Who would be interested in speaking it? In this episode, the dream, the reality, and the hope that is Esperanto.

Episode 27The Life-Changing Magic of Reading a Book

Sometimes people refer to a book they really liked as "life-changing." But what if you read a book, and it really did change your life in a big way? In this episode, stories of people reading books and making a big change.

Episode 26You Are Not Alone

In this episode, the story of the interrupted literary career of Freido Lampe, and how his story reveals the underpinnings of the Nazi obsession with books and literature.

Episode 24Books Behind Bars, Part 1

There are few places books can be put to better use than in prisons. So why is it so hard to get books into the hands of people in jail? In this episode, we look at how Washington state tried to radically restrict the flow of books into prisons.

Episode 23The Prophet

How Khalil Gibran's The Prophet became a quiet cultural powerhouse.

Episode 22Drag Queen Story Hour

In this episode, a look at how Drag Queen Story Hour became a public library phenomenon.

21Viral

In this episode, three stories about books, or parts of books, going viral.

Episode 20The Very Model of a Modern Major Bookstore

In this episode, how Barnes & Noble became a dominant force, why its not now, and what the future of the big bookstore could be.

Edna Ferber

In this episode, we profile the most famous American writer you probably never heard of--Edna Ferber.

Episode 17Is Reading Endangered?

People don't read as much as they used to. At least that's what people say. But is it true? And if they are reading less, why does it matter? Or does it matter? And the internet is bad for reading right? These questions and more in this episode.

Episode 16The Patron Saint of Libraries

The story of how Andrew Carnegie transformed the public library in America.

Episode 15Touch of Genius

The story of how Louis Braille brought reading to the blind.

Episode 14Used

Last month, a large used book collection and distribution company suddenly went out of business, leaving a hole in the local used book ecosystem. In this episode, we follow that story into the modern world of used book-selling.