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Every Podcast Episode in Season One of SAL/On Air

Featuring fourteen events from across our thirty years of programming, the SAL/On Air podcast is a free way to experience past lectures and readings. Peruse the list below to get the scoop on every single episode from Season One, including our latest three episodes with Tom Hanks, Ada Limón, and Madhur Jaffrey.

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Episode 1: Elizabeth Strout

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author examines everything from why fiction matters to writer’s block, armed with her signature dry New England wit.

Episode 2: Ruth Ozeki

The novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest delivers a humorous talk about patience, time, and becoming a better human being.

Episode 3: Isabel Allende, Part I

The master of magical realism joins us in 1989, SAL’s inaugural season, for a lecture about the power of writing and its potential to unify the “extended family” of the world.

Episode 4: Isabel Allende, Part II

Thirty years later, Allende returns to the SAL stage again to discuss the transformative potential of women in power and the healing work of truth-telling.

Episode 5: Philip Roth

Philip Roth delivers this 1992 lecture about Patrimony, a memoir that follows his father through each stage of terminal brain cancer.

Episode 6: Madeleine Albright

First-ever female Secretary of State Madeline Albright examines fascism in the 20th century and how its legacy shapes today’s world.

Episode 7: Lucie Brock-Broido

The poet of the witching hour passed away in March 2018. Just three years prior, she joined us for this spellbinding reading from her collection Stay, Illusion.

Episode 8: Frank McCourt

The late author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela’s Ashes brings his uncanny Irish humor and profound sense of humanity to the SAL stage in 2006.

Episode 9: Viet Thanh Nguyen

In this 2018 lecture, the author of The Sympathizer illuminates the heart of his writing and challenges received notions about refugee stories.

Episode 10: Jane Hirshfield

In this reading from 2009, Jane Hirshfield champions the intimacies of poetry and helps us find ways to say “yes” to the difficult.

Episode 11: Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi spent two years holding secret literature classes in Tehran after the Islamic Revolution. In this 2006 lecture, she speaks to the dire consequences of banning books.

Episode 12: Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks joins Nancy Pearl, Seattle’s beloved librarian, for a 2017 conversation about his prolific film career, his first book, and his obsession with vintage typewriters.

Episode 13: Ada Limón

Poet Ada Limón reads from her collection Bright Dead Things and ruminates on how we build our identities from place and human contact.

Episode 14: Madhur Jaffrey

Actress and food & travel writer Madhur Jaffrey, recognized for helping bring Indian cuisine to the western hemisphere, reflects on her prolific cookbook-writing career.

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