The PEN Pod

By PEN America

As an organization that's all about the literary community, PEN America knows that the ongoing health crisis is hitting our Members and friends particularly hard. The PEN Pod is meant to provide regular updates and conversations about literature and free expression, and provide an outlet for literary celebration as in-person events remain few and far between. Join the conversation online at pen.org and on our social channels @PENAmerica. Thanks for tuning in. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/penamerica/support

  1. 1.
    A BBC Reporter Expelled from Russia: Then, Tough Questions on Book Bans, a Texas Abortion Law, and Supporting Exiles Worldwide
    22:43
  2. 2.
    The Promise of a Robust Public Defense; Plus, Dallas' Literary Community
    28:26
  3. 3.
    Renewing New Orleans Through Literature with Maurice Carlos Ruffin; Plus, the War on Terror with Spencer Ackerman
    38:07
  4. 4.
    Leaving Behind a Deadly Digital Trail in Afghanistan
    21:59
  5. 5.
    Navigating the Debacle in Afghanistan: George Packer and Ayad Akhtar, Plus the Future for Afghan Women
    18:19
  6. 6.
    Attacking Racism Through National Solidarity; Plus, Tough Questions on Belarus, Misinformation, and a Texas Book Ban
    27:54
  7. 7.
    Queering an Epic Tale; Plus, Tough Questions on the Olympics, Facebook Shutting Down Research, and Protest Laws
    19:12
  8. 8.
    DREAMing Out Loud; Plus, Tough Questions on the Insurrection Hearings, COVID Vaccines, and Russia's Vendetta Against the Press
    18:43
  1. 9.
    Belarus Opposition Leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya; the Pegasus Spyware Scandal; Tough Question on the Olympics and Vaccine Disinformation
    25:21
  2. 10.
    Bring Danny Home; Plus, Iran Attempts to Arrest an American Writer
    20:27
  3. 11.
    Fighting Back Against Hate with Brad Hoylman; Plus Tough Questions about Censorship, Academic Freedom, and Hate Speech
    20:32
  4. 12.
    Queer Poem a Day; Plus, Tough Questions on Belarus, a Cussing Cheerleader, and Hong Kong
    22:57
  5. 13.
    The M Word: Centering Muslim American Voices
    27:47
  6. 14.
    Tough Questions on Iran, Digital Sovereignty, and Divisive Topics; Plus, Crimea Seven Years After the Occupation
    31:22
  7. 15.
    Zakiya Dalila Harris and The Other Black Girl; Plus, Tough Questions on COVID, Reporters' Emails, and Critical Race Theory
    32:36
  8. 16.
    The Russian Key; Plus, Tough Questions on Belarus, Content Takedowns, and Media Personnel Decisions
    31:06
  9. 17.
    Festival Day Five: Brian Broome and Unapologetic Memoir
    14:07
  10. 18.
    Festival Day Four: Kawai Strong Washburn and Magical Storytelling
    15:29
  11. 19.
    Festival Day Three: Torrey Peters and Liberation Literature
    14:07
  12. 20.
    Festival Day Two: Allison Markin Powell and Gabriella Page-Fort, and Bringing Translated Literature to Vast Audiences
    16:54
  13. 21.
    Festival Day One: Masha Gessen, Ayad Akhtar, and the PEN World Voices Festival
    17:55
  14. 22.
    Special: Previewing the PEN World Voices Festival with Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf
    12:22
  15. 23.
    Love Letters Across Los Angeles; Plus, Tough Questions on Protest Rights, Iran, and Local News
    30:15
  16. 24.
    Tough Questions on Facebook and Free Speech; Plus, an English Professor Fired for Speaking Out
    26:19
  17. 25.
    Tough Questions on the Tough Calls in Publishing; Plus, Teens for Press Freedom
    24:23
  18. 26.
    The Freedom to Write; Plus, Tough Questions on Imprisoned Writers, Mike Pence, and the George Floyd Verdict
    25:15
  19. 27.
    Futureproof with Kevin Roose; Plus, Tough Questions on AI, Turkey, and Protest Rights
    24:01
  20. 28.
    Libertie with Kaitlyn Greenidge; Then, Tough Questions on Beijing, Corporate Free Speech, and Acts of Courage
    28:31
  21. 29.
    No Excuse for Online Abuse; Then, Tough Questions on Myanmar, Anti-Trans Legislation, and Fighting Hatred Online
    23:04
  22. 30.
    Your Voice Is Your Superpower; Then, Tough Questions on Social Media, Police and Protests, and Saudi Accountability
    26:44
  23. 31.
    A Texas Professor Puts It All on the Line; Plus, Tough Questions on Saudi Arabia, Protest Rights, and Vaccine Hesitancy
    33:05
  24. 32.
    How Beautiful We Were with Imbolo Mbue; Plus, Tough Questions on Big Tech, Antitrust, and the Supreme Court
    25:53
  25. 33.
    Facebook Lifts Its Political Ad Ban, Dr. Seuss, and Bloodshed in Myanmar; Plus, Author Sanderia Faye on Literary Activism
    25:38
  26. 34.
    Economy Hall and Black History with Fatima Shaik; Plus, Tough Questions on the Big Lie, Cancel Culture, and Alexei Navalny
    22:18
  27. 35.
    PEN America Settles Its Landmark Trump Lawsuit; Facebook and Cancel Culture; Plus Abraham Riseman's Take on the Life of Stan Lee
    28:20
  28. 36.
    PEN America Literary Award Finalists; Plus, Tough Questions about a New York Times Reporter, the Impeachment, and a Saudi Activist Released
    27:57
  29. 37.
    Aftershocks with Nadia Owusu; and Tough Questions on Russia, Myanmar, and Impeachment
    23:25
  30. 38.
    Two Debut Queer Brazilian YA Novelists; Plus, Suzanne Nossel on Muzzling, Facebook, and a Free Press
    41:42
  31. 39.
    Defending Free Expression in the Biden Era; Plus, Koa Beck on White Feminism
    35:23
  32. 40.
    George Saunders on the Craft of Short Fiction; Plus, Suzanne Nossel on the Impeachment and Incitement
    26:36
  33. 41.
    Tough Questions about Wednesday's Insurrection on Capitol Hill with Suzanne Nossel
    13:31
  34. 42.
    Tough Questions About Truth, TikTok, and Tehran with Suzanne Nossel
    11:17
  35. 43.
    Sandy Mui and COVID-19's Toll on Journalism
    10:12
  36. 44.
    Barack Obama and the Freedom to Write; Plus, Tough Questions with Suzanne Nossel
    49:18
  37. 45.
    Black Futures with Jenna Wortham and Kimberly Drew; Plus, Tough Questions with Suzanne Nossel
    24:53
  38. 46.
    Micheline Aharonian Marcom and The New American; Plus, Tough Questions with Suzanne Nossel
    22:15
  39. 47.
    Nova Ren Suma, Emily X.R. Pan, and Foreshadow
    15:08
  40. 48.
    Tough Questions About a Petulant President; Plus, Ruby Hamad and White Tears/Brown Scars
    33:01
  41. 49.
    Julia Rose Kraut and Threat of Dissent
    11:39
  42. 50.
    Tough Questions About Election Week; Plus, Rhonda Mitchell and Writing the Now
    21:09

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