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February 3rd, 2021

EPISODE 17 - THE DEAD ARE ARISING: THE LIFE OF MALCOM X

BY LES PAYNE

Les Payne, the renowned Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, embarked in 1990 on a nearly 30-year-long quest to interview anyone he could find who had actually known Malcolm X—all siblings of the Little family, classmates, friends, cellmates, Nation of Islam figures, FBI moles, cops, and political leaders around the world.  The result is this historic biography that conjures a never-before-seen world of its protagonist, [and] traces the life of one of the twentieth century’s most politically relevant figures “from street criminal to devoted moralist and revolutionary.”

-W. W. Norton & Co.

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March 3rd, 2021

EPISODE 18 - INERIOR CHINATOWN

BY CHARLES YU

Willis Wu doesn’t perceive himself as the protagonist in his own life: he’s merely "Generic Asian Man".  Yet every day, he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He’s a bit player here, too, but he dreams of being "Kung Fu Guy"—the most respected role that anyone who looks like him can attain. Or is it?  'Interior Chinatown' is Charles Yu’s most moving, daring, and masterful novel yet.

-Penguin Random House

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April 7th, 2021

EPISODE 19 - DMZ COLONY

BY DON MEE CHOI

Woven from poems, prose, photographs, and drawings, Don Mee Choi's 'DMZ Colony' is a tour de force of personal and political reckoning set over eight acts. Evincing the power of translation as a poetic device to navigate historical and linguistic borders, it explores Edward Said's notion of "the intertwined and overlapping histories" in regards to South Korea and the United States through innovative deployments of voice, story, and poetics.

-Wave Books

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May 5th, 2021

EPISODE 20 - TOKYO UENO STATION

BY YU MIRI

Born in Fukushima in 1933, the same year as the Emperor, Kazu’s life is tied by a series of coincidences to Japan’s Imperial family and to one particular spot in Tokyo; the park near Ueno Station – the same place his unquiet spirit now haunts in death. Award-winning author Yu Miri uses her outsider’s perspective as a Korean-Japanese writer to craft a novel of utmost importance, a powerful rebuke to the Imperial system and a sensitive, deeply felt depiction of the lives of Japan’s most vulnerable people.

-Tilted Axis Press

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