Aftershocks with Nadia Owusu; and Tough Questions on Russia, Myanmar, and Impeachment

Aftershocks with Nadia Owusu; and Tough Quest...

Memoirist Nadia Owusu joins The PEN Pod this week to talk her new memoir AFTERSHOCKS, about her life on the fault lines after a global childhood and her own battles with mental illness. Then we go global with PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel, who talks about the demonstrations in Russia, the blow to democracy in Myanmar, and what to watch in next week's impeachment hearings. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:

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PEN America Literary Award Finalists; Plus, Tough Questions about a New York Times Reporter, the Impeachment, and a Saudi Activist Released
27min 57sec
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Two Debut Queer Brazilian YA Novelists; Plus, Suzanne Nossel on Muzzling, Facebook, and a Free Press
41min 43sec
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Defending Free Expression in the Biden Era; Plus, Koa Beck on White Feminism
35min 23sec
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George Saunders on the Craft of Short Fiction; Plus, Suzanne Nossel on the Impeachment and Incitement
26min 36sec
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Tough Questions about Wednesday's Insurrection on Capitol Hill with Suzanne Nossel
13min 31sec
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Tough Questions About Truth, TikTok, and Tehran with Suzanne Nossel
11min 17sec
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Sandy Mui and COVID-19's Toll on Journalism
10min 12sec
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Tough Questions About a Petulant President; Plus, Ruby Hamad and White Tears/Brown Scars
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Tough Questions About Election Week; Plus, Rhonda Mitchell and Writing the Now
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Special: Election Day with PEN America featuring Nora Benavidez, Natalie Diaz, and Alice Randall
35min 26sec
On this special edition for Election Day 2020, we have a conversation with PEN America expert Nora Benavidez on what to expect in the coming hours and days, how to prepare for disinformation, and how ...
Tough Questions on What to Expect in the Coming Days; Plus, Kevin Young on Poetry, Museums, and Our Shared History
26min 28sec
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We Will Emerge: Laila Lalami
10min 48sec
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Tami Charles and All Because You Matter
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34min 29sec
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29min 9sec
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