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The Stacks
The Stacks
Traci Thomas

The Stacks is your one stop shop to talk books and reading. Guests will join the host, Traci Thomas for lively discussions... more

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Ep. 251 The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey -- The Stacks Book Club (Chelsea Devantez)

Chelsea Devantez, host of the Celebrity Book Club podcast, returns to discuss our January Book Club pick The Meaning of... more

25 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Ep. 250 A Litany of Abuses with Ali Winston and Darwin BondGraham

Today we're joined by two award-winning journalists from the field of criminal justice and police misconduct. Ali Winston and Darwin... more

18 Jan 2023 · 59 minutes
Ep. 249 The Vibe is Really Gnarly with Aubrey Gordon

Author, activist and podcaster Aubrey Gordon talks to us today about her brand new second book - "You Just Need... more

11 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Ep. 248 For the Love of Celebrity Memoirs with Chelsea Devantez

Comedian and Emmy-nominated TV and film writer Chelsea Devantez joins our first Stacks episode of 2023. Her Celebrity Book Club... more

04 Jan 2023 · 56 minutes
Ep. 247 True Biz by Sara Nović -- The Stacks Book Club (Greta Johnsen)

For our final book club pick of 2022, Greta Johnsen is back to discuss True Biz by Sara Nović, a... more

28 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Ep. 246 The Best Books of 2022 with Andrew Limbong

NPR Arts Desk reporter and Book of the Day podcast host Andrew Limbong joins The Stacks to count down his... more

21 Dec 2022 · 58 minutes
Ep. 245 The Worst Moments of His Life with Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa

Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa join The Stacks to discuss their book His Name Is George Floyd:... more

14 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Ep. 244 Relentlessly Positive with Greta Johnsen

Today we're joined by Greta Johnsen, host and producer of the Nerdette podcast from WBEZ Chicago, at host of HBO's... more

07 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Ep. 243 Prison by Any Other Name by Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law -- The Stacks Book Club (Mariame Kaba)

Today anti-violence activist and author Mariame Kaba returns to discuss Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular... more

30 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Ep. 242 Lurching from Disaster to Disaster with Steven W. Thrasher

Journalist and academic Steven W. Thrasher joins the show to discuss his eye-opening new book The Viral Underclass: The Human... more

23 Nov 2022 · 58 minutes
Ep. 241 Names on Top of Names on Top of Names with Jonathan Abrams

Today Jonathan Abrams joins The Stacks to discuss his third book The Come Up: An Oral History of the Rise... more

16 Nov 2022 · 55 minutes
Ep. 240 Hold the Powers that Be Accountable with Jemele Hill

Renowned sports journalist Jemele Hill joins the show to discuss her powerful new book Uphill: A Memoir. We talk about... more

09 Nov 2022 · 58 minutes
Ep. 239 The Purpose of a System Is What It Does with Mariame Kaba

Today we welcome Mariame Kaba - activist and author of the book We Do This 'Til We Free Us: Abolitionist... more

02 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Ep. 238 Fairest by Meredith Talusan -- The Stacks Book Club (Anthony Christian Ocampo)

Today professor and author Anthony Christian Ocampo returns to unpack the memoir Fairest by Meredith Talusan. The book is about... more

26 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Ep. 237 Girl Fear with Kamila Shamsie

Today we welcome Pakistani-British writer Kamila Shamsie, author of the new novel Best of Friends and past The Stacks Book... more

19 Oct 2022 · 50 minutes
Ep. 236 I Thought I Was the Problem with Brandon Kyle Goodman

Actor, activist and Traci's very dear college friend Brandon Kyle Goodman joins The Stacks to talk about their new book... more

12 Oct 2022 · 58 minutes
Ep. 235 Filipinx Literary Renaissance with Anthony Christian Ocampo

This episode, we speak with Anthony Christian Ocampo, Ph.D - sociology professor and author of Brown and Gay in LA:... more

05 Oct 2022 · 58 minutes
Ep. 234 The Trees by Percival Everett -- The Stacks Book Club (Lisa Lucas)

Today, publisher Lisa Lucas returns to help us break down the 2021 crime novel The Trees by Percival Everett. In... more

28 Sep 2022 · 55 minutes
Ep. 233 A Grieving Apocalyptic Historian with Saeed Jones

Today we speak with Saeed Jones - award-winning author of the new poetry collection Alive at the End of the... more

21 Sep 2022 · 57 minutes
Ep. 232 What Should the Rules Be with Andrea Elliott

Andrea Elliott joins us to discuss her investigative reporting career and her Pulitzer Prize winning book Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival... more

14 Sep 2022 · 1 hour,
Ep. 231 At the End of Every Day There's a Book with Lisa Lucas

Lisa Lucas, Senior Vice President at Pantheon and Schocken, is our first ever book publisher to join the podcast. We... more

07 Sep 2022 · 58 minutes
Ep. 230 How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee -- The Stacks Book Club (Ingrid Rojas Contreras)

Author Ingrid Rojas Contreras joins us again to talk about our book club selection How to Write An Autobiographical Novel... more

31 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Ep. 229 Destabilizing Whiteness with Mohsin Hamid

Award-winning novelist Mohsin Hamid joins this episode of The Stacks to talk about his newest book The Last White Man.... more

24 Aug 2022 · 55 minutes
Ep. 228 Grief is Love with Marisa Renee Lee

Today we're joined by entrepreneur and author Marisa Renee Lee, whose book Grief is Love: Living with Loss offers a... more

17 Aug 2022 · 58 minutes
Ep. 227 Funny but Not F*cking Around with W. Kamau Bell and Kate Schatz

Emmy Award winner W. Kamau Bell and bestselling author Kate Schatz visit The Stacks to discuss their joint effort Do... more

10 Aug 2022 · 59 minutes
Ep. 226 A Literal Relationship with the Past with Ingrid Rojas Contreras

We're joined today by novelist and essayist Ingrid Rojas Contreras, whose new book The Man Who Could Move Clouds combines... more

03 Aug 2022 · 55 minutes
Ep. 225 Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih--The Stacks Book Club (Elamin Abdelmahmoud)

It's The Stacks Book Club day, and we're discussing the classic Sudanese novel, Season of Migration to the North by... more

27 Jul 2022 · 52 minutes
Ep. 224 Writing with Duende with Erika L. Sánchez

Poet and author Erika L. Sánchez joins The Stacks to discuss Crying in the Bathroom, her new memoir about growing... more

20 Jul 2022 · 50 minutes
Ep. 223 Our Existence as Protest with Caleb Gayle

Today we speak with journalist and professor Caleb Gayle about his new book We Refuse to Forget: A True Story... more

13 Jul 2022 · 57 minutes
Ep. 222 Living in Between with Elamin Abdelmahmoud

Our guest for this episode is Elamin Abdelmahmoud - political and cultural commentator, Buzzfeed News senior culture writer and author... more

06 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Ep. 221 White Negroes by Lauren Michele Jackson -- The Stacks Book Club (David Dennis Jr.)

Journalist and author, David Dennis Jr. returns to discuss our June Book Club pick White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in... more

29 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Ep. 220 Spread Love It's the Brooklyn Way with Justin Tinsley

Today we're joined by Justin Tinsley, senior culture writer at ESPN’s Andscape and author of the new book It Was... more

22 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Ep. 219 Genre Redlining with Leila Mottley

This episode we talk with Oakland native and 2018 youth poet laureate Leila Mottley about writing her debut novel Nightcrawling... more

15 Jun 2022 · 54 minutes
Ep. 218 Hungry for History with Michael Eric Dyson

Today we speak with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson - academic, minister and author - about his new book Unequal: A... more

08 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Ep. 217 Surviving in the Face of Death with David Dennis Jr.

This episode we hear from cultural critic David Dennis, Jr - Senior Writer at ESPN’s Andscape and author of the... more

01 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Ep. 216 Shine Bright by Danyel Smith - The Stacks Book Club (Novena Carmel)

It's The Stacks Book Club Day! Novena Carmel, musician and cohost of KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, joins us again to... more

25 May 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Ep. 215 It's Kind of Wonderful, but it's Kind of Awful with Danyel Smith

Today we're joined by Danyel Smith, author of this month's book club pick, Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of... more

18 May 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Ep. 214 How You Look and How You Feel Have to Meet with Van Lathan Jr.

This week, we speak with Van Lathan Jr., prolific podcaster, Oscar winning producer, and author of the new memoir Fat,... more

11 May 2022 · 58 minutes
Ep. 213 Curating a Vibe with Novena Carmel

Today we're joined by musician and DJ Novena Carmel, cohost of KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. We get into our childhood... more

04 May 2022 · 54 minutes
Ep. 212 Doppelgangbanger by Cortney Lamar Charleston - The Stacks Book Club (Nate Marshall)

We welcome back Nate Marshall today to discuss Cortney Lamar Charleston's poetry collection Doppelgangbanger, which grapples with the tensions that... more

27 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Ep. 211 A Radical Shift with Julie Otsuka

Today we're speaking with Julie Otsuka, whose nationally-bestselling novel The Swimmers explores what happens to a group of obsessed recreational... more

20 Apr 2022 · 53 minutes
Ep. 210 A Warm Hug with Danny Pellegrino

Today we're joined by the delightful Danny Pellegrino, author of How Do I Un-Remember This?: Unfortunately True Stories, a collection... more

13 Apr 2022 · 51 minutes
Ep. 209 A Poem is About Wonder with Nate Marshall

In this episode we speak with the lauded writer, educator and MC Nate Marshall, whose latest poetry collection Finna was... more

06 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Ep. 208 A Mercy by Toni Morrison -- The Stacks Book Club (Imani Perry)

Today on The Stacks Book Club we speak again with Imani Perry, author of the New York Times bestselling South... more

30 Mar 2022 · 58 minutes
Ep. 207 Breaking Through the Black/White Binary with Julissa Arce

Today we're joined by Julissa Arce, author, and education and immigration activist. On this episode we have a conversation around... more

23 Mar 2022 · 51 minutes
Ep. 206 Who Are You Loving When You Write with Destiny O. Birdsong

Our guest today is author and poet Destiny O. Birdsong. Destiny's debut novel, Nobody's Magic, is about three Black women... more

16 Mar 2022 · 53 minutes
Ep. 205 Finding Ways to Heal with Stephanie Foo

Stephanie Foo is a writer and radio producer, most recently on This American Life, and she is the author of... more

09 Mar 2022 · 52 minutes
Ep. 204 A Journey South with Imani Perry

Imani Perry is the author of seven books including her latest, the New York Times bestselling, South to America: A... more

02 Mar 2022 · 55 minutes
Ep. 203 I Live a Life Like Yours by Jan Grue -- The Stacks Book Club (Tessa Miller)

Today for The Stacks Book Club we're discussing I Live a Life Like Yours, a memoir by Jan Grue, which... more

23 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Ep. 202 Even the Bachelorette Gets Insecure with Rachel Lindsay

Our guest today is Rachel Lindsay, the first Black Bachelorette and author of Miss Me with That: Hot Takes, Tidbits,... more

16 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Day 5 -- Banned Books in The Stacks with Kiese Laymon

In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending... more

11 Feb 2022 · 54 minutes
Day 4 -- Banned Books in The Stacks with Timya Wright and Azar Nafisi

In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending... more

10 Feb 2022 · 45 minutes
Day 3 -- Banned Books in The Stacks with Ghazala Hashmi and Hannah Oliver Depp

In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending... more

09 Feb 2022 · 46 minutes
Day 2 -- Banned Books in The Stacks with Alison Bechdel and Kelsey Reynolds

In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending... more

08 Feb 2022 · 54 minutes
Day 1 -- Banned Books in The Stacks with Katrina Stokes and Thursday Williams

In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending... more

07 Feb 2022 · 49 minutes
Ep. 201 The Language of Chronic Illness with Tessa Miller

Today we are joined by Tessa Miller, and author and journalist whose work focuses on chronic illness, disability, and health... more

02 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Ep. 200 Passing by Nella Larsen -- The Stacks Book Club (Cree Myles)

Today on The Stacks Book Club we're discussing Nella Larsen's 1929 classic novel Passing. We're joined again by Cree Myles,... more

26 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Ep. 199 A Tapestry of Microaggressions with Kendra James

Today we're joined by Kendra James; writer, podcast producer, and editor, to discuss her debut book, Admissions: A Memoir of... more

19 Jan 2022 · 1 hour,
Ep. 198 We'll Be Okay with Jason Reynolds

This week we've got a repeat guest, the unmatched talent that is, Jason Reynolds. We're talking about his new book,... more

12 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Ep. 197 All Ways Black, Always with Cree Myles

Today we're joined by Cree Myles, the creative force behind Penguin Random Houses' All Ways Black, a platform that is... more

05 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
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In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending all week... more