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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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Episodes

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, 12 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 · 59 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, 8 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, 7 minutes
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, 11 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, 7 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 · 1 hour, 4 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 · 1 hour,
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, 14 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 · 59 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 · 57 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, 9 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 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Ep. 207 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 · 56 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 · 57 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 · 57 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 · 1 hour,
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, 11 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, 7 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 · 44 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 · 51 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, 8 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, 14 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, 5 minutes
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, 8 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, 3 minutes
Ep. 196 A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib -- The Stacks Book Club (Andrew Ti)

It's time for our final episode of The Stacks Book Club of the year, and we're taking on a favorite... more

29 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Ep. 195 The Best Books of 2021 with Lupita Aquino and Morgan Hoit

It's time for The Stacks' annual Best Books of 2021 episode. To help put together this list, we're joined by... more

22 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Ep. 194 How We Understand Loneliness with Kristen Radtke

Kristen Radkte is the author of Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness, a work of graphic nonfiction that uses... more

15 Dec 2021 · 48 minutes
Ep. 193 Betting on the Kids with Angelina Jolie and Tokata Iron Eyes

Angelina Jolie, actor-director-humanitarian, and Indigenous activist Tokata Iron Eyes join Traci to discuss Jolie's book Know Your Rights an Claim Them:... more

08 Dec 2021 · 56 minutes
Ep. 192 Yo, Is This Racist with Andrew Ti

Andrew Ti is the creator and co-host of the Yo, Is This Racist podcast, and a comedy and TV writer.... more

01 Dec 2021 · 59 minutes
Ep. 191 Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison -- The Stacks Book Club (Dawnie Walton)

It is time for our annual Toni Morrison episode of The Stacks as part of The Stacks Book Club. We... more

24 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Ep. 190 Getting Cultish with Amanda Montell

On this episode we are joined by author, linguist, and podcast host Amanda Montell. Amanda is the author of Cultish:... more

17 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Ep. 189 Embracing Rage with Myisha Cherry

Our guest today is Dr. Myisha Cherry, a philosopher, professor, and author, whose work focuses on emotions and attitudes in... more

10 Nov 2021 · 58 minutes
Ep. 188 Creating an Icon with Dawnie Walton

Our guest today is journalist and editor Dawnie Walton, she is the debut author behind one of this year's most... more

03 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Ep. 187 Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan -- The Stacks Book Club (Nichole Perkins)

The last week of the month means it's time for The Stacks Book Club. This month we're joined again by... more

27 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Ep. 186 We Need Better Voices with Danté Stewart

Today we are joined by debut author and minster, Danté Stewart to discuss his book, Shoutin' in the Fire: An... more

20 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
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On this episode we are joined by author, linguist, and podcast host Amanda Montell. Amanda is the author of Cultish: The Language... more