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James Frey Wants to Burn The World Down
James Frey Wants to Burn The World Down
*Explicit language warning* Controversial American author James Frey doesn't care if he enrages you or breaks your heart, as long as his writing makes you feel something. James speaks to host Angela Ledgerwood about using his book, Katerina, to examine his past and what could have been.
Date:
16 January 2019

Episodes

James Frey Wants to Burn The World Down
James Frey Wants to Burn The World Down
*Explicit language warning* Controversial American author James Frey doesn't care if he enrages you or breaks your heart, as long as his writing makes you feel something. James speaks to host Angela Ledgerwood about using his book, Katerina, to examine his past and what could have been.
*Explicit language warning* Controversial American author James Frey doesn't care if he enrages you or breaks your heart, as long as his writing makes you feel something. James speaks to host Angela Ledgerwood about using his book,...
Date:
16 January 2019
Ingrid Fetell Lee and the Aesthetics of Joy
Ingrid Fetell Lee and the Aesthetics of Joy
Design affects our health and happiness whether it be in our home, work or our natural surroundings. Designer an author of Joyful - The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness, Ingrid Fetell Lee, speaks to host Angela Ledgerwood about how to inject joy into your everyday surroundings.
Design affects our health and happiness whether it be in our home, work or our natural surroundings. Designer an author of Joyful - The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness, Ingrid Fetell Lee, speaks to...
Date:
9 January 2019
Parker Posey Compares Acting to Writing
Parker Posey Compares Acting to Writing
The solitary life of a writer. Actor Parker Posey chats to host Angela Ledgerwood about how her dog, Gracie, got her through the tough times when she was writing her memoir, ‘You’re on an Airplane,’ and the similarities between researching an acting role and writing.
The solitary life of a writer. Actor Parker Posey chats to host Angela Ledgerwood about how her dog, Gracie, got her through the tough times when she was writing her memoir, ‘You’re on an Airplane,’ and the similarities between researching...
Date:
2 January 2019
Meg Mason on Motherhood's Effect on Her Writing
Meg Mason on Motherhood's Effect on Her Writing
The loneliness of motherhood is the theme explored by Aussie author and journalist Meg Mason in her novel You Be Mother. Meg chats to friend and Lit Up host Angela Ledgerwood about how she uses the characters in her books to examine complicated family dynamics and the struggles she experienced when becoming a mother in her early 20s.
The loneliness of motherhood is the theme explored by Aussie author and journalist Meg Mason in her novel You Be Mother. Meg chats to friend and Lit Up host Angela Ledgerwood about how she uses the characters in her books to examine complicated...
Date:
26 December 2018
Neil Gaiman and Norse Gods
Neil Gaiman and Norse Gods
Comic books, graphic novels, films and audio theatre...English author Neil Gaiman has done it all! Gaiman discusses his novel, American Gods, with Lit Up host Angela Ledgerwood. As well as, what Norse Gods taught him about modern humanity and some handy tips for designing your own religion.
Comic books, graphic novels, films and audio theatre...English author Neil Gaiman has done it all! Gaiman discusses his novel, American Gods, with Lit Up host Angela Ledgerwood. As well as, what Norse Gods taught him about modern humanity...
Date:
19 December 2018
Caitlin Moran on sexual shame and gender boundaries
Caitlin Moran on sexual shame and gender boundaries
British journalist and author Caitlin Moran chats to host Angela Ledgerwood about her book 'How to be Famous.' Caitlin calls on men to break down gender boundaries and to start their own equivalent of feminism and suggests how women can take back the power when it comes to sexual shame.
British journalist and author Caitlin Moran chats to host Angela Ledgerwood about her book 'How to be Famous.' Caitlin calls on men to break down gender boundaries and to start their own equivalent of feminism and suggests how women...
Date:
11 December 2018
Viet on the Vietnamese-American Refugee Experience
Viet on the Vietnamese-American Refugee Experience
Last year's Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, joined us to talk about the renowned collection of stories that took him nearly two decades to perfect: The Refugees. Throughout the stories, Viet gives voice to the Vietnamese communities in Southern California (where he grew up) and to those living in the country he fled. In 1975, he and his family came to The United States as refugees in the wake of the Vietnam War. His debut novel, The Sympathizer, winner of last year's Pulitzer Prize, revisited the conflict that changed the trajectory of his life and inserted a much-needed Vietnamese perspective to the largely American-driven narrative.
Last year's Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, joined us to talk about the renowned collection of stories that took him nearly two decades to perfect: The Refugees. Throughout the stories, Viet gives voice to the Vietnamese communities...
Date:
22 July 2018
Trevor Noah Live at NeueHouse
Trevor Noah Live at NeueHouse
Trevor Noah, host of the Daily Show, joins Angie to discuss his newly released memoir, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. It was a packed room at NeueHouse and an incredibly timely conversation in this era of post-election confusion.
Trevor Noah, host of the Daily Show, joins Angie to discuss his newly released memoir, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. It was a packed room at NeueHouse and an incredibly timely conversation in this era of post-election...
Date:
22 July 2018
The Way Forward with Lidia Yuknavitch
The Way Forward with Lidia Yuknavitch
In a particularly emotional episode, Lidia Yuknavitch joins Angela to discuss all of her work, which blurs the lines between fiction and non-fiction.
In a particularly emotional episode, Lidia Yuknavitch joins Angela to discuss all of her work, which blurs the lines between fiction and non-fiction.
Date:
22 July 2018
The Inimitable Roxane Gay
The Inimitable Roxane Gay
Prolific writer Roxane Gay joins Angie to discuss her collection of short stories, Difficult Women; Madonna; and her forthcoming book, Hunger.
Prolific writer Roxane Gay joins Angie to discuss her collection of short stories, Difficult Women; Madonna; and her forthcoming book, Hunger.
Date:
22 July 2018
The Ever Introspective Mary Louise Parker
The Ever Introspective Mary Louise Parker
Sometimes, rarely, you meet someone whose energy radiates and fills the whole room. Mary Louise Parker is that person. She joins Angie to discuss her gorgeous first book, Dear Mr. You.
Date:
22 July 2018
Samantha Irby on intentional dating, epic sexual mishaps and redefining family
Samantha Irby on intentional dating, epic sexual mishaps and redefining family
Irby's raw and relatable book of essays "We Are Never Meeting in Real Life" will make you LOL for real. Irby shares her hilarious application to be a contestant on The Bachelorette, the life lessons she learned from her 14 years at the animal hospital, and what she's willing to do for love.
Irby's raw and relatable book of essays "We Are Never Meeting in Real Life" will make you LOL for real. Irby shares her hilarious application to be a contestant on The Bachelorette, the life lessons she learned from her 14 years...
Date:
22 July 2018
Salman Rushdie on How Life is Stranger Than Fiction
Salman Rushdie on How Life is Stranger Than Fiction
Angie sits down with Salman Rushdie at Random House’s “Off the Page” event to talk about his new novel “The Golden House,” the chaos of Trump’s America, and how he scored a role on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Angie sits down with Salman Rushdie at Random House’s “Off the Page” event to talk about his new novel “The Golden House,” the chaos of Trump’s America, and how he scored a role on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Date:
22 July 2018
Mohsin Hamid on Immigration, Life in Pakistan, and Donald Trump
Mohsin Hamid on Immigration, Life in Pakistan, and Donald Trump
Angela sits down with Mohsin Hamid to discuss his newest novel, "Exit West."
Angela sits down with Mohsin Hamid to discuss his newest novel, "Exit West."
Date:
22 July 2018
Min Jin Lee on the History of Korean Families in Japan
Min Jin Lee on the History of Korean Families in Japan
This week, Angela sits down with author of Free Food for Millionaires, Min Jin Lee, to discuss her newest novel, Pachinko.
This week, Angela sits down with author of Free Food for Millionaires, Min Jin Lee, to discuss her newest novel, Pachinko.
Date:
22 July 2018
Max Porter on Love Through Grief
Max Porter on Love Through Grief
Max Porter joins Angie to discuss his first novel, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers.
Max Porter joins Angie to discuss his first novel, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers.
Date:
22 July 2018
Maria Semple on friendship, city living, and coping mechanisms
Maria Semple on friendship, city living, and coping mechanisms
Angela and best-selling author, Maria Semple, sit down and discuss her new book, Today Will Be Different.
Angela and best-selling author, Maria Semple, sit down and discuss her new book, Today Will Be Different.
Date:
22 July 2018
Maggie Nelson Reflects on Her Work
Maggie Nelson Reflects on Her Work
Maggie Nelson joins Angie to discuss her work, including The Argonauts and The Red Parts.
Maggie Nelson joins Angie to discuss her work, including The Argonauts and The Red Parts.
Date:
22 July 2018
Karl Ove Knausgaard on fate, shame, prolonging pleasure, and iconic memories
Karl Ove Knausgaard on fate, shame, prolonging pleasure, and iconic memories
Karl Ove Knausgaard, best known for his six-volume sensation My Struggle, talks to Angie about his new book, Autumn, addressed to his unborn daughter and the first in a quartet based on the four seasons.
Karl Ove Knausgaard, best known for his six-volume sensation My Struggle, talks to Angie about his new book, Autumn, addressed to his unborn daughter and the first in a quartet based on the four seasons.
Date:
22 July 2018
Jennifer Egan on "Manhattan Beach," Gangsters & Following Her Instincts
Jennifer Egan on "Manhattan Beach," Gangsters & Following Her Instincts
Angie talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan about her latest novel "Manhattan Beach," which was 15 years in the making. They also talk about Jennifer's first solo European trip that helped forged her writing life, her intensive research for the book, and much more.
Angie talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan about her latest novel "Manhattan Beach," which was 15 years in the making. They also talk about Jennifer's first solo European trip that helped forged her writing life,...
Date:
22 July 2018
Jami Attenberg on being a woman in NYC and finding success
Jami Attenberg on being a woman in NYC and finding success
Angela sits down with Jami Attenberg to chat about her newest novel, "All Grown Up".
Angela sits down with Jami Attenberg to chat about her newest novel, "All Grown Up".
Date:
22 July 2018
Esther Perel on Rethinking Infidelity
Esther Perel on Rethinking Infidelity
Psychotherapist Esther Perel joins Angie to talk about her latest book "The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity," the provocative follow up to her New York Timesbest-seller "Mating in Captivity." This conversation, like Esther's book, will no doubt push some buttons and leave you questioning--and perhaps rethinking--the boundaries of your romantic relationships!
Psychotherapist Esther Perel joins Angie to talk about her latest book "The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity," the provocative follow up to her New York Timesbest-seller "Mating in Captivity." This conversation, like...
Date:
22 July 2018
Claire Messud on Long-Lost Friendships
Claire Messud on Long-Lost Friendships
Claire Messud and Angie talk about her new novel "The Burning Girl," as well as Claire's childhood years in Australia, and how childhood friendships can haunt and define us.
Claire Messud and Angie talk about her new novel "The Burning Girl," as well as Claire's childhood years in Australia, and how childhood friendships can haunt and define us.
Date:
22 July 2018
Ann Patchett on Opening Up in Fiction
Ann Patchett on Opening Up in Fiction
Ann Patchett joins Angie from Nashville to discuss her not-to-be-missed novel, Commonwealth.
Ann Patchett joins Angie from Nashville to discuss her not-to-be-missed novel, Commonwealth.
Date:
22 July 2018
Alain de Botton on Keeping Love Alive
Alain de Botton on Keeping Love Alive
If you've ever been in love, had your heart broken, been in a relationship, or yearned for one, this week's episode is for you -- in other words, if you're a human, you'll benefit from listening to the wise words of world-renowned philosopher and writer Alain de Botton.
If you've ever been in love, had your heart broken, been in a relationship, or yearned for one, this week's episode is for you -- in other words, if you're a human, you'll benefit from listening to the wise words of world-renowned...
Date:
22 July 2018
Stephanie Danler on Coming of Age in NYC
Stephanie Danler on Coming of Age in NYC
Stephanie Dandler and Angie sit down to discuss her novel “Sweetbitter."
Stephanie Dandler and Angie sit down to discuss her novel “Sweetbitter."
Date:
22 July 2018