Podcast Episodes

  • ABC #130: Death In which I talk about getting older and dying. — This show is only possible because of people like you. Visit A Brief Chat‘s Patreon page and become a supporting member today. ...
  • ABC #129: Umberto Eco In which I read two essays from How To Travel With A Salmon by Umberto Eco. This episode also features the show’s first “ad.” The music in the ad is ...
  • ABC #128: Zaira Livier of the People’s Defense Initiative In which Zaira Livier of the People’s Defense Initiative talks about turning protest into policy, and about using mutual aid to feed those in need. — This show is only possible because ...
  • ABC #127: Poetry Fridays with Nicole Miyashiro In which central-PA-based poet and literature advocate Nicole Miyashiro reads her work. — This show is only possible because of people like you. Visit A Brief Chat‘s Patreon page and become a ...
  • ABC #126: Green Eggs & Monk In which I revisit a mashup I made, about two decades ago, of a classic book and a classic jazz performance. — This show is only possible because of people like you. ...
  • ABC #125: Memory In which I talk about a show I hosted on an Air America affiliate and what that memory says about how memory works. — This show is only possible because of people ...
  • ABC #124: Wobblies & Zapatistas (A Review) In which I talk about the book Wobblies & Zapatistas from PM Press, in particular violence vs. nonviolence, and the idea of “accompaniment.” You can hear my previous thoughts on ...
  • ABC #123: Music from Tough Old Bird In which I talk with Matthew and Nathan Corrigan from the acoustic duo Tough Old Bird. This episode also contains an exclusive performance of their song “Fossils.” — This show is only ...
  • ABC #122: Poetry Fridays with Carolee Bennett In which Carolee Bennett reads her poetry. Carolee lives in Upstate New York, where — after a local, annual poetry competition — she has fun saying she was the “almost” ...
  • ABC #121: Let’s Reopen! And Die! In which I harness the power of reading to decide that reopening is a mistake. Plus, a little music from Smith & Crane. — This show is only possible because of people ...