Every now and then I’ll hear a podcast episode and think “THIS IS JUST LIKE THAT ONE BOOK” So, today I’m pairing amazing podcast episodes with some of Books and Sensibility’s favorite books.
Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins
Radiolab: Ally’s Choice
In Jenkin’s Forbidden Rhine Fontaine, a former salve, is passing as white in the American Wild West. If you think passing is a thing of the past then you need hear this story from this Peabody Award winning science podcast about the residents of East Jackson, Ohio.
Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
Snap Judgement Episode 519: End of The Line “Bandoola”
Water For Elephants explores the idea that animals and humans are more connected that we think. The podcast Snap Judgement is storytelling with a beat and in the episode we learn about a what happens when Burmese refugees, an elephant tamer and elephants reach a literal rock and hard place. The bond between man, animal and nature is put to the test. Sometimes you just have to trust the elephant in the room.
Fresh Off The Boat by Eddie Huang
99pi Episode 192: “Pagodas and Dragon Gates”
Hosted by Roman Mars 99pi looks at the invisible parts of design. This episode explains how Chinese Americans neighborhoods in the early 20th century were made to appeal to White America’s nostalgia and exoticism of ancient China. In the same vein Eddie Huang’s memoir looks at the modern day problems of Asian Americans who resist White washing.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
What’s real and what’s not real ? Both of these fictional tales are about heroes searching for something mystical and intangible. While Gansey from The Raven Boys is obsessed with a mythical ley line, Tanis host Nic Silver searches for a mysterious presence in the Pacific Northwest that could explain everything. . . and nothing at all. And I’m sure Gansey would love what Nic says at the end of each episode: don’t stop looking.