Novel Conversations

Novel Conversations is a podcast summarizing the world’s greatest works of classic literature: in 35 minutes you get the whole story from cover to cover. (If SparkNotes had an audio best friend, it would be us!) In each episode, Frank Lavallo hosts two readers, and the three of them give their reactions to the story and read their favorite passages along the way. Each episode features Endnotes by Ted Schwartz, a segment with interesting facts about the author.

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S4 Ep 3: A summary of the 1935 novel portraying a small band of vagabond friends enjoying life and wine in the days after the end of World War I.

Purchase “Tortilla Flat” by John Steinbeck on Amazon Purchase “Tortilla Flat” by John Steinbeck on iTunes

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S4 Ep 2: A summary of the 1925 Pulitzer Prize winning novel depicting the life and complexities of a medical professional in the 1920’s.

Purchase “Arrowsmith” by Sinclair Lewis on Amazon Purchase “Arrowsmith” by Sinclair Lewis on iTunes

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S4 Ep 1: A summary of the 1817 romance novel that explores the plight of impoverished gentility in Regency England.

Purchase "Persuasion" by Jane Austen on Amazon Purchase "Persuasion" by Jane Austen on iTunes

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S3 Ep 8: A summary and explanation of Jane Austen’s 1814 novel depicting the issues of 19th century social relationships and morality

Purchase “Mansfield Park” by Jane Austen on Amazon Purchase “Mansfield Park” by Jane Austen on iTunes

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S3 Ep 7: A summary and explanation of John Steinbeck’s 1939 Nobel Prize winning novel accounting the disparity and struggles of the Great Depression

Purchase “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck on Amazon Purchase “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck on iTunes

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Signature Shows

Heard That Song

Jazz musicians listen to and compare different renditions of a piece from the Great American Songbook. Hosted by Joe Hunter.

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Greenlight Reviews

Hosts Ann Elder and Les Roberts utilize their backgrounds in film and television to craft insightful and entertaining reviews.

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The Sound of Movies

Celebrating the joyful fusion of music and film, we give the whole story and soundtrack from opening scene to closing credits.

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What's So Funny!

Comedy coach and agent, Dave Schwensen interviews other comedians to discuss tips of the trade and a variety of comedy tracks.

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Christmas Stories

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