181 – Ryan Gattis


A live recording of our educational podcast The How The Why with Ryan Gattis. Ryan Gattis is a writer & educator. His most recent novel, Safe, is a heist thriller about a DEA safecracker gone rogue, ripping off gang-owned drug safes in order to help citizens hurt during the market crash of 2008. It’s essentially Robin Hood Noir. The book is set in the same world of South Central Los Angeles as his previous novel, All Involved: A Novel of the 1992 L.A. Riots, which was grounded in 2.5 years of research & background spent with former Latino gang members, firefighters, nurses, & other L.A. citizens who lived through it.READ MORE

178 – Ruta Sepetys


Today our podcast connects with Ruta Sepetys, author of internationally acclaimed historical fiction novels such as Between Shades of Gray (Philomel Books) and Out of the Easy (Philomel Books), and the recent Carnegie Medal winning novel Salt to the Sea (Philomel Books).READ MORE

175 – Jonathan Sun


Today our podcast connects with Jonathan Sun, author (under the pen name jomny sun) of the graphic book everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too (HarperPerennial); author behind the Twitter projects @jonnysun, @tinycarebot, and @tinydotblot; Ph.D. candidate and co-creator of The Online Humor Conversation Series at MIT; former editor-in-chief of the Yale School of Architecture journal, Retrospecta 36; playwright; architect; comedian; and artist.READ MORE