June 20, 2014
What could be better than a warm evening, a picnic dinner and a literary lecture? Nothing, of course! This hour we’ll learn which authors will be featured at Thurber House’s Literary Picnic series, and when to set up your lawn chairs. We’ll also get the latest on opportunities for young writers, and hear about the must-read books of the season.
May 23, 2014
Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of summer, but our guests are officially ready to start summer reading. It’s time to crack open (or download) whatever’s going to keep you cool. This hour we’ll talk about the beachy reads and serious literature that should top your list this season.
April 25, 2014
With the final season of Mad Men underway, fans are eager to see what Don Draper will do next. But one Ohio professor is more interested in what Don will read next. This hour we’ll talk to a prof who is teaching a course inspired by Mad Men’s bibliophilic characters. We’ll also get the panel’s latest suggestions for springtime reading.
February 7, 2014
From Cicero to Snooki, pop culture icons exert formidable influence over society. And no leader, no matter how strong, is immune to the forces of the music charts or the bestsellers list. This hour we’ll talk about how our presidents, from the Founding Fathers to President Obama, have been influenced by the popular culture of their times.
January 17, 2014
Author Robin Yocum grew up in Brilliant, OH, and his appearance on All Sides Weekend is a continuation of his illustrious trajectory. He’ll join host Christopher Purdy and the literati for a discussion of the latest and greatest literature. We’ll also talk about what’s keeping the book critics warm during these cold gray days.
January 3, 2014
You probably remember the kid who bullied you in third grade, but not the time you got an A on your math test. Neuroscientists say our brains have evolved to learn faster from bad experiences than good ones… This hour, we’ll learn how to hardwire happiness into our brains.
December 12, 2013
From Cicero to Snooki, there are many cultural influences on our presidents, and they can be powerful. This hour we’ll talk about how our presidents, from the Founding Fathers to President Obama, have influenced and been influenced by the popular culture of their times.
December 11, 2013
You probably remember the kid who bullied you in third grade, but not the time you got an A on your math test. Neuroscientists say our brains have evolved to learn faster from bad experiences than good ones. It helped our ancestors survive, but makes us feel stressed. This hour, we’ll learn how to change this and hardwire happiness into our brains.
November 22, 2013
It’s book season (but when is it not?)! And this hour of All Sides Weekend will feature an interview with Andre Debus III, whose new collection of stories was featured in the NY Times Review of Books. Those who don’t have time for a full novel will appreciate a discussion of the short story, and we’ll talk about the latest books on the Kennedys.
October 25, 2013
‘Tis the season to curl up with a cup of something hot (no judgment) and crack open a good book. This hour, host Chris Purdy and his panel will fill us in on Fall’s must-reads. We’ll also hear an interview with Wally Lamb, whose new book, We are Water explores the themes of racial violence, class struggles and the quest for creativity.