Phi Nguyen is a litigation director for Advancing Justice Atlanta, and she co-hosts our new favorite Facebook show, Wake Up Atlanta! She talks with us about translating legislation into story, connecting with her history and community through literature, and working for justice.
As the mayor of Clarkston, Ted guides policy in the most diverse square mile in America. He talks with us about the books that led him to environmentalism and politics, and we help him decide whether or not to read "Game of Thrones."
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
Outcasts United by Warren St. John
The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan
Tao Te Ching by Laozi (translated by Stephen Mitchell)
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
Yehimi Cambron's artwork has become iconic in the struggle for immigrant rights in Atlanta. She talks with us about her own migration to life as a teacher, artist, and activist.
Night by Elie Wiesel
My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass
The Politics of Reality: Oppression by Marilyn Frye
Tim and Ian left the bookstore and ventured out to Urban Grind in West Midtown to hear local poets perform before a live audience. In this episode, we learn what drives them to open mics, how they hope people will connect with their work, and what slam poetry is all about. Warning - NSFW!
David and George pastor churches at points of racial tension. In our most NSFW episode yet, we talk with them about Jesus, prophets, powers, principalities, and good books. At the end, George urges you to send us money.
Darktown by Thomas Mullen
Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton
Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark's Story of Jesus by Ched Myers
Novelist and publisher Steve McCondichie's hometown of Newnan, Georgia made national headlines when a Nazi group held a rally there and Antifa arrived to counter-protest. Steve tells us how the town responded, and we talk about the importance of honest stories about the South.
Be Here Now by Ram Dass
Let No One Get Hurt by Jon Pineda
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani
Gary and Vivian Chapman capture hope and dignity in difficult places around the world through photography and storytelling. They talk with us about what drives them, listening to audiobooks, and the weird thing Gary looks for in bookstores around the world.
Behind the Beautiful Forever: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof
Iberia by James A. Michener
Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon
Kaitlin B. Curtice was a Southern Baptist when she began to recognize and connect with her Potawatomi heritage. We talk with her about the writers who have helped her navigate her complex identity and what led her to write her new book, Glory Happening.
Barbara Brown Taylor
"Neither Wolf Nor Dog" by Kent Nerburn
In one of our favorite episodes to date, rapper, writer, and community organizer Sho Baraka talks with us about hope, activism, faith and partisan politics.
Going Down Jericho Road by Michael Honey
The Beloved Community by Charles Marsh
Kalin Thomas is the Program Director at The Wren's Nest. She talks with us about preserving folklore and equipping a new generation to tell their stories.
The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chödrön
The Class of '65: A Student, a Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness by Jim Auchmutey
A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White
They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America by Ivan Van Sertima
Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America by Lerone Bennett Jr.
The Wren's Nest
Soul of America
Author Amena Brown takes us on a tour of Atlanta's poetry scene, tells us about the vulnerability of writing her new book, "How to Fix a Broken Record," and agrees with us that it's a good thing to cry sometimes.
When The Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd
Glory Happening by Kaitlin Curtice
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
The Dream of You by Jo Saxton
I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
We're Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union
Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove by Ahmir Questlove Thompson
Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation by Ahmir Questlove Thompson
something to food about: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs by Ahmir Questlove Thompson
A Seat At The Table - Solange
Light of the Sun - Jill Scott
POETRY IN ATLANTA:
Red Light Cafe - Art Amok Slam
Marco left his home on Buford Highway to study political science. Now he's back in the neighborhood cultivating community as president of Los Vecinos de Buford Highway. We talk with him about the books that brought him home and what they showed him about the place.
Discipline and Punishment by Michel Foucault
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable
Cesar Chavez: Autobiography of La Causa by Cesar Chavez
Urban Sprawl and Public Health by Howard Frumkin, Lawrence Frank, and Richard Jackson
Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh
Gentrifier by Jason Patch, John Joe Schlichtman, and Marc Lamont Hill
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
WHERE TO FIND MARCO:
Los Vecinos De Buford Highway
GA State House candidate Bee Nguyen is a lifetime reader. She talks with us about immigrant fiction, riding the train, how her refugee parents perceive her activism, and empathy in politics.
The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam by Paisley Rekdal
The Firm by John Grisham
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Free Food For Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang
Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human by Elizabeth Hess
Our friend Judy reads, works, and writes at points of racial tension. We talk with her about building bridges, Christianity, generational trauma, immigration, books, and why people need to stop being such buttholes sometimes.
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times by Soong-Chan Rah
We talk with Tim's middle school English teacher about literature, teaching, politics, and the role of reading in rural America. Tim also gushes a few times about her impact on his young, malleable mind.
All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
Liberal Redneck Manifesto by Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan, Corey Ryan Forrester
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Rachel Held Evans
Founder of Refuge Coffee Company Kitti Murray talks with us about poetry, diversity, and where her Christian faith meets her desire for justice. We also go on and on about running.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
What is the What? by Dave Eggers
Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town by Warren St. John
They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan by Benson Deng, Alephonsion Deng
Edna St. Vincent Millay
It's a special on-site edition of the podcast! Tim and guest host Aline Mello take to the streets at Atlanta's very own Decatur Book Festival and talk with fellow attendees, authors, and publishing companies - and they just may run into a few friends along the way.
Brett Trapp, a pastor's kid from small-town Alabama, told his story of coming out in the Christian community on his blog "Blue Babies Pink." He talks to us about the author's who inspired him, the ideas he's exploring, and how he honors the people he writes for and about.
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels
Thus Bad Begins by Javier Marías
The Man of Feeling by Javier Marías
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
Unclean: Mediations on Puristy, Hospitality, and Mortality by Richard Beck
Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller