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Join the Ministry of Stories on unique adventures through lands of fire and dragons. Meet greedy unicorns and pig presidents and help us hunt for missing emojis and doughnuts. Each episode features a short story written and read by children who attend writing clubs at the Ministry of Stories. Created with the generous support of Matt Hill and Penguin Random House Audio. Thanks to our funders: the Breadsticks Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England.
 
For the last few decades there's been a revolution in the knitting world, and we go behind the scenes to gain insight into what inspired and motivated the knitting superstars who were part of this exciting time. Join us every two weeks on Vogue Knitting Knitterviews as we interview the influencers who contributed to making the knitosphere what it is today. Brought to you by Penguin Random House Audio: “Listen while you knit."
 
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S6 E54: In this episode, meet poet Adrian Matejka, artist Pik-Shuen Fung, and writer David Searcy. If you love poignant stories that are told straight from the heart, tune in to listen to these writers discuss the inspirations behind their work. Hear Adrian Matejka on the power of music in the pandemic, Pik-Shuen Fung on grief and art, and David Se…
 
S6 E53: In this episode, meet former CIA spy Christina Hillsberg, Stanford University Professor of Psychiatry Karl Deisseroth, and Brennan Center Fellows Director Theodore R. Johnson. Weaving personal stories with academic and professional theories, these authors share decades of insights into human minds and relationships. Hear Christina Hillsberg…
 
S6 E52: In this special episode, meet author, journalist, and screenwriter Grady Hendrix. If you’re a horror movie fan and you’ve ever thought about what happens to the last characters standing when the credits roll, tune into this episode to hear Grady share the inspiration for his new thriller, The Final Girl Support Group. Plus, hear the story b…
 
S6 E51: In this episode, meet journalist and television presenter Rachel Johnson, former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, and New York Times bestselling author Kelly Williams Brown. These authors have written powerful stories straight from the heart, bringing years of experience and insight to listeners. Hear Rachel Johnson on turnin…
 
S6 E49: In this episode, meet children’s author Melissa Wiley. Hear Melissa talk with her audio director, Christina Rooney, about the inspiration behind her stories and her experiences as a homeschool mom. Plus, discover the joys of reading aloud together with Melissa’s favorite family audiobooks and her recommended summer listens for kids.The Nerv…
 
S6 E50: In this episode, meet author Akwaeke Emezi, entrepreneur Poppy Jamie, and meditation teacher Susan Piver. These authors are thinking about some of the biggest questions in life, from identity to relationships. Tune in to hear Akwaeke Emezi on the experience of recording autobiographical stories, Poppy Jamie on the power of thought flexibili…
 
S6 E48: In this episode, meet businessman and diplomat Matthew Barzun, co-host of Pod Save the World Ben Rhodes, and reporter and MLB analyst Andy Martino. Step into the recording booth and find out why it was important to these authors to write their books—as well as narrate them.The Power of Giving Away Power by Matthew Barzun: https://www.pengui…
 
S6 E47: In this episode of This Is the Author, we welcome listeners to a special conversation between author Cameron Lund and narrator Rachel L. Jacobs about the Young Adult audiobook, Heartbreakers and Fakers. Listen along as Cameron and Rachel dive into the writing process and explore the inspiration behind the story. Enjoy this intimate behind-t…
 
S6 E46: In this episode, meet educator, RN, and poet Joyce Scott, DACA Dreamer and teacher Areli Morales, and author and illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Listen in as each of these authors describe the inspiration behind their children’s books and why it’s important to share stories to inspire and engage all children.Unbound: The Life and Art o…
 
S6 E44: In this episode, meet actor and activist Chella Man, author and musician Joseph Bruchac, and artist and author Tyler Feder. Tune in to hear these authors talk about writing for kids and teens and the importance of visibility, body positivity, and how we can better learn to care for both ourselves and others within a community.Continuum by C…
 
S6 E45: In this episode, meet writer, performer, and educator Leona Godin, TV writer and podcast host Danielle Henderson, and Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez, the husband and wife duo behind the band Johnnyswim. Discover why each author decided to write about personal subjects and what it was like recording them.There Plant Eyes by M. Leona…
 
S6 E43: In this episode, meet author Steven Rowley, poet Amit Majmudar, and author A.S. King. Listen in to learn what it was like for these authors to bring the characters and rhythms of their books to life, and how "the voices in their heads" translated into their narrative styles. Plus, behind-the-scenes insights, delightful mispronunciations, an…
 
S6 E42: In this episode, meet biologist Jonathan Balcombe, author and PBS host Steven Johnson, and journalist Michael Easter. This is an episode for curious minds: discover the essential role flies (yes, flies) play in our ecosystem, the reasons behind why we're living longer, and how to leverage the power of discomfort to improve health and happin…
 
S6 E41: In this episode, meet New York Times bestselling author John Green, New York Times best-selling biographer Ronald C. White, and veteran journalist and author Daniel Barbarisi. Listen in to discover what it was like for these authors to voice their work out loud (even when that means capturing President Lincoln's unique vocal cadence). Plus,…
 
S6 E40: In this episode, meet Cindy McCain, wife of the late Senator John McCain, activist and recording artist Sho Baraka, and NBA Champion, All-Star, and Olympian Chris Bosh. Listen in as these authors talk intimately about the intersection between our gifts and life's obstacles, and the transformative experiences that can arise from being in tou…
 
S6 E39: In this episode, meet pastor John Stange, author Sarah J. Robinson, and author Jon M. Sweeney. Each of these authors have written books inspired by the relationship between faith and practice, especially during hard times. Listen in to hear their reflections on writing, and on recording their audiobooks.Dwell on These Things by John Stange:…
 
S6 E38: In this episode, meet investigative journalist Carol Leonnig, Know Your Endo founder Jessica Murnane, and op-ed editor Sohrab Ahmari. Listen in as each of these authors examines what it means to get the story behind the story, whether that's investigating the secret service, navigating your health, or exploring how tradition can connect wit…
 
S6 E37: In this episode, meet poet Alessandra Narváez Varela, performer Laura Hankin, and poet Ishle Yi Park. Listen in as these three authors describe their new novels and what inspired them - whether that be rethinking how we talk about mental health, classic love stories, or infiltrating secret clubs. Plus, hear them share what it was like to re…
 
S6 E36: In this episode, meet actress and producer Julianna Margulies, forest ecologist Suzanne Simard, and speaker Ian Manuel. Listen in as each of these authors describe what inspired them to write their books, and get their behind-the-mic, off-the-cuff impressions of what it was like to record their audiobooks.Sunshine Girl by Julianna Margulies…
 
S6 E34: In this episode, meet authors Gregory Curtis, Lorenzo Carcaterra, and Sarah Sentilles. Each of these writers have written powerful memoirs that recount their experiences of love and loss. To hear these authors read their audiobooks is to be drawn into the intimacy of their experiences, and also struck by the universality of grief. Listen in…
 
S6 E35: In this episode, meet Hedley & Bennett founder Ellen Marie Bennett, bestselling author Greg McKeown, and award-winning Wharton Professor Katy Milkman. If you're an overthinker, in danger of burnout at work, or in need of a change (a real one!), tune in to this episode for an instant refresh. You'll learn what inspired these authors to write…
 
S6 E33: In this episode, meet poet and artist Tyler Knott Gregson, Internet superstar Jeffrey Marsh, and James Beard Award-winning chef Rodney Scott. Summer is about to begin, and it's time for fresh and feel-good listens. Hear poet Tyler Knott Gregson on the importance of light after a dark year, Jeffrey Marsh on his audio workbook for self-esteem…
 
S6 E32: In this episode, meet Acorns CEO Jennifer Barrett, Bulletin co-founder Ali Kriegsman, and career consultant Steve Dalton. Whether your goal is financial independence, closing on a job interview, or starting your own business (or empire) from scratch, you'll want to hear from these career pros-turned-authors. Plus, find out what it was like …
 
S6 E31: In this episode, meet life coach and speaker Martha Beck and writer and editor Gina Hamadey. These two authors share a desire to help listeners discover happiness. Now, listen in as they talk about their audiobooks and their recording experience.The Way of Integrity by Martha Beck: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/636189/the-way…
 
S6 E30: In this episode, meet writer and investigative journalist Patrick Radden Keefe, actor and writer Mira Sethi, and musician Michelle Zauner. Whether it’s an explosive investigation, a lyrical collection of short stories, or a deeply personal exploration of grief, each of these authors stepped behind the mic to share their work. Hear what the …
 
S6 E29: In this episode, meet Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, and the first Asian-American woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, Senator Mazie Hirono. Listen in as these authors describe how—and why—they were each inspired to share their remarkable life stories.In the Heigh…
 
S6 E28: In this episode, meet writer Cookie Hiponia Everman, actress Ali Stroker, and comedy writer and actor Rachel Wenitsky. Discover how each of these childrens' book authors uniquely experienced what it was like to bring their written words to life in the recording booth.We Belong by Cookie Hiponia Everman: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.c…
 
S6 E26: In this episode, meet co-authors Mike O'Toole and Hugh Kennedy, film critic David Thomson, and journalist Brian Castner. Whether you are a business buff looking for a jolt of inspiration, a film buff seeking behind-the-screen secrets, or a history buff questing after untold stories, you'll want to hear more about each of these author's new …
 
S6 E27: In this episode, meet the founder of Vibrant Blue Oils Jodi Cohen, coauthors Marc and Angel Chernoff, and writer and tech researcher Ximena Vengoechea. Healthy bodies, healthy minds, and healthy relationships: what better way to start the spring season? Listen in as each of these authors talk about what inspired them to write their books. P…
 
S6 E24: In this episode, meet writer and musician Jonathan Meiburg, professor of Sustainability Science Dr. Kimberly Nicholas, and professor of Journalism Dr. Sonora Jha. Listen in as each of these authors shares the inspiration behind their books, whether that be a connection found with a remarkable bird of prey, bringing "climate change feels" in…
 
S6 E25: In this episode, meet author, historian, and journalist James Carroll, journalist Grace Olmstead, and neuroscientist and author Lisa Genova. A powerful memoir by a former priest and National Book Award–winning writer. An intimate reflection on America's agricultural heartland and the consequences of "uprooting." A neuroscientist's explorati…
 
S6 E23: In this special episode of This Is the Author, we’re celebrating National Library Week by asking authors to share some of their favorite library memories. Listen to Jen Sincero, Ethan Kross, Safia Elhillo, Misty Copeland, Ethan Hawke, Jasmine Mans, Mari Andrew, and Seth Godin express the remarkable opportunities that both libraries and libr…
 
S6 E22: In this episode meet actress and singer Hilary Duff, human rights lawyer Qasim Rashid, and author and comedian Carrie Seim. Discover the special reason each author had for writing their stories—and why sharing them with children and families is so meaningful. Plus, hear what it was like for them to record their audiobooks.My Little Brave Gi…
 
S6 E21: In this episode, meet Billboard’s VP of Latin Music Leila Cobo, poet, journalist, and writer Roya Hakakian, and sports journalist Julie DiCaro. You’ll hear how sharing diverse perspectives and experiences can create meaningful—and needed—conversations. Plus, find out what it was like for each author to record their audiobook.Decoding "Despa…
 
S6 E20: In this episode, meet therapist and relationship expert Nedra Glover Tawwab, bestselling author and podcaster Jen Hatmaker, and educator and entrepreneur Ellen Petry Leanse. These women all share a similar drive—to help listeners create more happiness in their lives. Listen to them talk about writing their books and, then, recording the aud…
 
S6 E19: In this episode meet founder and CEO of The Life Giving Company Tyler Reagin, professor of management David Weitzner, and business storytelling coach Paul Smith. Learn how these authors realized that they wanted to share stories that could help listeners in their own work, and what the audio recording studio was like.Leading Things You Didn…
 
S6 E18: In this episode, meet magazine editor, on-air lifestyle expert, and certified trainer Meaghan B Murphy, Emmy Award-winning television producer Miguel Sancho, and pastor and blogger Kurt Willems. Discover what drove each of these authors to share their personal experiences with readers and listeners and why it was important for them to recor…
 
S6 E17: In this episode, meet author, speaker, and digital strategist Luvvie Ajayi Jones, actress, singer, and film producer Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, and writer, performer, and magician Derek DelGaudio. Go behind the mic with each of these dynamic authors and discover what inspired their books, and what it was like for them to record their audiobooks…
 
S6 E16: In this episode, meet educational psychologist Dr. Michele Borba, political sociology specialist Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, and psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Judson Brewer. Listen in as these authors talk about childhood development, parenting, and unwinding anxiety for all ages. Plus, hear what it was like for each of them to record th…
 
S6 E15: In this episode, meet poet Safia Elhillo, New York Times bestselling author Anne Lamott, and poet and artist Jasmine Mans. Listen in as these remarkable wordsmiths talk about the creative process of both writing their books and reading their audiobooks. Plus, hear their insights into the unique intimacy of voice recording.Home Is Not a Coun…
 
S6 E14: In this episode, meet singer-songwriter Christy Nockels, New York Times bestselling author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, and economic and social policy expert Heather McGhee. Listen in as these authors share the on-the-ground experiences and insights that led them to write their books, and what it was like for them to record their audiobooks.The Li…
 
S6 Ep13: In this episode, meet professor and sleep researcher Dr. Sara Mednick, journalist and writer Tracy Clark-Flory, and functional-medicine practitioner Dr. Will Cole. Learn how taking the right nap at the right time can change your life, journey into the heart of desire, and discover how healthy fasting can become an intuitive pleasure (and n…
 
S6 E12: In this episode, meet pastor Daniel Fusco, relationship experts Carole Robin and David Bradford, and speaker and member of the TODAY Show parenting team Michelle Icard. Go behind the mic to discover what makes each of these authors tick, and the life experiences that have led them to write books on faith, parenting, and the art of building …
 
S6 E11: In this episode, meet science writer Tessa Miller, former NFL center Jason Brown, and Emmy Award-winning writer Suleika Jaouad. Whether it's living with chronic illness, finding a spiritual center, or navigating the rocky terrain between "sickness" and "health," each of these authors has written a memoir about moving through tough places. G…
 
S6 E10: In this episode, meet Adib Khorram, Tess Sharpe, and Benjamin Dreyer. Go behind the mic to learn what it was like to record a picture book celebrating the Persian New Year, a YA thriller about a con artist's daughter, and a young readers' adaptation of a certain radical grammatical guide. There’s so much to learn and enjoy in this episode. …
 
S6 E9: In this episode, meet writer and translator Randa Jarrar, acclaimed actor, writer, and director Ethan Hawke, and comedian and actress Catherine Cohen. Enter the studio and listen in as each of these authors—a memoirist, a novelist, and a poet—shares what it was like to record their audiobooks.Love Is an Ex-Country by Randa Jarrar: https://ww…
 
S6 E8: In this episode, meet Olympic athlete and filmmaker Alexi Pappas, award-winning psychologist Ethan Kross, and owner of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, Kim Meeder. Go behind the mic with these authors to learn what inspired them to write and share their stories and ideas—and what it was like recording their audiobooks.Bravey by Alexi Pappas: https…
 
S6 E7: In this episode, meet economist Todd Buchholz, estate planning attorney Laura Meier, and bestselling author James Rickards. In each of these authors’ audiobooks they share their extensive knowledge about the economy and personal finances to guide listeners through sometimes daunting and complex systems. Now, go with these authors into the st…
 
S6 E6: In this episode, meet naturopathic medical doctor Alan Christianson, cognitive psychologist Therese Huston, and retired Navy SEAL commander Rich Diviney. Listen in to hear how each of these authors was inspired to write their books in order to help others—and then discover what it was like for them to be in the recording booth.The Thyroid Re…
 
S6 Ep 5: In this episode, meet world-renowned sommelier Aldo Sohm, co-founders of the beloved restaurant The Grey, Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano, and blogger and farmer Caitlin Henderson. Go behind the mic as each of these authors shares stories of the role that food, wine, community, and family play in each of their lives - from founding bel…
 
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