Gypsy: The Art of the Tease- Episode 4 of The Biography Podcast

I will be frank- all I really knew about Gypsy Rose Lee before I did this show was that she was the inspiration for the Broadway musical and film, Gypsy- and for those who care, she was quite a bit taller than the actress Natalie Wood, who played her in the film. That play focuses on the relationship between Gypsy and her tyrannical stage mother, Rose, but there was a lot more to her life than her relationship with her mother and Rachel Shteir does a masterful job of bringing her to life....

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All For A Few Perfect Waves: The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki Dora- Episode 3 of The Biography Podcast

I actually have quite a few memories about this episode. Although it was the third episode released, it was actually the first interview I did for the show, but was embargoed until the actual release date of the book. I am also a bit of a student of surf culture and the name Miki Dora is filled with a huge amount of mystique in that milieu. The legend of Dora often far outstripped the man and given his obsessive desire for secrecy, driven in no small part because of his- ahem- profile with...

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God’s Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain- Episode 2 of The Biography Podcast

So, for those of you who didn't know, for many years I produced and hosted podcasts for many University Presses, and I am still currently producing the show for The MIT Press. Yale University Press was my first client and I still have a soft spot in my heart for their titles. I had never heard of Augustus Pugin, even though I had studied Modern British History and like the arts, so I was all over this. Pugin was a brilliant student of theater and his design for the Houses of Parliament in...

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Shopping, Seduction and Mr. Selfridge- Episode 1 of The Biography Podcast

Although the full archive of the show can be found on The Biography Podcast page on this site, I am planning on adding posts on all the shows individually to give context to how the show developed.

I have to admit that, 8 years after this show went out, I don't recall the full details of how I chose it. First and foremost, I was interested- and still am- about not focusing exclusively on North American titles. This is the 21st century and podcasts reach the world and Amazon makes it easy...

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Darwin’s Medicine- Episode 149 of The Invisible Hand Podcast

After a two year hiatus, The Invisible Hand Podcast returns with an old guest: Brian Smith, who appeared on Episode 128 back in 2011, returns to discuss his book. Darwin's Medicine: How Business Models in the Life Sciences Industry Are Evolving. I pleased to bring Brian back and am excited to start putting out new material.

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