Series: The PEN Po‪d‬

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Festival Day Three: Torrey Peters and Liberation Literature

On today’s special edition of The PEN Pod, we bring you a conversation with author of Detransition, Baby Torrey Peters—featured in this week’s PEN World Voices Festival—on family dynamics through the lens of the lived transgender experience. Plus, we preview the next day of the Festival. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/penamerica/message Support this…

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Festival Day Two: Allison Markin Powell and Gabriela Page-Fort, and Bringing Translated Literature to Vast Audiences

On this special edition of The PEN Pod, our Nancy Vitale talks to Allison Markin Powell and Gabriela Page-Fort about bringing translated literature to a wide audience. And we preview the day ahead of the PEN World Voices Festival. Tickets on sale at pen.org/festival. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/penamerica/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/penamerica/support

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Festival Day One: Masha Gessen, Ayad Akhtar, and the PEN World Voices Festival

As we dive into the first day of the 2021 PEN World Voices Festival, we talk to virtual co-hosts Ayad Akhtar and Masha Gessen, who share their thoughts on a global virtual festival as we still contend with global crises. Then, we preview the week ahead for the festival—tickets are on sale at pen.org/festival. —…

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Special: Previewing the PEN World Voices Festival with Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf

On this special edition of The PEN Pod, we look ahead to this week’s PEN World Voices Festival of International literature, a global convening of writers and readers that will gather to celebrate the written word. Here to walk us through what’s up this week, PEN America’s own Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf. Tickets are on sale…

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Love Letters Across Los Angeles; Plus, Tough Questions on Protest Rights, Iran, and Local News

On this week’s edition of The PEN Pod, Leila Hamidi, Jerry Quickly, and Yesika Salgado discuss “Love Letters in Light,” a scrolling display of short love letters across the front of Los Angeles libraries. Then, PEN America’s CEO Suzanne Nossel talks about the crackdown on protest rights, human rights in Iran, and the ongoing local…

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Tough Questions on Facebook and Free Speech; Plus, an English Professor Fired for Speaking Out

What does the Oversight Board’s decision say about free speech on Facebook? How is adherence to disinformation becoming a litmus test in the Republican Party? Our CEO Suzanne Nossel weighs in on the Tough Questions of the week. Then, Professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner blew the whistle on misconduct at his university—and was promptly fired. What his…

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Tough Questions on the Tough Calls in Publishing; Plus, Teens for Press Freedom

PEN America’s CEO Suzanne Nossel talks about the pressures facing publishing, especially when it comes to a Philip Roth biography and a Mike Pence book deal. Then, a new generation takes up the mantle of protecting a fair, independent, and free press. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/penamerica/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/penamerica/support

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The Freedom to Write; Plus, Tough Questions on Imprisoned Writers, Mike Pence, and the George Floyd Verdict

On this week’s episode, we explore the latest Freedom to Write Index from PEN America, outlining the number of writers imprisoned around the world; we walk through the findings with Veronica Tien and Karin Deutsch Karlekar. Then, PEN America’s Suzanne Nossel weighs in on impunity for imprisoning writers, Mike Pence’s book deal, and the impact…

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Futureproof with Kevin Roose; Plus, Tough Questions on AI, Turkey, and Protest Rights

On this edition of The PEN Pod, we talk to New York Times journalist Kevin Roose about his new book FUTUREPROOF. Then, PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel fields tough questions about artificial intelligence, protest rights, and the status of free expression in Turkey. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/penamerica/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/penamerica/support

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Libertie with Kaitlyn Greenidge; Then, Tough Questions on Beijing, Corporate Free Speech, and Acts of Courage

On this edition of The PEN Pod, our Jared Jackson talks to Kaitlyn Greenidge about her second novel, LIBERTIE. Then, PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel on the limits of corporate speech, a potential Olympic boycott, and a stunning act of courage in Minneapolis. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/penamerica/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/penamerica/support

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