Smart Podcast, Trashy Books

Hosted BySarah Wendell

Each week on Smart Podcast, Trashy Books, Sarah Wendell interviews authors, readers, reviewers, bloggers, publishing professionals, editors, and librarians about romance novels, which are among the most popular genres in fiction worldwide. Popular guests include: Ilona Andrews, Robin Bradford, NPR's Barrie Hardymon, Jaye Wells, and Rachel Aaron. Amanda, Carrie, Elyse, and RedHeadedGirl, the crew of reviewers at, also make frequent appearances with maximum silliness. Frequent topics include romance novels, the way the genre is changing, and the brilliant and interesting people who read, write, and produce it, and issues common among romance readers. Plus, we always recommend some books we're reading and really enjoying.

All Episodes

433. Life, Death, Memory, and Immortality: A Conversation with VE Schwab

432. Saving Endangered Animals, Plus Romance: A Conversation with Michelle Hazen

431. Amanda and Sarah’s Q&A Part Deux: Silly Bugaloo

430. A Very Silly Q&A with Amanda and Sarah

429. Here She Is: Discussing Beauty Pageants and History with Dr. Hilary Levey Friedman

428. The Cheese Plate is a Technology: Because Internet with Gretchen McCulloch

427. Mailboxes to Bonetown: Amanda and Sarah Talk Sex Ratings

426. All About Murderbot with Martha Wells

425. Villainy and Revenge: Deep Diving into Hench with Natalie Zina Walschots

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