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

623. RT Rewind: December 1997 Reviews

622. The Love of my Afterlife with Kirsty Greenwood

621. RT Rewind: September 2002 Ads & Features

“I don’t like the whole ‘soak your fish in milk’ part.”

620. Romance and Kickstarter with Oriana Leckert

“Promote everywhere all the time in all the ways as hard as you can.”

619. RT Rewind: September 2002 Reviews

618. The Romance Reader’s Handbook with Steve Ammidown

617. A Romance Soundtracks Sampler

616. Reading Rubrics with Shana

“The rubric of penguin involvement is a different classification system.”

615. RT Rewind: May 1994 Ads & Features

“He’s fused to the horse through his butt suckers.”

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