OPEN BOOK

by Scott Simon

(Open Book conversation with Steve Inskeep, NPR host and author of “Imperfect Union.)

In mid-march, with school moving online and the installation of a special line in Scott’s home office, we started to “shelter in place.” As we contemplated hours at home, and moments of solitude, we thought about how to put a little joy into our lives. We gratefully looked at the books around us and began a daily Videocast. Its called Open Book and we invite you to join us. Elise, our 16-year-old daughter, is the technical crew and an increasing editorial participant. Daisy, our poodle, is a frequent guest and contributor.

They air daily, usually at 6:15 pm ET, but they are available for viewing anytime on Twitter, Periscope, or this website. Every guest has brought moments of levity, insight and feeling to our day. We are grateful to them, and to you for participating and/or watching.

To see these and/or participate directly on Periscope please join us on Periscope.

March 16, 2020

“Tonight’s visit: Langston Hughes poems, and your questions as we check in on each other. And, oh, a special guest:”
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March 17, 2020

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March 18, 2020

“Tonight’s reading from Studs Terkel’s WORKING, and a visit from the great novelist Rebecca Makkah, too”
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March 19, 2020

“Tonight’s reading—about Babe Ruth, from Jane Leavy’s great bio—and special guest Caroline Leavitt talks A Mighty Blaze”
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March 20, 2020

“Tonight’s get together: we read Shel Silverstein, and talk about tomorrow’s show, and of course, take any questions:”
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March 21, 2020

“This week’s essay: the gifts of the workplace. And show pre-records: ”
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March 22, 2020

“TONIGHTS VISIT—A READING FROM HEM, AND A VISIT WITH @rick_bayless ”
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March 23, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: we read some overlooked Dorothy Parker, and have special guest Scott Simons @scottsimonwvla ”
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March 24, 2020

“Tonight’s reading from Graham Greene, and a convo with @JamesMartinSJ, a great author, thinker, and joke-teller, in fact ”
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March 25, 2020

“Open book for tonight—a reading from Terrence McNally, RIP, and a visit with @NinaTotenberg! Oh, another Daisy haiku ”
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March 26, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: we read a little Saul Bellow, and then—@WimpyKid on Greg and his universe. Hope you can join us! ”
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March 27, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: we read Advise and Consent, and talk to legendary lawyer and Watergate memoirist, @JillWineBanks ”
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March 28, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: the people behind the cheesecake! Eli’s of Chicago (they have a cookbook)—and class. ”
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March 29, 2020

“This week’s essay on some people we have lost this week, and the rest of our pre-records for today’s show: ”
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March 29, 2020

“Our Open Book—a reading from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and a convo with Lori Gottlieb on her work in these times, too. ”
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March 30, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: we’ll read Sonia Sanchez on Ella Fitzgerald, and ring up @ChinaForbes for talk and a song! ”
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March 30, 2020

“HEY—another Open Book! With Jim and Jeanne Gaffigan! ”
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March 31, 2020

“Open Book tonight: a reading from Mordecai Richler, then we speak with @petersagal on Running, Vice, and laughter! ”
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March 31, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book—art in the time of the Covid. A reading from Unforgettable, a look at Lautrec, and @jerrysaltz! ”
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April 1, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: a reading from Take Me Out; a convo with great announcer @Jason Benetti, about lit and film. ”
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April 2, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: reading from a new book about the Gold Rush and a Chinese family. ”
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April 3, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book. A reading from The Little Prince, then we introduce @exlarson (THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE) ”
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April 4, 2020

“This week’s essay on essential, extraordinary heroes all around us, and pre-records before our show begins. ”
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April 5, 2020

“Tonight—movie night! Open Book has a Ginsberg poem, then @shawnlevy to talk films to find now. ”
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April 6, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: we’ll read Gwendolyn Books, her hopes for young people, and from Pete Hamill’s A DRINKING LIFE ”
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April 7, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: a reading from Groucho on his dinner w/ TS Eliot (really!) and @Piper and @Larry Smith ”
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April 8, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book—the fabulous @GilbertLiz is our guest. Also a reading from Carl Sandburg. ”
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April 9, 2020

“The grrreat James McBride (GOOD LORD BIRD, THE COLOR OF WATER, etc.) ”
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April 10, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: we’ll welcome @greenfield64, after a reading THE GAY PLACE, to talk about political lit and film ”
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April 11, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book [email protected] Her great YA novel Fever newly pertinent! She’ll read, we’ll talk, and can’t wait ”
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April 12, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book. We’ll read a poem by Chris Abani, and have a visit from @hughacheson to talk food, lit, film, etc. ”
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April 13, 2020

“Our Open Book tonight so excited to welcome @MsTerryMcMillan (WAITING TO EXHALE, HOW STELLA GOT) ”
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April 14, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book with @olivierblanchard A reading from JK Galbraith, and our convo on economics and life. ”
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April 15, 2020

“Our Open Book tonight with @DMiliband of the International Rescue Committee on the special vulnerability of refugees ”
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April 16, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: a reading from Red Smith, with resonance for these gameless times, and @JeremySchapp! ”
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April 17, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: @simon_schama OBE reads from his own Citizens, and we’ll talk lit, art, and history… ”
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April 18, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book with @Scalzi and Thornton Wilder! ”
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April 19, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: a reading from @ParisReview Plimpton/Hem interview, then @EmilyNemens PR’s editor and novelist! ”
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April 20, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: words from George Carlin, then we bring in @mrmattwalsh to talk about comic words, books, series ”
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April 21, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book opens with a note from Thornton Wilder, then a remarkable new book on a great quake, great response ”
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April 22, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: a reading from Hem you likely haven’t heard, then wise words from @WajahatAli on family and grace. ”
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April 23, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: a reading from Jimmy Breslin, then we’re joined by Pulitzer winner @ConnieSchultz, now a novelist. ”
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April 24, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: poems from Gertie and Neruda, then @HottieCouture (WORN ON THIS DAY) on what to wear to a pandemic! ”
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April 25, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book: a poem by James Weldon Johnson about the glory of song, and then more musical glory w/ @marinalsop! ”
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April 26, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book opens with a reading from Joan Didion, then we look forward to conversing with @EmilyMandel! ”
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April 27, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book with lyrics of a song we think we know, then the enormously entertaining @glovebox on words ”
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April 28, 2020

“Tonight Open Book opens with Happy Birthday, Wordsworth! Then, @SopanDeb on his memoir, culture, and who knows? ”
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April 29, 2020

“Tonight’s Open Book opens with Halberstam, then @David Folkenflik ”
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April 30, 2020

“Our Open Book tonight: a reading Sir Harold Nicolson on humor, then struggling young novelist Christopher Buckley ”
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May 1, 2020

“We open Open Book w/ a reading from a famed wartime diary, then Elizabeth Samet (SOLDIER’S HEART) on the power of words: ”
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May 2, 2020

“So nice to welcome @shteyngart to Open Book! He’ll read, kvetch, and converse, and hope you have questions for our crew! ”
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May 3, 2020

“A special Saturday night Open Book with @KenBurns, who will read from Twain, talk film, and archives we leave now ”
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May 4, 2020

“Tonight we’ll have a reading from Dalton Trumbo (an amazing complaint letter) then @rayadverb Dave Barry on humor now ”
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May 5, 2020

“Tonight, we open with a poem by Nick Flynn on tattoos, then tattoo artist, classicist, punker and memoirist, Phuc Tran ”
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May 6, 2020

“TONIGHT: a reading from Delmore Schwartz on Marilyn; then a convo on movie, literature, and dreams with Sam Wasson! ”
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May 7, 2020

“We’ll have a reading from Ernie Pyle’s astounding reporting from Sicily WWII, then @RodLurie director writer critic ”
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May 8, 2020

“Our family reads a heart-stopping Hem section on Paris, then welcomes @ElaineSciolino to talk Paris lit winding river ”
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May 9, 2020

“Our family opens with a read from E.B. White on NYC, then Mr. New York, @opinion_joe, our friend, on words, loss, art ”
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May 10, 2020

“Our family’s Open Book begins with a reading from Wm. Shirer then converses w/ great writer of history Rick Atkinson! ”
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May 11, 2020

“Tonight, our family makes room for two Chicago Scotts. The best: Scott Turow (preceded by a reading from Unforgettable ”
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May 12, 2020

“Tonight, our family gets to speak with Greil Marcus, the great music and culture critic, after an Elvis poem. Join us! ”
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May 13, 2020

“Our family welcomes @FannySinger to our Open Book to talk ALWAYS HOME, food lit, and lighting these days with beauty ”
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May 14, 2020

“Our family gets to welcome another to our Open Book: Michael Lewis and Tabitha Soren, on writing, pictures, and… ”
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May 15, 2020

“On our family Open Book: a reading from Nelson Algren, and the story behind his inscription. We’ll explain. Questions? ”
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May 16, 2020

“Our family welcomes to great novelist, Tim O’ Brien, after a reading from Wharton’s A MIDNIGHT CLEAR (and felt art) ”
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May 17, 2020

“Our family gets to meet @John Moe, after a reading from Joseph Heller, to talk about feeling low (who doesn’t?) now. ”
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May 18, 2020

“About to go live with Jarrett Krosoczka (LUNCH LADY, etc) to talk art, words, and—lunch! What a life he’s had! ”
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May 19, 2020

“Our family gets to talk to @thealicewu on THE HALF OF IT, coming of age stories, retold, and telling stories today ”
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May 20, 2020

“Our family welcomes @amyjoburns to talk about words and stories in the hills, and the writing life now ”
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May 21, 2020

“Our family gets to meet @TerryTempestWilliams to talk about the words and art of blooms, birds, and our times ”
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May 22, 2020

“A poem by Auden, then our family gets together Dave Isay of @StoryCorps to talk power of conversation, words, warmth- ”
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May 23, 2020

“A poem by Auden, then our family gets together Dave Isay of @StoryCorps to talk power of conversation, words, warmth- ”
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May 24, 2020

“Our family get-together for Open Book tonight—with our daughters’ godfather, the great writer Wen Huang! ”
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May 25, 2020

“Our guest for our family get together tonight: the peerless and prolific Kate DiCamillo! WINN-DIXIE, DESPEREAUX, TIGER! ”
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May 26, 2020

“Our family gets to get together with Ann Patchett (Bel Canto, The Dutch House) after words from Joan Didion. ”
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May 27, 2020

“Our get together with great critic, Proust biographer, Roth memoirist, and his own, Benjamin Taylor. First, a Roth read: ”
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May 28, 2020

“A reading from classic sports bio, VEECK—AS IN WRECK, then classic sport himself, Andrew Zimbalist (CIRCUS MAXIMUS) ”
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May 29, 2020

“Our family opens with a poem about a poodle on a busy day, then craves to hear from you! ”
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May 30, 2020

“Wow. We get together with @jennyhan tonight, to talk writing YA. We open with a reading about young love—wormy ”
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May 31, 2020

“We’ll open with a reading from Sontag’s THE VOLCANO LOVER, then our family gets together with Arlene Alda (JUST KIDS…) ”
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June 1, 2020

“Our family shares a bit from a French story about a blue dog then—the Bard of Card books, @sandyboynton: ”
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June 2, 2020

“Our family will open with a reading from THE WELL OF LONLINESS,then @tomfriedman ”
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June 3, 2020

“Oscar Wilde & Patti Smith! Poet Laureate of Punk talks Wilde’s De Profundis (lyrical intro to new @foliosociety edition ”
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