Madeleine Albright: Redefining Fascism

Madeleine Albright: Redefining Fascism

A Fascist, observes Madeleine Albright, “is a bully with an army… someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is utterly unconcerned with the rights of others, and is willing to use violence and whatever other means are necessary to achieve the goals he or she might have.” 

RJ Julia recently hosted the former Secretary of State to a sold-out crowd at the Yale School of Management. Albright sat down for an exclusive interview with Roxanne to discuss her latest book Fascism: A Warning where she draws on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a United States diplomat to guide us through the lessons we must understand and the questions we must answer if we are to save ourselves from repeating the tragic errors of the past. 

God, Rebellion, & The Beatles; A Coming-Of-Age Story

God, Rebellion, & The Beatles; A Coming-Of-Age Story

Everyone has a story…not everyone can tell it. Roxanne says first-time author Erin Hosier “assuredly can tell her story and does so with the kind of wit, energy, warmth, and honesty that rivets you to the page.”

The New York City native and literary agent kicked off publicity for her memoir Don’t Let Me Down at the Just the Right Book studios for her podcast debut conversation!  

The Beatles provided the soundtrack for the long and winding road from rural Ohio to New York City and we meet Erin’s parents who unpredictably trade their sixties rock ‘n’ roll life for Christian hymns. We meet her dad who was prone to violent outbursts. We also get to know Erin as she navigates her way through the debris and love of a fractured family, in the end reminding us that all you need is love.

Other books in this episode:

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy 

The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner

 

10 Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now!

10 Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now!

Is your smart speaker listening to your conversations? Is Google reading your emails? Jaron Lanier, the author of the international bestsellers “You Are Not a Gadget” and “Who Owns the Future?” touches on these topics and more when he recently joined Roxanne to discuss his latest book, Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.

The Virtual Reality pioneer and founder of VPL Research (the first company to sell VR goggles and gloves) finds that social media fosters addiction, and generally makes us feel worse and fearful about each other and the world.

So, should we say goodbye to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter? While Lanier believes it should be a personal decision, he does warn, “because these things are so sneaky, a lot of people confuse their addiction with an actual benefit.”

Books in this episode:

Rumi Poetry: Rumi Poems on Love and Happiness by Rumi

I and Thou by Martin Buber

Knowledge of Man by Martin Buber

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Dani Shapiro Uncovers Cathartic Family Secret in Latest Memoir

Dani Shapiro Uncovers Cathartic Family Secret in Latest Memoir

Through her previous nine bestselling books, Dani Shapiro has explored the profound question of how we come to be who we are, how the threads of family secrets, tragedy, spirituality, and joy layer and intertwine to create a unique being.

During a recent sold-out event at RJ Julia, Dani sat down with Roxanne to discuss her fifth memoir, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love, how a commercial DNA kit revealed her hidden lineage, and her emotional connection to her family and faith. Roxanne says “it reflects the Zeitgeist of our times, issues of identity, family secrets, and how we tell our stories.”

Dani has written for the New Yorker, Salon, Elle, the New York Times, and has appeared on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. This latest book has received wide acclaim from NPR, The New York Times, The Today Show and dozens of reviews.

Preview Dani’s NEW Podcast “Family Secrets” here!

4 Books to Read Right Now From Literary Hub!

4 Books to Read Right Now From Literary Hub!

We recently welcomed Irish fiction writer, journalist, and editor of LitHub‘s Bookmarks section, Dan Sheehan back to the show to dish on his recent column, books he is currently loving, and his favorite book of 2018!!

Books in this episode:

An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

This episode was recorded on January 15th.

The One Book That Offers 5 Principles to Being Fearless!

The One Book That Offers 5 Principles to Being Fearless!

Over the last 20 years, the Case Foundation has contributed more than $100 million in funding to businesses and nonprofits that use entrepreneurship and innovation to drive social change.

As a co-founder of the foundation with her husband, Steve, Jean Case has discovered and embraced the role of being fearless as a key ingredient for everyone and anyone to realize their potential and purpose.

Jean was an early executive at America Online where she directed the marketing and branding as AOL brought the Internet to the world.

The entrepreneurial powerhouse joined us to discuss her inspiring first book, Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose where she outlines her guide to living fearlessly and why embracing your failures can lead to success.

Other books in this episode:

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Michelle Obama in Her Own Words: An Excerpt from “Becoming”

Michelle Obama in Her Own Words: An Excerpt from “Becoming”

3.4 million copies sold last year made Becoming by Michelle Obama the best-selling book of 2018! We are thrilled to share an excerpt of the memoir read by the former first lady herself.

Audio File Magazine says “In a rich, warm timbre, Michelle Obama treats us to reminiscences and reflections on her life as though we were friends seated in her living room. No matter where you are on the political spectrum, the insights of “the other Obama” are interesting due to the sheer fact of her uniqueness.”

A special thanks to our friends at Audio File Magazine for providing the clip. Please check them out at audiofilemagazine.com!

Listen Back With 3 of The New York Times Best Books of 2018

Listen Back With 3 of The New York Times Best Books of 2018

Last week we heard Pamela Paul, the editor of The New York Times Book Review discuss the 10 Best Books of 2018! But before you dive into your 2019 TBR pile, you might just want to take a look back at some of the best titles of this past year as chosen by the editors of the Times Book Review.

For this compilation episode, we revisit three bestselling non-fiction authors from The New York Times list who joined Roxanne on the podcast in 2018!

Books in this episode:

Educated by Tara Westover

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

5 Inspiring Book Picks From Roxanne!

5 Inspiring Book Picks From Roxanne!

From poems, toasts, and inspirational quotes that feed your heart and mind to brief body-bending exercises, these books will help you kick 2019 off right! Plus, they make perfect hostess gifts!

Books in this episode:

5-Minute Yoga: A More Energetic, Focused, and Balanced You in Just 5 Minutes a Day by Adams Media

Written in the Stars: Constellations, Facts, and Folklore by Alison Davies

A Little Book of Japanese Contentments: Ikigai, Forest Bathing, Wabi-sabi and More by Erin Niimi Longhurst

Family Celebrations: Poems, Toasts, and Traditions for Every Occasion by June Cotner & Nancy Tupper Ling

Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed

The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2018!

The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2018!

2018 produced some spectacular literary page turners and if you are looking to catch up before you dive into your 2019 New Year’s reading resolutions, we’ve got you covered!

Pamela Paul, who is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees book coverage at The New York Times recently joined Roxanne to discuss the top ten reads of 2018!

Check out The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2018!

To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

The Perfect Nanny by Leïla Slimani

There There by Tommy Orange

Washington Black by Esi Edugyanv

American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan Jobs

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan

Check out Anne Bogel’s 15 inspiring and practical books to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions!

Check out Anne Bogel’s 2019 Reading Challenge here!