The Stacks podcast

The Stacks

Traci Thomas

The Stacks is your one stop shop to talk books and reading. Guests will join the host, Traci Thomas for lively discussions about books and the ways they have shaped their lives, and they way we all understand culture, race, politics, and more. The last Wednesday of each month Traci and guest will break down a book in detail as part of The Stacks Book Club.

Make sure to check the website www.thestackspodcast.com for more details, including upcoming The Stacks Book Club picks.


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217 Episódios

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    Ep. 187 Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan -- The Stacks Book Club (Nichole Perkins)

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    The last week of the month means it's time for The Stacks Book Club. This month we're joined again by author, poet, and podcast host, Nichole Perkins (Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be) to discuss Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan. On this episode we talk about the ways the book (and movie) have and haven't aged well, the depiction of friendship between Black women, and the lasting legacy of this modern classic.There are minor spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/10/27/ep-187-waiting-to-exhaleBe sure to listen to the end of today's episode to find out what The Stacks Book Club pick for November will be!Connect with Nichole: Twitter | Instagram | Website | This is Good for You PodcastConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonProse - head to prose.com/thestacks for your free hair in-depth consultation and 15% off your first order.Bombas - get 20% off your first order at Bombas by going to Bombas.com/thestacks.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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    Ep. 186 We Need Better Voices with Danté Stewart

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    Today we are joined by debut author and minster, Danté Stewart to discuss his book, Shoutin' in the Fire: An American Epistle. Our conversation carries us through and around the intersections of race, religion, and nationality as we discuss the stories we inherent around Blackness, the need for a more radical church, and the texts that give us meaning.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/10/20/ep-186-dante-stewartThe Stacks Book Club selection for October is Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan, we will discuss the book with October 27th on Nichole Perkins.SUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonConnect with Danté: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribePurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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    Ep. 185 Abolition for the People with Bree Newsome Bass Kiese Laymon

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    Today we're discussing Abolition for the People: The Movement for a Future Without Policing and Prisons, an anthology edited by Colin Kaepernick. We are joined by two contributors from the book, Bree Newsome Bass and Kiese Laymon. Bree is a filmmaker and activist, known for removing the confederate flag from South Carolina Capitol. Kiese is the author of Heavy and Long Division, and a friend of this podcast.The Stacks Book Club selection for October is Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan, we will discuss the book with October 27th on Nichole Perkins.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/10/13/ep-185-bree-newsome-kiese-laymonConnect with Bree: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with Kiese: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Patreon | Shop | Bookshop.org | Amazon  SUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonApostrophe - Go to apostrophe.com/thestacks and use the code THESTACKS for $15 off your dermatologist consultation.Better Help - To enjoy 10% off your first month of Better Help counseling head to betterhelp.com/thestacks. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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    Ep. 184 The Desire Advocate Is In with Nichole Perkins

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    We're joined today by cultural critic, poet, podcaster, and author Nichole Perkins. Her new book, Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be is a memoir in essays that covers the intimate details of Perkins' life. We talk on this episode about sex writing, setting boundaries, and intended versus actual audience.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/10/06/ep-184-nichole-perkinsThe Stacks Book Club selection for October is Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan, we will discuss the book with October 27th on Nichole Perkins.SUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonConnect with Nichole: Twitter | Instagram | Website | This is Good for You PodcastConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribePurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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    Ep. 183 Blood in the Water by Heather Ann Thompson -- The Stacks Book Club (Derecka Purnell)

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    Today on The Stacks we discuss the book that inspired this podcast, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson. We're joined by Derecka Purnell (activist and author of the forthcoming Becoming Abolitionists) to delve into this Pulitzer Prize winning book; the coverup, the legacy, and the ways we rely on a superficial notion of justice.There are minor spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/09/29/ep-183-blood-in-the-waterBe sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out our book club pick for October!SUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonApostrophe - Go to apostrophe.com/thestacks and use the code THESTACKS for $15 off your dermatologist consultation. Gumball - If you’re an advertiser OR a podcaster, have a look at gumball.fm to browse shows, discover new advertising options, or list your own podcast today.Connect with Derecka: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribePurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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    Ep. 182 Athletes and Activism with Dave Zirin

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    Today we're joined by sportswriter, journalist, and podcaster Dave Zirin to discuss his new book The Kaepernick Effect: Taking a Knee, Changing the World. We talk about the impact of Colin Kaepernick's NFL protest in 2016, the psyche of young activists, and the best sports protest moments of all time. You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/09/22/ep-182-dave-zirinThe Stacks Book Club selection for September is Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson. We will discuss the book with Derecka Purnell on Wednesday September 29th.SUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonApostrophe - Go to apostrophe.com/thestacks and use the code THESTACKS for $15 off your dermatologist consultation.Better Help - To enjoy 10% off your first month of Better Help counseling head to betterhelp.com/thestacks. Connect with Dave: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Patreon | Shop | GoodreadsPurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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    Ep. 181 We Don't Have to Agree with Jill Louise Busby

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    Jill Louise Busby is an writer, filmmaker, and the person behind the now defunct "Jill is Black" account on Instagram. She joins The Stacks to discuss her debut book, Unfollow Me: Essay in Complicity. Our conversation examines the complexities of audience in relation to worth, real life vs. internet life, and the need for balance.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/09/15/ep-181-jill-louise-busbyThe Stacks Book Club selection for September is Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson. We will discuss the book with Derecka Purnell on Wednesday September 29th.SUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonMagic Spoon - head to magicspoon.com/thestacks and use the code THESTACKS to get $5 off a variety pack of Magic Spoon cereals.Better Help - To enjoy 10% off your first month of Better Help counseling head to betterhelp.com/thestacks.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. Connect with Jill: Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon | Shop | Goodreads See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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    Ep. 180 Fifty Years After Attica with Heather Ann Thompson

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    Today we are joined by Pulitzer Prize winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, Heather Ann Thompson. We discuss her process in researching and writing this epic civil rights story, and the legacy of the uprising 50 years later.The Stacks Book Club selection for September is Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson. We will discuss the book with Derecka Purnell on Wednesday September 29th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/09/08/ep-180-heather-ann-thompson SUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on Patreon Kibou Bag - get 10% off your minimalist diaper bag when using the code THESTACKS at kiboubag.com. Connect with Heather: Twitter | Instagram | Website  Connect with The Stacks: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon | Shop | GoodreadsPurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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    Ep. 179 Imagining Better with Derecka Purnell

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    Our guest today is lawyer, writer, activist, organizer, and author Derecka Purnell. Derecka joins us to discuss her forthcoming debut book, Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom out October 5th. Our conversation is an inspiring discussion around police abolition, imagination, and the books that have informed Derecka’s thinking.The Stacks Book Club selection for September is Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson. We will discuss the book with Derecka Purnell on Wednesday September 29th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/09/01/ep-179-derecka-purnell SUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on Patreon Connect with Derecka: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon | Shop | GoodreadsPurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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    Ep. 178 Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi -- The Stacks Book Club (Juliet Litman)

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    It is The Stacks Book Club day, and we are discussing Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi. To help us talk about this YA romance we have brought back the wonderful Juliet Litman, host of the Bachelor Party and Jam Session podcasts, as well as head of development at The Ringer. Today we talk about men who are not emotionally available, important messages for young people, and the acknowledgement section in books.There are spoilers on today’s episode.Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out our book club pick for September!You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/08/25/ep-178-emergency-contactSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonShop The Stacks MerchPurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.Connect with Juliet: Twitter | Instagram | The RingerConnect with The Stacks: Instagram| Twitter | Website | Patreon | Shop | Goodreads See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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