Book Song Movie

Book Song Movie

#Society & Culture

Conversations with a wide range of people about their favorite books, songs & movies.

Episodes (14)Default

White Oleander / Legacy of Sadness / The American President2022-10-17

Our first episode is a conversation with writer Kris Duncan. Her favorite Book, Song and Movie: White Oleander, by Janet Fitch Legacy of Sadness, by Ron Pope The American President, directed by Rob Reiner Kris Duncan’s own book, Hello Beautiful

46 min

The Hobbit / 100,000 Years / E.T.2022-11-07

Our second conversation is with Greg Garst, a landscape architect in Virginia. His favorite book, song and movie are: The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkein 100,000 Years, by KISS (1975 Kiss Alive version) E.T. directed by Stephen Spielberg A link to the Billy Strings Lord of the Rings show Greg references here

52 min

A Wrinkle in Time / Wish You Were Here / The Commitments2022-11-18

Our third conversation is with Laura Little, a Principal Educational Consultant from West Virginia. Her favorite book, song and movie are: A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle Wish You Were Here, by Pink Floyd The Commitments, directed by Alan Parker

51 min

A Wrinkle in Time / Both Sides Now / Jackie Brown2022-12-07

Our fourth conversation is with Dr. Susan Jennings Lantz, an Associate Professor of Business Communications at West Virginia University. Her favorite book, song and movie are: A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle Both Sides Now, by Judy Collins Jackie Brown, directed by Quentin Tarantino Articles of Susan’s: Review of the Wrinkle in Time movie On Female Archetypes

60 min

Watership Down / Purple Rain / Open Range2022-12-21

After two episodes in West Virginia, we head up to Maine to talk to Harland Turner, a professional mariner who’s been working at sea for 30 years. His favorite book, song and movie are: Watership Down, by Richard Adams Purple Rain, by Prince Open Range, directed by Kevin Costner

49 min

The Old Man and the Sea / Guantanamera / Casablanca2023-01-04

In this episode we get some Cuban flavor with Hank Costa, a retired USMC Lt. Colonel and current digital services planner at the Pentagon. His favorite book, song and movie are: The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway Guantanamera, by Playing for Change Casablanca, directed by Michael Curtiz Hank also references this Hemingway documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, and the song Patria y Vida, which he refers to as ‘Guantanamera for a new generation.’

42 min

The Fat Woman Next Door is Pregnant / Let It Go / Kill Bill2023-01-13

For this conversation we head up to the province of Quebec, from where Eric St-Pierre shares his set of favorites with a distinctly French Canadian flavor: The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant by Michel Tremblay Let It Go by Luba Kill Bill directed by Quentin Tarantino

53 min

Lonesome Dove / Forever Young / Unforgiven2023-02-02

Time to cowboy up and hit the trail with Fritz Rote, with a little hippie love thrown in for good measure. Fritz’s favorites: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry Forever Young by Bob Dylan Unforgiven directed by Clint Eastwood

74 min

The Book of the New Sun / Far Beyond the Sun / Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead2023-08-14

Today we indulge our taste for complexity, with three epic favorites from Donald DiPaula. Donald is a patent attorney who lives in Falls Church, Virginia. His favorite book, song and movie are: The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe Far Beyond the Sun by Yngwie Malmsteen Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, directed by Tom Stoppard

85 min

The Song of the Lark / Taking You Home / Ladyhawke2023-08-14

What does it take to be a world-class vocalist? Why are fairy tale curses so universally appealing? What’s with that 1980’s synthesizer music? We explore these questions and more in writer Ann Claycomb’s favorite book, song and movie: The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather Taking You Home by Don Henley Ladyhawke directed by Richard Donner Ann’s own novels, The Mermaid’s Daughter and Silenced, can be found here.

47 min

Interpreter of Maladies / Dreams / The Shawshank Redemption2023-08-14

Badar Tareen wears a lot of hats. A civil rights lawyer by day, he is also an internationally performing stand-up comedian. Oh, he’s a filmmaker, too. Today Badar takes some time from his busy schedule to talk about his favorite book, song and movie: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri Dreams by the Cranberries The Shawshank Redemption directed by Frank Darabont Badar’s monthly comedy show in Washington DC: Brown Town Badar’s short horror film: Breathe During the podcast Badar also references Coke Studio, a popular Youtube channel for Pakistani music

60 min

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Paradise City / Major League2023-08-14

Walter White’s got nothing on this guy. Chemistry teacher, football coach and golf coach Jim Cancellari takes a time out to talk about his favorite book, song, and movie: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by JK Rowling Paradise City by Guns N’ Roses Major League, directed by David S. Ward It’s better than blue meth, I swear.

51 min

Can’t Hurt Me / Space Age Love Song / The Breakfast Club2023-08-14

On one hand our guest Matt Konopka is a hard-charging emergency manager and ultra endurance athlete. On the other he’s a real sucker for 1980’s nostalgia. Check out his favorite book, song and movie to see how he squares that circle: Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins Space Age Love Song by A Flock of Seagulls The Breakfast Club directed by John Hughes

66 min

Savage Inequalities / Fast Car / Harold and Maude2023-08-14

Clara Hardy is a social worker in Providence, Rhode Island, out there making a better place for those who need it most. Let’s see what book, song and movie inspire her to fight the good fight: Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol Fast Car by Tracy Chapman Harold and Maude, directed by Hal Ashby Clara’s website is

44 min
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