Episode 200 — Susan Orlean


Susan Orlean is the guest. A staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, she is also the bestselling author of several books, including The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin.  (Photo creditKelly Davidson)

The New York Times Book Review raves

The collecting mania that Susan Orlean has so painstakingly described is, like the orchid, a small thing of grandeur, a passion with a pedigree…Stylishly written, whimsical yet sophisticated, quirkily detailed and full of empathy for a person you might not have thought about empathetically…The Orchid Thief shows her gifts in full bloom.

And Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, says

I adored [Rin Tin Tin]. It weaves history, war, show business, humanity, wit, and grace into an incredible story about America, the human-animal bond, and the countless ways we would be lost without dogs by our sides, on our screens, and in our books. This is the story Susan Orlean was born to tell—it’s filled with amazing characters, reporting, and writing.

Monologue topics:  Episode 200, spreading the word, thank you.

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