SLF Podcast: Mohanraj and Rosenbaum Are Humans

Mary Anne Mohanraj and Benjamin Rosenbaum planned an epic Summer 2020 US Road Trip to publicize their new books. Now it’s coronapocalypse time, and that road trip is going to have to be a podcast. Join two old friends as they talk about science fiction, community, the writing life, teaching, parenting, and a whole lot more. Does Ben really think you should let your kids touch the stove, and did he really burn his son’s homework? Why did he write a novel with no men or women in it? What exactly did a young Mary Anne do to appall her aunts in college, and how did it lead circuitously to her founding science fiction’s longest-running webzine? Mohanraj and Rosenbaum… Are Humans? Yes, yes they are.

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Co-hosts: Mary Anne Mohanraj and Benjamin Rosenbaum
Producer: Darius Vinesar
Show Notes: Jed Hartman and Darius Vinesar
Music by: Thor Bremer
Animation by: Brandon Hadnot

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Episode List

Ep. 42 "Afro-Surrealism With Yvette Lisa Ndlovu"

Ep. 41 "The Magic of Ritual with K. Tempest Bradford"

Ep. 40 "Welcome to Season 2"

Ep. 39 "Ted Chiang and the Metrics of Personhood"

Ep. 38 "Escape From Turkey City"

Ep. 37 "Our Season 1 Reading Guide"

Ep. 36 "Revision and Workshopping With Jed Hartman, Pt. 2"

Ep. 35.5 "Fred Berman Reads The Unraveling"​

Ep. 35 "Narrating With Fred Berman"

Ep. 34 "Revisions and Workshopping With Jed Hartman, Pt. 1"

Ep. 33 "Epic Fantasy With George R. R. Martin"

Ep. 32 "What Is Your Jam"

Ep. 31 "An Interview With Vida Cruz"

Ep. 30 "The Portolan Project: Charting the Way for Writers"

Ep. 29 "Tentifying with Jed Hartman"

Ep. 28 “Creative Community with Scott Woods”

Ep. 27 “Game Design with Avery Alder”

Ep. 26 “The Good, the Bad, and the Chocolate Cake with Jed Hartman”

Ep. 25: "Kate Elliott on Map Making"

Ep. 24 "The Agent Hunt: She Wanted It All"

Ep. 23 "Nalo Hopkinson, Andrea Hairston, and Sheree Renee Thomas”

Ep. 22 "Dark Nights of the Soul"

Ep. 21 "Jed, Pt. 2: Strange Horizons Origin Story, and Other Adventures"

Ep. 20 "Delia and Ellen, Pt. 2"

Ep. 19 "Delia and Ellen, Pt. 1"

Ep. 18 "Cadwell Turnbull"

Ep. 17 "An Interview With Nalo Hopkinson"

Ep. 16 "How We Started"

Ep. 15 "An Interview with Farah Mendlesohn"

Ep. 14 "Chore Charts and Cookies"

Ep. 13 "Food (and/or Cricket) Can Solve Everything"

Ep. 12 "The Unraveling"

Ep. 11 "Liz Gorinsky"

Ep. 10 "Gamifying the Rejection"

Ep. 9 "An Interview with Paolo Bacigalupi"

Ep. 8.5 "Attack Surface"

Ep. 8 "Cory Doctorow"

Ep. 7 "Cons in a Time of Pandemic"

Ep. 6 "Jed Hartman, Pt. 1: Conversational Cultures"

Ep. 5 "Two Months into the Pandemic: A Snapshot"

Ep. 4 "What Are... Humans"

Ep. 3 "An Interview With Silvia Moreno-Garcia"

Ep. 2 "The Toilet Seat Con Hook-Up"

Ep. 1.5 "The Capital and the Cafe"

Ep. 1 "Introductions"

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