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.

Episodes of the Spring 2021 season are being released on Mondays, and sometimes Thursdays, starting March 22.

So far, our show is up on Libsyn, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Amazon Music. It also has an RSS feed. We are working to get it on more platforms as well.

Raw video footage, including YouTube’s auto-transcription, can be viewed on our YouTube channel.

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We’d also like to thank the Kickstarter backers who helped us launch this podcast! Here’s a list of them.

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

List of Episodes

Ep. 1: “Introductions”

Bonus Ep. 1.5: “The Capitol and the Cafe”

Ep. 2: “The Toilet Seat Con Hook-up”

Ep. 3: An Interview with Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Ep. 4: “What Are… Humans”

Ep. 5: “Two Months into the Pandemic: A Snapshot”

Ep. 6: “Jed Hartman, Pt. 1: Conversational Cultures”

Ep. 7: “Cons in a Time of Pandemic”

Ep. 8: “Cory Doctorow”

Bonus Ep. 8.5: “Attack Surface” (Bonus)

Ep. 9: “An Interview with Paolo Bacigalupi”

Ep. 10: “Gamifying the Rejection”

Ep. 11: “Liz Gorinsky”

Ep. 12: “The Unraveling”

Ep. 13: “Food (and/or Cricket) Can Solve Everything”

Ep. 14: “Chore Charts and Cookies”

Ep. 15: “An Interview with Farah Mendlesohn”

Ep. 16: “How We Started”

Ep. 17: “An Interview with Nalo Hopkinson”

Ep. 18: “Cadwell Turnbull”

Ep. 19: “Delia and Ellen, Pt. 1”

Ep. 20: “Delia and Ellen, Pt. 2”

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

Ep. 22: “Dark Nights of the Soul”

“The Orange” (Bonus) 

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

Ep. 24: “The Agent Hunt: She Wanted It All”

Ep. 25: “Kate Elliott on Map Making”

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

Ep. 27: “Game Design with Avery Alder”

Ep. 28: “Creative Community with Scott Woods”

Ep. 29: “Tentifying with Jed Hartman”

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

Ep. 31: “An Interview with Vida Cruz”

Ep. 32: “What Is Your Jam”

Ep. 33: “Epic Fantasy With George R. R. Martin”

Ep. 34: “Revisions and Workshopping with Jed Hartman, Pt. 1”