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The English Chronicles

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The book club for English language learners.
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Severance Part 2

The English Chronicles

Severance Part 2

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Severance Part 3
Discussing chapters 13-18 of Severance by Ling Ma. Send me your comments on the podcast, book, or language learning! Web: theenglishchronicles.com Email: theenglishchronicles@gmail.com Instagram: @theenglishchronicles Support this podcast on Patreon. Notes: 1. Jen Lue, “Routine Made Everything Possible: An Interview with Ling Ma,” Asian American Writers’ Workshop, May 9, 2019, https://aaww.org/routine-made-everything-ling-ma-severance-interview/. 2. Nicholas Zill, “How Do the Children of Immigrant Parents Perform in School?” Institute for Family Studies, July 8, 2020, https://ifstudies.org/blog/how-do-the-children-of-immigrant-parents-perform-in-school. 3. “How Millennials Want to Work and Live,” Gallup, 2016, https://www.nwais.org/uploaded/conferences/Business_Officers/2019_BusinessOfficers/Resources/Gallup_How_Millennials_Want_to_Work_and_Live.pdf.
26:01
October 18, 2021
Severance Part 2
Discussing chapters 5-12 of Severance by Ling Ma. Send me your comments on the podcast, book, or language learning! Web: theenglishchronicles.com Email: theenglishchronicles@gmail.com Instagram: @theenglishchronicles Support this podcast on Patreon. Notes: 1. Adam Morgan, “In ‘Severance,’ Ling Ma Destroys New York City,” Chicago Review of Books, August 14, 2018, https://chireviewofbooks.com/2018/08/14/severance-ling-ma-interview/. 2. Ling Ma, “In Satirical ‘Severance,’ a Stricken Country Works Itself to Death,” interview by Ari Shapiro, All Things Considered, NPR, August 10, 2018, https://www.npr.org/2018/08/10/637473748/in-satirical-severance-a-stricken-country-works-itself-to-death. 3. Alexandra Twin, “Outsourcing,” Investopedia, last modified May 2, 2021, https://www.investopedia.com/terms/o/outsourcing.asp. 4. Angie Mohr, “4 Ways Outsourcing Damages Industry,” Investopedia, last modified June 25, 2019, https://www.investopedia.com/financial-edge/0312/4-ways-outsourcing-damages-industry.aspx.
24:58
October 11, 2021
Severance Part 1
Discussing chapters 1-4 of Severance by Ling Ma. Send me your comments on the podcast, book, or language learning! Web: theenglishchronicles.com Email: theenglishchronicles@gmail.com Instagram: @theenglishchronicles Support this podcast on Patreon. Notes: 1. “Ling Ma,” The University of Chicago Division of the Humanities English, accessed August 7, 2021, https://english.uchicago.edu/people/ling-ma. 2. Courtney Vinopal, “Author Ling Ma Answers Your Questions About ‘Severance,’” PBS News Hour, December 3, 2020, https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/author-ling-ma-answers-your-questions-about-severance. 3. Courtney Vinopal, “How the Final Days of an Office Job Inspired this Apocalyptic Novel,” PBS News Hour, December 9, 2020, https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/how-the-final-days-of-an-office-job-inspired-this-apocalyptic-novel. 4. Oxford Dictionary, s.v. “Severance,” https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/severance. 5. “Severance Pay,” U.S. Department of Labor, accessed August 7, 2021, https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/wages/severancepay. 6. “Great Recession,” History, accessed August 7, 2021, https://www.history.com/topics/21st-century/recession. 7. “Young, Underemployed and Optimistic,” Pew Research Center, February 12, 2012, https://www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/2012/02/09/young-underemployed-and-optimistic/.
26:01
October 4, 2021
The Martian Chronicles Part 4
Discussing “November 2036: The Off Season” through “October 2057: The Million-Year Picnic” in The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.  Send me your comments on the podcast, book, or language learning!  Web: theenglishchronicles.com  Email: theenglishchronicles@gmail.com  Instagram: @theenglishchronicles  Support this podcast on Patreon.  Notes: 1. Stephen Banker, “Interview with Ray Bradbury,” September 23, 1979, The Washington Post,  https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/entertainment/books/1979/09/23/interview-with-ray-bradbury/f2a4ba44-eadf-4f84-88b5-d983e2bde2ec/. 2. Venetta Nealy, “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 03 01 1978 Ray Bradbury,” YouTube Video, February 21, 2017, 16:09,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1UaSpNumX8. 3. “Cold War,” History, accessed August 4, 2021, https://www.history.com/topics/cold-war/cold-war-history. 4. “All the Way the Bay of Pigs Invasion Failed,” History, accessed August 4, 2021, https://www.history.com/news/bay-of-pigs-mistakes-cuba-jfk-castro. 5. “Cuban Missile Crisis,” History, accessed August 4, 2021, https://www.history.com/topics/cold-war/cuban-missile-crisis.
26:32
September 27, 2021
The Martian Chronicles Part 3
Discussing ““February 2034: Interim” through “November 2036: The Luggage Store” in The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. Send me your comments on the podcast, book, or language learning! Web: theenglishchronicles.com Email: theenglishchronicles@gmail.com Instagram: @theenglishchronicles Support this podcast on Patreon. Notes: 1. National Endowment for the Arts, “NEA Big Read: Meet Ray Bradbury,” YouTube Video, October 3, 2017, 22:18, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pqp38_uS-eg. 2. “Censorship by the Numbers 2019,” Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association, accessed August 4, 2021, https://www.ala.org/advocacy/sites/ala.org.advocacy/files/content/Censorship%20by%20the%20Numbers%202019_0_0.pdf. 3. “Top 10 Challenged Books of 2019,” Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association, accessed August 4, 2021, https://www.ala.org/advocacy/sites/ala.org.advocacy/files/content/Top%2010%20of%202019_1_0.pdf. 4. Jeff O’Neal and Rebecca Schinsky, “Ding the Basket,” June 28, 2021, in Book Riot - The Podcast, podcast, 1:07:35, https://bookriot.com/listen/ding-the-basket/. 5.  Rudy Miller, “Parents Sue Over Black Lives Matter Lessons in Lehigh Valley School District,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 16, 2021, https://liber.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2021/06/16/lehigh-valley-county-parents-sue-east-penn-school-district-Black-Lives-Matter-lessons/stories/202106160156.
26:32
September 20, 2021
The Martian Chronicles Part 2
Discussing “June 2032: —And the Moon Be Still As Bright” through “November 2033: The Fire Balloons” in The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. Send me your comments on the podcast, book, or language learning! Web: theenglishchronicles.com Email: theenglishchronicles@gmail.com Instagram: @theenglishchronicles Support this podcast on Patreon. Notes: 1. Venetta Nealy, “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 03 01 1978 Ray Bradbury,” YouTube Video, February 21, 2017, 16:09,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1UaSpNumX8. 2. Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1997). 3. “Hernán Cortés,” History, accessed August 4, 2021,  https://www.history.com/topics/exploration/hernan-cortes. 4. “Manifest Destiny,” History, accessed August 4, 2021 https://www.history.com/topics/westward-expansion/manifest-destiny
26:04
September 13, 2021
The Martian Chronicles Part 1
Discussing “January 2030: Rocket Summer” through “April 2031: The Third Expedition" in The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. Send me your comments on the podcast, book, or language learning! Web: theenglishchronicles.com Email: theenglishchronicles@gmail.com Instagram: @theenglishchronicles Support this podcast on Patreon. Notes: 1. Oxford Dictionary, s.v. “Colonization,” https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/colonization. 2. Oxford Dictionary, s.v. “Genocide,” https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/genocide. 3. Kenneth C. Davis, “America’s True History of Religious Tolerance,” Smithsonian Magazine, October, 2010, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/americas-true-history-of-religious-tolerance-61312684/. 4. “Life,” Ray Bradbury, accessed July 28, 2021,  https://raybradbury.com/life/. 5. “NEA Big Read,” National Endowment for the Arts, accessed July 28, 2021, https://www.arts.gov/initiatives/nea-big-read. 6. National Endowment for the Arts, “NEA Big Read: Meet Ray Bradbury,” YouTube Video, October 3, 2017, 22:18, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pqp38_uS-eg.
25:43
September 6, 2021
New Books Announcement - October, November, December 2021
Announcing the next three book selections for the podcast: Severance by Ling Ma, March: Book One and Book Two, and All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders. Send me your comments on the podcast, book, or language learning! Web: theenglishchronicles.com Email: theenglishchronicles@gmail.com Instagram: @theenglishchronicles Support this podcast on Patreon.
05:21
September 4, 2021
From the Page to the Screen: Malcolm X
Today features the first episode of the Patreon-only podcast From the Page the Screen. In this podcast, I discuss stories and the movies and television shows they've inspired, letting you know what's worth reading or watching...or both! Enjoy today's podcast and sign up on Patreon to get a new episode each month. Send me your comments on the podcast, book, or language learning! Web: theenglishchronicles.com Email: theenglishchronicles@gmail.com Instagram: @theenglishchronicles Support this podcast on Patreon. Notes: 1. “Marcus Garvey,” History.com, last modified January 26, 2021, https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/marcus-garvey. 2. James Baldwin, The Devil Finds Work, (New York: Vintage International, 1976). 3. Ashley Clark, “Malcolm X: Spike Lee’s Biopic is Still Absolutely Necessary,” The Guardian, February 19, 2015, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/19/malcolm-x-spike-lee-biopic-black-cinema-selma-the-butler. 4. “Riots erupt in Los Angeles After Police Officers Are Acquitted in Rodney King Trial,” History.com, last modified April 27, 2021, https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/riots-erupt-in-los-angeles. 5. “Rev. Al Sharpton Full Eulogy George Floyd Funeral,” News 19 WLTX, June 9, 2020, video, 34:53, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDxG2jTA2Oc. 6. “1964, March 29 - Malcolm X - We Didn’t Land on Plymouth Rock - Closed Captioned,” Captioning for Everyone, November 3, 2014, video, 3:44, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Aq2Z0i8D6A; “Malcolm X. | Slave Mind | Warner Bros. Entertainment,” Warner Bros. Entertainment, January 17, 2012, video, 1:07, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMdDwBliS-o. 7. “Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come (Official Lyric Video),” Sam Cooke, January 22, 2016, video, 3:10, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEBlaMOmKV4. 8. “Eulogy Delivered by Ossie Davis at the Funeral of Malcolm X,” Malcolm X, accessed June 25, 2021, https://www.malcolmx.com/eulogy/. 9. Roger Ebert, “Malcolm X,” RogerEbert.com, November 18, 1992, https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/malcolm-x-1992. 10. Clark, “Malcolm X.”
24:51
August 30, 2021
Intimations Part 4
Discussing the last two sections of "Screengrabs" and the final essay "Intimations" in Intimations by Zadie Smith. Send me your comments on the podcast, book, or language learning! Web: theenglishchronicles.com Email: theenglishchronicles@gmail.com Instagram: @theenglishchronicles Support this podcast on Patreon. Notes: Please see the transcript at theenglishchronicles.com for the full notes section.
26:39
August 23, 2021
Intimations Part 3
Discussing the first five sections of "Screengrabs" in Intimations by Zadie Smith. Send me your comments on the podcast, book, or language learning! Web: theenglishchronicles.com Email: theenglishchronicles@gmail.com Instagram: @theenglishchronicles Support this podcast on Patreon. Notes 1. Zadie Smith, “Big Tech ‘Comes’ to Washington + A Conversation with Zadie Smith,” interview by Jenn White, 1A, NPR, July 30, 2020, https://www.npr.org/2020/07/30/897190683/big-tech-comes-to-washington-a-conversation-with-zadie-smith. 2. Ruth Simon, “Covid-19’s Toll on U.S. Business? 200,000 Extra Closures in Pandemic’s First Year,” The Wall Street Journal, April 21, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19s-toll-on-u-s-business-200-000-extra-closures-in-pandemics-first-year-11618580619. 3. “Price of Attending an Undergraduate Institution,” National Center for Education Statistics, last modified May, 2021, https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator/cua. 4. Joe Pinsker, “The Misfortune of Graduating in 2020,” The Atlantic, May 22, 2020, https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020/05/class-of-2020-graduate-jobs/611917/.
22:39
August 16, 2021
Intimations Part 2
Discussing "Something to Do" and "Suffering Like Mel Gibson" in Intimations by Zadie Smith. Send me your comments on the podcast, book, or language learning! Web: theenglishchronicles.com Email: theenglishchronicles@gmail.com Instagram: @theenglishchronicles Support this podcast on Patreon. Notes: 1. Merriam-Webster Dictionary, s.v. “Platonic Love,” https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/platonic%20love. 2. “Mel Gibson Talking to Bloody Jesus,” Know Your Meme, accessed June 5, 2021, https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/mel-gibson-talking-to-bloody-jesus. 3. Zadie Smith, “Writer Zadie Smith Reflects on Pandemic, Black Lives Matter Movement in ‘Intimations,’” interview by Robin Young, WBUR, July 27, 2020, https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2020/07/27/zadie-smith-essay-collection-blm. 4. Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, “Zadie Smith,” August 7, 2020, in Call Your Girlfriend, podcast, 48:48, https://www.callyourgirlfriend.com/episodes/2020/08/zadie-smith-intimations-interview. 5. “Employment Situation News Release,” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 3, 2020, https://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/empsit_04032020.htm. 6. Bilal Javed, Abdullah Sarwer, Erik B. Soto, and Zia-ur-Rehman Mashwani, “The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic’s impact on mental health,” The International Journal of Health Planning and Management, June 22, 2020, https://dx.doi.org/10.1002%2Fhpm.3008. 7. Catherine K. Ettman, Salma M. Abdalla, and Gregory H. Cohen, “Prevalence of Depression Symptoms in US Adults Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” JAMA Netw Open, September 2, 2020, https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2770146.
21:39
August 9, 2021
Intimations Part 1
Discussing "Peonies" and "The American Exception" in Intimations by Zadie Smith. Send me your comments on the podcast, book, or language learning! Web: theenglishchronicles.com Email: theenglishchronicles@gmail.com Instagram: @theenglishchronicles Support this podcast on Patreon. Notes: 1. Oxford Dictionary, s.v. “Intimation,” https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/intimation. 2. Britannica, s.v. “Stoicism,” https://www.britannica.com/topic/Stoicism. 3. Oxford Dictionary, s.v. “Stoic,” https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/stoic. 4. Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, “Zadie Smith,” August 7, 2020, in Call Your Girlfriend, podcast, 48:48, https://www.callyourgirlfriend.com/episodes/2020/08/zadie-smith-intimations-interview. 5. Stephen M. Walt, “The Myth of American Exceptionalism,” October 11, 2011, https://foreignpolicy.com/2011/10/11/the-myth-of-american-exceptionalism/. 6. “The COVID Racial Data Tracker,” The COVID Tracking Project, accessed June 5, 2021, https://covidtracking.com/race. 7. “Why Do COVID-19 Death Rates Differ Wildly from Place to Place?” Kellogg Insight, February 1, 2021, https://insight.kellogg.northwestern.edu/article/covid-19-death-rates-income-inequality.
22:45
August 2, 2021
Exit West Part 4
Discussing chapters 10-12 of Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Send me your comments on the podcast, book, or language learning! Web: theenglishchronicles.com Email: theenglishchronicles@gmail.com Instagram: @theenglishchronicles Notes: 1. Mohsin Hamid, “From Refugees To Politics, Mohsin Hamid Writes The Change He Wants To See,” interview by Terry Gross, Fresh Air, NPR, March 9, 2018, https://www.npr.org/2018/03/09/592158501/from-refugees-to-politics-mohsin-hamid-writes-the-change-he-wants-to-see. 2. Mohsin Hamid, “Points of No Return,” interview by Pamela Paul, The Book Review Podcast, The New York Times, March 10, 2017, audio, 1:10:00, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/books/review/points-of-no-return.html. 3. Ana Gonzalez-Barrera and Phillip Connor, “Around the World, More Say Immigrants Are a Strength Than a Burden,” Pew Research Center, March 14, 2019, https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2019/03/14/around-the-world-more-say-immigrants-are-a-strength-than-a-burden/.
15:10
July 26, 2021
Exit West Part 3
Discussing chapters 7-9 of Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Send me your comments on the podcast, book, or language learning! Web: theenglishchronicles.com Email: theenglishchronicles@gmail.com Instagram: @theenglishchronicles Notes: 1. Mohsin Hamid, “Points of No Return,” interview by Pamela Paul, The Book Review Podcast, The New York Times, March 10, 2017, audio, 1:10:00, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/books/review/points-of-no-return.html. 2. Mohsin Hamid, “From Refugees To Politics, Mohsin Hamid Writes The Change He Wants To See,” interview by Terry Gross, Fresh Air, NPR, March 9, 2018, https://www.npr.org/2018/03/09/592158501/from-refugees-to-politics-mohsin-hamid-writes-the-change-he-wants-to-see. 3. “Timeline of the Muslim Ban,” ACLU of Washington, Accessed June 8, 2021, https://www.aclu-wa.org/pages/timeline-muslim-ban. 4. “Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States,” The White House, January 20, 2021, https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/proclamation-ending-discriminatory-bans-on-entry-to-the-united-states/.
18:38
July 19, 2021
Exit West Part 2
Discussing chapters 4-6 of Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Send me your comments on the podcast, book, or language learning! Web: theenglishchronicles.com Email: theenglishchronicles@gmail.com Instagram: @theenglishchronicles Notes: 1. Mohsin Hamid, “Points of No Return,” interview by Pamela Paul, The Book Review Podcast, The New York Times, March 10, 2017, audio, 1:10:00, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/books/review/points-of-no-return.html. 2. “Revealed: 2,000 Refugee Deaths Linked to Illegal EU Pushbacks,” The Guardian, May 5, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/may/05/revealed-2000-refugee-deaths-linked-to-eu-pushbacks.
19:59
July 12, 2021
Exit West Part 1
Discussing chapters 1-3 of Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Send me your comments on the podcast, book, or language learning! Web: theenglishchronicles.com Email: theenglishchronicles@gmail.com Instagram: @theenglishchronicles Notes: 1. Oxford Dictionary, s.v. “Emigration,” https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/emigration. 2. Oxford Dictionary, s.v. “Immigration,” https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/immigration. 3. Oxford Dictionary, s.v. “Nativism,” https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/nativism. 4. Oxford Dictionary, s.v. “Xenophobia,” https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/xenophobia. 5. Mohsin Hamid, “Points of No Return,” interview by Pamela Paul, The Book Review Podcast, The New York Times, March 10, 2017, audio, 1:10:00, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/books/review/points-of-no-return.html. 6. “Migration Trends,” BBC, Accessed June 8, 2021, https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/z8x6wxs/revision/1.
19:50
July 5, 2021
Introduction
Introducing The English Chronicles, the book club for English language learners. Our first three selections will be Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (July), Intimations by Zadie Smith (August), and The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (September). Send me your comments on the podcast, book, or language learning! Web: theenglishchronicles.com Email: theenglishchronicles@gmail.com Instagram: @theenglishchronicles Notes: 1. Stephen Krashen, “Free Voluntary Reading: New Research, Applications, and Controversies,” April 2004, http://sdkrashen.com/content/articles/singapore.pdf.
06:55
June 28, 2021