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Cracking the Spine
A fun look at the world of books and literature!
Category: Literature
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November 23, 2016 10:15 AM PST

Your favorite weekly podcast returns a day early from its normal weekly posting schedule to deliver another week's worth of content and hilarity. We decided to post on Wednesday this week (as opposed to every other week) in case you have some traveling to do. As you might. We post weekly. Oh, we talk about books and podcasts and something this week. Because we post every week.

October 06, 2016 06:21 PM PDT

This week, while celebrating a High Holiday, Zane, Sean and Josh tackle the not-at-all controversial topic of our civilization's fascination with Stone Age texts. While (attempting) to stay respectful, they (attempt) addressing the seemingly incongruous connection humanity feels with books written before the advent of any modern kind of thinking. Join us, and remember, it's not offensive!

September 28, 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Based on another great listener suggestion (from what is arguably one of the most powerful emails we've ever received) Josh, Sean and Josh dive into the world of bookstores and libraries. Sure, yeah, they've talked about those amazing respositories before, but not to the extent they delve into it tonight. Listen as they expound on their love of the idea of collecting human understanding in the printed form.

Ok, that sounds more serious than it is. Trust me, there's the more than enough of the usual Sean-boasting, Zane-eye-rolling, and Josh-not-reading that you guys have come to know and love. But also, maybe serious?

September 07, 2016 09:00 PM PDT

This week your three intrepid hosts. . . HOLD ON! Did you say three?! Why yes, I did, because JOSH IS BACK! Anyway, your three intrepid hosts (one of whom is Josh) discuss an incredibly meta topic - how do you actually read a book? Are you a skimmer? Do you skip ahead? Pore over every word? You may be surprised to learn that Zane, Josh and Sean each have their own preferred method, and we all quickly learn that no one way is the "right way".

Did I mention that Josh is back? He so is. . .

August 31, 2016 09:00 PM PDT

This week marks a triumphant return of 2/3 of the CtS crew! Josh couldn't make it (NO YOU HATERS, WE DIDN'T FIRE HIM) but Sean and Zane sit still long enough to talk about how it feels to get wrapped up in a series that isn't finished. It's kind of like listening to a podcast that is inconsistent in posting episodes. The crew also welcomes on a very special guest for the show, one whose appearance will be the stuff of legends for years to come.

August 04, 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Josh, Zane and Sean take their show on the road, quite literally. With scheduling becoming an issue, the gang takes the opportunity of a long drive to a special dinner to talk about travel books in all their forms. They get distracted by thoughts of meat and alcohol, as well as the meat and alcohol themselves. Buckle up, buckaroos! It's a wild ride!

July 21, 2016 08:27 PM PDT

This week we dip into the Cracking the Spine Reddit in order to get a great topic. Sean, Josh and Zane delve into what books our children will read when they get into high school. Will 1984 stand the test of time, or will The Hunger Games become the new classic. And, like, it's not that we're obsessed with The Hunger Games, but we may or may not spend some time talking about it.... but we talk about other things too.... Listen up. You may learn something (that your kids will learn later).

July 13, 2016 09:00 PM PDT

This week the group makes its triumphant return, and boy are you lucky they did! Taking another awesome listener suggestion, Josh, Zane and Sean talk about their own personal evolutionary arcs as readers. Where did each of their tastes come from? Did the Cro-Magnon steps of their early twenties help influence the homosapien tastes of their now? Is this analogy stretched to its limit? They attempt to apply some intelligent design to the conversation, and delve into the origin of reading. Join in!

June 22, 2016 09:00 PM PDT

For sixty nine episodes we have discussed the human side of books. This week we finally get in touch with our animal sides. Who are the most memorable non-human characters from literature, and what do they reveal about our shared humanity? Sean and Josh, while not as accomplished in the animal world as Zane, try to keep up. You can keep up too by listening! So do it!

June 15, 2016 09:00 PM PDT

How far are we willing to take a joke? Let's say we go one past sixty eight and one before seventy. But it's not what you think. Unless it is what you think. In which case, man, you're smart. Listen. Josh, Zane and Sean go to places in books you've likely never been before.

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