Marginalia is an on-air commentary and podcast hosted by KMUW's Beth Golay. Episodes feature author interviews, editorial commentary and other marginalia to enhance the reading experience.

Several of Beth's interviews are included each year in NPR's Book Concierge.

The Marginalia podcast is also available through iTunes and through Google Play.

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Marginalia: Terry Virts

Dec 8, 2017

In the year 2000, Terry Virts transitioned from an Air Force fighter pilot to a Space Shuttle Commander. During his 217 days in space, he took more photographs than any other NASA Astronaut. The stunning photos have been compiled in a book published by National Geographic titled View From Above.

I caught up with Terry Virts recently and talked to him about his time spent on the International Space Station, Earth’s varying colors, and celestial navigation. Here’s our conversation:

And if you listened to the commentary on-air, this is what you heard:


Marginalia: Juli Berwald

Nov 24, 2017
Madeleine Tilin

Although she grew up in landlocked St. Louis and now lives in landlocked Austin, Juli Berwald passion for marine science has always remained near the surface. After seeing disturbing headlines about unprecedented jellyfish blooms and the dangers of ocean acidification, Berwald decided to take a scientific journey to better understand jellyfish to better understand the damage we are inflicting on the climate and the oceans.

Marginalia: Jesmyn Ward

Nov 10, 2017
Beowulf Sheehan

If Jesmyn Ward’s name sounds familiar, it might be because she won the National Book Award for fiction in 2011 for Salvage the Bones.

Or it might be because she was just named a 2017 MacArthur fellow, which means she was awarded a genius grant.

Marginalia: John Grisham

Oct 27, 2017

A conversation about his new legal thriller, title choices, and more...

Nicole Haley

A conversation about a collaboration with Mark Twain.

A conversation about Hmong traditions, the Secret War, voice, and The Latehomecomer, with Kao Kalia Yang.

Hermance Triay

A conversation about political cartoons, translation, Shakespeare, and Reputations... with Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

Marginalia: John Boyne

Sep 1, 2017

John Boyne is an Irish author who has been publishing his work for almost 20 years. He’s written 10 novels, 5 books for young readers--most notably, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas--he has 3 short story collections, and his books have been published in 51 languages.

Kamila Shamsie is the author of several novels and has been a finalist for the Orange Prize, twice, and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. And she has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Her latest book, Home Fire, was recently long-listed for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. It’s a contemporary retelling of the Sophocles play, Antigone. The book and the play were written roughly 2500 years apart… yet the retelling is remarkably timely.

I recently spoke with Shamsie about her new novel, about political writing, and about language.

Marginalia: David Baron

Aug 4, 2017
Baron photo by Dana Meyer

David Baron’s new book, American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World, is about the history and the players involved in the total solar eclipse of 1878.