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Annotated

This book podcast is like Radiolab for books, studying different aspects of books, reading, and language. Past episodes have focused on the 2018 Nobel crisis in literature, Agatha Christie’s mysterious disappearance, and how Shakespeare was saved.

Episode 8The Dictionary War

In this episode, the story of Merriam-Webster's Third Edition, and fight about language it caused.

Episode 1Saving Shakespeare

In this first episode of season 2 of Annotated, the story of how Shakespeare was saved for posterity by two of his friends and a cagey publisher.

Episode 6Love, Punctuation, and the Oxford Comma

In this episode, an investigation of the Oxford comma that starts, improbably, with a love story. 

Episode 5The 17-Year-Old Who Invented Science Fiction

In this episode, the story of how a 17-year-old named Mary Godwin came to write Frankenstein and in doing so write the first great work of science fiction. 

Episode 4The United States Versus One Book Called “ULYSSES”

In this episode, the story of how an unlikely cast of characters brought James Joyce's Ulysses to America, got it legalized, and changed how we understand what literature can do. 

Episode 3The World’s Most Glamorous Librarian

In this episode: the life of Belle De Costa Greene, the most glamorous and influential librarian in early 20th Century America, who kept a life-long secret that could have ended her career.

Episode 2How Did Independent Bookstores Avoid Going Extinct?

In this episode, we look at the remarkable turnaround in independent bookstores in the U.S. After thousands closed from 1995 to 2008, over the last decade more bookstores are setting up shop...and staying open. How did it happen? And will it continue?

Episode 1Is It 1984 Yet?

In this inaugural episode, we consider the resurgence of interest in George Orwell's 1984, and the story of how 1984 came to be in the first place.

Episode 0Introducing Annotated

This is a teaser/preview of the first episode of Annotated, Book Riot's new audio documentary series about books, reading, and language.