This Land is a Great Podcast

On July 9, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that approximately half of Oklahoma is inside a Native American reservation. (Read coverage from NPR and The New York Times.)

The decision, authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch, opens with this:

On the far end of the Trail of Tears was a promise. Forced to leave their ancestral lands in Georgia and Alabama, the Creek Nation received assurances that their new lands in the West would be secure forever. In exchange for ceding “all their land, East of the Mississippi river,” the U. S. government agreed by treaty that “[t]he Creek country west of the Mississippi shall be solemnly guarantied to the Creek Indians.” … Today we are asked whether the land these treaties promised remains an Indian reservation for purposes of federal criminal law. Because Congress has not said otherwise, we hold the government to its word.

It’s a fascinating decision for many reasons, and I think the best way to fully understand it is listening to the podcast This Land. (Most episodes were produced and released prior to the decision, but new episodes are now being made.)

Hosted by Rebecca Nagle, an Oklahoma journalist and citizen of the Cherokee Nation, This Land examines how a seemingly simple murder case led to the largest restoration of tribal land in U.S. history. I highly recommend it.

Also recommended is this opinion piece in The New York Times: “This 19th-Century Law Helps Shape Criminal Justice in Indian Country” by David Heska Wanbli Weiden, a professor of Native American studies. His article discusses the impact of the Major Crimes Act, enacted in 1885.

New Episodes of the Word Crimes Podcast

Word Crimes Podcast LogoSeason 4 of the Title 18: Word Crimes podcast is underway!

We’re three episodes in, and all three have featured an outstanding new reader, Mary Wilson, a reporter and producer at Slate’s The Gist.

So far, Mary has read “Thoroughly Murdered Millie” by April Kelly, “Knockout” by Eryk Pruitt, and “A Nice Pair of Guns” by Nick Kolakowski.

We have a lot more great crime fiction lined up this season, including stories by Lawrence Block, James Grady, Lyndsay Faye, and many more! I’m completely pumped about season 4 and I hope you enjoy it, too. (Our longtime partner in crime, Scott Detrow — though busy with his gig at NPR — still plans to contribute a few stories this season.)

Check out the Title 18: Word Crimes podcast at WordCrimesPodcast.com, on iTunes, on Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Storey, Pruitt, Beetner & Arneson on Word Crimes Podcast

On the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast, the month of October has been all about writers named Erik. Or Eric. Or Eryk.

Erik Storey, Eryk Pruitt, Eric Beetner and I took turns reading each other’s short stories. If you haven’t had a chance to listen, here are all the stories in one place.

(You can also find them on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts.)

Eryk Pruitt reads “Farewell from a Desert Rat” by Erik Storey (download):

Eric Beetner reads “Levee Camp Moan” by Eryk Pruitt (download):

Erik Arneson reads “Bleeding Out” by Eric Beetner (download):

Erik Storey reads “Three Cases Only a Desperate, Below-Average Private Investigator Would Take” by Erik Arneson (download):

Full episode notes can be found at the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast website. I hope you enjoy the stories!

Comics in Crime Fiction – Podcast

The Crime Scene with Eryk PruittOn the latest episode of THE CRIME SCENE WITH ERYK PRUITT, Eryk spoke to Alex Segura (editor at Dark Circle Comics), Tyler Jenkins (artist on the comic series SNOW BLIND), and me about comics in crime fiction.

Our hour-long conversation — which was extremely enjoyable to be a part of; hopefully, it’s also enjoyable to listen to! — aired this morning on WCOM 103.5 FM in Carrboro, North Carolina.

If you missed it there, you can catch it on The Crime Scene’s iTunes podcast feed, or listen right here!

 
In addition to his work at Dark Circle (where, among other things, he edits THE BLACK HOOD), Alex is the author of the Miami crime novels SILENT CITY and DOWN THE DARKEST STREET, both coming out this year from Polis Books. He also wrote comic books like the best-selling and critically acclaimed ARCHIE MEETS KISS storyline, the “Occupy Riverdale” story and the upcoming ARCHIE MEETS RAMONES.

In addition to SNOW BLIND, Tyler Jenkins has written and/or done the artwork on comics like PETER PANZERFAUST, NEVERBOY, and THE CHAINING.

Word Crimes: “Appetite” by Jon McGoran

Word Crimes Podcast LogoA new episode of the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast is now available!

This time, Scott Detrow reads the creepy short story “Appetite” by biotech thriller author Jon McGoran.

To listen, subscribe to Word Crimes on iTunes or Stitcher, or use the media player below.

Enjoy!

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Word Crimes: “Death Runs Faster” by Duane Swierczynski

Word Crimes Podcast LogoA new episode of the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast is now available!

This time, Scott Detrow reads “Death Runs Faster” by Duane Swierczynski, the author of CANARY, FUN AND GAMES and seven other novels, along with hundreds of comic books — including the new THE BLACK HOOD.

To listen, subscribe to Word Crimes on iTunes or Stitcher, or use the media player below.

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New Website for Word Crimes Podcast

Word Crimes Podcast LogoScott Detrow and I are excited to let you know that our Title 18: Word Crimes podcast has a new home:

WordCrimesPodcast.com

I’ll still post updates here when new episodes go live, but all of the show notes and related features will now live on the new site.

Speaking of new episodes, check out the two latest:

Live at NoirCon: Three Minutes of Terror, Part 1 (with readings by Patricia Abbott, Jedidiah Ayres, Richard Godwin, David James Keaton, Jon McGoran, Anthony Neil Smith, Marshall Stein, and Jonathan Woods)

Live at NoirCon: Three Minutes of Terror, Part 2 (with readings by Kevin Catalano, Matt Cook, Keith Gilman, Rob Hart, William Hastings, Nik Korpon, Peter Rozovsky, Wallace Stroby, Graham Wynd, and me).

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Lippman & Swierczynski in Philly

hushhushAuthors Laura Lippman (HUSH HUSH, WHAT THE DEAD KNOW, EVERY SECRET THING) and Duane Swierczynski (CANARY, EXPIRATION DATE, THE BLONDE) were in Philadelphia on Thursday night as part of the Free Library’s Author Events series.

Lippman and Swierczynski each read from their most recent novels, then answered questions from the audience.

Swierczynski bribed the audience with yellow Peeps to help generate questions (not needed, since the audience had plenty to ask these two talented writers), although — sadly — he didn’t toss the Peeps into the audience. Rather, they were daintily carried from the stage to the audience by library volunteers…

Regardless, it was a great event and a great conversation. You can listen to the entire thing on the Philadelphia Free Library’s podcast or using the media player below:

 

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Word Crimes Podcast: Episode 22

Word Crimes Podcast LogoThe second episode of Season 2 of the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast — Episode 22 overall — is out!

On this episode, Scott Detrow reads “Bliss” by Merry Jones. “Bliss” originally appeared in the anthology Liar Liar, published by The Liars Club.

Enjoy!

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Word Crimes Podcast: Episode 21

Word Crimes Podcast LogoThe first episode of Season 2 of the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast — Episode 21 overall — is now available!

On this episode, Scott Detrow reads “Luck” by Anthony Award-winning author Johnny Shaw. “Luck” was originally published in Thuglit (you can get it right here in Issue #1).

Enjoy!

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