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This Episode Was Really Hard To Title: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 67


Welcome to The Librarian Is In, the New York Public Library's podcast about books, culture, and what to read next.



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Gwen goes nuts for an alt-history about hippo ranching (IT COULD HAVE BEEN A REAL THING!), and Frank goes nuts for a memoir by incomparable actor and role model Gabourey Sidibe.

fiona swims
Fiona, the best baby hippo in the world, swimming with her dad. Photo via the Cincinnati Zoo.

What We're Reading Now

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey (and the sequel, Taste of Marrow)

river of teeth

Atavist story about the real plan to introduce hippo ranching to the American South

Fiona, the hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo who's stolen the heart of the entire Internet


More alt-histories we mentioned: 

This Is Just My Face (Try Not to Stare) by Gabourey Sidibe


The street art project Stop Telling Women to Smile by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, and her episode of the the Another Round podcast


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Using your voice

Hi Gwen and Frank, I've enjoyed the podcast for quite some time. Thanks! Gwen, I loved what you did when a man on the train told you to smile. I was inwardly cheering for you while listening to your story, and wish I felt brave enough to react in that way when faced with similar situations in my past. Hopefully I will get there. There was a definite "ick factor" when you described what he said, and I hope that if more women react the way you did, men will learn that this kind of thing is not acceptable. I applaud you!

thank you!

Thank you, Melanie. For what it's worth, I've been told to smile many MANY times before and this is the first time I ever said anything back, so maybe we're all making progress! Thank you again for your comment -- it really means a lot to me. And thanks for listening!

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