Holed up in a hotel room, where I was spending the weekend with my wife in San Francisco, I took an hour out of the day to be interviewed for my first podcast experience. The interview had been arranged weeks before, but I did my due diligence in checking with my wife before committing. Fortunately, she didn’t mind.  We were, after all, steps away from San Francisco’s Union Square.

New Book NetworksThe New Books Network (NBN) is a podcast station that interviews authors of recently published works. Each substation specializes in a particular genre ranging from broad topics like politics and history to the obscure such as spiritual practice and psychoanalysis. Interviews typically range from 20 minutes to a full hour.

On Saturday, January 11,  University of Kentucky’s Professor of English Vershawn A. Young (aka Dr. Vay) interviewed me about my eBook, Alex Haley’s Roots, for the NBN’s African American Studies substation.

University of Kentucky Professor Vershawn A. Young. Young is currently working on a book about "black men, gender anxiety, and the American Dream, which focuses on Barack Obama, playwright August Wilson, and director/producer Tyler Perry."

University of Kentucky Professor Vershawn A. Young. Young is currently working on a book about “black men, gender anxiety, and the American Dream, which focuses on Barack Obama, playwright August Wilson, and director/producer Tyler Perry.”

Whether you’re driving to work or going for a walk, when you have a moment listen to the “lively exchange” between Dr. Vay and I.  Although the quality on my end wasn’t great (and I may have uttered  “Um” one too many times; I’m new at this!), there were segments of our discussion about Alex Haley that were not included in the final draft of the eBook that I think you will enjoy.

The interview is 42 minutes in length. It can be listened to on your computer (PC or MAC), smart phone (iPhone), or tablet (iPad).

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Speaking of podcasts, yesterday I was interviewed via Skype by the blogger, Black Ripley. That podcast will be released soon. Stay tuned.

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