Radio Hour: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Debut Novel, the Villainy of Tom Sawyer, and Donald Trump

February 4, 2016


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On this week’s show, Laurie and Seth (sans Tom) speak with Michael Tolkin, the novelist and award-winning screenwriter of The Player, about his theory that the character of Tom Sawyer is darker than we remember; film critic and beloved Iowan John Powers joins to discuss the results of this week’s Iowa caucuses and whether he feels guilty, as a journalist, for rooting for Trump; and NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks about Mycroft Holmes, his well-received debut novel about the brother of Sherlock Holmes.

We’ve also got video footage below of Abdul-Jabbar’s appearance at Chevalier’s Books, where he was interviewed backstage by Seth and then interviewed in front of an audience by Leslie S. Klinger, the editor of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, published by W.W. Norton in 2004 and 2005, and considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes.


Featuring Laurie Winer and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin.