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Episode 69: American Dream

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This week we're talking about the American Dream, and the messy truths behind it.

Plus, we're saying no to bootstraps, redefining dreams and happiness, adding to Erin's commencement speech, and welcoming a surprise visit from one of the Podcats.

Listen to "American Dream" by LCD Soundsystem, the song that inspired this week's episode.


Our picks this week:


Amy: The Prettiest Star, Carter Sickels

Erin: Luster, Raven Leilani

Other Books:

Amy: No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America, Darnell L. Moore

Erin: Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, Alissa Nutting

Pop Culture:

Amy: Mrs. America (TV, FX on Hulu)

Erin: The Profit (TV, CNBC)



Broads and Books is a book podcast. A funny podcast. A feminist podcast. And one of the BEST podcasts. Each week Amy and Erin choose a unique theme. Then we choose two fiction books, two other genre books (short story collections, memoir, non-fiction, true crime, poetry, etc.), and two pop culture picks based on that theme. We surprise each other with our picks, talk about why we like them, and give you unexpected recommendations for every reading taste. Along the way, we share embarrassing stories, pitch amazing-slash-crackpot business ideas, implicate ourselves in future crimes, and so much more. Broads and Books is fresh, funny, thought-provoking, and basically the best time you'll have all week.

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