Episode #1404

Sue Grafton & Comedy Podcasts

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Sue Grafton Sue Grafton (Laurie Roberts)

Thirty years ago, Sue Grafton started a series of novels named for the alphabet (most recently, V is for Vengeance). She’s working on W, with three to go — then, “a long nap.” Netflix ushered in a new era of TV binge viewing, and now it’s producing an ambitious new political series, 13 episodes long, that it will release all at once. And these days, every comedian has a podcast, but are they making comedy less funny?

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Rob Flato from California

I have a short comedy podcast, skits and music satire.
Please give it a chance.
Regular Radio, all songs performed/recorded by me http://regularradio.tumblr.com

Thanks,
Rob Flato

Feb. 05 2013 12:24 PM

A quick addition to the Grafton interview: It would have been rude to remind Sue Grafton that she wasn't quite there first. Marcia Muller's first Sharon McCone novel, "Edwin of the Iron Shoes," preceded "A is for Alibi" by about 4 years.

Jan. 27 2013 02:51 PM

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