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Season 1, Episode 1
Susan Orlean + Ben Arthur

Susan Orlean is a New Yorker staff writer and a bestselling author. Her book The Orchid Thief was made into the Oscar Award-winning movie Adaptation, starring  Meryl Streep and Nicholas Cage.

She recently published The Library Book, a deep dive into the history of America's libraries, and a re-examination of the disastrous Los Angeles Library fire 1986.


Photo by Larry Moore

Susan tells a true story, about a man who predicts she will meet the love of her life on New Year's Day.  And I talk with Rob Reinhart about the story and the series, and introduce a song I wrote in response to Susan's story called "New Year's Day."

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