For Real

For Real is a biweekly nonfiction podcast that puts the spotlight on new books and old favorites that tell it like it is, or at least try to.

Episode 100Episode 100!!!!

This week Alice and Kim celebrate recording 100 episodes for For Real by chatting about their podcast origin story, reminiscing about the bookish internet of the 2010s, and revisiting some childhood favorites across genres.

Episode 99Favorite Nonfiction of 2021

This week Alice and Kim talk about nonfiction highlights of 2021.

Episode 98Books About Birds

This week Kim and Alice explore the vast and interesting world of birds and birding with memoirs and illustrated bird guides. Plus, new collections of essays, historical nonfiction, and more!

Episode 97Holiday Gift Guide

This week Alice and Kim talk about nonfiction picks for holiday gifts.

Episode 96Fell in a Hole (AKA True Stories Underground)

Episode 95Arab Women Writers

This week Kim and Alice talk about books by Arab women writers, plus new nonfiction about gene patents, colonialism in the 1860s, and medieval manuscripts.

Episode 94Spooky Nonfiction

This week Alice and Kim talk about creepy, spooky, and scary nonfiction for the Halloween season.

Episode 93Hispanic Heritage Month

This week Alice and Kim highlight nonfiction books by Hispanic and Latinx authors.

Episode 92The One With Mary Roach

This week Kim and Alice interview nonfiction powerhouse Mary Roach about renegade animals, tiger penises, and her amazing use of footnotes. Plus, new nonfiction about Chicago, online shopping, and segregation.

Episode 91Library Treasure Hunt

This week Alice and Kim browse the library and find some surprising nonfiction reads.