The Virtual Memories Show is a weekly podcast about books and life, not necessarily in that order. Every Tuesday, you can expect a fascinating conversation with a fascinating person (so far, that includes three Pulitzer Prize winners and one MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellow). Your host, Gil Roth, interviews guests about their careers and the books that have helped shape their lives, and tries to engage in witty banter that you’d think 43 years of dilettantism would have prepared him better for.

The Host

Gil Roth edited trade magazines for 19 years and is now the founder and president of a pharmaceutical industry trade association. He comes from a liberal arts background, and has an M.A. from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. He seems to have read more than you have, but has ridiculous lacunae in his education, so don’t embarrass him by asking if he’s read a particular author.

The Guests & Listeners

“If I’ve had a better interview, I don’t remember it.”
Bruce Jay Friedman, author, playwright, screenwriter

“One of the world’s great conversationalists.”
–D.G. Myers, A Commonplace Blog and
The Elephants Teach: Creative Writing Since 1880

“Your skills rival that of any NPR interviewer.”
Ron Slate, author of
The Incentive of the Maggot and The Great Wave

“A great, omnivorous interviewer
on one of the most entertaining podcasts going.”
Peter Trachtenberg, author of Another Insane Devotion

“Thoughtful, smart.”
The Word Girl

“This is what NPR should be.”
–Fred Kiesche, The Lensman’s Children blog

“Gil Roth is one of the best interviewers out there.”
Lisa Borders, author of The Fifty-First State

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