An Unexpected
Literary Podcast

Every week, host Adam Sockel interviews a popular member of the literary world about their passions beyond what they're known for. These longform, relaxed conversations show listeners a new side of some of their favorite content creators as well as provide insight into the things that inspire their work.

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Getting folkin’ terrified with Grady Hendrix

Passions & Prologues | E:28
In this discussion, Adam and Grady chat about how these emotional cores that transform into fear sprung from his original passion for folklore and...
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Philosophically psychological with Jennifer Herrera

Passions & Prologues | E:27
This wide-ranging chat goes into her studies in college, her budding interest after that into the world of psychology as well as Jennifer and Adam...
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Connecting with the world of plants with Victoria Garza

Passions & Prologues | E:27
In this discussion, Victoria and Adam discuss her childhood growing up in the vegetable fields of Ohio and her experience with plant ceremonies an...
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When things are more than things with Cornelia Maude Spelman

Passions & Prologues | E:25
In this discussion, Adam and Cornelia discuss family heirlooms and the things that get passed down from generation to generation, slowing coming t...
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Location, location, location with Lesley Livingston

Passions & Prologues | E:24
In this discussion, Adam & Lesley talk about the incredible little known history of New York City before talking about Celtic magic and myth that ...
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Discovery through dance with Judith Turner-Yamamoto

Passions & Prologues | E:23
Adam and Judith Turner-Yamamoto chat about her new book, Loving the Dead and Gone, which folds into a mutual passion they both share- the stories ...
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The Writers Circle with Judith Lindbergh

Passions & Prologues | E:22
In this discussion, Adam and Judith talk about her passion for sharing stories, how The Writers Circle came to be, and her published works....
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A picture is worth a whole novel with Kerri Schlottman

Passions & Prologues | E:21
This is a deep discussion with Kerri Schlottman about where stories come from, how we find them, and why it matters who they are conveyed. ...
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Talking dirty and getting clean with Penny Reid!

Passions & Prologues | E:20
Iconic romance author Penny Reid opens this discussion by discussing her obsession with crafting before getting why and how she learned to make so...
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Ugly is in the eye of the beholder with Nikki Payne

Passions & Prologues | E:18
Nikki Payne joins Adam to discuss one of the questions she's spent her life thinking about: What does it mean to be "ugly"....
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Surrounded by the Sea with Sophie Cousens

Passions & Prologues | E:18
In this discussion, Adam and Sophie chat about what living on a small island is like, the stress she feels now that her books come with expectatio...
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Bonus book recommendations with Amy Clark from Mom Advice!

Passions & Prologues | E:Bonus 1
Adam is joined by his good pal, Amy Clark from momadvice.com and the fabulous Book Gang podcast to offer up some book recommendations just in time...
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Going on a King's Quest with Sangu Mandanna!

Passions & Prologues | E:17
Adam and Sangu discuss their shared love of the King’s Quest games from Sierra gaming, Sangu’s love of older games like The Last Express and Fanta...
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The beauty of repeating a single note with Martha Anne Toll

Passions & Prologues | E:16
In this discussion, Adam and Martha discuss how her passion for music surrounded her childhood, the teacher who helped her understand the intricac...
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Dawn Kurtagich on Xena, the small details that define storytelling, and mental health

Passions & Prologues | E:15
In this wide reaching conversation, Dawn and Adam discuss how Xena opened up her world but they also discuss mental health, the small moments of l...
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Life is just a SIMulation with Claribel Ortega

Passions & Prologues | E:14
In this discussion, Claribel shares her experiences with the game The Sims, the surprisingly emotional moments when her Sims die, and how it helps...
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Take a hike! with Melissa Urban, author of The Book of Boundaries and co-founder of Whole 30

Passions & Prologues | E:13
Melissa Urban, co-creator of Whole 30, joins Adam to discuss her new book, The Book of Boundaries....
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Entering The Twilight Zone with Rachel Harrison

Passions & Prologues | E:12
In this episode, Adam and Rachel discuss her introduction to the classic TV series The Twilight Zone, get into the history of why the show was so ...
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Tumblr and Twilight will never go out of style with Alexis Henderson

Passions & Prologues | E:10
Alexis Henderson took the world by storm with her debut novel, The Year of the Witching, back in 2020 and now she’s back with another gothic book ...
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On religion and anxiety with Emily Austin

Passions & Prologues | E:10
In this discussion, Adam and Emily discuss their respective unique religious upbringings, the inconsistencies of what people pick and choose to ta...
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Feeling colors with Claire North

Passions & Prologues | E:10
In this discussion with Claire North, we talk about her experience with live music lighting, the colors of Adam's voice, and so much more....
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Life is a musical with Kalynn Bayron

Passions & Prologues | E:8
In this chat, Adam and Kalynn chat about their shared obsessions with musicals, talk about their own experiences growing up with them, and the one...
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Being a Cool Hockey Mom with Gilly Segal

Passions & Prologues | E:7
In this discussion, Gilly and Adam chat about how sports bond us to family in ways that go beyond just wins and losses, the positive effects sport...
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Collecting a legacy with Kimberly Latrice Jones

Passions & Prologues | E:6
In this episode, Adam interviews Kimberly Jones, author of the powerful book How We Can Win and the New York Times bestseller I'm Not Dying with Y...
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Cooking is jazz, baking is science with Jen Doll

Passions & Prologues | E:5
Jen Doll, the author of the new young adult book, That’s Debatable, joins the show to discuss a passion she and Adam both share… Cooking!...
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CosPlay like a champion with Ryan La Sala

Passions & Prologues | E:4
The internet’s Ryan La Sala, author of massive books like Reverie, Be Dazzled, and the new The Honeys, is this week’s guest!...
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It's all about the layers with Julia Whelan

Passions & Prologues | E:3
On episode three of Passions & Prologues, Julia Whelan chats with Adam about her unique passion- packing for vacation!...
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Kermit in the chaos with Brad Meltzer

Passions & Prologues | E:2
On the second episode of Passions & Prologues, Brad Meltzer joins the podcast to discuss a passion that he and Adam share- THE MUPPETS!...
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Lifting heavy things with Mallory O'Meara

Passions & Prologues
On the first episode of Passions & Prologues, Adam brings on his good friend Mallory O'Meara to talk about her passion for powerlifting!...
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Introducing: Passions & Prologues

Passions & Prologues
Every week, host Adam Sockel interviews a popular member of the literary world about their passions beyond what their known for. These longform, r...
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