You can’t have brunch without sides. You can’t have a podcast without bonus content.

So you might say pieces of bonus content are like the sides of podcasting.

Okay, you might not. But we would.

That’s what you’ll find here: extra items—ranging from videos to social posts to bonus mini-episodes of the show—that hopefully make our main courses even better. 

And we’re going to stop here because frankly, we don’t know how much farther we can stretch this food metaphor.

  • Heather Cocks (left) and Jessica Morgan


    Happy Author Days: Royal Novelists Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

  • Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi


    Happy Author Days: PEN/Faulkner Winner Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

  • Marilynne Robinson (photo credit: Alec Soth / Magnum Photos)


    Happy Author Days: Pulitzer Winner Marilynne Robinson (Bonus Pod)

  • Lauren Wilkinson (photo by Niqui Carter)


    Happy Author Days: Spy Novelist Lauren Wilkinson (Bonus Pod)

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    Happy Author Days: Ali Biographer Jonathan Eig (Bonus Pod)

  • Liz Harter


    What Makes Me Happy: Social Media Manager Liz Harter on *NSYNC (and Others)

  • Kirsten Martin speaks at TEDx Charlottesville


    Kirsten Martin TEDx Talk

  • Meghan Sullivan's LEGO versions of her NDIAS colleagues


    What Makes Me Happy: Philosopher Meghan Sullivan on LEGO

  • crossword puzzle with pen and white-out pen for corrections


    “Will Shortz & the Puzzling Sport of Crosswords” (HBO Real Sports)

  • Deb Amlen in a crossword puzzle mask above the podcast name and episode title


    Inside the Episode: “On Crosswords and ‘Wordplay’”

  • Richard Jones, Victoria St. Martin, and their daughter, Elizabeth, record over Zoom with host Ted Fox


    What Makes Me Happy: Journalists Richard Jones and Victoria St. Martin on Prince

  • Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi at her computer


    A Peek at Author Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi’s Editing Process

  • Simon Sinek TED Talk


    Simon Sinek TED Talk

  • Kasey Buckles on the field as a Red Sox ballgirl


    What Makes Me Happy: Economist Kasey Buckles on the (Red) Sox

  • a screenshot of our Zoom conversation with Katie O Reilly


    What Makes Me Happy: Biology Ph.D. Candidate Katie O’Reilly on Midwest Pizza