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Dan Wakefield Podcast

Uncle Dan’s Stay-at-Home Entertainment

Listen to recordings from Uncle Dan’s Story Hour and The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam while you stay at home.

Recorded live at The Jazz Kitchen and the Red Key Tavern, these episodes touch on history, life, books, and culture. Join special guests and music by Sophie Faught.


Select books by Dan Wakefield

NY in the 50s

“A precise and moving recreation of a time and a place when the world seemed small and we knew everyone in it.”

– Joan Didion

Story of your Life

“What a wonderful book is Dan Wakefield’s The Story of Your Life. It will help many people to write their own spiritual autobiographies… And I suspect that many readers are going to want to take one of Wakefield’s workshops in writing your spiritual autobiography.”

– Madeline L’Engle, Author of A Wrinkle in Time

Going All the Way

“Wonderful, sad and funny; a scathing portrait of middle America through the eyes of a new fictional character who will inevitably be compared to Portnoy and Holden Caulfield”

– Gay Talese


From the Desk of Dan Wakefield
Cecelia is “Grieving for Guava”
Cecelia has written a book of stories that dramatically tells of the love and the perils, the pathos and courage of those who have come to a new country to make a new life with a new language, new rules and customs, new obstacles and challenges.
Who would Kurt Vonnegut vote for?
Kurt spoke to the graduating class of Bennington College in 1970 and gave a clear indication of the kinds of candidates he supports.
Praise for “The Town of Whispering Dolls”
Susan Neville's new book, The Town of the Whispering Dolls is out now and is a wonderful read. I highly recommend it.

In Other News

Indianapolis Monthly has been nominated for 14 different awards. My piece, “How an old white guy got woke” was nominated for best in Essays/Criticism/Commentary.

65 years ago as a young journalist for The Nation, I was sent to Mississippi to cover the trial of Emmet Till, a 15-year-old boy who allegedly whistled at a white woman. You can read the full story at The Nation.

This piece includes what may be the best opening line I’ve ever written: “The crowds are gone and this Delta town is back to its silent, solid life that is based on cotton and the proposition that a whole race of men was created to pick it.”


Be kind; for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.

Philo of Alexandria

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