About Chapter & Verse

Chapter & Verse is a books-and-arts podcast about the cultural imagination — what Joan Didion once called the stories we tell ourselves to live. It delves into novels, nonfiction, poems, music, film, and other touchstones of our culture, with an eye to the spells they cast and the questions they raise.

Sponsored by UC Berkeley's Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities and hosted by Professor of English Scott Saul, Chapter & Verse has a simple premise at its core: that when we explore a gripping story in depth, it tends to become richer and richer, and curiouser and curiouser. Our guest-list encompasses artists and critics, novelists and translators, historians and journalists, and radiates outward from the ranks of the Berkeley faculty to the larger cultural community of the Bay Area and beyond. 

Feel free to email us at chapterversepod@gmail.com with comments or suggestions for future programs.

About Scott Saul

Chapter & Verse host Scott Saul is Professor of English at UC-Berkeley, where he teaches classes in American literature and history. He is the author, most recently, of Becoming Richard Pryor (HarperCollins), an acclaimed biography of the comedian, and the creator of Richard Pryor's Peoria, the biography's extensive digital companion. He lives in Berkeley with his wife and son, and can be reached at ssaul@berkeley.edu.

About Gina Pollack

Chapter & Verse co-producer Gina Pollack is a Master's Student at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. A portfolio of her work can be found at www.ginapollack.com.

ABOUT Teresa Cotsirilos

Chapter & Verse co-producer Teresa Cotsirilos is an audio and narrative writing student at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. She has worked with NPR and the New York Times, and her reporting has appeared in The Nation, Oakland North and Salon. In another life she sold pirate supplies in San Francisco and taught Sex Ed in Namibia.

About the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities

Since its establishment in 1987, UC Berkeley's Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities has encouraged an interdisciplinary approach to scholarship, fostered innovation in research, and promoted intellectual conversation among individuals from the humanities and related academic disciplines.

The Center offers a variety of public programs, including the Avenali and Una’s endowed lectures in the humanities. Distinguished visiting scholars and artists have included Nobel Laureates J.M. Coetzee and Wole Soyinka, authors Joyce Carol Oates and Ursula K. Le Guin, architect Maya Lin, photographer Sebastião Salgado and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh, among others.

The Townsend Center sponsors Chapter & Verse as part of its commitment to the public humanities.

 

Chapter & Verse Credits

Host, co-producer: Scott Saul

Co-producers: Gina Pollack and Teresa Cotsirilos

Logo design: Rachel Bramwell

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Chapter & Verse host Scott Saul

Chapter & Verse host Scott Saul

Chapter & Verse co-producer Gina Pollack

Chapter & Verse co-producer Gina Pollack

Chapter & Verse co-producer Teresa Cotsirilos

Chapter & Verse co-producer Teresa Cotsirilos