Since Rebecca Makkai’s novel I Have Some Questions for You follows a podcast host who is investigating a crime, we decided to ask two podcast hosts who have done the same to talk about it! Jonquilyn Hill is the host of the Vox podcast The Weeds and the former host of the WAMU podcast Through the Cracks. Jason Moon is a reporter and producer at New Hampshire Public Radio, where he hosts Bear Brook.
The book is about Bodie, who is invited back to the boarding school she attended to teach a class about podcasting. When Bodie was a student, her former roommate Thalia was murdered. A staffer, a Black man, was convicted of the crime. Yet, lingering gaps in the investigation draw Bodie back into the case. Her quest to find out what really happened leads to even bigger questions about the criminal justice system, #MeToo, and the ethics of the true crime genre.
Spoiler warning! We do discuss what happens in this book in detail. If you want to start with a spoiler-free episode, you can find our interview with author Rebecca Makkai here.
Next month, we are reading Better the Blood by Michael Bennett! It’s never too early to start and tell us your thoughts. You can send a voice memo to NerdettePodcast at gmail.