Booked Up with Jen Taub: Intimate Interviews with Nonfiction Authors

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Jen Taub’s guests include writers of current bestsellers and beloved backlist books. Conversations cover love, money, politics, early dreams, writing habits, reading tastes, procrastination techniques, self-doubt, and news of the day.

Creator and host, Jen Taub is a law professor, advocate, and author. Her nonfiction books include BIG DIRTY MONEY (Viking 2020) and OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES (Yale Press 2014). She focuses on “follow the money” matters— promoting transparency and opposing corruption.


You can write to Jen and the Booked Up team at: bookedup@politicon.com or Booked Up, P.O. Box 147, Northampton, MA 01061



Maggie Smith: You Could Make This Place Beautiful: A Memoir

May 28, 2023   ·  1:06:54

This week, we have something different for our book club. The author herself. Poet Maggie Smith is here with mutual friend Charlotte Clymer to talk about Maggie’s tell-most bestselling memoir You Could Make This Place Beautiful.

Steve Vladeck on THE SHADOW DOCKET

May 21, 2023   ·  1:14:48

This week Jen’s guest is Professor Steve Vladeck, author of the sensational new book: The Shadow Docket: How the Supreme Court Uses Stealth Rulings to Amass Power and Undermine the Republic.

Ben Smith on TRAFFIC

May 14, 2023   ·  1:05:31

Ben Smith’s hot new book TRAFFIC takes a close look at the people and patterns behind the click-bait-journalism-world that helped inflate Donald Trump but also renewed our faith in humanity with an endless supply of baby-animal rescue videos.


Anastasia Curwood on her new biography of Shirley Chisholm

May 7, 2023   ·  1:16:09

Listen in on Jen’s conversation with Anastasia Curwood on her amazing new biography of Shirley Chisholm, published just around 50 years after she began her historic run for the U.S. presidency.

Book Club: YOUR BOOK!

April 30, 2023   ·  1:06:09

We  have a very special selection for the April Booked Up book club. Get ready for it….The April book of the month is “your book.” You’re the author, it’s you. Jen’s guests are literary agent Jill Marr and book club regular, publicist Ivan Lett.

Wajahat Ali on Go Back to Where You Came From

April 23, 2023   ·  1:14:15

There were chortles and even a few tears when fellow Nerd Avenger, Wajahat Ali joined Jen to talk about his provocative book, Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American.

Carissa Byrne-Hessick

April 16, 2023   ·  1:12:38

A lively and thoughtful conversation about our broken criminal justice system, matching the energy that Carissa Byrne Hessick brings to the topic of her excellent book, Punishment without Trial: Why Plea Bargaining is a Bad Deal.

Elie Honig asks – Is Donald Trump Untouchable?

April 9, 2023   ·  1:05:56

Just days after the indictment of Donald Trump by a grand jury in Manhattan, Jen speaks with former prosecutor and current CNN senior legal analyst, Elie Honig about his provocative new book Untouchable: How Powerful People Get Away With It.

The Kneeling Man by Leta McCollough Seletzky

April 2, 2023   ·  1:05:16

Jen speaks with Leta McCollough Seletzky about her gorgeous and powerful new memoir The Kneeling Man: My Father’s Life as a Black Spy Who Witnessed the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Book Club: SPARE

March 26, 2023   ·  1:09:20

For the March book club, we are discussing the bestselling tell-almost-all memoir, SPARE by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. Special guests are Tech CEO Chris Bouzy, English professor Linda Charnes; and law professor Melissa Murray.

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