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Colin Marshall hosts and produces the podcast Notebook on Cities and Culture [RSS] [iTunes], featuring long-form conversations with cultural creators, internationalists, and observers of the urban scene around Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Osaka, Kyoto, Mexico City, Vancouver, Copenhagen, London and beyond. It evolved from the public radio program The Marketplace of Ideas, which aired on KCSB-FM in Santa Barbara from 2007 to 2011.

He also writes essays on on literature, film, cities, Asia, and aesthetics for The GuardianLos Angeles Review of Books, Bookforum, Open Culture, Put This On, The Japan Foundation, The Millions3QuarksdailyThe Quarterly Conversation, and Maximum Fun.

(He makes films and field recordings as well.)

contact: colinjmarshall at gmail

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