The podcast of the writer Jasper Nighthawk, Lightplay features interviews, audio stories, and audio versions of essays about food, tools, place, and life. Listening to Lightplay should be like getting a tape cassette from an old friend.


May 30, 2022 35 mins

In this episode of Lightplay, host Jasper Nighthawk presents the essay, "We Need a National Gun Violence Memorial," which addresses the question, Could a space to mark our grief and gather for action alchemize a long-needed change?  Then the writer Lisa Locascio Nighthawk recommends Everything Under by Daisy Johnson. (28:11). Then Jasper shares three motes: The Birth and Bust of Phoenix Jones, Nothing But Respect for MY D...

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In this episode of Lightplay, host Jasper Nighthawk presents the essay, "The Old Weird Internet (Never Died)," which addresses the question, Can a retro-looking blog platform help us express our feelings? Then the writer Lisa Locascio Nighthawk recommends Vladimir by Julia May Jonas (28:49). Then Jasper shares three motes: Get Out There, So Long Kinga Browser, and 7x7 Reading (30:59). The show finishes with a Land Reminde...

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February 25, 2022 36 mins

In this episode of Lightplay, host Jasper Nighthawk reads his essay, "Taco Story," which addresses the question, What drives us to cook the same foods over and over and over? Then, the writer Lisa Locascio Nighthawk gives a book recommendation. Motes include "Hope in the Forest," "Miyazaki in Los Angeles," "Miyazaki Swag," and "Sex-Positive Sex Ed?"

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February 21, 2022 6 mins

A teaser of things to come, featuring a conversation with host Jasper Nighthawk's grandmother, the sound of his purring cat, and the very first Lightplay bendiction.

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