Severance Radio is an on-air book club dissecting Ling Ma’s satirical, dystopian novel Severance. The novel is a moving family story that explores loneliness, corporate monotony, and survival in the midst of a global health crisis.

Ways to listen

Severance Radio airs every Sunday on the following stations:

Stream it live from anywhere in the world:

RENO: Noon at KWNK 97.7FM 
Stream it live from anywhere in the world:

Missed the show? Catch a rebroadcast every Monday at 11 AM PT on KUNV 91.5 HD-2 and Listen again on Wednesdays at 6 PM PT on KWNK 97.7FM and

Episode List

Episode 1: Lisa Ko & Ling Ma
July 5, 2020

In this episode, novelist Lisa Ko interviews Ling Ma, the author of Severance. Two masters of the novel discuss the significance of Severance in the time of COVID-19. Follow along on pages 3 – 23 of the Severance paperback.

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Episode 2: Katherine Fusco and Stephen Pasqualina
July 12, 2020

In this episode, two scholars of English literature, Katherine Fusco and Stephen Pasqualina, investigate one of the most unsettling signs of the apocalypse in popular culture: the rise of the undead. Follow along on pages 23 – 42 of the Severance paperback.

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Episode 3: Jennifer Carson and Marya Shegog
July 19, 2020

In this episode, Severance Radio host Heidi Kyser interviews two public health experts, Jennifer Carson and Marya Shegog, as they examine who is most vulnerable in a pandemic. Follow along on pages 42 – 62 of the Severance paperback.

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Episode 4: Tim Gauthier and Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan
July 26, 2020

In this episode, two scholars Tim Gauthier and Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan delve into the Us/Them paradigm that reveals itself throughout the story. Follow along on pages 62 – 85 of the Severance paperback.

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Episode 5: Dana Lee and Vi Khi Nao
August 2, 2020

In this episode, a long-time Las Vegas community partner Dana Lee and experimental writer Vi Khi Nao discuss how a pandemic brings out familiar–and unsettling–ways of talking about race. Follow along on pages 85 – 106 of the Severance paperback.

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Severance Radio: A Nevada Reads Book Club is jointly produced by Nevada Humanities and the Black Mountain Institute, and is part of Nevada Reads, a statewide program of Nevada Humanities. This program is made possible with the support of Nevada Humanities, Black Mountain Institute, Nevada State library, Archives and Public Records, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Nevada Center for the Book. The Nevada Center for the Book is a program of Nevada Humanities and is the state affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.