American Studies

American Studies

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Interviews with scholars of America about their new books.

Postscript: Unpacking the 2024 U.S. Presidential Debate, Conventions, and Polling

June 24, 2024

Unpacking the 2024 U.S. Presidential Debate, Conventions, and Polling

Julia Azari, Jonathan Bernstein, and Seth Masket

The first presidential debate will be held on June 27th, 2024 and the Republicans are heading to Milwaukee (a city Donald Trump recently called “horri…

Trish Kahle on the Labor History of Energy Systems

June 24, 2024

The Labor History of Energy Systems

Trish Kahle
Hosted by Lee Vinsel

Peoples & Things host, Lee Vinsel, talks to Trish Kahle, Assistant Professor of History at Georgetown University-Qatar, about Kahle's new project, "Po…

A Psychoanalytic Overview of Racism in America

June 24, 2024

A Psychoanalytic Overview of Racism in America

Felecia Powell-Williams
Hosted by Karyne Messina

The first podcast in this series was inspired by a documentary film made in 2014 called “Black Analysts Speak” as well as some of the findings in the …

Ann Powers, "Traveling: On the Path of Joni Mitchell" (Dey Street Books, 2024)

June 24, 2024

Traveling

Ann Powers
Hosted by Bradley Morgan

For decades, Joni Mitchell's life and music have enraptured listeners. One of the most celebrated artists of her generation, Mitchell has inspired cou…

Hank Willenbrink, "Performing for the Don: Theatres of Faith in the Age of Trump" (Routledge, 2024)

June 23, 2024

Performing for the Don

Hank Willenbrink
Hosted by Rob Heaton

From his overwhelming embrace by evangelicals and other people of faith to his championing of policies and conservative judicial candidates long sough…

M. Girard Dorsey, "Holding Their Breath: How the Allies Confronted the Threat of Chemical Warfare in World War II" (Cornell UP, 2023)

June 22, 2024

Holding Their Breath

M. Girard Dorsey
Hosted by Andrew Pace

In Holding Their Breath: How the Allies Confronted the Threat of Chemical Warfare in World War II (Cornell UP, 2023), M. Girard Dorsey uncovers just…

Paula Marie Seniors, "Mae Mallory, the Monroe Defense Committee, and World Revolutions: African American Women Radical Activists" (U Georgia Press, 2024)

June 22, 2024

Mae Mallory, the Monroe Defense Committee, and World Revolutions

Paula Marie Seniors

Mae Mallory, the Monroe Defense Committee, and World Revolutions: African American Women Radical Activists (U Georgia Press, 2024) explores the signif…

Allison Elias, "The Rise of Corporate Feminism: Women in the American Office, 1960-1990" (Columbia UP, 2022)

June 22, 2024

The Rise of Corporate Feminism

Allison Elias
Hosted by Jane Scimeca

From the 1960s through the 1990s, the most common job for women in the United States was clerical work. Even as college-educated women obtained greate…

Jennifer S. Clark, "Producing Feminism: Television Work in the Age of Women's Liberation" (U California Press, 2024)

June 21, 2024

Producing Feminism

Jennifer S. Clark
Hosted by Dave O'Brien

How have women resisted sexism in TV? In Producing Feminism: Television Work in the Age of Women’s Liberation (U California Press, 2024), Jennifer S. …

Kathleen DuVal, "Native Nations: A Millennium in North America" (Random House, 2024)

June 20, 2024

Native Nations

Kathleen DuVal
Hosted by Stephen Hausmann

In this sweeping new history, esteemed University of North Carolina historian Kathleen DuVal makes the case for the ongoing, ancient, and dynamic hist…

Postscript: The Supreme Court’s Decisions on Bump Stocks and Mifepristone

June 20, 2024

The Supreme Court’s Decisions on Bump Stocks and Mifepristone

Susan Liebell and Lilly Goren

In this episode of our occasional series, Postscript, we focus on the Supreme Court’s recently published decisions in two cases, about guns and aborti…

Sally Stocksdale, "When Emancipation Came: The End of Enslavement on a Southern Plantation and a Russian Estate" (McFarland, 2022)

June 19, 2024

When Emancipation Came

Sally Stocksdale
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

Linked by declarations of emancipation within the same five-year period, two countries shared human rights issues on two distinct continents. In When …

Aziz Rana, "The Constitutional Bind: How Americans Came to Idolize a Document That Fails Them" (U Chicago Press, 2024)

June 19, 2024

The Constitutional Bind

Aziz Rana
Hosted by Vatsal Naresh

In a pathbreaking retelling of the American experience, Aziz Rana shows that today’s reverential constitutional culture is a distinctively twentieth-c…

Alex V. Barnard, "Conservatorship: Inside California's System of Coercion and Care for Mental Illness" (Columbia UP, 2023)

June 18, 2024

Conservatorship

Alex V. Barnard
Hosted by Michael Johnston

Is involuntary psychiatric treatment the solution to the intertwined crises of untreated mental illness, homelessness, and addiction? In recent years,…

Jared McDonald, "Feeling Their Pain: Why Voters Want Leaders Who Care" (Oxford UP, 2023)

June 18, 2024

Feeling Their Pain

Jared McDonald
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

The 2020 Presidential Election in the United States marked, for many, a return to "compassionate politics." Joe Biden had run on a platform of empathy…

Timothy G. Anderson and Brian Schoen, "Settling Ohio: First Peoples and Beyond" (Ohio UP, 2023)

June 17, 2024

Settling Ohio

Timothy G. Anderson and Brian Schoen

Scholars working in archaeology, education, history, geography, and politics tell a nuanced story about the people and dynamics that reshaped this reg…

Postscript: Previewing the 2024 Presidential Race

June 17, 2024

Previewing the 2024 Presidential Race

Meena Bose and Daniel E. Ponder

States are holding primaries. The Democrats and Republicans will convene in July and August but it has already been decided that the presidential race…

Hannah Forsyth, "Virtue Capitalists: The Rise and Fall of the Professional Class in the Anglophone World, 1870–2008" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

June 16, 2024

Virtue Capitalists

Hannah Forsyth

Virtue Capitalists: The Rise and Fall of the Professional Class in the Anglophone World, 1870–2008 (Cambridge UP, 2023) explores the rise of the profe…

Madman in the White House? A Discussion with Jamieson Webster and Patrick Weil

June 16, 2024

Madman in the White House?

Jamieson Webster and Patrick Weil
Hosted by Jordan Osserman

Did Woodrow Wilson's daddy issues cause World War II? And what might this teach us about our contemporary political plight? Jordan Osserman talks with…

Michael V. Singh, "Good Boys, Bad Hombres: The Racial Politics of Mentoring Latino Boys in Schools" (U Minnesota Press, 2024)

June 16, 2024

Good Boys, Bad Hombres

Michael V. Singh
Hosted by Laura Kelly

The unintended consequences of youth empowerment programs for Latino boys Educational research has long documented the politics of punishment for boys…