Journalism
Sports November 27, 2020

Our Last Season

A Writer, a Fan, a Friendship

Harvey Araton

Hosted by Paul Knepper
Harvey Araton’s new book Our Last Season: A Writer, a Fan, a Friendship (Penguin, 2020), reads like a mix between Tuesdays with Morrie and a sequel to his book When …

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SSEAC Stories November 19, 2020

Social Media, Grassroots Activism and Disinformation in Southeast Asia

A Discussion with Dr Aim Sinpeng and Dr Ross Tapsell

Aim Sinpeng and Ross Tapsell

Hosted by Thushara Dibley
Social media has become a crucial avenue for political discourse in Southeast Asia, given its potential as a “liberation technology” in both democratising and authoritarian states. Yet the growing decline …
Anthropology November 18, 2020

Manufacturing Celebrity

Latino Paparazzi and Women Reporters in Hollywood

Vanessa Diaz

Hosted by Reighan Gillam
While Hollywood’s images present a veneer of fantasy for some, the work to create such images is far from escapism. In Manufacturing Celebrity: Latino Paparazzi and Women Reporters in Hollywood …
History November 6, 2020

Cocaine and Surfing

A Sordid History of Surfing's Greatest Love Affair

Chas Smith

Hosted by Michael Vann
Surfers are the ultimate bad boys, living the counter-culture life of decadence and hedonism as they travel the world in search of the perfect wave, partying hard along the way …
American Studies October 29, 2020

Dead Tree Media

Manufacturing the Newspaper in Twentieth-Century North America

Michael Stamm

Hosted by Dexter Fergie
Michael Stamm’s book Dead Tree Media: Manufacturing the Newspaper in Twentieth-Century North America (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018) begins with the simple but thought-provoking premise that, not too long ago, newspapers …
American Studies October 28, 2020

Democracy Without Journalism?

Confronting the Misinformation Society

Victor Pickard

Hosted by Bruce Wark
"Few freedoms in the United States are as cherished as freedom of the press." So begins Chapter One of Democracy Without Journalism?: Confronting the Misinformation Society (Oxford University Press, 2020) …
African American Studies October 7, 2020

Louis Austin and the Carolina Times

A Life in the Long Black Freedom Struggle

Jerry Gershenhorn

Hosted by Hettie V. Williams
Louis Austin and the Carolina Times: A Life in the Long Black Freedom Struggle (University of North Carolina Press, 2018) by Jerry Gershenhorn is a history of the struggle for …
Communications September 29, 2020

Scholarly Communications

An Interview with Helen Pearson of 'Nature'

Helen Pearson

Hosted by Daniel Shea
Nature is the premier weekly journal of science, the journal where specialists go to read and publish primary research in their fields. But Nature is also a science magazine, a …
Popular Culture September 25, 2020

Pulp Vietnam

War and Gender in Cold War Men’s Adventure Magazines

Gregory A. Daddis

Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan
In his compelling evaluation of Cold War popular culture, Pulp Vietnam: War and Gender in Cold War Men’s Adventure Magazines (Cambridge UP, 2020), Gregory Daddis explores how men's adventure magazines …
African American Studies September 16, 2020

Selling Antislavery

Abolition and Mass Media in Antebellum America

Teresa A. Goddu

Hosted by Christina Gessler
Selling Antislavery: Abolition and Mass Media in Antebellum America (University of Pennsylvania Press) is a richly illustrated history of the American Anti-Slavery Society and its print, material, and visual artifacts …
Film September 15, 2020

News Parade

The American Newsreel and the World as Spectacle

Joseph Clark

Hosted by Joel Tscherne
When weekly newsreels launched in the early twentieth century, they offered the U.S. public the first weekly record of events that symbolized “indisputable evidence” of the news. In News Parade …
Communications September 15, 2020

Critical Thinking

Jonathan Haber

Hosted by Trevor Mattea
In this episode, I speak with fellow New Books in Education host, Jonathan Haber, about his book, Critical Thinking (The MIT Press, 2020). This book explains the widely-discussed but often …
Critical Theory September 14, 2020

Metrics at Work

Journalism and the Contested Meaning of Algorithms

Angèle Christin

Hosted by Dave O'Brien
How are algorithms changing journalism? In Metrics at Work: Journalism and the Contested Meaning of Algorithms (Princeton University Press), Angèle Christin, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at …
Biography September 11, 2020

Political Godmother

Nackey Scripps Loeb and the Newspaper That Shook the Republican Party

Meg Heckman

Hosted by Mark Klobas
Despite her nearly two decades as the publisher of the largest newspaper in a politically pivotal state, the role of Nackey Scripps Loeb in American political and media history has …
Critical Theory August 7, 2020

Betraying Dignity

The Toxic Seduction of Social Media, Shaming, and Radicalization

Orit Kamir

Hosted by Yakir Englander
What do medieval knights, suicide bombers and "victimhood culture" have in common? Betraying Dignity: The Toxic Seduction of Social Media, Shaming, and Radicalization (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press) argues that in …
American Studies August 6, 2020

News from Mars

Mass Media and the Forging of a New Astronomy, 1860-1910

Joshua Nall

Hosted by Michael McGovern
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re hearing an awful lot about the fraught relationship between science and media. In his book, News from Mars: Mass Media and the …
Latin American Studies July 27, 2020

The Mexican Press and Civil Society, 1940-1976

Stories from the Newsroom, Stories from the Street

Benjamin T. Smith

Hosted by Ethan Besser Fredrick
Mexico today is one of the most dangerous places in the world to report the news, and Mexicans have taken to the street to defend freedom of expression. As Benjamin …
African American Studies July 15, 2020

Louis Austin and the Carolina Times

A Life in the Long Black Freedom Struggle

Jerry Gershenhorn

Hosted by James West
James West speaks with Jerry Gershenhorn, Julius L. Chambers Professor of History at North Carolina Central University, about Louis Austin and the Carolina Times: A Life in the Long Black …
American Studies July 1, 2020

The Power Worshippers

Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism

Katherine Stewart

Hosted by Kirk Meighoo
For too long the Religious Right has masqueraded as a social movement preoccupied with a number of cultural issues, such as abortion and same-sex marriage. In her deeply reported investigation …
American Studies June 30, 2020

Horace Greeley

Print, Politics, and the Failure of American Nationhood

James M. Lundberg

Hosted by Mark Klobas
During his nearly four decades as a newspaper editor and politician, Horace Greeley embraced a range of controversial causes. In his book Horace Greeley: Print, Politics, and the Failure of …