Interviews with journalists and scholars of journalism about their new books.

Alex Beringer, "Lost Literacies: Experiments in the Nineteenth-Century US Comic Strip" (Ohio State UP, 2024)

May 22, 2024

Lost Literacies

Alex Beringer
Hosted by Elizabeth Woock

Lost Literacies: Experiments in the Nineteenth-Century US Comic Strip (Ohio State UP, 2024) is the first full-length study of US comic strips from the…

Yaroslav Trofimov, "Our Enemies Will Vanish: The Russian Invasion and Ukraine's War of Independence" (Penguin, 2024)

May 18, 2024

Our Enemies Will Vanish

Yaroslav Trofimov
Hosted by Erika Monahan

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, Yaroslav Trofimov has spent months on end at the heart of the conflict, very often on its front lines. …

Maggie Messitt, "Newspaper" (Bloomsbury, 2024)

May 9, 2024


Maggie Messitt
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Newspaper (Bloomsbury, 2024) by Dr. Maggie Messitt is about more than news printed on paper. It brings us inside our best and worst selves, from censo…

Zvenyika Eckson Mugari, "Press Silence in Postcolonial Zimbabwe: News Whiteouts, Journalism and Power" (Routledge, 2020)

May 3, 2024

Press Silence in Postcolonial Zimbabwe

Zvenyika Eckson Mugari
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Zvenyika Eckson Mugari's book Press Silence in Postcolonial Zimbabwe: News Whiteouts, Journalism and Power (Routledge, 2020) focuses on news silence i…

Jen Stout, "Night Train to Odesa: Covering the Human Cost of Russia's War" (Polygon, 2024)

May 2, 2024

Night Train to Odesa

Jen Stout
Hosted by Tim Jones

As a teenager in Shetland, Jen Stout fell in love with Russia and, later, Ukraine – their languages, cultures, and histories. Although life kept gett…

Andrea Wenzel, "Antiracist Journalism: The Challenge of Creating Equitable Local News" (Columbia UP, 2023)

April 26, 2024

Antiracist Journalism

Andrea Wenzel
Hosted by Garrett Broad

Journalists have a long history of covering race and racism in the United States, telling stories that shed light on protest, activism, institutional …

Teri Finneman et al., "Reviving Rural News: Transforming the Business Model of Community Journalism in the US and Beyond" (Routledge, 2024)

April 25, 2024

Reviving Rural News

Teri Finneman, Nick Mathews. and Patrick Ferrucci
Hosted by James Kates

Based on extensive research into weekly rural publishers and rural readers, Reviving Rural News: Transforming the Business Model of Community Journali…

Atakohu Middleton, "Kia Hiwa Rā!: Māori Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand" (Huia Publishers, 2023)

April 1, 2024

Kia Hiwa Rā!

Atakohu Middleton
Hosted by Ed Amon

Māori journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand has become a vibrant industry, reporting through print, radio, television and the internet. Kia Hiwa Rā!: Māo…

Dariusz Tołczyk, "Blissful Blindness: Soviet Crimes under Western Eyes" (Indiana UP, 2023)

March 8, 2024

Blissful Blindness

Dariusz Tołczyk
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

The most heinous Soviet crimes - the Red Terror, brutal collectivization, the Great Famine, the Gulag, Stalin's Great Terror, mass deportations, and o…

Murray Dick, "The Infographic: A History of Data Graphics in News and Communications" (MIT Press, 2020)

March 7, 2024

The Infographic

Murray Dick

Infographics and data visualization are ubiquitous in our everyday media diet, particularly in news—in print newspapers, on television news, and onlin…

The Fine Art of Literary Fist-Fighting

March 1, 2024

The Fine Art of Literary Fist-Fighting

Lee Gutkind
Hosted by Dan Hill

Lee Gutkind is the founder of the literary magazine, Creative Nonfiction. He’s edited or authored over 30 books during his time on the faculty of, fir…

Alissa Quart and David Wallis, "Going for Broke: Living on the Edge in the World's Richest Country" (Haymarket, 2023)

February 28, 2024

Going for Broke

Alissa Quart and David Wallis
Hosted by Thomas Discenna

Going for Broke: Living on the Edge in the World's Richest Country (Haymarket, 2023), edited by Alissa Quart, Executive Director of the Economic Hards…

Kimberly Meltzer, “From News to Talk: The Expansion of Opinion and Commentary in U.S. Journalism” (SUNY Press, 2019)

February 14, 2024

From News to Talk

Kimberly Meltzer
Hosted by Jenna Spinelle

From talking heads on cable news to hot takes online, there seems to be more opinion than ever in journalism these days. There’s an entire body of res…

Christopher Reddy, "Science Communication in a Crisis: An Insider's Guide" (Routledge, 2023)

February 13, 2024

Science Communication in a Crisis

Christopher Reddy
Hosted by Daniel Shea

Listen to this interview of Christopher Reddy, environmental chemist and Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts…

Mike Caulfield and Sam Wineburg, "Verified: How to Think Straight, Get Duped Less, and Make Better Decisions about What to Believe Online" (U Chicago Press, 2023)

February 10, 2024


Mike Caulfield and Sam Wineburg
Hosted by Renee Garfinkel

An indispensable guide for telling fact from fiction on the internet—often in less than 30 seconds. The internet brings information to our fingertips…

Alan K. Chen and Justin Marceau, "Truth and Transparency: Undercover Investigations in the Twenty-First Century" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

January 31, 2024

Truth and Transparency

Alan K. Chen and Justin Marceau
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Undercover investigators have been celebrated as critical conduits of political speech and essential protectors of transparency. They have also been d…

Lee McIntyre, "On Disinformation: How to Fight for Truth and Protect Democracy" (MIT Press, 2023)

January 27, 2024

On Disinformation

Lee McIntyre
Hosted by Emanuel Stoakes

The effort to destroy facts and make America ungovernable didn't come out of nowhere. It is the culmination of seventy years of strategic denialism. I…

David B. Nieborg and Maxwell Foxman, "Mainstreaming and Game Journalism" (MIT Press, 2023)

January 15, 2024

Mainstreaming and Game Journalism

David B. Nieborg and Maxwell Foxman

Why games are still niche and not mainstream, and how journalism can help them gain cultural credibility. Mainstreaming and Game Journalism (MIT Pres…

Comics Journalism in Taiwan: The Reporter File

January 13, 2024

Comics Journalism in Taiwan: The Reporter File

Sherry Lee
Hosted by Taiwan on Air

This episode’s host, Adina Zemanek, invited Sherry Lee, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO of the non-profit, independent media organization The R…

Matt Singer, "Opposable Thumbs: How Siskel & Ebert Changed Movies Forever" (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2023)

January 13, 2024

Opposable Thumbs

Matt Singer
Hosted by Daniel Moran

Once upon a time, if you wanted to know if a movie was worth seeing, you didn’t check out Rotten Tomatoes or IMDB. You asked whether Siskel & Ebert h…