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Public Policy


Interviews with scholars of public policy about their new books.

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…

Rhodri Davies, "What Is Philanthropy For?" (Bristol UP, 2023)

June 19, 2024

What Is Philanthropy For?

Rhodri Davies
Hosted by Nick Pozek

In recent years, philanthropy, the use of private assets for the public good, has come under renewed scrutiny. Do elite philanthropists wield too much…

Jorge Almazán et al., "Emergent Tokyo: Designing the Spontaneous City" (Oro Editions, 2024)

June 19, 2024

Emergent Tokyo

Jorge Almazán and Studiolab
Hosted by James Wunsch

If ancient Kyoto stands for orderly elegance, then Tokyo, within the world’s most populated metropolitan area, calls to mind–– jam-packed chaos. But i…

Dasha Kiper, "Travelers to Unimaginable Lands: Stories of Dementia, the Caregiver, and the Human Brain" (Random House, 2023)

June 18, 2024

Travelers to Unimaginable Lands

Dasha Kiper
Hosted by Stephen Dozeman

If you’ve ever worked with dementia patients before, you know how unique and bizarre the experience can be, and how little the stereotypes actuall…

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

June 18, 2024


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,…

Daniel Scott Souleles et al., "People before Markets: An Alternative Casebook" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

June 16, 2024

People before Markets

Daniel Scott Souleles, Johan Gersel, and Morten Sørensen Thaning
Hosted by Robin Steiner

People before Markets:: An Alternative Casebook (Cambridge UP, 2022) presents twenty comparative case studies of important global questions, such as '…

Stephen Marr and Patience Mususa, "DIY Urbanism in Africa: Politics and Practice" (Zed Books, 2023)

June 14, 2024

DIY Urbanism in Africa

Stephen Marr and Patience Mususa
Hosted by Aleem Mahabir

Protracted economic crises, accelerating inequalities, and increased resource scarcity present significant challenges for the majority of Africa's urb…

Kathleen Day, "Broken Bargain: Bankers, Bailouts, and the Struggle to Tame Wall Street" (Yale UP, 2019)

June 10, 2024

Broken Bargain

Kathleen Day
Hosted by Daniel Peris

Think that today's debates about the role of the Federal Reserve Bank, financial regulation, "too big to fail", etc. are new? Think again. Who should …

Robert G. Boatright, "Reform and Retrenchment: A Century of Efforts to Fix Primary Elections" (Oxford UP, 2024)

June 10, 2024

Reform and Retrenchment

Robert G. Boatright
Hosted by Susan Liebell

Until 1900, most political parties in the United States chose their leaders – either in back rooms with a few party elites making decisions or in conv…

Stephanie Ternullo, "How the Heartland Went Red: Why Local Forces Matter in an Age of Nationalized Politics" (Princeton UP, 2024)

June 10, 2024

How the Heartland Went Red

Stephanie Ternullo
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Over the past several decades, predominantly White, postindustrial cities in America’s agriculture and manufacturing centre have flipped from blue to …

Manisha Anantharaman, "Recycling Class: The Contradictions of Inclusion in Urban Sustainability" (MIT Press, 2024)

June 7, 2024

Recycling Class

Manisha Anantharaman

What types of coalitions can deliver social justice within sustainability initiatives? And how can we avoid reproducing unjust distributions of risk a…

Gizem Zencirci, "The Muslim Social: Neoliberalism, Charity, and Poverty in Turkey" (Syracuse UP, 2024)

June 7, 2024

The Muslim Social

Gizem Zencirci
Hosted by Tugrul Mende

Since coming to power in 2002, Turkey’s governing party, the AKP, has made poverty relief a central part of their political program. In addition to ne…

Nicholas Tampio, ed., "Democracy and Education" (Columbia UP, 2024)

June 5, 2024

Democracy and Education

John Dewey
Hosted by Max Jacobs

John Dewey's Democracy and Education (1916) transformed how people around the world view the purposes of schooling. This new edition makes Dewey's ide…

Mark Robert Rank, "The Random Factor: How Chance and Luck Profoundly Shape Our Lives and the World Around Us" (U California Press, 2024)

June 4, 2024

The Random Factor

Mark Robert Rank
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

It’s comforting to think that we can be successful because we work hard, climb ladders, and get what we deserve, but each of us has been profoundly to…

Weh Yeoh, "Redundant Charities: Escaping the Cycle of Dependence" (Koan Press, 2023)

June 2, 2024

Redundant Charities

Weh Yeoh
Hosted by Nick Pozek

Weh Yeoh's Redundant Charities: Escaping the Cycle of Dependence (Koan Press, 2023) presents a transformative approach to charitable work. Drawing on …

Aya Gruber, "The Feminist War on Crime: The Unexpected Role of Women’s Liberation in Mass Incarceration" (U California Press, 2020)

June 2, 2024

The Feminist War on Crime

Aya Gruber
Hosted by Ian Drake

Aya Gruber, a professor of law at the University of Colorado Law School, has written a history of how the women’s movement in America has shaped the l…

Richard E. Ocejo, "Sixty Miles Upriver: Gentrification and Race in a Small American City" (Princeton UP, 2024)

June 2, 2024

Sixty Miles Upriver

Richard E. Ocejo
Hosted by Anna Zhelnina

Newburgh is a small postindustrial city of some twenty-eight thousand people located sixty miles north of New York City in the Hudson River Valley. Li…

Faye Ginsburg and Rayna Rapp, "Disability Worlds" (Duke UP, 2024)

May 30, 2024

Disability Worlds

Faye Ginsburg and Rayna Rapp
Hosted by Clayton Jarrard

In Disability Worlds (Duke UP, 2024), Faye Ginsburg and Rayna Rapp chronicle and theorize two decades of immersion in New York City’s wide-ranging dis…

Transforming Hispanic-Serving Institutions for Equity and Justice

May 30, 2024

Transforming Hispanic-Serving Institutions for Equity and Justice

Gina Ann Garcia

What makes Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) uniquely Latinx? And how can university leaders, staff, and faculty transform these institutions into …

Anne Kim, "Poverty for Profit: How Corporations Get Rich off America’s Poor" (The New Press, 2024)

May 30, 2024

Poverty for Profit

Anne Kim
Hosted by Stephen Pimpare

Poverty is big business in America. The federal government spends about $900 billion a year on programs that directly or disproportionately impact poo…