CEU Press Podcast Series

CEU Press Podcast Series


The CEU Press Podcast Series aims to delve into various aspects of the publishing process: from crafting a book proposal, finding a publisher, responding to peer review feedback on the manuscript, and the subsequent distribution, promotion and marketing of academic books. We will also talk to series editors and authors, who will share their experiences of getting published and talk about their series or books.

John Horgan, "Terrorist Minds: The Psychology of Violent Extremism from Al-Qaeda to the Far Right" (Columbia UP, 2023)

February 8, 2024

Terrorist Minds

John Horgan
Hosted by Renee Garfinkel

What makes a person want to become a terrorist? Who becomes involved in terrorism, and why? In what ways does participating in violent extremism chang…

Science Is a Creative Human Enterprise: A Discussion with Natalie Aviles

January 31, 2024

Science Is a Creative Human Enterprise

Natalie B. Aviles
Hosted by Daniel Shea

Listen to this interview of Natalie Aviles, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia. We talk about how organizations shape people, an…

Eviane Leidig, "The Women of the Far Right: Social Media Influencers and Online Radicalization" (Columbia UP, 2023)

January 31, 2024

The Women of the Far Right

Eviane Leidig
Hosted by Rameen Mohammed

On mainstream social media platforms, far-right women make extremism relatable. They share Instagram stories about organic foods that help pregnant wo…

Anton Weiss-Wendt, "On the Margins: Essays on the History of Jews in Estonia" (CEU Press, 2017)

January 29, 2024

On the Margins

Anton Weiss-Wendt
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Estonia is perhaps the only country in Europe that lacks a comprehensive history of its Jewish minority. Spanning over 150 years of Estonian Jewish hi…

William R. Jankowiak, "Illicit Monogamy: Inside a Fundamentalist Mormon Community" (Columbia UP, 2023)

January 29, 2024

Illicit Monogamy

William R. Jankowiak
Hosted by Yadong Li

Angel Park is a Mormon fundamentalist polygamous community where plural marriages between one man and multiple women are common. Based on many years o…

Dana R. Fisher, "Saving Ourselves: From Climate Shocks to Climate Action" (Columbia UP, 2024)

January 15, 2024

Saving Ourselves

Dana R. Fisher
Hosted by Patricia Houser

We've known for decades that climate change is an existential crisis. For just as long, we've seen the complete failure of our institutions to rise to…

Till Hilmar, "Deserved: Economic Memories After the Fall of the Iron Curtain" (Columbia UP, 2023)

January 10, 2024


Till Hilmar
Hosted by Jill Massino

After the fall of the Iron Curtain, people across the former socialist world saw their lives transformed. In just a few years, labor markets were comp…

Thom van Dooren, "The Wake of Crows: Living and Dying in Shared Worlds" (Columbia UP, 2019)

January 6, 2024

The Wake of Crows

Thom van Dooren
Hosted by Mark Molloy

Crows can be found almost everywhere that people are, from tropical islands to deserts and arctic forests, from densely populated cities to suburbs an…

Jie Li, "Cinematic Guerrillas: Propaganda, Projectionists, and Audiences in Socialist China" (Columbia UP, 2023)

December 24, 2023

Cinematic Guerrillas

Jie Li
Hosted by Julia Keblinska

Welcome to the latest episode of New Books in Chinese Studies! I am your host, Julia Keblinska, and today I will be talking today to Jie Li, about her…

Thomas Kelly, "The Inscription of Things: Writing and Materiality in Early Modern China" (Columbia UP, 2023)

December 23, 2023

The Inscription of Things

Thomas Kelly
Hosted by Huijun Mai

Why would an inkstone have a poem inscribed on it? Early modern Chinese writers did not limit themselves to working with brushes and ink, and their te…

Skylar Bayer and Gabriela Serrato Marks, "Uncharted: How Scientists Navigate Their Own Health, Research, and Experiences of Bias" (Columbia UP, 2023)

December 18, 2023


Skylar Bayer and Gabriela Serrato Marks
Hosted by Nathan Moore

People with disabilities are underrepresented in STEM fields, and all too often, they face isolation and ableism in academia. Uncharted: How Scientist…

Lawrence Sherman and Dennis Plies, "Every Brain Needs Music: The Neuroscience of Making and Listening to Music" (Columbia UP, 2023)

December 16, 2023

Every Brain Needs Music

Lawrence Sherman and Dennis Plies

Whenever a person engages with music--when a piano student practices a scale, a jazz saxophonist riffs on a melody, a teenager sobs to a sad song, or …

Jean Yen-chun Lin, "A Spark in the Smokestacks: Environmental Organizing in Beijing Middle-Class Communities" (Columbia UP, 2023)

December 12, 2023

A Spark in the Smokestacks

Jean Yen-chun Lin
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Environmental organising in Beijing emerged in an unlikely place in the 2000s: new gated residential communities. After rapid population growth and ho…

Robert B. Rakove, "Days of Opportunity: The United States and Afghanistan Before the Soviet Invasion" (Columbia UP, 2023)

December 3, 2023

Days of Opportunity

Robert B. Rakove
Hosted by Zeb Larson

Long before the 1979 Soviet invasion, the United States was closely concerned with Afghanistan. For much of the twentieth century, American diplomats,…

The Future of Innovation: A Discussion with Min W. Jung

November 26, 2023

The Future of Innovation

Min W. Jung

Humans have been so dominant on Earth in large part because of their capacity to innovate – but how does that work exactly? Why can they innovate so m…

Daniel Shea and Nicholas F. Jacobs, "The Rural Voter: The Politics of Place and the Disuniting of America" (Columbia UP, 2023)

November 24, 2023

The Rural Voter

Daniel Shea and Nicholas F. Jacobs
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

The widening gulf between rural and urban America is becoming the most serious political divide of our day. Support for Democrats, up and down the bal…

Anne Mendelson, "Spoiled: The Myth of Milk as Superfood" (Columbia UP, 2023)

November 22, 2023


Anne Mendelson

Why is cows' milk, which few nonwhite people can digest, promoted as a science-backed dietary necessity in countries where the majority of the populat…

The Future of the Rural-Urban Divide: A Discussion with Nicholas F. Jacobs and Daniel M. Shea

November 20, 2023

The Future of the Rural-Urban Divide

Nicholas F. Jacobs and Daniel M. Shea

The town/countryside split has always been a feature of democratic Western politics and has impacted party choice. The advent of rust belts may have …

Bálint Madlovics and Bálint Magyar, "The Russia-Ukraine War, Volumes 1-2" (CEU Press, 2023)

November 17, 2023

The Russia-Ukraine War, Volumes 1-2

Bálint Madlovics and Bálint Magyar
Hosted by CEU Press

In this episode of the CEU Press Podcast Series, host Bálint Madlovics sat down for a fascinating discussion on the impact of the war on Ukraine’s pat…

Mingwei Song, "Fear of Seeing: A Poetics of Chinese Science Fiction" (Columbia UP, 2023)

October 29, 2023

Fear of Seeing

Mingwei Song
Hosted by Julia Keblinska

I am talking today to Mingwei Song about his new book, Fear of Seeing: A Poetics of Chinese Science Fiction (Columbia UP, 2023). The book is a sweepi…