Off the Record with UT Press

Off the Record with UT Press


Interviews with authors of University of Texas Press books.

John Soluri, "Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States" (U Texas Press, 2021)

June 16, 2024

Banana Cultures

John Soluri
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Bananas, the most frequently consumed fresh fruit in the United States, have been linked to Miss Chiquita and Carmen Miranda, "banana republics," and …

Adam Berg, "The Olympics that Never Happened: Denver '76 and the Politics of Growth" (U Texas Press, 2023)

June 12, 2024

The Olympics that Never Happened

Adam Berg
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

If you don't recall the 1976 Denver Olympic Games, it's because they never happened. The Mile-High City won the right to host the winter games and the…

Mónica M. Salas Landa, "Visible Ruins: The Politics of Perception and the Legacies of Mexico's Revolution" (U Texas Press, 2024)

June 9, 2024

Visible Ruins

Mónica M. Salas Landa
Hosted by Reighan Gillam

The Mexican Revolution (1910–1920) introduced a series of state-led initiatives promising modernity, progress, national grandeur, and stability; state…

Tara López, "Chuco Punk: Sonic Insurgency in El Paso" (U Texas Press, 2024)

June 4, 2024

Chuco Punk

Tara López
Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan

Tara López's Chuco Punk: Sonic Insurgency in El Paso (University of Texas Press, 2024), is an immersive study of the influential and predominantly Chi…

Nadine A. Sinno, "A War of Colors: Graffiti and Street Art in Postwar Beirut" (U Texas Press, 2024)

May 2, 2024

A War of Colors

Nadine A. Sinno
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Over the last two decades in Beirut, graffiti makers have engaged in a fierce “war of colors,” seeking to disrupt and transform the city’s physical an…

Juliet B. Wiersema, "The History of a Periphery: Spanish Colonial Cartography from Colombia's Pacific Lowlands" (U Texas Press, 2024)

April 26, 2024

The History of a Periphery

Juliet B. Wiersema

During the late Spanish colonial period, the Pacific Lowlands, also called the Greater Chocó, was famed for its rich placer deposits. Gold mined here …

Sanjay Subrahmanyam, "Across the Green Sea: Histories from the Western Indian Ocean, 1440-1640" (U Texas Press, 2024)

March 26, 2024

Across the Green Sea

Sanjay Subrahmanyam
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Across the Green Sea: Histories from the Western Indian Ocean, 1440-1640 (University of Texas Press, 2024) by Dr. Sanjay Subrahmanyam presents a histo…

Justin Owen Rawlins, "Imagining the Method: Reception, Identity, and American Screen Performance" (U Texas Press, 2024)

March 3, 2024

Imagining the Method

Justin Owen Rawlins
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Only one performance style has dominated the lexicon of the casual moviegoer: “Method acting.” The first reception-based analysis of film acting, Imag…

Bryce Henson, "Emergent Quilombos: Black Life and Hip-Hop in Brazil" (U Texas Press, 2024)

February 7, 2024

Emergent Quilombos

Bryce Henson
Hosted by Reighan Gillam

Known as Black Rome, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, is a predominantly Black city. The local art, food, and dance are closely linked to the population's A…

Courtney Brannon Donoghue, "The Value Gap: Female-Driven Films from Pitch to Premiere" (U Texas Press, 2023)

February 4, 2024

The Value Gap

Courtney Brannon Donoghue
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Conversations about gender equity in the workplace accelerated in the 2010s, with debates inside Hollywood specifically pointing to broader systemic p…

Georgina Hickey, "Breaking the Gender Code: Women and Urban Public Space in the Twentieth-Century United States" (U Texas Press, 2023)

February 2, 2024

Breaking the Gender Code

Georgina Hickey
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

From the closing years of the nineteenth century, women received subtle--and not so subtle--messages that they shouldn't be in public. Or, if they wer…

Marcia Stephenson, "Llamas beyond the Andes: Untold Histories of Camelids in the Modern World" (U Texas Press, 2023)

January 27, 2024

Llamas beyond the Andes

Marcia Stephenson
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Camelids are vital to the cultures and economies of the Andes. The animals have also been at the heart of ecological and social catastrophe: Europeans…

Damon Scott, "The City Aroused: Queer Places and Urban Redevelopment in Postwar San Francisco" (U Texas Press, 2024)

January 25, 2024

The City Aroused

Damon Scott
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

The City Aroused: Queer Places and Urban Redevelopment in Postwar San Francisco (University of Texas Press, 2024) by Dr. Damon Scott is a lively histo…

Patricio Simonetto, "A Body of One's Own: A Trans History of Argentina" (U Texas Press, 2024)

January 15, 2024

A Body of One's Own

Patricio Simonetto
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

As a trans history of Argentina, a country that banned medically assisted gender affirmation practices and punished trans lives, A Body of One’s Own: …

Alex Pappademas and Joan LeMay, "Quantum Criminals: Ramblers, Wild Gamblers, and Other Sole Survivors from the Songs of Steely Dan" (U Texas Press, 2023)

January 7, 2024

Quantum Criminals

Alex Pappademas and Joan LeMay
Hosted by Bradley Morgan

A literary and visual exploration of the songs of Steely Dan. Steely Dan's songs are exercises in fictional world-building. No one else in the classi…

Greg Beets and Richard Whymark, "A Curious Mix of People: The Underground Scene of '90s Austin" (U Texas Press, 2023)

November 5, 2023

A Curious Mix of People

Greg Beets and Richard Whymark
Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan

Ask anyone outside of Austin what they know about the city and chances are the first thing they'll mention is the music. While the Armadillo Era has b…

Marisel C. Moreno, "Crossing Waters: Undocumented Migration in Hispanophone Caribbean and Latinx Literature and Art" (U Texas Press, 2022)

October 27, 2023

Crossing Waters

Marisel C. Moreno
Hosted by Reighan Gillam

Debates over the undocumented migration of Latin Americans invariably focus on the southern US border, but most migrants never cross that arbitrary li…

Rhoda Kanaaneh, "The Right Kind of Suffering: Gender, Sexuality, and Arab Asylum Seekers in America" (U Texas Press, 2023)

October 10, 2023

The Right Kind of Suffering

Rhoda Kanaaneh
Hosted by Alize Arıcan

From the overloaded courts with their constantly changing dates and appointments to the need to prove oneself the “right" kind of asylum seeker, the a…

Andrew Chan, "Why Mariah Carey Matters" (U Texas Press, 2023)

September 5, 2023

Why Mariah Carey Matters

Andrew Chan
Hosted by Latoya Johnson

Why Mariah Carey Matters (University of Texas Press, 2023) examines the creative and complicated evolution of the musical artist. In the 1990s, Carey …

Erika Marie Bsumek, "The Foundations of Glen Canyon Dam: Infrastructures of Dispossession on the Colorado Plateau" (U Texas Press, 2023)

August 6, 2023

The Foundations of Glen Canyon Dam

Erika Marie Bsumek
Hosted by Stephen Hausmann

The Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River provides electricity for some forty million people, and is one of the largest sources of water in the Americ…