About Mark Molloy

Book Reviews editor - MAKE: A Literary Magazine. Plant Based 🌱💪

NBN Episodes hosted by Mark:

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…

Justin Marceau, "Beyond Cages: Animal Law and Criminal Punishment" (Cambridge UP, 2019)

December 31, 2023

Beyond Cages

Justin Marceau
Hosted by Mark Molloy

For all the diversity of views within the animal protection movement, there is a surprising consensus about the need for more severe criminal justice …

David R. Boyd, "The Rights of Nature: A Legal Revolution That Could Save the World" (ECW Press, 2017)

May 18, 2021

The Rights of Nature

David R. Boyd
Hosted by Mark Molloy

Palila v Hawaii. New Zealand’s Te Urewera Act. Sierra Club v Disney. These legal phrases hardly sound like the makings of a revolution, but beyond the…

Peter Godfrey-Smith, "Metazoa: Animal Life and the Birth of the Mind" (FSG, 2020)

May 3, 2021


Peter Godfrey-Smith
Hosted by Mark Molloy

Dip below the ocean’s surface and you are soon confronted by forms of life that could not seem more foreign to our own: sea sponges, soft corals, and …

Rory Kress, "The Doggie in the Window: How One Dog Led Me from the Pet Store to the Factory Farm to Uncover the Truth of Where Puppies Really Come From" (Sourcebooks, 2018)

April 7, 2021

The Doggie in the Window

Rory Kress
Hosted by Mark Molloy

When journalist Rory Kress met Izzie, she didn’t think twice before bringing her home. She found the twelve-week-old wheaten terrier in a pet shop and…

Rick McIntyre, "The Reign of Wolf 21: In the Valley of the Druid King" (Greystone Books, 2020)

March 22, 2021

The Reign of Wolf 21

Rick McIntyre
Hosted by Mark Molloy

Today I talked to Rick McIntyre about the first two books of his ongoing The Alpha Wolves of Yellowstone series. The first book we discuss, The Rise…

Carol J. Adams, "The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory" (Bloomsbury, 2015)

March 19, 2021

The Sexual Politics of Meat

Carol J. Adams
Hosted by Mark Molloy

Today I talked to Carol J. Adams about two of her classic texts that have recently been republished. The first book we discuss, first published in 1…

Matthieu Ricard, "A Plea for the Animals: The Moral, Philosophical, and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat All Beings with Compassion" (Shambhala, 2016)

February 5, 2021

A Plea for the Animals

Matthieu Ricard
Hosted by Mark Molloy

Today I talked to Matthieu Ricard about two books. The first is A Plea for the Animals: The Moral, Philosophical, and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat…

Colleen Plumb, "Thirty Times a Minute" (Radius Books, 2020)

December 8, 2020

Thirty Times a Minute

Colleen Plumb
Hosted by Mark Molloy

Captive elephants exhibit what biologists refer to as stereotypy, which includes rhythmic rocking, head bobbing, stepping back and forth, and pacing. …

Peter Singer, "Why Vegan?: Eating Ethically" (Liveright, 2020)

December 3, 2020

Why Vegan?

Peter Singer
Hosted by Mark Molloy

Even before the publication of his seminal Animal Liberation in 1975, Peter Singer, one of the greatest moral philosophers of our time, unflinchingly …

Rosemary-Claire Collard, "Animal Traffic: Lively Capital in the Global Exotic Pet Trade" (Duke UP, 2020)

November 27, 2020

Animal Traffic

Rosemary-Claire Collard
Hosted by Mark Molloy

Parrots and snakes, wild cats and monkeys---exotic pets can now be found everywhere from skyscraper apartments and fenced suburban backyards to roadsi…

Jim Mason, "An Unnatural Order: The Roots of Our Destruction of Nature" (Latern Books, 2021)

November 24, 2020

An Unnatural Order

Jim Mason
Hosted by Mark Molloy

First published by Simon & Schuster in 1993 and then by Continuum in 1998, Jim Mason’s An Unnatural Order: The Roots of Our Destruction of Nature has …

Katja M. Guenther, "The Lives and Deaths of Shelter Animals" (Stanford UP, 2020)

November 13, 2020

The Lives and Deaths of Shelter Animals

Katja M. Guenther
Hosted by Mark Molloy

Monster is an adult pit bull, muscular and grey, who is impounded in a large animal shelter in Los Angeles. Like many other dogs at the shelter, Monst…

M. Bekoff and J. Pierce, "The Animals' Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age" (Beacon Press, 2017)

November 3, 2020

The Animals' Agenda

Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce
Hosted by Mark Molloy

A compelling argument that the time has come to use what we know about the fascinating and diverse inner lives of other animals on their behalf. Ever…

I. Newkirk and G. Stone, "Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries about Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion" (Simon and Schuster, 2020)

October 30, 2020


Ingrid Newkirk and Gene Stone
Hosted by Mark Molloy

The founder and president of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, and bestselling author Gene Stone explore the wonders of animal life and offer tools for living mor…

Ernest Freeberg, "A Traitor to His Species: Henry Bergh and the Birth of the Animal Rights Movement" (Basic Books, 2020)

October 13, 2020

A Traitor to His Species

Ernest Freeberg
Hosted by Mark Molloy

In Gilded Age America, people and animals lived cheek-by-jowl in environments that were dirty and dangerous to man and animal alike. The industrial ci…

Frans de Waal, "Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves" (Norton, 2019)

October 1, 2020

Mama's Last Hug

Frans de Waal
Hosted by Mark Molloy

Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves (W. W. Norton & Company) is a fascinating exploration of the rich emotional liv…

Carl Safina, "Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace" (Henry Holt, 2020)

September 17, 2020

Becoming Wild

Carl Safina
Hosted by Mark Molloy

Some people insist that culture is strictly a human accomplishment. What are those people afraid of? Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families…

Jessica Pierce, "Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets" (U Chicago Press, 2016)

September 14, 2020

Run, Spot, Run

Jessica Pierce
Hosted by Mark Molloy

A life shared with pets brings many emotions. We feel love for our companions, certainly, and happiness at the thought that we’re providing them with …

Joshua B. Freeman, "Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World"  (Norton, 2019)

September 8, 2020


Joshua B Freeman
Hosted by Mark Molloy

In an accessible and timely work of scholarship, celebrated historian Joshua B. Freeman's Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Mod…

Scott Soames, "The World Philosophy Made: From Plato to the Digital Age" (Princeton UP, 2019)

August 28, 2020

The World Philosophy Made

Scott Soames
Hosted by Mark Molloy

How has philosophy transformed human knowledge and the world we live in? Philosophical investigation is the root of all human knowledge. Developing n…

Steven Shapin, "The Scientific Revolution" (U Chicago Press, 2018)

August 26, 2020

The Scientific Revolution

Steven Shapin
Hosted by Mark Molloy

“There was no such thing as the Scientific Revolution, and this is a book about it.” With this provocative and apparently paradoxical claim, Steven Sh…

David Bressoud, "Calculus Reordered: A History of the Big Ideas" (Princeton UP, 2019)

August 24, 2020

Calculus Reordered

David Bressoud
Hosted by Mark Molloy

Calculus Reordered: A History of the Big Ideas (Princeton UP, 2019) takes readers on a remarkable journey through hundreds of years to tell the story …

Margaret Jacob, "The Secular Enlightenment" (Princeton UP, 2019)

August 20, 2020

The Secular Enlightenment

Margaret Jacob
Hosted by Mark Molloy

The Secular Enlightenment (Princeton University Press, 2019) is a panoramic account of the radical ways that life began to change for ordinary people …