About Frances Sacks

I recently graduated from Wesleyan University where I majored in the Science and Society Program.

Frances Sacks is a graduate of Wesleyan University where she studied in the Science and Society Program.

NBN Episodes hosted by Frances:

Tom Mustill, "How to Speak Whale: A Voyage into the Future of Animal Communication" (Grand Central Publishing, 2022)

July 13, 2023

How to Speak Whale

Tom Mustill
Hosted by Frances Sacks

What if animals and humans could speak to one another? Tom Mustill—the nature documentarian who went viral when a thirty‑ton humpback whale breached o…

Glen W. Olson and Terry Lee Brussel-Rogers, "Fifty Years of Polyamory in America: A Guided Tour of a Growing Movement" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2022)

July 4, 2023

Fifty Years of Polyamory in America

Glen W. Olson and Terry Lee Brussel-Rogers
Hosted by Frances Sacks

Fifty Years of Polyamory in America: A Guided Tour of a Growing Movement (Rowman & Littlefield, 2022) is unique among the many books about polyamory b…

Lisabeth During, "The Chastity Plot" (U Chicago Press, 2021)

June 21, 2023

The Chastity Plot

Lisabeth During
Hosted by Frances Sacks

In The Chastity Plot (U Chicago Press, 2021), Lisabeth During tells the story of the rise, fall, and transformation of the ideal of chastity. From its…

Scott Russell Duncan, "El Porvenir, ¡Ya!: Citlalzazanilli Mexicatl" (2022)

June 20, 2023

El Porvenir, ¡Ya!

Scott Russell Duncan
Hosted by Frances Sacks

Mexican American writers make their mark in Science Fiction literature! In this first of a kind anthology, written solely by Mexican Americans, we are…

Bart D. Ehrman, "Armageddon: What the Bible Really Says about the End" (Simon and Schuster, 2023)

May 28, 2023


Bart D. Ehrman
Hosted by Frances Sacks

A New York Times bestselling Biblical scholar, reveals why our popular understanding of the Apocalypse is all wrong—and why that matters.You’ll find n…

Amanda Parrish Morgan, "Stroller" (Bloomsbury, 2022)

May 24, 2023


Amanda Parrish Morgan
Hosted by Frances Sacks

Among the many things expectant parents are told to buy, none is a more visible symbol of status and parenting philosophy than a stro…

Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, "We Have Always Been Cyborgs: Digital Data, Gene Technologies, and an Ethics of Transhumanism" (Bristol UP, 2023)

May 21, 2023

We Have Always Been Cyborgs

Stefan Lorenz Sorgner
Hosted by Frances Sacks

The concept of transhumanism emerged in the middle of the 20th century, and has influenced discussions around AI, brain–computer interfaces, genetic t…

David Rothenberg, "Whale Music: Thousand Mile Songs in a Sea of Sound" (Terra Nova Press, 2023)

April 4, 2023

Whale Music

David Rothenberg
Hosted by Frances Sacks

Whale song is an astonishing world of sound whose existence no one suspected before the 1960s. Its discovery has forced us to confront the possibility…

Ray Nayler, "The Mountain in the Sea" (MCD, 2022)

March 27, 2023

The Mountain in the Sea

Ray Nayler
Hosted by Frances Sacks

Humankind discovers intelligent life in an octopus species with its own language and culture, and sets off a high-stakes global competition to dominat…

Judith Lochhead, "Sound and Affect: Voice, Music, World" (U Chicago Press, 2021)

June 10, 2022

Sound and Affect

Judith Lochhead, Eduardo Mendieta, and Stephen Decatur Smith
Hosted by Frances Sacks

Sound and Affect: Voice, Music, World (U Chicago Press, 2021) maps a new territory for inquiry at the intersection of music, philosophy, affect theory…

Alejandro Nava, "Street Scriptures: Between God and Hip-Hop" (U Chicago Press, 2022)

May 25, 2022

Street Scriptures

Alejandro Nava
Hosted by Frances Sacks

Today I speak with Alejandro Nava about his new book, Street Scriptures: Between God and Hip-Hop (U Chicago Press, 2022). This book explores an import…

John Zerilli, "A Citizen's Guide to Artificial Intelligence" (MIT Press, 2022)

May 4, 2022

A Citizen's Guide to Artificial Intelligence

John Zerilli
Hosted by Frances Sacks

Artificial intelligence, or AI for short, has generated a staggering amount of hype in the past several years. Is it the game-changer it's been cracke…

Sherryl Vint, "Science Fiction" (MIT Press, 2021)

April 4, 2022

Science Fiction

Sherryl Vint
Hosted by Frances Sacks

The world today seems to be slipping into a science fiction future. We have phones that speak to us, cars that drive themselves, and connected devices…

Hannah Star Rogers, "Routledge Handbook of Art, Science, and Technology Studies" (Routledge, 2021))

March 6, 2022

Routledge Handbook of Art, Science, and Technology Studies

Hannah Star Rogers
Hosted by Frances Sacks

I spoke with Hannah Star Rogers, one of the editors of the Routledge Handbook of Art, Science, and Technology Studies (Routledge, 2021). Art and scien…