About Deidre Tyler

Deidre Tyler, PhD - Sociologist, Instructional Technologist.

NBN Episodes hosted by Deidre:

Judith Pearson, "Crusade to Heal America: The Remarkable Life of Mary Lasker" (Mayo Clinic Press, 2023)

February 27, 2024

Crusade to Heal America

Judith Pearson
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

Mary Woodard Lasker had a singular goal: saving lives by increasing medical research. Together with her husband, advertising genius Albert, they creat…

Tim Keogh, "In Levittown’s Shadow: Poverty in America’s Wealthiest Postwar Suburb" (U Chicago Press, 2023)

February 11, 2024

In Levittown’s Shadow

Tim Keogh
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

There is a familiar narrative about American suburbs: after 1945, white residents left cities for leafy, affluent subdivisions and the prosperity they…

Brian H. Williams, "The Bodies Keep Coming: Dispatches from a Black Trauma Surgeon on Racism, Violence, and How We Heal" (Broadleaf Books, 2023)

February 10, 2024

The Bodies Keep Coming

Brian H. Williams
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

Trauma surgeon and professor Dr. Brian H. Williams has seen it all: gunshot wounds, stabbings, and traumatic brain injuries. In The Bodies Keep Coming…

Todd Mildfelt and David D. Schafer, "Abolitionist of the Most Dangerous Kind: James Montgomery and His War on Slavery" (U Oklahoma Press, 2023)

February 5, 2024

Abolitionist of the Most Dangerous Kind

Todd Mildfelt and David D. Schafer
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

A controversial character largely known (as depicted in the movie Glory) as a Union colonel who led Black soldiers in the Civil War, James Montgomery …

Elizabeth Varon, "Longstreet: The Confederate General Who Defied the South" (Simon & Schuster, 2023)

February 4, 2024


Elizabeth Varon
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

An authoritative biography of the controversial Confederate general, who later embraced Reconstruction and became an outcast in the South. It was the…

Jon Clinch, "The General and Julia" (Atria Books, 2023)

January 30, 2024

The General and Julia

Jon Clinch
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

Barely able to walk and rendered mute by the cancer metastasizing in his throat, Ulysses S. Grant is scratching out words, hour after hour, day after …

Chhaya Kolavalli, "Well-Intentioned Whiteness: Green Urban Development and Black Resistance in Kansas City" (U Georgia Press, 2023)

December 2, 2023

Well-Intentioned Whiteness

Chhaya Kolavalli
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

Chhaya Kolavalli's book Well-Intentioned Whiteness: Green Urban Development and Black Resistance in Kansas City (U Georgia Press, 2023) documents how …

Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio, "Diversity Dividend" (MIT Press, 2023)

December 1, 2023

Diversity Dividend

Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

From entry-level to the boardroom, what works to create large-scale change in organizations looking to accelerate their diversity, equity, and inclusi…

Jonathan M. Depierro et al., "Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

November 29, 2023


Steven M. Southwick, Dennis S. Charney, and Jonathan M. Depierro
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

Life presents us all with challenges. Most of us at some point will be struck by major traumas such as the sudden death of a loved one, a debilitating…

Salim Yaqub, "Winds of Hope, Storms of Discord: The United States since 1945" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

November 28, 2023

Winds of Hope, Storms of Discord

Salim Yaqub
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

Salim Yaqub's Winds of Hope, Storms of Discord: The United States since 1945 (Cambridge UP, 2022) explores how Americans from all walks of life – poli…

Sarah E. Stoller, "Inventing the Working Parent: Work, Gender, and Feminism in Neoliberal Britain" (MIT Press, 2023)

November 24, 2023

Inventing the Working Parent

Sarah E. Stoller
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

Sarah E. Stoller, Inventing the Working Parent: Work, Gender, and Feminism in Neoliberal Britain (MIT Press, 2023) is the first historical examination…

Robin Phylisia Chapdelaine et al., "When Will the Joy Come?: Black Women in the Ivory Tower" (U Massachusetts Press, 2023)

November 23, 2023

When Will the Joy Come?

Robin Phylisia Chapdelaine, Abena Ampofoa Asare, and Michelle Dionne Thompson
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

How do Black women in higher education create, experience, and understand joy? What sustains them? While scholars have long documented sexism, racism,…

Drew A. Swanson, "A Man of Bad Reputation: The Murder of John Stephens and the Contested Landscape of North Carolina Reconstruction" (UNC Press, 2023)

November 4, 2023

A Man of Bad Reputation

Drew A. Swanson
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

Five years after the Civil War, North Carolina Republican state senator John W. Stephens was found murdered inside the Caswell County Courthouse. Step…

Eleonora Mattiacci, "Volatile States in International Politics" (Oxford UP, 2022)

November 3, 2023

Volatile States in International Politics

Eleonora Mattiacci
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

An in-depth account of why countries' treacherous foreign policies often have harmless origins, how this predicament shapes international politics, an…

William B. Eimicke et al., "Leveling the Learning Curve: Creating a More Inclusive and Connected University" (Columbia UP, 2023)

October 26, 2023

Leveling the Learning Curve

William B. Eimicke, Soulaymane Kachani, and Adam Stepan
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

Will the COVID-19 pandemic be remembered as a turning point in how universities deliver teaching and learning? How might the widespread use of digital…

Greg Glasgow and Kathryn Mayer, "Disneyland on the Mountain: Walt, the Environmentalists, and the Ski Resort That Never Was" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2023)

October 25, 2023

Disneyland on the Mountain

Greg Glasgow and Kathryn Mayer
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

A fascinating look at Walt Disney's last, unfinished project and the controversy that surrounded it. It was going to be Disneyland at the top of a mou…

Christopher P. Barton, "The Archaeology of Race and Class at Timbuctoo: A Black Community in New Jersey" (UP of Florida, 2023)

October 25, 2023

The Archaeology of Race and Class at Timbuctoo

Christopher P. Barton
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

The Archaeology of Race and Class at Timbuctoo: A Black Community in New Jersey (UP of Florida, 2023) is the first book to examine the historic Black …

Katherine Mason, "The Reproduction of Inequality: How Class Shapes the Pregnant Body and Infant Health" (NYU Press, 2023)

October 20, 2023

The Reproduction of Inequality

Katherine Mason
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

Can you run a marathon, drink coffee, eat fish, or fly on a plane while pregnant? Such questions are just the tip of the iceberg for how most pregnant…

Michael A. Robinson, "Dangerous Instrument: Political Polarization and US Civil-Military Relations" (Oxford UP, 2022)

October 17, 2023

Dangerous Instrument

Michael A. Robinson
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

As increasingly contentious politics in the United States raise concerns over the "politicization" of traditionally non-partisan institutions, many ha…

Eric B. Elbogen and Nico Verykoukis, "Violence and Mental Illness: Rethinking Risk Factors and Enhancing Public Safety" (NYU Press, 2023)

October 8, 2023

Violence and Mental Illness

Eric B. Elbogen and Nico Verykoukis
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

Mass shootings have become a defining issue of our time. Whenever the latest act of newsworthy violence occurs, mental illness is inevitably cited as …

Melissa Estes Blair, "Bringing Home the White House: The Hidden History of Women Who Shaped the Presidency in the Twentieth Century" (U Georgia Press, 2023)

October 6, 2023

Bringing Home the White House

Melissa Estes Blair
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

In Bringing Home the White House: The Hidden History of Women Who Shaped the Presidency in the Twentieth Century (U Georgia Press, 2023), Melissa Este…

Sara Marcus, "Political Disappointment: A Cultural History from Reconstruction to the AIDS Crisis" (Harvard UP, 2023)

September 30, 2023

Political Disappointment

Sara Marcus
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

Moving from the aftermath of Reconstruction through the AIDS crisis, a new cultural history of the United States shows how artists, intellectuals, and…

Tanya Maria Golash-Boza, "Before Gentrification: The Creation of DC's Racial Wealth Gap" (U California Press, 2023)

September 19, 2023

Before Gentrification

Tanya Maria Golash-Boza
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

This book shows how a century of redlining, disinvestment, and the War on Drugs wreaked devastation on Black people and paved the way for gentrificati…

Anthony B. Sanders, "Baby Ninth Amendments: How Americans Embraced Unenumerated Rights and Why It Matters" (U Michigan Press, 2023)

September 13, 2023

Baby Ninth Amendments

Anthony B. Sanders
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

Listing every right that a constitution should protect is hard. American constitution drafters often list a few famous rights such as freedom of speec…