About Lukas Rieppel

NBN Episodes hosted by Lukas:

Chris Manias, "The Age of Mammals: Nature, Development, and Paleontology in the Long Nineteenth Century" (U Pittsburgh Press, 2023)

June 17, 2023

The Age of Mammals

Chris Manias
Hosted by Lukas Rieppel

When people today hear "paleontology," they immediately think of dinosaurs. But for much of the history of the discipline, dramatic demonstrations of …

Heart of All: Oral Histories of Oglala Lakota People on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

November 16, 2022

Heart of All

Mark Hetzel
Hosted by Lukas Rieppel

Working with a group of over fifty students at the Little Wound School in Kyle, South Dakota, Mark Hetzel collected countless hours of oral history in…

Samuel J. Redman, "Prophets and Ghosts: The Story of Salvage Anthropology" (Harvard UP, 2021)

May 11, 2022

Prophets and Ghosts

Samuel J. Redman
Hosted by Lukas Rieppel

Prophets and Ghosts: The Story of Salvage Anthropology (Harvard UP, 2021) is a searching account of nineteenth-century salvage anthropology, an effort…

Pratik Chakrabarti, "Inscriptions of Nature: Geology and the Naturalization of Antiquity" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2020)

March 10, 2022

Inscriptions of Nature

Pratik Chakrabarti
Hosted by Lukas Rieppel

In the nineteenth century, teams of men began digging the earth like never before. Sometimes this digging—often for sewage, transport, or minerals—rev…

Paulette F. C. Steeves, "The Indigenous Paleolithic of the Western Hemisphere" (U Nebraska Press, 2021)

January 27, 2022

The Indigenous Paleolithic of the Western Hemisphere

Paulette F. C. Steeves
Hosted by Lukas Rieppel

The Indigenous Paleolithic of the Western Hemisphere (U Nebraska Press, 2021) is a reclaimed history of the deep past of Indigenous people in North a…

David Sepkoski, "Catastrophic Thinking: Extinction and the Value of Diversity from Darwin to the Anthropocene" (U Chicago Press, 2020)

January 22, 2021

Catastrophic Thinking

David Sepkoski
Hosted by Lukas Rieppel

We live in an age in which we are repeatedly reminded—by scientists, by the media, by popular culture—of the looming threat of mass extinction. We’re …

Andrew Liu, "Tea War: A History of Capitalism in China and India" (Yale UP, 2020)

November 4, 2020

Tea War

Andrew B. Liu
Hosted by Lukas Rieppel

After water, tea is the most widely consumed drink in the world. It is beloved by consumers in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, and it comes in…

Eugenia Lean, "Vernacular Industrialism in China" (Columbia UP, 2020)

July 17, 2020

Vernacular Industrialism in China

Eugenia Lean
Hosted by Lukas Rieppel

In early twentieth-century China, Chen Diexian (1879–1940) was a maverick entrepreneur—at once a prolific man of letters and captain of industry, a ma…

Henry M. Cowles, "The Scientific Method: An Evolution of Thinking from Darwin to Dewey" (Harvard UP, 2020)

June 17, 2020

The Scientific Method

Henry M. Cowles
Hosted by Lukas Rieppel

The idea of a single scientific method, shared across specialties and teachable to ten-year-olds, is just over a hundred years old. For centuries prio…

Wenfei Tong, "Bird Love: The Family Life of Birds" (Princeton UP, 2020)

April 17, 2020

Bird Love

Wenfei Tong
Hosted by Lukas Rieppel

Wenfei Tong's Bird Love: The Family Life of Birds (Princeton University Press, 2020) looks at the extraordinary range of mating systems in the avian w…

Adrian Currie, "Rock, Bone, and Ruin: An Optimist’s Guide to the Historical Sciences" (MIT Press, 2018)

March 27, 2020

Rock, Bone, and Ruin

Adrian Currie
Hosted by Lukas Rieppel

The “historical sciences”—geology, paleontology, and archaeology—have made extraordinary progress in advancing our understanding of the deep past. How…

Lydia Barnett, "After the Flood: Imagining the Global Environment in Early Modern Europe" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019)

January 8, 2020

After the Flood

Lydia Barnett
Hosted by Lukas Rieppel

Many centuries before the emergence of the scientific consensus on climate change, people began to imagine the existence of a global environment: a na…

Margaret E. Schotte, "Sailing School: Navigating Science and Skill, 1550-1800" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019)

November 14, 2019

Sailing School

Margaret E. Schotte
Hosted by Lukas Rieppel

Throughout the Age of Exploration, European maritime communities bent on colonial and commercial expansion embraced the complex mechanics of celestial…

Jennifer L. Derr, "The Lived Nile: Environment, Disease, and Material Colonial Economy in Egypt" (Stanford UP, 2019)

October 10, 2019

The Lived Nile

Jennifer L. Derr
Hosted by Lukas Rieppel

In October 1902, the reservoir of the first Aswan Dam filled, and Egypt's relationship with the Nile River forever changed. Flooding villages of histo…

Michael Zakim, "Accounting for Capitalism: The World the Clerk Made" (U Chicago Press, 2018)

August 8, 2019

Accounting for Capitalism

Michael Zakim
Hosted by Lukas Rieppel

The clerk attended his desk and counter at the intersection of two great themes of modern historical experience: the development of a market economy a…