About Andrew Epstein

NBN Episodes hosted by Andrew:

Alejandra Dubcovsky, "Informed Power: Communication in the Early American South" (Harvard UP, 2016)

April 26, 2016

Informed Power

Alejandra Dubcovsky
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

Informed Power: Communication in the Early American South (Harvard University Press, 2016) maps the intricate, intersecting channels of information ex…

Michael L. Oberg, "Peacemakers: The Iroquois, the United States, and the Treaty of Canandaigua, 1794" (Oxford UP, 2015)

November 10, 2015


Michael L. Oberg
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

On November 11, 2015, leaders and citizens of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy--Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk and Tuscarora…

Aileen Moreton-Robinson, "The White Possessive: Property, Power, and Indigenous Sovereignty" (U Minnesota Press, 2015)

October 22, 2015

The White Possessive

Aileen Moreton-Robinson
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

Owning property. Being property. Becoming propertyless. These are three themes of white possession that structure Aileen Moreton-Robinson's brilliant …

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, "An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States" (Beacon Press, 2014)

August 17, 2015

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

When Howard Zinn published A People's History of the United States in 1980, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz was thrilled. "I used it as a text immediately," she …

Nancy Shoemaker, "Native American Whalemen and the World" (UNC Press, 2015)

May 18, 2015

Native American Whalemen and the World

Nancy Shoemaker
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

For as long as Herman Melville's Moby Dick has been a staple of the American literary canon, one element often goes unnoticed. The ship commanded by …

Andrew Needham, "Power Lines: Phoenix and the Making of the Modern Southwest" (Princeton UP, 2014)

April 26, 2015

Power Lines

Andrew Needham
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

Last month, VICE NEWS released a short documentary about the Navajo Nation called "Cursed by Coal." The images and stories confirm the title. "Seems l…

Margaret D. Jacobs, "A Generation Removed: The Fostering and Adoption of Indigenous Children in the Postwar World" (U Nebraska Press, 2014)

March 5, 2015

A Generation Removed

Margaret D. Jacobs
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

In 2012, a young Cherokee girl named Veronica became famous. The widespread and often coercive adoption and fostering of Indigenous children by non-Na…

Boyd Cothran, "Remembering the Modoc War: Redemptive Violence and the Making of American Innocence" (UNC Press, 2014)

December 9, 2014

Remembering the Modoc War

Boyd Cothran
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

If George Armstrong Custer had kept off of Greasy Grass that June day in 1875, Vine Deloria, Jr.'s manifesto might well have been called "Canby Died F…

Claudio Saunt, "West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776" (Norton, 2014)

October 21, 2014

West of the Revolution

Claudio Saunt
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

Few years in U.S. history call to mind such immediate stock images as 1776. Powdered wigs. Founding fathers. Red coats. And if asked to place this ass…

Mark Rifkin, "Settler Common Sense: Queerness and Everyday Colonialism in the American Renaissance" (U Minnesota Press, 2014)

August 21, 2014

Settler Common Sense

Mark Rifkin
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

In Settler Common Sense: Queerness and Everyday Colonialism in the American Renaissance (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), Mark Rifkin, a professo…

Jace Weaver, "The Red Atlantic: American Indigenes and the Making of the Modern World, 1000-1927" (UNC Press, 2014)

June 3, 2014

The Red Atlantic

Jace Weaver
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

For all the incisive work published in Native American and Indigenous studies over the past decades, troubling historical myths still circulate in bot…

Kim TallBear, "Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science" (U Minnesota Press, 2013)

November 23, 2013

Native American DNA

Kim TallBear
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

Is genetic testing a new national obsession? From reality TV shows to the wild proliferation of home testing kits, there's ample evidence it might jus…

Annette Kolodny, "In Search of First Contact" (Duke UP, 2012)

October 1, 2013

In Search of First Contact

Annette Kolodny
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

We all know the song. "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue..." And now, thankfully, we all know the controversy; celebrating a perpetrator of g…

Mishuana Goeman, "Mark My Words: Native Women Mapping Our Nations" (U Minnesota Press, 2013)

September 2, 2013

Mark My Words

Mishuana Goeman
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

The maps drawn up by early settlers to plot their inexorable expansion were not the first representations of North American space. Colonialism does no…

Noelani Goodyear-Kapua, "The Seeds We Planted: Portraits of a Native Hawaiian Charter School" (U Minnesota Press, 2013)

July 8, 2013

The Seeds We Planted

Noelani Goodyear-Kapua
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

"School was a place that devalued who we are as Indigenous people," says Noelani Goodyear-Kapua. These were institutions -- at least since white settl…

Beth H. Piatote, "Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature" (Yale UP, 2013)

May 13, 2013

Domestic Subjects

Beth H. Piatote
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

The suspension of the so-called "Indian Wars" did not signal colonialism's end, only a different battlefield. "The calvary man was supplanted--or, rat…

Andrew Newman, "On Records: Delaware Indians, Colonists, and the Media of History and Memory" (U Nebraska Press, 2012)

April 1, 2013

On Records

Andrew Newman
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

Can the spoken word be a reliable record of past events? For many Native people, the answer is unequivocally affirmative. Histories of family, tribe,…

Frederick E. Hoxie, "This Indian Country: American Indian Activists and the Place They Made" (Penguin, 2012)

February 4, 2013

This Indian Country

Frederick E. Hoxie
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

Deploying hashtags and hunger strikes, flash mobs and vigils, the Idle No More movement of First Nation peoples in Canada is reaching a global audienc…

Linford Fisher, "The Indian Great Awakening: Religion and the Shaping of Native Cultures in Early America" (Oxford UP, 2012)

January 10, 2013

The Indian Great Awakening

Linford Fisher
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

Just east of the Norwich-New London Turnpike in Uncasville, Connecticut, stands the Mohegan Congregational Church. By most accounts, it's little diffe…

Joseph Genetin-Pilawa, "Crooked Paths to Allotment: The Fight over Federal Indian Policy after Civil War" (UNC Press, 2012)

December 13, 2012

Crooked Paths to Allotment

Joseph Genetin-Pilawa
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

Despite what you may have learned in undergraduate surveys or high school textbooks, the nineteenth century was not one long and inexorable march towa…

Amy Lonetree, "Decolonizing Museums: Representing Native America in National and Tribal Museums" (UNC Press, 2012)

November 20, 2012

Decolonizing Museums

Amy Lonetree
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

"Museums can be very painful sites for Native peoples," writes Amy Lonetree, associate professor of history at UC-Santa Cruz and a citizen of the Ho C…

Brendan C. Lindsay, "Murder State: California's Native American Genocide, 1846-1873" (U Nebraska Press, 2012)

September 9, 2012

Murder State

Brendan C. Lindsay
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

Brendan C. Lindsay's impressive if deeply troubling new book centers on two concepts long considered anathema: democracy and genocide. One is an ideal…

Nicolas Rosenthal, "Reimagining Indian Country: Native American Migration and Identity in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles" (UNC Press, 2012)

June 20, 2012

Reimagining Indian Country

Nicolas Rosenthal
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

The term "Indian Country" evokes multiple themes. Encompassing legal, geographic, and ideological dimensions, "Indian Country" is commonly understood …

Gregory McNamee, "The Only One Living to Tell: The Autobiography of a Yavapai Indian" (U Arizona Press, 2012)

May 23, 2012

The Only One Living to Tell

Gregory McNamee
Hosted by Andrew Epstein

Late in 1872, as the United States sought to clear the newly incorporated Southwest of its indigenous inhabitants, a company under Capt. James Burns c…