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NBN Episodes hosted by Robert:

Neil M. Maher, "Apollo in the Age of Aquarius" (Harvard UP, 2017)

June 20, 2017

Apollo in the Age of Aquarius

Neil M. Maher
Hosted by Robert Wilson

In the summer of 1969, two seminal events of the sixties happened within a few weeks of each other: the first man walked on the moon and the Woodstock…

Randy Olson, "Houston, We Have a Narrative: Why Science Needs Story" (U Chicago Press, 2015)

February 4, 2017

Houston, We Have a Narrative

Randy Olson
Hosted by Robert Wilson

Randy Olson, author of Houston, We Have a Narrative: Why Science Needs Story (University of Chicago Press, 2015), has an unusual background. He is a …

Joshua Howe, "Behind the Curve: Science and the Politics of Global Warming" (U Washington Press, 2016)

January 10, 2017

Behind the Curve

Joshua Howe
Hosted by Robert Wilson

The year 2016 was the hottest year on record, and in recent months, drought and searing heat have fanned wildfires in Fort McMurray Alberta and in Gat…

Jason W. Moore, "Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital" (Verso, 2015)

December 3, 2015

Capitalism in the Web of Life

Jason W. Moore
Hosted by Robert Wilson

In Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital (Verso, 2015), author Jason W. Moore seeks to undermine popular understandin…

Tom Perreault, Gavin Bridge, and James McCarthy, eds., "The Routledge Handbook of Political Ecology" (Routledge, 2015)

June 10, 2015

The Routledge Handbook of Political Ecology

Tom Perreault, Gavin Bridge, and James McCarthy, eds.
Hosted by Robert Wilson

Political ecology is among the most vibrant sub-fields in the discipline of geography. Since the field first developed in the 1980s, political ecologi…

Finis Dunaway, "Seeing Green: The Use and Abuse of American Environmental Images" (U Chicago Press, 2015)

May 11, 2015

Seeing Green

Finis Dunaway
Hosted by Robert Wilson

Oil-soaked birds in Prince William Sound. The "crying Indian" in a 1970s anti-littering ad. A lonely polar bear on an Arctic ice floe. Such environmen…

Edmund Russell, "Evolutionary History: Uniting History and Biology to Understand Life on Earth" (Cambridge UP, 2011)

March 11, 2015

Evolutionary History

Edmund Russell
Hosted by Robert Wilson

Evolution is among the most powerful ideas in the natural sciences. Indeed, the evolutionary theorist Theodosius Dobzhansky famously said nothing in b…

Anne Knowles, "Mastering Iron" (U Chicago Press, 2013) and "Geographies of the Holocaust" (Indiana UP, 2014)

January 30, 2015

Mastering Iron (U of Chicago Press, 2013) and Geographies of the Holocaust (Indiana UP, 2014)

Anne Knowles
Hosted by Robert Wilson

Last month on New Books in Geography, historian Susan Schulten discussed the development of thematic maps in the nineteenth century. Such maps focused…

Susan Schulten, "Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America" (U Chicago Press, 2012)

December 12, 2014

Mapping the Nation

Susan Schulten
Hosted by Robert Wilson

Our everyday lives are saturated with maps. We use maps on our smart phones to help us navigate from place to place. Maps in the newspaper and online …

Matthew Huber, "Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital" (U Minnesota Press, 2013)

October 17, 2014


Matthew Huber
Hosted by Robert Wilson

Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) is an incisive look into how oil permeates our lives and help…