New Books in Science, Technology, and...

Interviews with Scholars of Science, Technology, and Society about their New Books

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Social Sciences
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Laura DeNardis, "The Internet in Everything: Fr...
DeNardis shows that the policy tools and normative constructs we have built around the internet are outdated...
63 min
102
C. Thi Nguyen, "Games: Agency as Art" (Oxford U...
Monopoly, Solitaire, football and Minecraft are all games, but for C. Thi Nyugen they are also an art form – specifically, the art form of agency...
64 min
103
Jamie Merisotis, "Human Work in the Age of Smar...
Are robots going to be our overlords? No, we can make them our friends...
32 min
104
John Durham Peters, "Promiscuous Knowledge: Inf...
Cmiel and Peters provides a genealogy of the information age from its early origins up to the reign of Google...
56 min
105
Eric Rutkow, "The Longest Line on the Map The U...
Rutkow retraces the fascinating, decades-long history of the attempt to build the world’s longest highway...
49 min
106
Andrew Liu, "Tea War: A History of Capitalism i...
Liu’s book offers a fascinating new history of this ubiquitous beverage, leveraging its production, consumption, and global circulation to offer a fresh and compelling account of capitalist accumulation....
47 min
107
Anthony Hodgson, "Systems Thinking for a Turbul...
This is the second episode of a two-part conversation with Hodgson...
42 min
108
M. Bekoff and J. Pierce, "The Animals' Agenda: ...
A compelling argument that the time has come to use what we know about the fascinating and diverse inner lives of other animals on their behalf...
62 min
109
S. Myers and H. Frumkin, "Planetary Health: Pro...
Myers and Frumkin illustrate the interconnectedness of human health and the health of our planet...
41 min
110
I. Newkirk and G. Stone, "Animalkind: Remarkabl...
In the last few decades, a wealth of new information has emerged about who animals are—intelligent, aware, and empathetic. Studies show that animals are astounding beings with intelligence, emotions, intricate communications networks, and myriad abilities...
46 min
111
Micha Rahder, "An Ecology of Knowledges: Fear, ...
Rahder offers a rich ethnography of knowledge-making practices in Guatemala's Maya Biosphere Reserve, the largest nature reserve in Central America...
55 min
112
Doug Specht, "Mapping Crisis: Participation, Da...
The digital age has thrown questions of representation, participation and humanitarianism back to the fore, as machine learning, algorithms and big data centres take over the process of mapping the subjugated and subaltern...
72 min
113
M. Newhart and W. Dolphin, "The Medicalization ...
Medical marijuana laws have spread across the U.S. to all but a handful of states. Yet, eighty years of social stigma and federal prohibition creates dilemmas for patients who participate in state programs...
46 min
114
Li Zhang, "Anxious China: Inner Revolution and ...
Zhang offers an in-depth ethnographic account of how an unfolding “inner revolution” is reconfiguring selfhood, psyche, family dynamics, sociality, and the mode of governing in post-socialist times...
73 min
115
Michael E. McCullough, "The Kindness of Strange...
Why Give a Damn About Strangers?
32 min
116
D. Bilak and T. Nummedal, "Furnace and Fugue. A...
In 1618, on the eve of the Thirty Years’ War, the German alchemist and physician Michael Maier published Atalanta fugiens, an intriguing and complex musical alchemical emblem book designed to engage the ear, eye, and intellect..,
55 min
117
Dan Royles, "To Make the Wounded Whole: The Afr...
In the decades since it was identified in 1981, HIV/AIDS has devastated African American communities...
69 min
118
Valerie Olson, "Into the Extreme: U.S. Environm...
What if outer space is not outside the human environment but, rather, defines it?
64 min
119
Kristina M. Lyons, "Vital Decomposition: Soil P...
Lyons presents an ethnography of human-soil relations...
39 min
120
Rene Almeling, "GUYnecology: The Missing Scienc...
Almeling provides an in-depth look at why we do not talk about men’s reproductive health and this knowledge gap shapes reproductive politics today...
33 min
121
Scholarly Communication: An Interview with Joer...
Open Access is spelled with a capital O and a capital A at the Public Library of Science (or PLOS, for short), a nonprofit Open Access publisher...
65 min
122
Ernest Freeberg, "A Traitor to His Species: Hen...
In Gilded Age America, people and animals lived cheek-by-jowl in environments that were dirty and dangerous to man and animal alike...
59 min
123
Margaret Heffernan, "Uncharted: How to Map and ...
Hefferman explores the people and organizations who aren’t daunted by uncertainty: ‘We are addicted to prediction, desperate for certainty about the future...
33 min
124
Boel Berner, "Strange Blood: The Rise and Fall ...
In the mid-1870s, the experimental therapy of lamb blood transfusion spread like an epidemic across Europe and the USA. Doctors tried it as a cure for tuberculosis, pellagra and anemia...
56 min
125
John Whysner, "The Alchemy of Disease" (Columbi...
Whysner offers an accessible and compelling history of toxicology and its key findings....
47 min
126
Daniel Macfarlane, "Fixing Niagara Falls: Envir...
The first people to record their reactions to the falls in North America were fascinated by its beauty and power...
59 min
127
Eric Weiner, "The Geography of Genius: Lessons ...
Living, as we do, in a time in which a U.S. president anoints himself “a very stable genius”, we are particularly appreciative of Eric Weiner, a former foreign correspondent for NPR who writes with humility and humor, as he brings us along with him on his travels to times and places that produced genius...
37 min
128
Anthony Hodgson, "Systems Thinking for a Turbul...
In the view of Anthony Hodgson, fragmentation of local and global societies is escalating, and this is aggravating vicious cycles...
46 min
129
Arleen Tuchman, "Diabetes: A History of Race an...
Tuchman describes the history of how the perception of diabetes has evolved over the past two centuries...
54 min
130
Jeremy England, "Every Life is on Fire: How The...
“How did life begin? Most things in the universe aren't alive, and yet if you trace the evolutionary history of plants and animals back far enough, you will find that, at some point, neither were we....
96 min
131
Thom van Dooren, "The Wake of Crows: Living and...
van Dooren offers an exploration of the entangled lives of humans and crows...
66 min
132
Robert M. Geraci, "Temples of Modernity: Nation...
What is the relationship between science, religion and technology in Hinduism?
42 min
133
Yves Citton, "Mediarchy" (Polity Press, 2019)
We think that we live in democracies: in fact, we live in mediarchies...
63 min
134
James L. Nolan, Jr., "Atomic Doctors: Conscienc...
After his father died, James L. Nolan, Jr., took possession of a box of private family materials. To his surprise, the small secret archive contained a treasure trove of information about his grandfather’s role as a doctor in the Manhattan Project...
38 min
135
Durba Mitra, "Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and th...
Mitra shows how deviant female sexuality, particularly the concept of the prostitute, became foundational to this knowledge project and became the primary way to think and write about Indian society...
43 min
136
Robert Kolker, "Hidden Valley Road: Inside The ...
This is the story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science's great hope in the quest to understand the disease....
43 min
137
Zachary Dorner, "Merchants of Medicine: The Com...
Dorner unravels the intertwined history of financial markets, health concerns, and colonial warfare...
58 min
138
Joseph E. Davis, "Chemically Imbalanced: Everyd...
Davis offers a field report on how ordinary people dealing with common problems explain their suffering, how they’re increasingly turning to the thin and mechanistic language of the “body/brain,” and what these encounters might tell us....
56 min
139
Nick Chater, "The Mind Is Flat: The Remarkable ...
Chater contends just the opposite: rather than being the plaything of unconscious currents, the brain generates behaviors in the moment based entirely on our past experiences...
96 min
140
Carl Safina, "Becoming Wild: How Animal Culture...
Safina looks into three cultures of other-than-human beings in some of Earth’s remaining wild places. It shows how if you’re a sperm whale, a scarlet macaw, or a chimpanzee, you too experience your life with the understanding that you are an individual within a particular community...
62 min
141
Gerald Posner, "Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Po...
Posner explores the fascinating and complex history of pharmaceutical and bio-tech industries. It is an industry like no other and a story like no other...
78 min
142
Angèle Christin, "Metrics at Work: Journalism a...
How are algorithms changing journalism?
55 min
143
Jessica Pierce, "Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of ...
What obligations do we have to our pets?
70 min
144
S. J. Potter, "Wireless Internationalism and Di...
Potter describes the efforts to use radio to promote global harmony and how they were eclipsed by nationalism and the weaponization of broadcasting as a propaganda tool...
45 min
145
David Haig, "From Darwin to Derrida: Selfish Ge...
Evolutionary biologist David Haig explains how a physical world of matter in motion gave rise to a living world of purpose and meaning...
42 min
146
Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, "NeuroScience Fiction" (...
Quiroga shows how the outlandish premises of many seminal science fiction movies are being made possible by new discoveries and technological advances in neuroscience and related fields.
58 min
147
Emily Anthes, "The Great Indoors" (Scientific A...
Modern humans are an indoor species.,.
27 min
148
Sandra Young, "The Early Modern Global South in...
Young proposes a new set of terms with which to understand the racialized imaginary inscribed in the scholarly texts that presented the peoples of the south as objects of an inquiring gaze from the north...
70 min
149
David J. Hand, "Dark Data: Why What You Don't K...
What you don't know can, in fact, hurt you...
74 min
150
Paul Offit, "Overkill: When Modern Medicine Goe...
Why Do Unnecessary and Often Counter-Productive Medical Interventions Happen So Often?
29 min
151
M. del Pilar Blanco and J. Page, "Geopolitics, ...
del Pilar Blanco and Page offer a wonderful and imaginative contribution to the fields of history of science, science and technology studies, and cultural studies....
60 min
152
Mary Augusta Brazelton, "Mass Vaccination: Citi...
Mary Augusta Brazelton examines the PRC's public health campaigns of the 1950s to explain just how China managed to inoculate almost six hundred million people against this and other deadly diseases...
92 min
153
Scott Soames, "The World Philosophy Made: From ...
How has philosophy transformed human knowledge and the world we live in?
103 min
154
Nick Morgan, "Can You Hear Me? How to Connect w...
How is communicating virtually Is like eating Pringles forever?
41 min
155
Steven Shapin, "The Scientific Revolution" (U C...
“There was no such thing as the Scientific Revolution, and this is a book about it.” With this provocative and apparently paradoxical claim, Steven Shapin begins...
71 min
156
Amelia Moore, "Destination Anthropocene: Scienc...
Moore offers a stellar example of the significance and role of humanistic – and specifically ethnographic – inquiry regarding how climate change has, is, and will change human and human-nonhuman relations....
43 min
157
David Moon, "The American Steppes: The Unexpect...
Beginning in the 1870s, migrant groups from Russia's steppes settled in the similar environment of the Great Plains. Many were Mennonites. They brought plants...
54 min
158
J. Kim and E. Maloney, "Learning Innovation and...
Kim and Maloney document major transformations at colleges and universities that have been quietly taking place, even amidst noise about crisis and disruption...
30 min
159
Khary O. Polk, "Contagions of Empire: Scientifi...
Polk examines how the shifting views of Black military through the first half of the 20th century, as the U.S. increased its global empire and warfare...
54 min
160
C. Besteman and H. Gusterson, "Life by Algorith...
How can we understand computerization as a social process?
46 min
161
Katie Day Good, "Bring the World to the Child: ...
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, boosters of digital educational technologies emphasized that these platforms are vital tools for cultivating global citizenship...
36 min
162
Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, "The Good Drone: How S...
Choi-Fitzpatrick demonstrates that this technology – which is mostly associated with covert surveillance and remote warfare – has also served as a vital tool for activists, social movements...
40 min
163
Maile Arvin, "Possessing Polynesians: The Scien...
From their earliest encounters with Indigenous Pacific Islanders, white Europeans and Americans saw Polynesians as almost racially white...
62 min
164
Mack Hagood, "Hush: Media and Sonic Self-Contro...
How have we used twentieth- and twenty-first-century sound technologies to carve out sonic space out of the hustle and bustle of contemporary life?
78 min
165
Jill A. Fisher, "Adverse Events: Race, Inequali...
Fischer explores the hidden world of pharmaceutical testing on healthy volunteers...
45 min
166
Jeffrey J. Kripal, "The Flip: Epiphanies of Min...
Kripal offers an ambitious, visionary program for unifying the sciences and the humanities to expand our minds, open our hearts, and negotiate a peaceful resolution to the culture wars...
45 min
167
Nadia Eghbal, "Working in Public: The Making an...
Most open-source code is not developed by big teams or equitable collaborations; it’s maintained by unseen individuals who work tirelessly to write and publish code that's consumed by millions....
64 min
168
Emily Pawley, "The Nature of the Future: Agricu...
Pawley examines a place and period of enormous agricultural vitality—antebellum New York State—and follows thousands of “improving agriculturists,..
61 min
169
Danielle Giffort, "Acid Revival: The Psychedeli...
LSD is on your doctor's menu. At least not yet....
30 min
170
Stuart Ritchie, "Science Fictions: Exposing Fra...
Scientists seek the truth, and we rely on them. Should we?
75 min
171
Orit Kamir, "Betraying Dignity" (Fairleigh Dick...
What do medieval knights, suicide bombers and "victimhood culture" have in common?
70 min
172
Tanya Kant, "Making it Personal: Algorithmic Pe...
How are algorithms shaping our experience of the internet?
34 min
173
J. Browning and T. Silver, "An Environmental Hi...
This sweeping new history recognizes that the Civil War was not just a military conflict but also a moment of profound transformation in Americans' relationship to the natural world....
56 min
174
Joshua Nall, "News from Mars: Mass Media and th...
Nall shows us that a blurry boundary between science and journalism was a key feature—not a bug—of the emergence of modern astronomy....
61 min
175
Donna Drucker, "Contraception: A Concise Histor...
Drucker traces the history of modern contraception, outlining the development, manufacturing, and use of contraceptive methods from the opening of Dr. Jacobs's clinic to the present...
22 min
176
Alex Sayf Cummings, "Brain Magnet: Research Tri...
Beginning in the 1950s, a group of academics, businesspeople, and politicians set out on an ambitious project to remake North Carolina’s low-wage economy...
35 min
177
Anton Howes, "Arts and Minds: How the Royal Soc...
Over the past 300 years, The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce has tried to improve British life in every way imaginable....
65 min
178
Melissa J. Wilde, "Birth Control Battles: How R...
Wilde shows that support for contraception among some of America’s most prominent religious groups was tied to white supremacist views of race, immigration, and manifest destiny....
62 min
179
Charlton D. McIlwain, "Black Software: The Inte...
In connecting these threads, McIlwain demonstrates the centrality of African Americans to both the history and future of the Internet...
48 min
180
Mari K. Webel, "The Politics of Disease Control...
Webel tells a history of colonial interventions among three communities of the Great Lakes region of East Africa...
78 min
181
Olivia Weisser, "ll Composed: Sickness, Gender,...
This book sits right at the intersection of all three of these subfields and contributes to our understanding of the lived experience of religion, the lived experience of gender, ideas about ‘nature,’ and, of course, the history of medicine...
39 min
182
T. Paulus and A. Wise, "Looking for Insight, Tr...
The book offers a comprehensive discussion of conducting research on online talk...
70 min
183
Sarah B. Rodriguez, "The Love Surgeon: A Story ...
Dr. James Burt believed women’s bodies were broken, and only he could fix them....
43 min
184
Solomon Goldstein-Rose, "The 100% Solution: A P...
In this New Books Network interview, we speak about the political, industrial, and scientific changes that need to occur by 2050 to solve climate change, as well as the importance of focusing on real solutions rather than wallowing in fear....
60 min
185
Paulo Drinot, "The Sexual Question: A History o...
Drinot studies the interplay of sexuality, society, and the state in Peru in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries...
59 min
186
Philip Butler, "Black Transhuman Liberation The...
Butler explores what might happen if Black people in the United States merged technology and spirituality in their fight towards materializing liberating realities...
44 min
187
Sasha Costanza-Chock, "Design Justice: Communit...
Design justice demands a deep understanding of the community and its needs, engagement with community members, and a recognition of their expertise, along with reciprocation of value....
34 min
188
Andrew Kettler, "The Smell of Slavery: Olfactor...
Kettler charts the impact that smell had on the making of race and justifications for enslavement in the Atlantic world....
51 min
189
Sandra Postel, "Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle o...
To understand our past and provide hope for our future Sandra takes readers around the world to explore water projects....
47 min
190
Marc Zimmer, "The State of Science" (Prometheus...
What does the horizon of science look like? Who are the scientists that are making it happen?
56 min
191
Philip Reid, "The Merchant Ship in the British ...
Reid these vessels underwent considerable adaptation over the course of the 17th and 18th centuries in response to evolving technologies and the demands of their industry...
45 min
192
Will Rollason, "Motorbike People: Power and Pol...
Will’s book is an ethnography of taxi-moto drivers in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city...
55 min
193
Christina Dunbar-Hester, "Hacking Diversity: Th...
Dunbar-Hester investigates how open-technology communities are considering the question of diversity and inclusion.
34 min
194
Mark Anderson, "From Boas to Black Power: Racis...
By interrogating the Boasian intervention into the idea of biological race, Anderson shows how, despite their progressive and anti-racist intentions, Boas and ‘the Boasians’ naturalised the idea of the United States as a white nation...
49 min
195
Eugenia Lean, "Vernacular Industrialism in Chin...
Lean offers a new understanding of industrialization, going beyond material factors to show the central role of culture and knowledge production in technological and industrial change....
52 min
196
Luz María Hernández Sáenz, "Carving a Niche: Th...
Sáenz follows the trajectory of physicians in their quest for the professionalization of medicine in Mexico...
59 min
197
Elizabeth A. Williams, "Appetite and Its Discon...
Williams explores contemporary worries about eating through the lens of science and medicine to show us how appetite—once a matter of personal inclination—became an object of science....
49 min
198
Fay Bound Alberti, "A Biography of Loneliness: ...
Fay Bound Alberti argues that loneliness is not an ahistorical, universal phenomenon. It is, in fact, a modern emotion: before 1800, its language did not exist...
50 min
199
Matto Mildenberger, "Carbon Captured: How Busin...
Why do some countries pass legislation regulating carbon or protecting the environment while others do not?
59 min
200
Philip M. Plotch, "Last Subway: The Long Wait f...
Plotch discusses the problems of uneven funding, high costs, and political machinations that hobble the subway system-- and how, on Second Avenue, they were finally overcome...
39 min