New Books in Science, Technology, and...

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

Science
Social Sciences
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Joe Miller, "US of AA: How the Twelve Steps Hij...
In the aftermath of Prohibition, America’s top scientists joined forces with members of a new group, called Alcoholics Anonymous, and put their clout behind a campaign to convince the nation that alcoholism was a disease rather than a moral failing...
48 min
302
Raj Patel, "A History of the World in Seven Che...
Petel and Moore takes the reader through the long history of the search for lower production costs, extending from European colonial conquests in the fifteenth century up to present agroindustrial systems...
44 min
303
Leor Halevi, "Modern Things on Trial: Islam’s G...
How did Muslims respond to foreign goods in an age characterized by global exchange and European imperial expansion?
50 min
304
Matthew D. O'Hara, "The History of the Future i...
O’Hara uncovers a vast array of social practices in colonial Mexico that force us to reconsider who owns the future...
32 min
305
Susan Schulten, "A History of American in 100 M...
Schulten uses maps to explore five centuries of American history, from the voyages of European discovery to the digital age...
83 min
306
Jorge Canizares-Esguerra, "Nature, Empire, And ...
In the late 1500s, the mines of Potosí –a mountain in southern Bolivia — produced 60% of the world’s silver...
34 min
307
Mark Bartholomew, "Adcreep: The Case Against Mo...
Whether we realize it or not, "adcreep"―modern marketing's march to create a world where advertising can be expected anywhere and anytime―has come,..
68 min
308
John Danaher, "Automation and Utopia: Human Flo...
Danaher explores the issues facing us as we confront our own obsolescence. He defends the idea that a workless future is not only possible, but possibly utopian...
66 min
309
E. Wakild and M. K. Berry, "A Primer for Teachi...
Wakild and Berry offers strategies and approaches that educators can apply in a variety of settings: from high school classrooms to college courses, and from environmental history and environmental studies courses to US and world history surveys...
49 min
310
Joshua Specht, "Red Meat Republic: A Hoof-to-Ta...
Why do Americans eat so much beef?
28 min
311
Ajantha Subramanian, "The Caste of Merit: Engin...
Subramanian provides an insightful account of their emergence is post-independence India as a set of distinct and “world class” institutions underwritten by the Indian state...
62 min
312
Angelina Callahan, "NASA in the World: Fifty Ye...
Angelina Callahan talks about the Naval Research Laboratory’s Vanguard Project...
31 min
313
M. Schneider-Mayerson and B. R. Bellamy, "An Ec...
"An Ecotopian Lexicon" explores dozens of possible loanwords from world cultures, activists subcultures, and speculative fiction that can inform novel quotidian practices, cosmological insights, and political orientations applicable to the age of the Anthropocene...
43 min
314
Benjamin Breen, "The Age of Intoxication: Origi...
Focusing in on the Portuguese colonies in Brazil and Angola and on the imperial capital of Lisbon, Breen deftly explores the process by which novel drugs were located, commodified, and consumed...
59 min
315
Phoebe Moore, "The Quantified Self in Precarity...
Humans are accustomed to being tool bearers, but what happens when machines become tool bearers, calculating human labour via the use of big data and people analytics by metrics?
58 min
316
Evan Friss, "On Bicycles: A 200-Year History of...
Friss historicizes the bicycle’s place in New York City’s social, economic, infrastructural and cultural politics...
46 min
317
Darius Sollohub, "Millennials in Architecture: ...
Much has been written about Millennials, but until now their growing presence in the field of architecture has not been examined in depth...
48 min
318
Xiao Liu, "Information Fantasies: Precarious Me...
Liu makes a massive contribution to the field by opening up a fascinating new vista for scholars of cybernetics, film studies, literature, media studies, science and technology studies, and beyond...
63 min
319
Steve Fuller, "The Proactionary Imperative: A F...
Fuller debates the concept of transforming human nature, including such thorny topics as humanity's privilege as a species...
89 min
320
Ayo Wahlberg, "Good Quality: The Routinization ...
From its crude and uneasy beginnings thirty years ago, Chinese sperm banking has become a routine part of China’s pervasive and restrictive reproductive complex...
67 min
321
Joshua Sperber, "Consumer Management in the Int...
Sperber analyzes online consumer management, a practice in which customers monitor, report on, and—sometimes unwittingly—discipline workers through writing and posting online reviews...
60 min
322
Laura Cabrera, "Rethinking Human Enhancement: S...
Cabrera discusses three possible human enhancement paradigms and explores how each involves different values, uses of technology, and different degrees and kinds of ethical concerns...
78 min
323
Thomas Yarrow, "Architects: Portraits of a Prac...
What is creativity? What is the relationship between work life and personal life? How is it possible to live truthfully in a world of contradiction and compromise?
34 min
324
E. Jones-Imhotep and T. Adcock, "Made Modern: S...
"Made Modern" explores the complex interconnections between science, technology, and modernity in Canada...
58 min
325
Audrey Kurth Cronin, "Power to the People: How ...
Never have so many possessed the means to be so lethal..
45 min
326
Michael R. Boswell, "Climate Action Planning: A...
"Climate Action Planning" is designed to help planners, municipal staff and officials, citizens and others working at local levels to develop and implement plans to mitigate a community's greenhouse gas emissions...
47 min
327
Chet Van Duzer, "Martin Waldseemüller’s 'Carta ...
Van Duzer presents the first detailed study of one of the most important masterpieces of Renaissance cartography...
56 min
328
Jason Smith, "To Master the Boundless Sea: The ...
Smith discusses the US Navy’s role in exploring and charting the ocean world...
34 min
329
Deborah Lupton, "The Quantified Self" (Polity, ...
Lupton critically analyses the social, cultural and political dimensions of contemporary self-tracking and identifies the concepts of selfhood...
61 min
330
Lundy Braun, "Breathing Race into the Machine" ...
Braun documents the history and present-day use of an everyday medical instrument, the spirometer, which measures a person’s lung capacity...
42 min
331
Rosalind Fredericks, "Garbage Citizenship: Vita...
Fredericks makes sense of the garbage-scape of Dakar, Senegal in the wake of the 2007 trash “revolts” against the city and country’s uneven and failing garbage infrastructure...
49 min
332
Alberto Cairo, "How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter...
We’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if we don’t understand what we’re looking at?
54 min
333
John P. Davis, "Russia in the Time of Cholera" ...
Russian medical researchers—along with their counterparts in France and Germany—were at the forefront of the struggle against cholera...
55 min
334
Michael G. Vann, "The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt: Emp...
The remaking of Hanoi as a capital of French empire from the end of the nineteenth century had unintended consequences...
55 min
335
Nir Eyal, "Indistractable: How to Control Your ...
"Indistractable" offers a theoretical framework for the powerful distractions each of us encounters every single day...
54 min
336
Ruha Benjamin, "Race After Technology: Abolitio...
Benjamin argues that automation, far from being a sinister story of racist programmers scheming on the dark web, has the potential to hide, speed up, and deepen discrimination...
53 min
337
Helen Rozwadowski, "Vast Expanses: A History of...
Rozwadowski talks about the history of the oceans and how these oceans have shaped human history in profound ways...
30 min
338
Margaret E. Schotte, "Sailing School: Navigatin...
Schotte charts more than two hundred years of navigational history as she investigates how mariners solved the challenges of navigating beyond sight of land...
54 min
339
Jonathan Rees, "Before the Refrigerator: How We...
Frederic Tudor was the “Ice King” of early nineteenth-century America..
51 min
340
J. Yates and C. N. Murphy, "Engineering Rules: ...
Standards are crucial to the way we live—just look around you. A no. 2 pencil, perhaps?
49 min
341
Wendy Wickwire, "At The Bridge: James Teit and ...
The history of anthropology remembers James Teit as a field assistant and man-on-the spot for Franz Boas...
61 min
342
Claire Edington, "Beyond the Asylum: Mental Ill...
Both colonies and insane asylums are well known institutions of power. But what of asylums in Europe’s early 20th-century colonial empires?
70 min
343
Michael E. Mann, "The Hockey Stick and the Clim...
How do you reconcile the fact that, in a democracy, everyone’s vote is equal but everyone’s opinion is not?
37 min
344
Cara New Daggett, "Birth of Energy: Fossil Fuel...
Daggett suggests that reassessing our relationships with fossil fuels in the face of climate change also requires that we rethink the concept of energy itself...
40 min
345
Kathryn Conrad on University Press Publishing
What do university presses do, and how do they do it?
37 min
346
Russell Potter, "Finding Franklin: The Untold S...
In 1845, two British naval ships left England with 129 men in search of the Northwest Passage...
41 min
347
Jamie L. Pietruska, "Looking Forward: Predictio...
Pietruska assesses how different varieties of forecasting created an often-contradictory “culture of prediction” during the rise of modern bureaucracies...
36 min
348
Jeremy Black, "Maps of War: Mapping Conflict th...
Black covers the history of the mapping of land wars, and shows the way in which maps provide a guide to the history of war...
61 min
349
Amy Carney, "Marriage and Fatherhood in the Naz...
From 1931 to 1945, leaders of the SS sought to transform their organization into a racially-elite family community that would serve as the Third Reich’s new aristocracy...
38 min
350
Andreas Bernard, "Theory of the Hashtag" (Polit...
Bernard examines the hashtag’s role in changing how we define and discuss keywords...
38 min
351
J. Neuhaus, "Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intell...
The things that make people academics do not necessarily make them good teachers...
29 min
352
Ann Elias, "Coral Empire: Underwater Oceans, Co...
With the threats of sea water warming and ocean acidification, coral reefs have become both a fire alarm and a barometer for the dangers of human induced climate change...
43 min
353
Binyamin Appelbaum, "The Economists' Hour: Fals...
Think economics is the "dismal science" with abstract formulas that have no impact on life as it is actually lived? Think again...
37 min
354
Valerie Olson, "Into the Extreme: U.S. Environm...
Olson talks about why the idea of outer space as a “frontier” is giving way to one that frames it as a cosmic ecosystem...
33 min
355
Theodore Dalrymple, "False Positive: A Year of ...
Dalrymple recounts each week’s new edition of the Journal with an eye toward analytical errors and a culture of political correctness in regard to the handling of medical and public health issues...
43 min
356
David Lindsay Roberts, "Republic of Numbers: Un...
Roberts anchors 20 biographical chapters to a decadal series of events, whose mathematical significance could not often have been anticipated...
71 min
357
Elizabeth DeLoughrey, "Allegories of the Anthro...
DeLoughrey argues that the cosmopolitan position on Global Warming is in truth a provincial one limited to privileged circles in the Global North...
33 min
358
David D. Vail, "Chemical Lands: Pesticides, Aer...
Over fifty years ago, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962) scolded the agricultural industry for its profligate spread of “poison” and pesticides “indiscriminately from the skies"...
36 min
359
Oren Harman, "Evolutions: Fifteen Myths That Ex...
Harman takes scientific facts, as we know them today, and weaves them into narratives that have the tone, grace and drama of myth...
63 min
360
Thomas Hager, "Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders, ...
Behind every landmark drug is a story...
59 min
361
Michitake Aso, "Rubber and the Making of Vietna...
How can the history of rubber be used as a way to understand the history of 20th-century Vietnam?
80 min
362
Lucas Richert, “Strange Trips: Science, Culture...
Richert investigates the myths, meanings, and boundaries of recreational drugs, palliative care drugs, and pharmaceuticals, as well as struggles over product innovation, consumer protection, and freedom of choice in the medical marketplace...
48 min
363
Jennifer L. Derr, "The Lived Nile: Environment,...
In October 1902, the reservoir of the first Aswan Dam filled, and Egypt's relationship with the Nile River forever changed...
51 min
364
Erika Milam, "Creatures of Cain: The Hunt for H...
Milam talks about the scientific search for human nature, a project that captured the attention of paleontologists, anthropologists, and primatologists in the years after World War II...
38 min
365
David Sinclair, "LifeSpan: Why We Age and Why W...
Do we have to grow old? Maybe not. David Sinclair explains...
57 min
366
Timothy LeCain, "The Matter of History: How Thi...
LeCain presents a path-breaking approach to the study of the environment and history...
64 min
367
Mark Monmonier, "Connections and Content: Refle...
Monmonier shares his insights about the relationships between networks and maps through a collection of essays...
60 min
368
Nora Jaffary, "Reproduction and its Discontents...
Jaffary tracks how medical ideas, practices, and policies surrounding reproduction changed between the late eighteenth and early twentieth centuries in Mexico...
67 min
369
Joy McCann, "Wild Sea: A History of the Souther...
McCann discusses the great circumpolar ocean that surrounds Antarctica...
32 min
370
Aaron Hale-Dorrell, "Corn Crusade: Khrushchev’s...
Hale-Dorrell re-evaluates Khrushchev’s corn campaign as the cornerstone of his reformation programs...
74 min
371
Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer, "Wind and Power ...
This is the third of three interviews with Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer about their duo-graph, Wind and Power in the Anthropocene...
37 min
372
E. H. Ecklund and D. R. Johnson, "Secularity an...
It is common to see science and religion portrayed as mutually exclusive and warring ways of viewing the world, but is that how actual scientists see it?
92 min
373
Dominic Boyer, "Energopolitics: Wind and Power ...
Boyer examines the politics of wind development in Mexico to think through how the energy and environmental crises of global warming require new approaches to political theory....
42 min
374
Emily Lakdawalla, "The Design and Engineering o...
This book describes the most complex machine ever sent to another planet...
32 min
375
Cymene Howe, "Ecologics: Wind and Power in the ...
Howe examines the aborted Mareña Renovables wind park to understand the resistance of indigenous residents to renewable energy...
41 min
376
Michael Kodas, "Megafire: The Race to Extinguis...
In the 1980s, fires burned an average of two million acres per year. Today the average is eight million acres and growing...
50 min
377
Matthew James, "Collecting Evolution: The Galap...
James talks about the 1905 Galapagos Expedition organized by the California Academy of Sciences...
30 min
378
Lindsey Green-Simms, "Postcolonial Automobility...
Green-Simms examines the paradoxes and ambivalences of automobility through the lens of West African films, novels, plays, and poems...
57 min
379
Daniel Veidlinger, "From Indra’s Net to Interne...
Veidlinger offers a theoretically compelling exploration of the types communicative “ecosystems” in which Buddhist ideas have flourished throughout history.
54 min
380
David Philip Miller, "The Life and Legend of Ja...
For all of his fame as one of the seminal figures of the Industrial Revolution, James Watt is a person around whom many misconceptions congregate...
68 min
381
Shai Lavi, "Bioethics and Biopolitics in Israel...
Lavi and his colleagues have produced a groundbreaking work that offers a novel understanding of Israeli bioethics...
52 min
382
Andrew Wright Hurley, "Ludwig Leichhardt’s Ghos...
Hurley talks about the life and afterlife of the Prussian explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, a man whose reputation has shifted to reflect the changing cultures of Australia and Germany over the past 160 years....
33 min
383
Michael Zakim, "Accounting for Capitalism: The ...
This is a big story, told through an ostensibly marginal event: the birth of a class of “merchant clerks” in the United States...
75 min
384
William Gibbons, "Unlimited Replays: Video Game...
Gibbons examines the intersection between video games and classical music...
57 min
385
Stefan Al, "Adapting Cities to Sea Level Rise: ...
This book is a tool kit for adapting and managing sea level rise and storm events for metropolitan cities and smaller communities...
49 min
386
Sharra L. Vostral, "Toxic Shock: A Social Histo...
In 1978, doctors in Denver, Colorado observed several healthy children who suddenly and mysteriously developed a serious, life-threatening illness with no visible source...
20 min
387
Lukas Rieppel, "Assembling the Dinosaur: Fossil...
Rieppel explains how the paleontological discoveries projected American exceptionalism and, at the height of the Gilded Age, became symbols of industrial capitalism....
53 min
388
Sarah Seo, "Policing the Open Road: How Cars Tr...
When Americans think of freedom, they often picture the open road. Yet nowhere are we more likely to encounter the long arm of the law than in our cars...
32 min
389
Violet Moller, "The Map of Knowledge: A Thousan...
Moller traces the histories of migration of three ancient authors, Euclid, Ptolemy and Galen, from ancient Alexandria in 500 to Syria and Constantinople,
61 min
390
Okezi Otovo, "Progressive Mothers, Better Babie...
Otovo explores the intersecting histories of race, gender, and class in modern Brazil...
71 min
391
David R. Montgomery, "Growing a Revolution: Bri...
Once a self-proclaimed dark green eco-pessimist, Dr. Montgomery finds this new hope as he travels the world, meeting farmers at the forefront of an agricultural movement to restore soil health...
54 min
392
Donna Dickenson, "Me Medicine vs. We Medicine: ...
Personalized healthcare―or what the award-winning author Donna Dickenson calls "Me Medicine"―is radically transforming our longstanding "one-size-fits-all" model...
20 min
393
Vanessa Heggie, "Higher and Colder: A History o...
Heggie talks about the history of biomedical research in extreme environments...
34 min
394
Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, “Automating Finance: I...
Pardo-Guerra explores the history of the finance industry to understand the role of markets and technologies in contemporary capitalism...
41 min
395
Tita Chico, "The Experimental Imagination: Lite...
Chico’s new book upends the traditional, modern dichotomies which enforce strict separations between literature and science...
65 min
396
John D. Hawks, "Almost Human: The Astonishing T...
Hawks talks about new developments in paleoanthropology – the discovery of a new hominid species Homo Naledi in South Africa, the Neanderthal ancestry of many human populations, and the challenge of rethinking anthropological science’s relationship with indigenous peoples and the general public...
30 min
397
Ekaterina Svetlova, "Financial Models and Socie...
Svetlova looks at how quantitative models are actually used by investors and finds a whole space where human judgment, intuition and non-model based factors come into play as to when and how and to what degree financial models are actually implemented...
25 min
398
Anthony Ryan Hatch, "Silent Cells: The Secret D...
Over the past forty years, U.S. prisons and jails have used various psychotropic drugs...
47 min
399
Lina del Castillo, "Crafting a Republic for the...
Lina del Castillo’s book explores scientific, geographic, and historiographic inventions in nineteenth-century Colombia...
63 min
400
Diana Pasulka, "American Cosmic: UFOs, Religion...
More than half of American adults and more than seventy-five percent of young Americans believe in intelligent extraterrestrial life...
55 min