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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Kory Olson, "The Cartographic Capital: Mapping ...
Olson situates the urban geography of Paris and the very material of maps of the city at the heart of the story of Republican national consolidation, from the initial stabilization of the Third Republic to the 1930s...
57 min
802
Nick Prior, "Popular Music, Digital Technology ...
Prior explores the social, cultural and industrial contexts for the changes that have taken place in popular music since the widespread adoption of digital technology by creators, distributors, and listeners from the early 1980s onward...
68 min
803
Paul Harkins, "Digital Sampling: The Design and...
How does technology shape music?
44 min
804
Robert Sroufe et al, "The Power of Existing Bui...
Your building has the potential to change the world...
54 min
805
John R. Gallagher, "Update Culture and the Afte...
Looking at wealth of case studies among Amazon reviewers, redditors, and established journals, "Update Culture" is a deep diver into the many factors that contribute to the circulation of a digital text
70 min
806
Ayala Fader, "Hidden Heretics: Jewish Doubt in ...
What would you do if you questioned your religious faith, but revealing that would cause you to lose your family and the only way of life you had ever known?
90 min
807
Laurence Monnais, "The Colonial Life of Pharmac...
Monnais examines the globalization of the pharmaceutical industry, looking at both circulation and consumption, considering access to drugs and the existence of multiple therapeutic options in a colonial context...
46 min
808
Andre Brock, "Distributed Blackness: African Am...
Brock theorizes what it means to be Black online, particularly when the physical body can neither be understood nor constrained...
42 min
809
Lee Vinsel, "Moving Violations: Automobiles, Ex...
Vinsel argues that automobiles have been shaped by government regulation through and through...
45 min
810
Jathan Sadowski, "Too Smart" (MIT Press, 2020)
The ubiquity of technology that collects massive volumes of all kinds of data lends itself to one overarching question: “What?” As in what is the purpose(s) of this collection? What are the benefits? And, what are the impacts?
46 min
811
Patrick M. Condon, "Five Rules for Tomorrow’s C...
How we design our cities over the next four decades will be critical for our planet...
54 min
812
Leslie M. Harris, "Slavery and the University: ...
How involved with slavery were American universities? And what does their involvement mean for us?
56 min
813
Wade Roush, "Extraterrestrials" (MIT Press, 2020)
Roush examines one of the great unsolved problems in science: is there life, intelligent or otherwise, on other planets?
52 min
814
A. B. Chastain and T. W. Lorek, "Itineraries of...
The essays in this volume reshape our understanding of Latin America's Long Cold War.
45 min
815
Lloyd B. Minor, "Discovering Precision Health" ...
Our conversation covers innovative progress underway in replacing reactive medicine with precision and prevention...
55 min
816
Jodi Hilty, "Corridor Ecology: Linking Landscap...
Hilty and her co-authors expand on concepts and practices important to maintaining and restoring land connectivity...
52 min
817
Wenfei Tong, "Bird Love: The Family Life of Bir...
Tong looks at the extraordinary range of mating systems in the avian world, exploring all the stages from courtship and nest-building to protecting eggs and raising chicks...
51 min
818
Carlo Caduff, "The Pandemic Perhaps: Dramatic E...
In this episode, we discuss the pandemic when it was a ‘perhaps’, unpack the blurring of reason and faith among expert interlocutors and draw out lessons on preparedness and its paradoxes for the present global coronavirus crisis...
47 min
819
Thor Magnusson, "Sonic Writing: Technologies of...
Magnusson provides a sweeping overview of the tools and techniques of music-making both before and after the dawn of computing...
75 min
820
Theodora Varbouli and Olga Touloumi, "Computer ...
This book paints the landscape that brought computing into the imagination, production, and management of the built environment, whilst foregrounding the impact of architecture in shaping technological development...
56 min
821
Brian A. Stauffer, "Victory on Earth or in Heav...
Stauffer reconstructs the history of Mexico's forgotten "Religionero" rebellion of 1873-1877, an armed Catholic challenge to the government of Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada...
58 min
822
Amy Koerber, “From Hysteria to Hormones: A Rhet...
Koerber shows that the boundary between older, nonscientific ways of understanding women’s bodies and newer, scientific understandings is much murkier than we might expect...
61 min
823
Arthur Asseraf, "Electric News in Colonial Alge...
Asseraf examines the workings of the “news ecosystem” in Algeria from the 1880s to the beginning of the Second World War...
59 min
824
Owen Whooley, "On the Heels of Ignorance: Psych...
Whooley’s book is no anti-psychiatric screed; instead, he reveals a field that has muddled through periodic reinventions and conflicting agendas of curiosity, compassion, and professional striving.
59 min
825
Paul Nahin, "Hot Molecules, Cold Electrons" (Pr...
Nahin offers a thorough study of the history and mathematics of the heat equation, which is not only important as an analysis of heat, its analysis marked the beginning of Fourier series...
49 min
826
Matt Cook, "Sleight of Mind: 75 Ingenious Parad...
According to Cook, a paradox paradox is a sophisticated kind of magic trick...
51 min
827
Adrian Currie, "Rock, Bone, and Ruin: An Optimi...
Currie explains that these scientists are “methodological omnivores,” with a variety of strategies and techniques at their disposal, and that this gives us every reason to be optimistic about their capacity to uncover truths about prehistory...
52 min
828
Neil Selwyn, "What is Digital Sociology?" (Poli...
Selwyn examines the concepts, tools and practices that sociologists are developing to analyze the intersections of the social and the digital...
53 min
829
Margaret E. Roberts, "Censored: Distraction and...
Roberts reveals the nuances of Chinese censorship in the age of the internet...
47 min
830
Maurice Finocchiaro, "On Trial for Reason: Scie...
Finocchiaro shows that there were (and are) really two Galileo “affairs.”
61 min
831
Joseph Reagle, "Hacking Life: Systematized Livi...
Reagle examines these attempts to systematize living and finds that they are the latest in a long series of self-improvement methods...
73 min
832
Tweeting the Word of God: Evangelism from a "Di...
An interview with Ryan P. Burge
10 min
833
Great Books: Julie Carlson on Mary Shelley's "F...
Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus when she was nineteen years old on a bet...
50 min
834
Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, "Übermensch: Plädoyer Fü...
Sorgner makes the case for a Nietzschean transhumanism...
74 min
835
Melissa Kravetz, "Women Doctors in Weimar and N...
Kravetz examines how German women physicians gained a foothold in the medical profession during the Weimar and Nazi periods,..
57 min
836
Nancy Appelbaum, "Mapping the Country of Region...
Appelbaum reconstructs how elites, through visual and textual methodologies, envisioned the nation and its component parts...
57 min
837
Jacob Turner, "Robot Rules: Regulating Artifici...
Turner explains why AI is unique, what legal and ethical problems it could cause, and how we can address them...
73 min
838
Adrian Wisnicki, "Fieldwork of Empire, 1840-190...
Adrian Wisnicki talks about the British expeditionary literature of the late 1800s.
31 min
839
Jerome Whitington, "Anthropogenic Rivers: The P...
Whitington examines the dynamics and discourses centered around the development of hydropower dams in the Mekong River Basin...
38 min
840
Kate Devlin, "Turned On: Science, Sex and Robot...
Devlin builds on the science and the philosophy surrounding our most intimate relationship with technology...
61 min
841
Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein, "Data Fem...
D'Ignazio and Klein call for changing the way we think about data and how it is communicated, particularly through visualization...
34 min
842
Michael Rechtenwald, "Google Archipelago: The D...
Rechtenwald argues that Big Digital technologies and their principals represent not only economic powerhouses but also new forms of governmental power...
97 min
843
David J. Gunkel, "Robot Rights" (MIT Press, 2018)
Should robots have rights?
88 min
844
Phillipa Chong, “Inside the Critics’ Circle: Bo...
How does the world of book reviews work?
39 min
845
Sarah Fawn Montgomery, "Quite Mad: An American ...
If you live in America, chances are good you’ve heard the term “mental health crisis” bandied about in the media...
35 min
846
Amy Shira Teitel, "Breaking the Chains of Gravi...
Amy Shira Teitel talks about Apollo and the community of people who are deeply attached to space history.
27 min
847
Virginia Eubanks, "Automating Inequality: How H...
Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America...
79 min
848
Alistair Sponsel, "Darwin’s Evolving Identity: ...
Dr. Alistair Sponsel talks about Darwin’s experiences on HMS Beagle and his early career as a naturalist...
33 min
849
Angela Jones, "Camming: Money, Power, and Pleas...
Jones engages readers in a five-year mixed-methods study she conducted on the erotic webcam industry where she tells a pornographic story about the multibillion-dollar online sex industry that is colloquially known as “camming.”
50 min
850
Francesca Minerva, "The Ethics of Cryonics: Is ...
Minerva discusses the moral concerns of cryonics...
57 min
851
Germaine R. Halegoua, "The Digital City: Media ...
Halegoua rethinks everyday interactions that humans have with digital infrastructures, navigation technologies, and social media as we move through the world...
51 min
852
Gil Eyal, "The Crisis of Expertise" (Polity, 2019)
Eyal argues that what needs to be explained is not a one-sided “mistrust of experts” but the two-headed pushmi-pullyu of unprecedented reliance on science and expertise, on the one hand, coupled with increased skepticism and dismissal of scientific findings and expert opinion, on the other...
63 min
853
Michael F. Robinson, "The Coldest Crucible: Arc...
The disappearance of the Franklin Expedition in 1845 turned the Arctic into an object of fascination...
36 min
854
Shannon Vallor, "Technology and the Virtues" (O...
How can we possibly improve the chances that the human family will not only live, but live well, into the 21st century and beyond?
71 min
855
Kyle Devine, "Decomposed: The Political Ecology...
What is the human and environmental cost of music?
40 min
856
Russell A. Newman, "The Paradoxes of Network Ne...
Newman sets out to provide an explication of the debates surrounding network neutrality...
39 min
857
Allison Ochs, "Would I Have Sexted Back in the ...
Ochs combines experiences from her childhood with her research and expertise on teens and teen culture to write about experiences of teens and parents in navigating smartphones and increasing access to digital spaces...
64 min
858
Catherine Newell, "Destined for the Stars: Fait...
Catherine Newell talks about the religious roots of the final frontier, focusing on the collaboration of artist Chesley Bonestell, science writer Willy Ley, and the NASA rocket engineer Wernher von Braun...
35 min
859
K. Linder et al., "Going Alt-Ac: A Guide to Alt...
If you’re a grad student facing the ugly reality of finding a tenure-track job, you could easily be forgiven for thinking about a career change...
36 min
860
Alexis Elder, "Friendship, Robots, and Social M...
Can robots be our friends?
70 min
861
Christopher J. Phillips, "Scouting and Scoring:...
Phillips crafts a compelling narrative sure to delight baseball fans and historians of the human sciences alike...
43 min
862
Nancy D. Campbell, "OD: Naloxone and the Politi...
Over the last several years, overdose prevention has become the unlikely object of a social movement, powered by the miracle drug naloxone...
37 min
863
Neil Maher, "Apollo in the Age of Aquarius" (Ha...
Neil Maher talks about the social forces that shaped NASA in the 1960s and 70s, connecting the space race with the radical upheavals of the counterculture...
30 min
864
Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger, "Re-Enginee...
Every day, new warnings emerge about artificial intelligence rebelling against us.,,
86 min
865
Safi Bahcall, "Loonshots: How to Nurture the Cr...
Bahcall reveals a surprising new way of thinking about the mysteries of group behavior that challenges everything we thought we knew about nurturing radical breakthroughs...
55 min
866
J. L. Anderson, "Capitalist Pigs: Pigs, Pork, a...
Anderson provides a history of pigs in America from the first arrival on the continent in the Columbian Exchange to the modern agribusiness of pork production...
55 min
867
Ben Green, "The Smart Enough City: Putting Tech...
The “smart city,” presented as the ideal, efficient, and effective for meting out services, has capture the imaginations of policymakers, scholars, and urban-dweller. But what are the possible drawbacks of living in an environment that is constantly collecting data?
31 min
868
Daniel Kennefick, "No Shadow of Doubt: The 1919...
Daniel Kennefick talks about resistance to relativity theory in the early twentieth century and the huge challenges that faced British astronomers who wanted to test the theory during the solar eclipse of 1919...
36 min
869
James Schwartz, "The Ethics of Space Exploratio...
This book aims to contribute significantly to the understanding of issues of value which repeatedly emerge in interdisciplinary discussions on space and society...
64 min
870
Jessica Lynne Pearson, "The Colonial Politics o...
Pearson recounts France’s collision with the UN and World Health Organization in the immediate post-World War II years...
45 min
871
Rachel Louise Moran, "Governing Bodies: America...
How did the modern, American body come into being?
47 min
872
Alice Hill, "Building a Resilient Tomorrow: How...
Hill and Martinez-Diaz draw on their personal experiences as senior officials in the Obama Administration to tell behind-the-scenes stories of what it really takes to advance progress on climate change issues...
41 min
873
Neil McArthur, "Robot Sex: Social and Ethical I...
Sexbots are coming...
68 min
874
Robert Rozehnal, "Cyber Sufis: Virtual Expressi...
What happens when the digital world meets Sufism?
60 min
875
Lydia Barnett, "After the Flood: Imagining the ...
Many centuries before the emergence of the scientific consensus on climate change, people began to imagine the existence of a global environment: a natural system capable of changing humans and of being changed by them...
41 min
876
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
877
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
878
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
879
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
880
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
881
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
882
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
883
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
884
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
885
Joshua Specht, "Red Meat Republic: A Hoof-to-Ta...
Why do Americans eat so much beef?
28 min
886
Angelina Callahan, "NASA in the World: Fifty Ye...
Angelina Callahan talks about the Naval Research Laboratory’s Vanguard Project...
31 min
887
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
888
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
889
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
890
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
891
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
892
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
893
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
894
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
895
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
896
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
897
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
898
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
899
E. Jones-Imhotep and T. Adcock, "Made Modern: S...
"Made Modern" explores the complex interconnections between science, technology, and modernity in Canada...
58 min
900
Audrey Kurth Cronin, "Power to the People: How ...
Never have so many possessed the means to be so lethal..
45 min