New Books in Science, Technology, and...

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

Science
Social Sciences
1
M. Nestle and K. Trueman, "Let's Ask Marion: Wh...
An interview with Marion Nestle and Kerry Trueman
50 min
2
Rob DeSalle, "A Natural History of Color: The S...
An interview with Rob DeSalle
61 min
3
Kyle Johannsen, "Wild Animal Ethics: The Moral ...
An interview with Kyle Johannsen
67 min
4
Michael Fisch, "An Anthropology of the Machine:...
An interview with Michael Fisch
80 min
5
Snezana Lawrence, "A New Year's Present from a ...
An interview with Snezana Lawrence
53 min
6
Daniel Oberhaus, "Extraterrestrial Languages" (...
An interview with Daniel Oberhaus
56 min
7
Daniel A. Barber, "Modern Architecture and Clim...
An interview with Daniel A. Barber
59 min
8
Robert Baker, "The Structure of Moral Revolutio...
An interview with Robert Baker
69 min
9
Jennifer Burek Pierce, "Narratives, Nerdfighter...
An interview with Jennifer Burek Pierce
43 min
10
Jonathan Sadowsky, "The Empire of Depression: A...
An interview with Jonathan Sadowsky
71 min
11
Can we Bring Extinct Species Back?: A Conversat...
An interview with Beth Shapiro
40 min
12
Charles R. Acland, "American Blockbuster: Movie...
An interview with Charles R. Acland
74 min
13
Elizabeth Catte, "Pure America: Eugenics and th...
An interview with Elizabeth Catte
61 min
14
Alyson K. Spurgas, "Diagnosing Desire: Biopolit...
An interview with Alyson K. Spurgas
79 min
15
Paul Davies, "The Demon in the Machine: How Hid...
An interview with Paul Davies
75 min
16
Eben Kirksey, "The Mutant Project: Inside the G...
An interview with Eben Kirksey
59 min
17
Jeff Levin, "Religion and Medicine: A History o...
An interview with Jeff Levin
51 min
18
Richard Ovenden, "Burning the Books: A History ...
An interview with Richard Ovenden
38 min
19
S. L. Lewis and M. A. Maslin, "The Human Planet...
An interview with Mark Maslin
42 min
20
Alicia Puglionesi, "Common Phantoms: An America...
Séances, clairvoyance, and telepathy captivated public imagination in the United States from the 1850s well into the twentieth century...
53 min
21
Jeremy Black, "Tank Warfare" (Indiana UP, 2020)
The story of the battlefield in the 20th century was dominated by a handful of developments. Foremost of these was the introduction and refinement of tanks...
50 min
22
Nick Haddad, "The Last Butterflies: A Scientist...
An interview with Nick Haddad
53 min
23
Christopher M. Kelty, "The Participant: A Centu...
Kelty offers a historical ethnography of the concept of participation, investigating how the concept has evolved into the form it takes today...
51 min
24
Jose Sanchez, "Architecture for the Commons: Pa...
An interview with Jose Sanchez
27 min
25
Trevor Pearce, "Pragmatism's Evolution: Organis...
Pearce demonstrates that the philosophical tradition of pragmatism owes an enormous debt to specific biological debates in the late 1800s...
48 min
26
Anne Lawrence-Mathers, "Medieval Meteorology: F...
The practice of weather forecasting underwent a crucial transformation in the Middle Ages...
28 min
27
Edward Wilson-Lee, "The Catalogue of Shipwrecke...
After Columbus’s death in 1506, eighteen-year-old Hernando sought to continue—and surpass—his father’s campaign to explore the boundaries of the known world by building a library to collect everything ever printed...
46 min
28
Andrea Ballestero, "A Future History of Water" ...
Ballestero looks at the unexpected ethical and technical entanglements through which experts understand water in Latin America...
56 min
29
Erica Fretwell, "Sensory Experiments: Psychophy...
Fretwell allows us to reconsider the history of psychophysics and psychology through the lens of sensory studies and to rethinking science in the context of racial capitalism....
69 min
30
Gemma Milne, "Smoke and Mirrors: How Hype Obscu...
Hype can be combated and discounted, though, if you're able to see exactly where, how and why it is being deployed...
76 min
31
Virginia Postrel, "The Fabric of Civilization: ...
Virginia Postrel describes how humans coevolved with textiles...
60 min
32
O. Carter Snead, "What It Means to Be Human: Th...
O. Carter Snead defines for us what the term “public bioethics” encompasses and provides a much-needed genealogy of the field....
125 min
33
Colleen Plumb, "Thirty Times a Minute" (Radius ...
Captive elephants exhibit what biologists refer to as stereotypy, which includes rhythmic rocking, head bobbing, stepping back and forth, and pacing....
95 min
34
Abigail A. Dumes, "Divided Bodies: Lyme Disease...
Dumes offers an ethnographic exploration of the Lyme disease controversy...
50 min
35
Ben Tarnoff and Moira Weigel, "Voices from the ...
Weigel and Tarnoff take an unprecedented dive into the tech industry, conducting unfiltered, in-depth, anonymous interviews with tech workers at all levels,,,
46 min
36
Nicolas Petit, "Big Tech and the Digital Econom...
Consumers may love their products and services but, among politicians and activists, the big-technology companies are fast developing a reputation as the Robber Barons of the 21st century...
45 min
37
James D. Stein, "The Fate of Schrodinger's Cat:...
Stein shows how high-school algebra and basic probability theory, with the invaluable assistance of computer simulations, can be used to investigate both the intuitive and the counterintuitive....
73 min
38
A. Espay and B. Stecher, "Brain Fables: The Hid...
An estimated 80 million people live with a neurodegenerative disease, with this number expected to double by 2050...
76 min
39
Nancy D. Campbell, "OD: Naloxone and the Politi...
Campbell explores how a therapy that can stop an accidental drug overdose, called Naloxone, emerged in the American mainstream in the early years of the new millennium...
44 min
40
Peter Singer, "Why Vegan?: Eating Ethically" (L...
Singer brings together the most consequential essays of his career to make this devastating case against our failure to confront what we are doing to animals, to public health, and to our planet...
59 min
41
Glenn Sauer, "Points of Contact: Science, Relig...
Sauer presents a powerful and important framework for reconciling the historically changing divide between science and religion...
57 min
42
Harmony Bench, "Perpetual Motion: Dance, Digita...
Bench traces the changing ways dance is distributed and created on the internet from the heady early internet of the 1990s to the ubiquitous social media platforms of today.,,
48 min
43
Jeremy Snyder, "Exploiting Hope: How the Promis...
Snyder offers an in-depth study of hope's exploitation...
53 min
44
Anna Weltman, "Supermath: The Power of Numbers ...
Weltman surveys a number of ways this conception of mathematics has informed scientific undertakings and public policies, not to mention our everyday behaviors, and makes a powerful case for reevaluating its assumptions...
104 min
45
Matthew H. Rafalow, "Digital Divisions: How Sch...
Rafalow provides an ethnographic study of students and teachers at three Los Angeles schools utilizing instructional technology...
48 min
46
Jinee Lokaneeta, "The Truth Machines: Policing,...
Using case studies and the results of extensive fieldwork, this book considers the nature of state power and legal violence in liberal democracies by focusing on the interaction between law, science, and policing in India...
55 min
47
Ray Ison, "Systems Practice: How to Act In Situ...
While various systems theories have received rigorous treatments across the literature of the field, reliable and robust advice for systems practice can be somewhat harder to come by...
63 min
48
Xiaowei Wang, "Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Oth...
Wang explores how rural China is not just adapting the technology used around the world, but innovating on it...
34 min
49
Soraya de Chadarevian, "Heredity Under the Micr...
What are chromosomes? And what does it mean to treat them as visual objects?
49 min
50
Amalia Leguizamón, "Seeds of Power: Environment...
Leguizamón explores why Argentines largely support GM soy despite the widespread damage it creates...
58 min
51
K. C. Smith and C. Mariscal, "Social and Concep...
Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology focuses on the emerging scientific discipline of astrobiology, exploring many of the humanistic issues this multidisciplinary field is generating.
68 min
52
Rosamond Rhodes, "The Trusted Doctor: Medical E...
Rhodes explicates the sixteen specific duties that doctors take on when they join the profession...
47 min
53
Dale Kedwards, "The Mappae Mundi of Medieval Ic...
The Icelandic mappae mundi were a series of maps produced in the late medieval period (c. 1225 - c. 1400) that bore witness to fundamental changes in the landscape of vernacular literary culture, scientific thinking and regional geopolitics...
64 min
54
Sharon T. Strocchia, "Forgotten Healers: Women ...
Strocchia continues the work of her career: recentering the discourse to include the formative contributions of women in the Italian Renaissance...
28 min
55
Marisa Anne Bass, "Insect Artifice: Nature and ...
At the book’s center is a neglected treasure of the late Renaissance: the Four Elements manuscripts of Joris Hoefnagel (1542–1600), a learned Netherlandish merchant, miniaturist, and itinerant draftsman...
49 min
56
Jimena Canales, "Bedeviled: A Shadow History of...
Just as the demon-haunted world was being exorcized by the enlightening power of reason, a new kind of demon mischievously materialized in the scientific imagination itself....
42 min
57
Daniel Deudney, "Dark Skies: Space Expansionism...
Deudney argues that the major result of the "Space Age" has been to increase the likelihood of global nuclear war...
71 min
58
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
59
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
60
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
61
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
62
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
63
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
64
Anthony Hodgson, "Systems Thinking for a Turbul...
This is the second episode of a two-part conversation with Hodgson...
42 min
65
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
66
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
67
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
68
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
69
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
70
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
71
Michael E. McCullough, "The Kindness of Strange...
Why Give a Damn About Strangers?
32 min
72
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
73
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
74
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
75
Valerie Olson, "Into the Extreme: U.S. Environm...
What if outer space is not outside the human environment but, rather, defines it?
64 min
76
Kristina M. Lyons, "Vital Decomposition: Soil P...
Lyons presents an ethnography of human-soil relations...
39 min
77
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
78
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
79
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
80
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
81
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
82
John Whysner, "The Alchemy of Disease" (Columbi...
Whysner offers an accessible and compelling history of toxicology and its key findings....
47 min
83
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
84
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
85
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
86
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
87
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
88
Thom van Dooren, "The Wake of Crows: Living and...
van Dooren offers an exploration of the entangled lives of humans and crows...
66 min
89
Robert M. Geraci, "Temples of Modernity: Nation...
What is the relationship between science, religion and technology in Hinduism?
42 min
90
Yves Citton, "Mediarchy" (Polity Press, 2019)
We think that we live in democracies: in fact, we live in mediarchies...
63 min
91
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
92
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
93
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
94
Zachary Dorner, "Merchants of Medicine: The Com...
Dorner unravels the intertwined history of financial markets, health concerns, and colonial warfare...
58 min
95
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
96
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
97
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
98
Jessica Pierce, "Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of ...
What obligations do we have to our pets?
70 min
99
Angèle Christin, "Metrics at Work: Journalism a...
How are algorithms changing journalism?
55 min
100
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