New Books Network
By Marshall Poe
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Podcasts with Authors about their New Books
||CleanMichael E. Staub, “The Mismeasure of Minds: Debating Race and Intelligence Between Brown and The Bell Curve” (UNC Press, 2018)||The 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision required desegregation of America’s schools, but it also set in motion an agonizing multi-decade debate over race, class, and IQ. In The Mismeasure of Minds: Debating Race and Intelligence Between Brown||11/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNivedita Lakhera, “Pillow of Dreams” (Nivedita Lakhera, 2017)||Pillow of Dreams (Nivedita Lakhera, 2017) by is an intensely emotional and inspirational collection of poetry and art by Dr. Nivedita Lakhera. She experienced a stroke, divorce, and then a heartbreak all at the young age of 27.||11/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRuma Chopra, “Almost Home: Maroons between Slavery and Freedom in Jamaica, Nova Scotia, and Sierra Leone” (Yale UP, 2018)||After being exiled from their native Jamaica in 1795, the Trelawney Town Maroons endured in Nova Scotia and then in Sierra Leone. In Almost Home: Maroons between Slavery and Freedom in Jamaica, Nova Scotia, and Sierra Leone (Yale University Press,||11/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShobita Parthasarathy, “Patent Politics: Life Forms, Markets, and the Public Interest in the United States and Europe” (U Chicago Press, 2017)||In Patent Politics: Life Forms, Markets, and the Public Interest in the United States and Europe (University of Chicago Press, 2017), Shobita Parthasarathy takes us through a thirty year history of the legal debates around patents.||11/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRandy Shaw, “Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America?” (U California Press, 2018)||Why is housing so expensive in so many cities, and what can be done about it? Join us as we speak with long-time San Francisco housing activist Randy Shaw about his book Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America?||11/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBryan Caplan, “The Case against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money” (Princeton UP, 2018)||Pretty much everyone knows that the American healthcare system is, well, very inefficient. We don’t, so critics say, get as much healthcare bang for our buck as we should. According to Bryan Caplan, however,||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEric D. Weitz, “Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy” (Princeton UP, 2018)||What can the Weimar Republic teach us about how democracies fail? How could the same vibrancy that gave us cultural touchstones spawn Nazism? In his new book Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy (Princeton University Press, 2018), Eric D.||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJames M. Turner and Andrew C. Isenberg, “The Republican Reversal: Conservatives and the Environment from Nixon to Trump” (Harvard UP, 2018)||It wasn’t always this way. From the Theodore Roosevelt’s leadership on natural resource conservation to Richard Nixon’s creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and Ronald Reagan’s singing of the Montreal Protocol banning ozone-depleting||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPeter Zinoman, “Vietnamese Colonial Republican: The Political Vision of Vu Trong Phung” (U California Press, 2013)||Over the course of the 1930s, Vietnamese author Vũ Trọng Phụng published eight novels, hundreds of works of narrative nonfiction, stories, plays, essays and articles. He was a best-selling writer in his own day who sharpened his acute literary tale||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKate Brandes, “The Promise of Pierson Orchard” (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, 2017)||How do families decide when financial relief outweighs the risks of drilling for natural gas on their land? In Kate Brandes’ novel Promise of Pierson Orchard (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, 2017), a big energy company comes to Minden,||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
The New Books podcast is a great idea that is poorly executed.
Some of the most inept interviewers you will ever hear are the hosts of these podcasts.
If you are listening to these podcasts in the hope of learning what the book is about, you often will be disappointed.
Interviewer mistakes include:
-- Failure to understand that people are tuning in to hear what the AUTHOR has to say, not what the interviewer thinks.
-- Boring, trivial, tangential questions that elicit little information about what the book says. It is possible to listen to some of these podcasts and never learn what the book says.
-- Far too much introductory background. It’s not unusual to slog through 15 or 20 minutes of such introductory blather before the first question is asked about what the book says.
-- Overlong questions in which the interviewer tries to show off his/her erudition by outlining every possible answer before giving the author a chance to answer.
The other big disappointment of this podcast is the choice of books to review. A large percentage of the titles are eye-glazing renditions of race/class/gender victimology. Zzzzzzz......
Informative and vast in breadth
The new books network is consistently filled with fascinating original interviews with a wide array of writers and academics who have changed the ways I think about a number of fields and sparked many lines of inquiry. Many of the interviewers and very skilled and I especially appreciate the typical introductory biographical questions to help situate how these books come to be.
I've found a lot of good books through this podcast. Some, I've read and enjoyed. In cases where I don't have time to read the book, I still learn a lot about the author and the ideas from the interviews. They focus on scholarly and academic works and literary novels. Strongly recommend if you're interested in intellectual discourse.