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Tune in every week to catch interviews with the liveliest voices from literature, the arts, sciences, history, and public affairs; reports on cutting-edge works in progress; long-form narratives; and compelling excerpts from new books. Produced and hosted by Stephanie Bastek.

Have suggestions for projects you’d like us to catch up on, or writers you want to hear from? Send us a note: podcast [at] theamericanscholar.org


Episode List:

Why Has American Classical Music Ignored Its Black Past?

And the immigrant composer who predicted a different future

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, September 13, 2019

Fashion Kills

How our hunger for more clothes is killing the environment and exploiting workers

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, September 06, 2019

The Next Menu

What will our dinner tables look like 30 years into the climate crisis?

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, August 30, 2019

One Job Should Be Enough

How workers’ voices were silenced in America—and how they’re fighting back

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, August 23, 2019

Bloodsuckers

How the mosquito changed human history—for better and for worse

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, August 16, 2019

Junk Science

How belief in biological racial difference pollutes the world of science, from eugenics to genetics

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, August 09, 2019

A Delicate Elephant Balance

Could human partnership be the secret to saving this Asian giant?

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, August 02, 2019

You Never Step Into the Same Internet Twice

Linguist Gretchen McCulloch on the new rules of language

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, July 26, 2019

Aida’s Story

What one woman’s life between two countries can teach us about the humanitarian crisis at the border

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, July 12, 2019

How a Language Dies

Chronicling the disappearance of a remote Papua New Guinean tongue—and everything else that goes with it

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, June 28, 2019
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