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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:

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

Crimes Against Sexuality

How true crime stories were used to fan the flames of homophobia—and let killers get away with murder

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, June 21, 2019

Stick Shifts and Safety Belts

How car culture swallowed America

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, June 14, 2019

The Wine-Merchant’s Son’s Tale

The first biography of Geoffrey Chaucer in a generation explores the places that inspired the English poet

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, June 07, 2019

Meat Made

How 19th-century beef created modern America

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, May 31, 2019
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