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episode 74: Jonathan Fennell, "Fighting the People's War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War" (Cambridge UP, 2019)

Fennell challenges our understanding of the Second World War and of the relationship between conflict and socio-political change...



episode 46: Marisol LeBrón, "Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico" (U California Press, 2019)

LeBrón examines the rise of and resistance to punitive governance (tough on crime policing policies) in Puerto Rico from the 1990s to the present...



episode 48: David Milne, "Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015)

An examination of the lives of foreign policy thinkers can therefore help explain why U.S. foreign policy took particular paths...



episode 133: Chris Donnelly, "Doc, Donnie, The Kid and Billy Brawl: How the 1985 Mets and Yankees Fought For New York’s Baseball Soul" (U Nebraska Press, 2019)

Donnelly focuses on the 1985 New York baseball season, a season like no other since the Mets came to town in 1962...



episode 45: Melanie A. Madeiros, "Marriage, Divorce, and Distress in Northeast Brazil: Black Women’s Perspectives on Love, Respect, and Kinship" (Rutgers UP, 2018)

Medeiros explores the women’s rich stories of desire, love, respect, suffering, strength, and transformation...



episode 274: Emily Wilcox, "Revolutionary Bodies: Chinese Dance and the Socialist Legacy" (U California Press, 2018)

What is “Chinese dance,” how did it take shape in during China’s socialist period, and how has this socialist form continued to influence Post-Mao expressive cultures in the People’s Republic of China?



episode 67: Kara Ritzheimer, "'Trash,' Censorship, and National Identity in Early Twentieth-Century Germany" (Cambridge UP, 2016)

German lawmakers drafted a constitution in 1919 legalizing the censorship of movies and pulp fiction, and prioritizing social rights over individual rights...



episode 525: Heidi Tworek, "News from Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900-1945" (Harvard UP, 2019)

Tworek explores how elites in academia, business, and government fought over the regulation of news at home and sought to use communications to extend German power abroad.



episode 125: Brett Grainger, "Church in the Wild: Evangelicals in Antebellum America" (Harvard UP, 2019)

Grainger argues that it was not the Transcendentalists but evangelical revivalists who transformed the everyday religious life of Americans and spiritualized the natural environment..



episode 52: Ryan Grim, "We've Got People: From Jesse Jackson to AOC, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement" (Strong Arm Press, 2019)

The modern progressive movement is rising in influence, intensity and numbers. Just where did it come from and where is it going?