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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 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 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 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 257: Rachel Augustine Potter, "Bending the Rules: Procedural Politicking in the Bureaucracy" (U Chicago Press, 2019)

Rule-making may rarely make headlines, but the significance of this largely hidden process cannot be underestimated...



episode 60: Sharon Kirsch, "Gertrude Stein and the Reinvention of Rhetoric" (U Alabama Press, 2014)

Stein re-emerges as a major twentieth-century rhetorician, not a spin doctor, as the word might suggest to some, but as someone who follows as sure as she remakes the rules of writing, expression, and language...



episode 9: Anne Cushman, "The Mama Sutra: A Story of Love, Loss, and the Path of Motherhood" (Shambala, 2019)

This thoughtful book spans an eighteen-year journey through motherhood as a spiritual practice...



episode 17: Terence Keel, "Divine Variations: How Christian Thought Became Racial Science" (Stanford UP, 2018)

With trenchant analyses of Christian intellectual history and the founding figures of ethnology, Keel documents an infrastructure of  thought – about universalism, the supercession of knowledge, creation, and human dispersion – that shaped and still shapes the science of race...



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?



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..