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SEASON 4

Episode 11:
David R. Swartz
David R. Swartz, Asbury University historian and author of Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism, discusses the overlooked history of the America's evangelical progressives during the twentieth century. Swartz talks about the differences between Christian fundamentalists and other evangelicals, and the influence of people such as Ron Sider, Mark Hatfield, and Jim Wallis.
download and listen (15 MB, 16:30 minutes)

Episode 10:
Robert Dale Parker
Robert Dale Parker is James M. Benson Professor in English and Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois. He is the editor of Changing Is Not Vanishing: A Collection of American Indian Poetry to 1930 and The Sound the Stars Make Rushing Through the Sky: The Writings of Jane Johnston Schoolcraft. (First posted in February, 2011)
download and listen (46.7 MB, 34:00 minutes)

Episode 9:
Albert J. Churella
Albert J. Churella, Associate Professor in the Social and International Studies Department at Southern Polytechnic State University and author of The Pennsylvania Railroad, Volume 1: Building an Empire, 1846-1917, talks about his monumental history of the transportation giant. At the end of the nineteenth century, the Pennsylvania Railroad was the largest privately owned business corporation in the world. Churella discusses the birth of this enterprise and its relationship to America's natural, technological, and political landscape.
download and listen (11.2 MB, 24:38 minutes)

Episode 8:
John P. Spencer
John P. Spencer, Associate Professor of Education at Ursinus College and author of In the Crossfire: Marcus Foster and the Troubled History of American School Reform, talks about the work of a leading public educator who was assassinated in 1973. Spencer shares Foster's success stories and struggles in the Philadelphia and Oakland school systems, and explains what Foster's comprehensive, bridge-building approach can teach us in an age of finger-pointing debates about failing urban schools.
download and listen (10.4 MB, 21:56 minutes)

Episode 7:
Victoria W. Wolcott
Victoria W. Wolcott, Associate Professor of History at the University at Buffalo, SUNY and author of Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters: The Struggle over Segregated Recreation in America, discusses an overlooked aspect of twentieth-century public accommodations controversies. Wolcott tells how African Americans and their allies fought to integrate parks and playlands across the United States, often in the face of violence and intimidation.
download and listen (13.4 MB, 29:11 minutes)

Episode 6:
Ruth Mazo Karras
Ruth Mazo Karras, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Medieval Studies at the University of Minnesota, reminds us that traditional marriage was not the only option for couples in medieval Europe. Her new book Unmarriages: Women, Men, and Sexual Unions in the Middle Ages examines the various relationships that took shape during that period.
download and listen (15.3 MB, 33:25 minutes)

Episode 5:
Saladin M. Ambar
Lehigh University political scientist Saladin M. Ambar, author of How Governors Built the Modern American Presidency, discusses the role that governorship played in shaping America's executive branch.
download and listen (7.6 MB, 16:40 minutes)

Episode 4:
Horace
Penn Press's own Sara Davis reads selections from The Satires of Horace, translated by A.M. Juster. In the Satires, the Roman philosopher and dramatic critic Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65-3 B.C.), known as Horace, provides trenchant social commentary on men's perennial enslavement to money, power, fame, and sex. Juster's striking new translation relies on the tools and spirit of the English light verse tradition while taking care to render the original text as accurately as possible.
download and listen (7.5 MB, 16:22 minutes)

Episode 3:
John Cheng
Historian and patent-holder John Cheng discusses the early culture of popular science fiction. Cheng's new book, Astounding Wonder: Imagining Science and Science Fiction in Interwar America, examines the origins of the genre and its community of fans. Cheng shows how pulp science fiction magazines of the 1920s and 30s reflected mainstream views of race and gender while inspiring both professional scientists and amateurs to pursue research.
download and listen (20.6 MB, 45:05 minutes)

Episode 2:
Shawn Leigh Alexander
Shawn Leigh Alexander, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and interim director of the Langston Hughes Center at the University of Kansas, discusses the efforts of T. Thomas Fortune, Ida B. Wells, W. E. B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington, and other leaders featured in his book, An Army of Lions: The Civil Rights Struggle Before the NAACP.
download and listen (29 MB, 20:40 minutes)

Episode 1:
Larry Silver
A conversation with Larry Silver, Farquhar Professor of History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the award-winning Peasant Scenes and Landscapes: The Rise of Pictorial Genres in the Antwerp Art Market.
download and listen (30 MB, 22:10 minutes)

SEASON 3

Episode 12:
Michael B. Katz
Michael B. Katz, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses the history of urban inequality and answers the question posed by the title of his latest book Why Don't American Cities Burn?.
download and listen (49 MB, 35:55 minutes)

Episode 11:
Naomi F. Miller, Katherine M. Moore, and Kathleen Ryan
Naomi F. Miller, Katherine M. Moore, and Kathleen Ryan from University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology discuss the research in their new collection of essays, Sustainable Lifeways: Cultural Persistence in an Ever-changing Environment.
download and listen (45 MB, 31:44 minutes)

Episode 10:
Mitchell D. Silber
Mitchell D. Silber, Director of Intelligence Analysis for the New York Police Department and author of The Al Qaeda Factor: Plots Against the West, discusses the the characteristics of jihadist terror activities in Europe and North America and their various relationships to Al Qaeda.
download and listen (25 MB, 18:13 minutes)

Episode 9:
Afaf Ibrahim Meleis and Susan M. Wachter
Afaf Ibrahim Meleis and Susan M. Wachter, two of the coeditors of Women's Health and the World's Cities, discuss why gender matters in public health and urban planning. Afaf Ibrahim Meleis is the Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Susan M. Wachter is the Richard B. Worley Professor of Financial Management and Professor of Real Estate and Finance at The Wharton School and Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Women's Health and the World's Cities was also coedited by Eugenie L. Birch, Professor and Chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and codirector with Wachter of the Penn Institute for Urban Research
download and listen (22.3 MB, 24:22 minutes)

Episode 8:
Scott Gabriel Knowles
Scott Gabriel Knowles is Associate Professor of History at Drexel University. He is the editor of Imagining Philadelphia: Edmund Bacon and the Future of the City and the author of a new book, The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risk in Modern America. In this podcast, Knowles talks about urban disaster preparedness and mitigation at the dawn of the twentieth century, thoughout the Cold War, in the years leading to the birth of FEMA, and after the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11/2001. Knowles also considers the implications of America's history of growing disaster expertise and risk taking on current and future dangers, such as terrorism and climate change.
download and listen (13.8 MB, 30:21 minutes)

Episode 7:
Craig Williamson
Craig Williamson, poet and Professor of English Literature at Swarthmore College, is the editor and A Feast of Creatures: Anglo-Saxon Riddle-Songs. His latest book is "Beowulf" and Other Old English Poems. In this podcast, Wiliamson discusses the challenge of translating poetry from Old English into English. He also reads from his translation of Beowulf and recites a section of the original poem in Old English.
download and listen (12.0 MB, 26:03 minutes)

Episode 6:
Kathy Peiss
University of Pennsylvania Historian Kathy Peiss, author of Zoot Suit: The Enigmatic Career of an Extreme Style, talks about the long career of a big suit. She covers the suit's creation in Harlem, it's connection with swing music, the pachuco culture of the Southwest, the Zoot Suit riot, Al Capp's take on the zoot suit, the zoot suit overseas, the rebirth of the suit as a symbol of ethnic pride, and today's zoot suit.
download and listen (11.0 MB, 24:05 minutes)

Episode 5:
Martin H. Krieger
Listen to a candid talk with Martin H. Krieger, Professor of Planning at the University of Southern California's School of Policy, Planning, and Development and author of Urban Tomographies. Krieger's latest book scans contemporary Los Angeles to illuminate different aspects of a community, from work to worship.
download and listen (49.7 MB, 51:43 minutes)

Episode 4:
Robert Dale Parker
Robert Dale Parker is James M. Benson Professor in English and Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois. He is the editor of Changing Is Not Vanishing: A Collection of American Indian Poetry to 1930 and The Sound the Stars Make Rushing Through the Sky: The Writings of Jane Johnston Schoolcraft.
download and listen (46.7 MB, 34:00 minutes)

Episode 3:
Stephen A. Mitchell
Stephen A. Mitchell is is Professor of Scandinavian and Folklore at Harvard University and author of Witchcraft and Magic in the Nordic Middle Ages.
download and listen (39.7 MB, 28:58 minutes)

Episode 2:
Rogers M. Smith
Rogers M. Smith is Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and the editor of Citizenship, Borders, and Human Needs, a new volume on the politics and economics of human migration.
download and listen (25 MB, 18:08 minutes)

Episode 1:
Anne Trubek
Anne Trubek, journalist and Associate Professor at Oberlin College, recounts her travels to writer's house museums across America. Trubek is the author of A Skeptic's Guide to Writers' Houses.
download and listen (33 MB, 24:20 minutes)

SEASON 2

Episode 12:
Naomi F. Miller, Katherine M. Moore, and Kathleen Ryan
Naomi F. Miller, Katherine M. Moore, and Kathleen Ryan from University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology discuss the research in their new collection of essays, Sustainable Lifeways: Cultural Persistence in an Ever-changing Environment.
download and listen (45 MB, 31:44 minutes)

Episode 11:
Howard Gillette, Jr.
Rutgers University historian Howard Gillette, Jr., author of Civitas by Design: Building Better Communities, from the Garden City to the New Urbanism, covers a century of urban planning, architecture, and city reform efforts.
download and listen (30 MB, 33:31 minutes)

Episode 10:
Felicity Nussbaum
UCLA professor Felicity Nussbaum discusses the birth of celebrity culture and the changing roles of actress and women on stage and off in eighteenth-century England. Nussbaum is the author of Rival Queens: Actresses, Performance, and the Eighteenth-Century British Theater.
download and listen (29 MB, 21:50 minutes)

Episode 9:
Len Krisak
Award-winning poet Len Krisak discusses his new translation of Virgil's Eclogues and reads some selections from the book of classic poems.
download and listen (14 MB, 15 minutes)

Episode 8:
Johan Elverskog
Southern Methodist University religious studies scholar and author of Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road talks about the history of interaction between two of the world's major faiths on the cultural crossroads of Eurasia.
download and listen (26 MB, 27 minutes)

Episode 7:
Margaret O'Rorke
A pioneer in the field of ceramics lighting and author of Clay, Light, and Water
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Episode 6:
Robert Darnton
Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library and author of The Devil in the Holy Water, or the Art of Slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon
download and listen (14 MB, 29 minutes)

Episode 5:
George Cotkin
Professor of History at California Polytechnic State University and author of Morality's Muddy Waters: Ethical Quandaries in Modern America
download and listen (10 MB, 22 minutes)

Episode 4:
David Zaring
Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and co-editor of Import Safety: Regulatory Governance in the Global Economy
download and listen (11 MB, 22 minutes)

Episode 3:
David Suisman
Historian and co-editor of Sound in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
download and listen (12 MB, 26 minutes)

Episode 2:
Scott Gabriel Knowles
Historian and editor of Imagining Philadelphia: Edmund Bacon and the Future of the City
download and listen (14 MB, 29 minutes)

Episode 1:
Lisa Rosner
Professor of History at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and author of The Anatomy Murders: Being the True and Spectacular History of Edinburgh's Notorious Burke and Hare and of the Man of Science Who Abetted Them in the Commission of Their Most Heinous Crimes
download and listen (13 MB, 28 minutes)

SEASON 1

Episode 12:
Steven Conn
Professor of History at The Ohio State University and author of Do Museums Still Need Objects?
download and listen (12.5 MB, 27 minutes)

Episode 11:
Mahmood Monshipouri
San Francisco State University international relations scholar and author of Muslims in Global Politics: Identities, Interests, and Human Rights
download and listen (12 MB, 26 minutes)

Episode 10:
Joan Johnson-Freese
Professor and Chair of the Department of National Security Studies at the Naval War College and author of Heavenly Ambitions: America's Quest to Dominate Space
download and listen (11 MB, 24 minutes)

Episode 9:
Nancy Bentley
Author of Frantic Panoramas: American Literature and Mass Culture, 1870-1920
download and listen (13 MB, 28 minutes)

Episode 8:
Elise Lemire
Author of Black Walden: Slavery and Its Aftermath in Concord, Massachusetts
download and listen (12.5 MB, 27:27 minutes)

Episode 7:
Steven P. Miller
Historian and author of Billy Graham and the Rise of the Republican South
download and listen (13.4 MB, 29:25 minutes)

Episode 6:
Deirdre Martinez
Director of the Fels Public Policy Internship Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and author of Washington Internships: How to Get Them and Use Them to Launch Your Public Policy Career
download and listen (11 MB, 24:00 minutes)

Episode 5:
Brendan O'Leary
Lauder Professor of Political Science, Director of the Program in Ethnic Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania, and author of How to Get Out of Iraq with Integrity
download and listen (25.6 MB, 28:01 minutes)

Episode 4:
Eric C. Schneider
Historian and author of Smack: Heroin and the American City
download and listen (22 MB, 24:05 minutes)

Episode 3:
Roger W. Moss and Tom Crane
Author and photographer of Historic Landmarks of Philadelphia, as well as Historic Houses of Philadelphia and Historic Sacred Places of Philadelphia
download and listen (32.5 MB, 35:35 minutes)

Episode 2:
Lisa Magarrell and Joya Wesley
Authors of Learning from Greensboro: Truth and Reconciliation in the United States
download and listen (38.2 MB, 30:53 minutes)

Episode 1:
Eugenie L. Birch and Susan M. Wachter
Editors of Growing Greener Cities: Urban Sustainability in the Twenty-First Century
download and listen (20.00 MB, 21:47 minutes)

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