Sunday, July 10, 2011

New Books Podcasts - a first sifting

While I appeared at the SFF Audio Podcast, it became clear to me that, for one, my blog is the entry point to find new podcasts. (I Assume that Jesse and Scott are not the only followers of this blog and they indicated exactly this). Secondly, since that is the case, and therefore my task is to explore new podcasts, the immediate task at hand, as also became clear during the discussion, is to give a guide to the podcast collection of the New Books Network.

"This is a goldmine," Scott exclaimed, and as much as this might be the case, not all of the 80 something podcasts listed there are full blown content providers. Of course there is the flag ship of the network New Books in History which has been in existence for about 3 years, has produced over a hundred excellent interviews with authors and whose producer, Marshall Poe, is in fact the founder of the New Books Network (NBN).

So the real question is: what about the rest. And the answer is: that varies, one should really check them one by one. And this is what I have done. I am now subscribed to ALL the NBN podcasts and from now, all New Books podcasts can be implied in my reviews and listening ideas for each day. I have also made a summary below of what is already in there. Which varies from podcasts with over 20 issues, to feeds that are empty.

So take a look below. In stead of ordering the podcasts alphabetically, as is done on NBN's website, or order them by type - which would be nice - but rather order them by amount of content inside. As much as this is a good measure of the 'seriousness' of the feed, one has to take into account that many of the podcasts are cross-posted within the network. Mostly this means a reissue from New Books in History. Still, this helps to filter out according to the theme. However, in a way, more serious, and more likely to be frequently updated, are those feeds who have content of their own. Where this is the case, I have highlighted one of them. So here goes.

New Books In History
(feed)
100+ entries
highlight:
Christopher Krebs, “A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus’s Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich”
Being a historian is a bit of a slog: years in graduate school, more years in dusty libraries and archives, and even more years teaching ...
(review on Anne is a Man)

New Books in Military History
(feed)
43 entries, 36 cross-posted
highlight
Christopher DeRosa, “Political Indoctrination in the U.S. Army from World War II to the Vietnam War”
One of the greatest challenges American military leaders have faced since the American Revolution has been to motivate citizens to forego their own sense of ...

New Books in Russia and Eurasian Studies
(feed)
26 entries, 17 cross-posted
highlight
Daniel Treisman, “The Return: Russia’s Journey from Gorbachev to Medvedev”
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, journalists, academics, and policymakers have sought to make sense of post-Soviet Russia.  Is Russia an emerging or ...

New Books in African American Studies
(feed)
18 entries, 14 cross-posted
highlight:
Harvey Young, “Embodying Black Experience: Stillness, Critical Memory, and the Black Body”
With the election of Barack Obama, the first U.S. president of African descent, many people believed that America had ushered in an era of post-racial ...

New Books in Biography
(feed)
18 entries, 18 cross-posted

New Books in Foreign Policy
(feed)
17 entries, 17 cross-posted

New Books in Public Policy
(feed)
14 entries, 1 cross-posted
highlight:
Yuval Levin (editor), “National Affairs”
Public policy ideas make their way into the conversation in a variety of ways. Typically, New Books in Public Policy looks at how books influence the ...
(review on Anne is a Man)

New Books in Gender Studies
(feed)
13 entries, 13 cross-posted

New Books in World Affairs
(feed)
10 entries, 10 cross posted

New Books in Jewish Studies
(feed)
9 entries, 9 cross-posted

New Books in Politics
(feed)
9 entries, 8 cross-posted
highlight:
Andrew Breitbart, “Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!”
Is there a liberal media elite in our country? If there is, do the New Media have the potential to displace it? According to Andrew Breitbart's Righteous ...

New Books in Sports
(feed)
9 entries
highlight:
Kurt Kemper, “College Football and American Culture in the Cold War Era”
When we think of sports and the Cold War, what typically comes to mind are steroid-fueled East German swimmers, or the Soviets' controversial basketball win ...

New Books in European Studies
(feed)
8 entries, 5 cross-posted
highlight:
Richard Hall, “The Modern Balkans: A History”
Some parts of the world seem to suffer from rather too much history. The Balkans, that mountainous peninsula situated between the Black Sea and the ...

New Books in Religion
(feed)
8 entries, 8 cross-posted

New Books in Political Science
(feed)
7 entries, 5 cross-posted
highlight:
Gregory Koger, “Filibustering: A Political History of Obstruction in the House and Senate”
In recent months, we've been hearing a lot of talk about filibustering in the Senate, about how Senate Democrats acquired a filibuster-proof majority in the ...

New Books in Law
(feed)
6 entries, 4 cross-posted
highlight:
Brandon L. Garrett, “Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong” (Harvard UP, 2011)
Wrongful conviction is, both morally and practically
(review on Anne is a Man)

New Books in Medicine
(feed)
6 entries, 5 cross-posted
highlight:
Elizabeth Pisani, “The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS” (Norton, 2008)
When in medical school, I found myself drawn to the st

New Books in National Security
(feed)
6 entries, 6 cross-posted

New Books in Sociology
(feed)
6 entries, 1 cross-posted
highlight:
Karen Sternheimer, “Celebrity Culture and the American Dream: Stardom and Social Mobility”
Routledge, 2010
It’s hard to dispute that today there’s a heightened fascination with celebrities and their personal lives. Who cheated on whom, who’s getting married and what celebrity checked into to rehab is the stuff of daily headlines that many of us, willingly or not, follow and know about. Moreover, the line between news and gossip often seems blurred when both the personal failings of politicians and the presidential aspirations of celebrities dominate the 24-hour news cycle.

New Books in Southeast Asian Studies
(feed)
6 entries, 6 cross-posted

New Books in African Studies
(feed)
5 entries, 4 cross-posted
highlight:
James Brabazon, “My Friend the Mercenary: A Memoir”
It's a routine observation that journalists never give Africa a fair shake of the dice: they're only ever there for the famines and wars. James ...

New Books in Anthropology
(feed)
5 entries, 5 cross-posted

New Books in Christian Studies
(feed)
5 entries, 5 cross-posted

New Books in Eastern European Studies
(feed)
5 entries, 4 cross-posted
highlight:
Louis Menashe, “Moscow Believes in Tears: Russians and their Movies”
Did you see one of Eisenstein’s masterpieces "The Battleship Potemkin” and “Alexander Nevsky” in a Russian or Soviet history class? Were you captivated by ...

New Books in Human Rights
(feed)
5 entries, 5 cross-posted

New Books in Journalism
(feed)
5 entries, 5 cross-posted

New Books in Middle Eastern Studies
(feed)
5 entries, 4 cross-posted
highlight:
W. Taylor Fain, “American Ascendance and British Retreat in the Persian Gulf Region” (Palgrave-McMillan, 2008)
If you ask most Americans when the U.S. became heavily

New Books in Popular Culture
(feed)
5 entries, 4 cross-posted
highlight:
Carrie Pitzulo, “Bachelors and Bunnies: The Sexual Politics of Playboy”
Playboy is having (another) moment.  Since its fiftieth birthday in 2003, the brand’s relevance has risen after a period of decline.  The Girls Next Door, ...

New Books in Psychoanalysis
(feed)
5 entries
highlight:
Lucy Holmes, “The Internal Triangle: New Theories of Female Development”
In this interview we revisit the complicated female oedipal constellation, as New Books in Psychoanalysis speaks with Dr. Lucy Holmes about her book The Internal ...

New Books in Science
(feed)
5 entries, 5 cross-posted

New Books in South Asian Studies
(feed)
5 entries, 1 cross-posted
highlight:
Robert Parthesius, “Dutch Ships in Tropical Waters: The Development of the Dutch East India Company Shipping Network in Asia 1595-1660″
Amsterdam University Press, 2010
The Dutch broke the Portuguese commercial and colonizing monopoly in the East in 1595; the seal might have been said to have been set on this triumph when they took over the port of Melaka in 1641, effectively replacing the Portuguese as the masters of maritime Asia. The famed ‘Dutch spirit of commerce’ was...

New Books in Classics
(feed)
4 entries, 4 cross-posted

New Books in East Asian Studies
(feed)
4 entries, 2 cross-posted
highlight:
Lee Ambrozy, “Ai Weiwei’s Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009”
Anyone who has been following the news this year has likely heard of Ai Weiwei. This provocative and gifted Chinese artist-activist has made 2011 headlines ...

New Books in Economics
(feed)
4 entries, 4 cross-posted

New Books in Theater
(feed)
4 entries
highlight:
Peter Filichia, “Broadway Musicals: The Biggest Hit and the Biggest Flop of the Season 1959-2009”
Speaking to long time theater critic Peter Filichia, one is reminded of listening to an old-time sportwriter talk about baseball. The Broadway he describes is ...

New Books in Buddhist Studies
(feed)
3 entries
highlight:
Lori Meeks, “Hokkeji and the Reemergence of Female Monastic Orders in Premodern Japan”
Scholars have long been fascinated by the Kamakura era (1185-1333) of Japanese history, a period that saw the emergence of many distinctively Japanese forms of ...

New Books in Education
(feed)
3 entries, 3 cross-posted

New Books in Environmental Studies
(feed)
3 entries, 3 cross-posted

New Books in Food
(feed)
3 entries
highlight:
Danyelle Freeman, “Try This: Traveling the Globe without Leaving the Table”
Danyelle Freeman, better known as “Restaurant Girl” and a judge on Top Chef Masters, is single. But if you are considering asking out the petite ...

New Books in Geography
(feed)
3 entries, 3 cross-posted

New Books in Latin American Studies
(feed)
3 entries, 3 cross-posted

New Books in Music
(feed)
3 entries, 3 cross-posted

New Books in Native American Studies
(feed)
3 entries, 1 cross-posted
highlight:
Jace Weaver, “Notes from a Miner’s Canary: Essays on the State of Native America”
Essay collections are often a repository of an author's lesser works, an attempt by publishers to milk every last penny from a well-regarded scholar. This ...

New Books in Communications
(feed)
2 entries, 2 cross-posted

New Books in Digital Culture
(feed)
2 entries
highlight:
Mark Stephen Meadows, “We, Robot: Skywalker’s Hand, Blade Runners, Iron Man, Slutbots, and How Fiction Became Fact”
If technology is the site of digital culture, then robots are the future platforms of our social projections and interactions. In fact, that future is ...

New Books in Film
(feed)
2 entries, 2 cross-posted

New Books in Islamic Studies
(feed)
2 entries, 2 cross-posted

New Books in Literary Studies
(feed)
2 entries, 2 cross-posted

New Books in Philosophy
(feed)
2 entries
highlight:
Gerald Gaus, “The Order of Public Reason: A Theory of Freedom and Morality in a Diverse and Bound World”
If we are to have a society at all, it seems that we must recognize and abide by certain rules concerning our interactions with others. ...

New Books in Photography
(feed)
2 entries, 2 cross-posted

New Books in Popular Music
(feed)
2 entries
highlight:
Sheree Homer, “Catch the Rockabilly Fever: Personal Stories of Life on the Road and in the Studio”
“On July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, and Bill Black forever changed musical history,” writes Sheree Homer in Catch that Rockabilly Fever: Personal ...

New Books in Technology
(feed)
2 entries, 2 cross-posted

New Books in Architecture
(feed)
1 entries, 1 cross-posted

New Books in Art
(feed)
1 entries, 1 cross-posted

New Books in Astronomy
(feed)
1 entries, 1 cross-posted (from thoughtcast)

New Books in Biology
(feed)
1 entries, 1 cross-posted

New Books in Business
(feed)
1 entries, 1 cross-posted

New Books in Classical Music
(feed)
1 entries, 1 cross-posted

New Books in Human Nature
(feed)
1 entries, 1 cross-posted

New Books in Jazz
(feed)
1 entries, 1 cross-posted

New Books in Latino Studies
(feed)
1 entries, 1 cross-posted

New Books in Physics
(feed)
1 entries, 1 cross-posted

New Books in Psychology
(feed)
1 entry, 1 cross-posted

New Books in Archaeology
(feed)
empty

New Books in Biblical Studies
(feed)
empty

New Books in Central Asian Studies
(feed)
empty

New Books in Chemistry
(feed)
empty

New Books in Comics
(feed)
empty

New Books in Complexity Studies
(feed)
empty

New Books in Dance
(feed)
empty

New Books in Earth Science
(feed)
empty

New Books in Hindu Studies
(feed)
empty

New Books in Historical Fiction
(feed)
empty

New Books in Investment
(feed)
empty

New Books in Language
(feed)
empty

New Books in Literature
(feed)
empty

New Books in Mathematics
(feed)
empty

New Books in Military Affairs
(feed)
empty

New Books in Poetry
(feed)
empty

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