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episode 72: Brian A. Stauffer, "Victory on Earth or in Heaven: Mexico’s Religionero Rebellion" (U New Mexico Press, 2019)

Stauffer reconstructs the history of Mexico's forgotten "Religionero" rebellion of 1873-1877, an armed Catholic challenge to the government of Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada...



episode 161: Matthew McManus and Marion Trejo, "Myth and Mayhem: A Leftist Critique of Jordan Peterson​" (Zero Books, 2020)

In 2016, Jordan Peterson, a relatively obscure professor of psychology, released several videos on YouTube making critical remarks on political correctness and related political legislation...



episode 59: David G. Garcia, "Strategies of Segregation: Race, Residence, and the Struggle for Educational Equality" (U California Press, 2018)

García makes a substantial contribution to the history of segregation in the US by examining its implementation and preservation in the city of Oxnard, California from 1903 to 1974...



episode 101: Christopher Houston, "Istanbul, City of the Fearless: Urban Activism, Coup D’Etat, and Memory in Turkey" (U California Press, 2020)

Houston explores social movements and the broader practices of civil society in Istanbul in the critical years before and after the 1980 military coup, the defining event in the neoliberal reengineering of the city...



episode 69: Chelsea McCracken, "A Grammar of Belep" (Walter de Gruyter, 2019)

Belep is spoken by approximately 1600 people in New Caledonia, primarily in the Belep Isles. This is the first full-length grammar of the language, describing the sounds, morphology and syntax of Belep...d



episode 106: Shelly Hoover, "Timeless Sisters: Peace at the River"

Janene, Cora, and Amadahy live on the banks of the river in a small North Carolina town, but they live centuries apart...



episode 99: George Scialabba, "How To Be Depressed" (U Penn Press, 2020)

In the place of dispensable banalities—"Hold on," "You will feel better," and so on—Scialabba offers an account of how it's been for him, in the hope that doing so might prove helpful to others.



episode 94: Claudio Saunt, "Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory" (Norton, 2020)

The Trail of Tears, during which the United States violently expelled thousands of Indigenous peoples from their ancestral homelands in the southeast, was anything but inevitable...



episode 92: Travis Lupick, "Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addiction" (Arsenal, 2108)

Lupick explains the concept of harm reduction as a crucial component of a city’s response to the drug crisis. It tells the story of a grassroots group of addicts in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside who waged a political street fight for two decades to transform how the city treats its most marginalized citizens...



episode 35: Knut A. Jacobsen, "Yoga in Modern Hinduism: Hariharānanda Āraṇya and Sāṃkhyayoga" (Routledge, 2017)

Jacobsen examines the Kāpil Maṭh, a Sāṃkhyayoga institution emerging in the late nineteenth century Bengal...