Open Stacks Podcast

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From the Seminary Co-op Bookstores in Chicago... Open Stacks brings you conversations with scholars, poets, novelists and activists on subjects as eclectic as the books on our shelves.

Recorded live at Chicago's Seminary Co-op Bookstores, Open Stacks invites listeners to sit in on the kind of candid discussions and lively debates made possible by the participation of readers in a public space, with the aim of expanding and encouraging a broader community of ideas. Join the conversation. 

September 24th, 2017

This week on Open Stacks, we celebrate the new school year at our neighbor, the University of Chicago. We'll hear from Professors Catherine Zuckert and Nathan Tarcov on Zuckert's book "Machiavelli's Politics," and Robert J. Richards and Michael Ruse on their new book, "Debating Darwin." Plus, a very special interview with Co-op bookseller and UChicago teacher, Katy O'Brien Weintraub.

 

Open Stacks Podcast
September 17th, 2017

Hello, neighbor! This week on Open Stacks, we take a stroll around the neighborhood. Norman Bolotin discusses his book "Chicago's Grand Midway: A Walk around the World at the Columbian Exposition," detailing the park's role in the World's Fair of 1893. David Garrow discusses Obama's early political career on the South Side and his book "Rising Star." Plus, Susan Eleuterio on the president's favorite local spot, Valois Cafeteria.

 

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September 10th, 2017

This week on Open Stacks, music writer Joe Bonomo reads from his "Field Recordings from the Inside," a collection of essays which traces Bonomo's relationship to pop music. Music writer John Corbett and Matt Macaughan of Superchunk discuss Corbett's book, "Vinyl Freak" and their shared passion for record collecting. Plus a new segment with two of our favorite Co-op personalities.

 

Open Stacks Podcast
September 3rd, 2017



Tell him like the scrolls of leaves that fall unread 
after prolonged rain has stripped the branches, 
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Open Stacks Podcast
August 27th, 2017

This week on Open Stacks, Carolyn Purnell talks about the history of the senses and her delectable book "The Sensational Past." Bianca Bosker talks about her book "Cork Dork", which explores the wild world of wine-obsessed sommeliers. Plus, tasting notes from local somm Derrick Westbrook.

Share Open Stacks on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #openstackspod to be entered to win three bottles of Derrick's favorite wines, courtesy of 57th Street Wines, plus your own copy of Cork Dork!

 

 

 

 

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August 20th, 2017

This week on Open Stacks, we hear from members of the faith community who advocate for reproductive justice. Dr. Willie Parker, author of Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice talks about his journey to become an abortion provider in the Deep South. D.A. Dirks discusses their book To Offer Compassion, which tells the story of the Clergy Consultation Service, a group of clergymen who assisted women to find safe abortions before Roe v. Wade. 

 

 

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August 13th, 2017

This week on Open Stacks, we look at issues of incarceration and recidivism.   We'll hear from activist Susan Burton, a formerly incarcerated woman who founded a non-profit called A New Way of Life, which helps formerly incarcerated women to get clean, find a job and stay out of prison for good. She will discuss her life and work as portrayed in her new memoir, Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women.   Also, Michaela Soyer talks about...
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August 6th, 2017

This week, we explore the lives and studios of two of the 20th Century's greatest cartoonists and illustrators, George Herriman and Saul Steinberg. Michael Tisserand discusses his book "Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White" and Art Institute curator Mark Pascale talks about "Along The Lines: Selected Drawings of Saul Steinberg."

Check out drawings from George Herriman:

 

And Saul Steinberg:

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July 30th, 2017

Debates over healthcare rage on as millions of Americans stand to lose coverage should the Affordable Healthcare Act be repealed. This week on Open Stacks, we examine economic, racial and geographic barriers to quality healthcare, and how we got to where we are today.

Chicago-based doctor and activist Dr. David Ansell discusses The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills, which highlights the vast disparities in life expectancy across economic...

Open Stacks Podcast
July 23rd, 2017

This week, Open Stacks explores the shifting boundaries between wildness and domesticity. Biologist Lee Dugatkin tells the tale of a decades-long fox domestication experiment in Siberia that has led to remarkable insights on evolution and domestication. Environmentalists John Hausdoerffer & Gavin Van Horn discuss the future of wildness and the problematic nature of the word "wilderness." Public Artist Caryl Yasko discusses her famous Hyde Park mural, "Under City Stone."

This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani Jackson.


Follow along with Dugatkin's talk with the presentation slides below:

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