Open Stacks Podcast

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On Open Stacks, the podcast from the Seminary Co-op Bookstores, we dig through our shelves, cracking open new books and old, and speak with publishers, authors, and booksellers about the cultural value of their work. Available wherever you find your podcasts. Tune in and browse along with us. 

We'll be featuring listeners' voices throughout the season, and we'd love to hear from you! Share a notable passage with us, or respond to one of our occasional prompts. Find recording guidelines and a submission link here.

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,...

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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...

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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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July 16th, 2017

This week, Open Stacks goes back to college, for a look at the culture of sex on campus today. Essayist Laura Kipnis discusses her latest book Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus touching on professor-student relationships and trigger warnings. Sociologist Lisa Wade discusses campus hook-up culture and her book American Hookup.

This episode was produced by Kit Brennen.

 

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July 10th, 2017

Philosopher Bart Schultz discusses The Happiness Philosophers which explores the ideas and the eccentric lives of the great Utilitarians. Kate Hennessy gives an inside look into the family life of her grandmother, famed Catholic activist Dorothy Day.

This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani Jackson.  

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July 10th, 2017

Find us on:   iTunes    |    Stitcher

On Open Stacks, the podcast from the Seminary Co-op Bookstores, we dig through our shelves, cracking open new books and old, and speak to publishers, authors, and booksellers about the cultural value of their work. Available wherever you get your podcasts. Tune in and browse along with us. 

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July 3rd, 2017

China Mieville reads from his latest book October and discusses the haunting legacy of the Russian Revolution. Editors Norma Field and Heather Bowen-Struyk read from their anthology of Japanese proletarian writings For Dignity, Justice, and Revolution. Plus, University of Chicago Professor Robert Bird reads and discusses Vladimir Mayakovsky's poem "Our March".

This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani Jackson. 

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