MIT Press Podcast
Free Will with Mark Balaguer

Free Will with Mark Balaguer

February 24, 2020

A discussion with the the author of Free Will (from The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series) and Free Will as an Open Scientific Problem, Mark Balaguer, in which we discuss the scientific arguments for and against the possibility of free will.  

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS Celebrates 20 Years of Success

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS Celebrates 20 Years of Success

February 6, 2020

The journal of Global Environmental Politics (GEP) has hit a tremendous milestone in 2020—celebrating its 20 years of publication with the MIT Press! In this episode, two of the journal’s Co-Editors Matthew Hoffmann and Erika Weinthal reflect on the origins and goals of GEP, its immeasurable impact on the discussions of relationships between global political forces and environmental change, and the thought process behind the journal’s upcoming 20th-anniversary volume.

Citizenship with Dimitry Kochenov

Citizenship with Dimitry Kochenov

January 23, 2020

A discussion with the the author of Citizenship (from The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series), Dimitry Kochenov, in which we discuss the glorification of citizenship and the structures of power underlying this supposedly positive concept. 

Featuring an incredible new soundtrack produced by artists and author of High Static, Dead Lines (Strange Attractor Press, December 2018) Kristen Gallerneaux.

New Beginnings: A Conversation with Ludo Waltman

New Beginnings: A Conversation with Ludo Waltman

November 18, 2019

Quantitative Science Studies (QSS) is a newly launched open access journal that was born out of a collaboration between the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI) and the MIT Press. In this episode, Editor-in-Chief Ludo Waltman discusses the origins of QSS, its growing inaugural issue, and its future as a publishing outlet run for and by the scientometric community.

Strong Ideas from MIT Libraries and the MIT Press

Strong Ideas from MIT Libraries and the MIT Press

October 18, 2019

In this episode, Gita Manaktala, Editorial Director at the MIT Press, and Ellen Finnie, Co-Interim Associate Director for Collections at MIT Libraries, discuss the <strong>Ideas series: a hybrid print and open access book series for general readers, that provides fresh, strongly argued, and provocative views of the effects of digital technology on culture, business, government, education, and our lives.

Learn more about the full series: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/series/strong-ideas

Experiments in Open Peer Review

Experiments in Open Peer Review

October 18, 2019

The authors of Data Feminism (forthcoming in Spring 2020), Catherine D'Ignazio and Lauren Klein, along with Catherine Ahearn, Content Lead at PubPub, discuss the value and process of open peer review, share experiences and best practices, and explore issues surrounding peer review transparency.

Learn more: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/data-feminism.

How Attention Works

How Attention Works

September 19, 2019

Stefan Van der Stigchel discusses how we filter out what is irrelevant so we can focus on what we need to know.

Garage: A Conversation with Olivia Erlanger and Luis Ortega Govela

Garage: A Conversation with Olivia Erlanger and Luis Ortega Govela

August 16, 2019

On this episode of the MIT Press podcast, Olivia Erlanger and Luis Ortega Govela discuss their book, Garage

 

Frank Lloyd Wright invented the garage when he moved the automobile out of the stable into a room of its own. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak (allegedly) started Apple Computer in a garage. Suburban men turned garages into man caves to escape from family life. Nirvana and No Doubt played their first chords as garage bands. What began as an architectural construct became a cultural construct. In this provocative history and deconstruction of an American icon, Olivia Erlanger and Luis Ortega Govela use the garage as a lens through which to view the advent of suburbia, the myth of the perfect family, and the degradation of the American dream.

Ways of Hearing: Making-of

Ways of Hearing: Making-of

June 14, 2019

Bonus to the Ways of Hearing podcast and book

A behind-the-scenes conversation with the creators of Ways of Hearing, the podcast and book. Hosted by author Damon Krukowski, with Radiotopia and Showcase executive producer Julie Shapiro, sound designer Ian Coss, MIT Press editor Matthew Browne, and graphic designer James Goggin. Recorded live before a studio audience at the PRX Podcast Garage, April 9, 2019. Mixed by Ian Coss.

Thomas Lin on Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire, and A Prime Number Conspiracy

Thomas Lin on Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire, and A Prime Number Conspiracy

April 22, 2019

On this episode of the MIT Press podcast, Thomas Lin, Editor-in-Chief of Quanta Magazine, discusses the research and current climate behind the science and math in Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire: The Biggest Ideas in Science from Quanta and The Prime Number Conspiracy: The Biggest Ideas in Math from Quanta