David Fouser is a professor of history who recently completed a Ph.D at the University of California, Irvine. In this conversation he tells me all about the field of environmental history, how grad school drew him (and, seemingly, everyone else) to the left, and the particular contours of academic life in Los Angeles.
Fifty years after publishing his first short story, Stephen King remains a powerful force in American popular culture. Claudia Moreno Parsons joins me to talk about what King’s work has meant to us personally and his place in the wider spectrum of American literature.
In this episode, Justin Rogers-Cooper and I take on the immigration debate from our typically broader historical perspective. How did we get from “tear down this wall!” in 1989 to “build the wall!” in 2016, and what do our rapidly hardening state borders tell us about what’s coming down the line?