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Public Intellectual

Feb 24, 2020

Professor of Law at York University Heidi Matthews has been writing about "creepiness," particularly as it relates to gender relations. What causes a man to be labeled a creep? What do we do about the creeps in our neighborhood? Why, with all we know about police violence, do we turn to the cops when we encounter...

Feb 17, 2020

Jessa talks to writer Susan Ellen Finlay (Objektophilia) about the difficult position of small, independent publishers in today's cultural climate.

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Feb 10, 2020

With all of the publishing scandals going on, I thought it made sense to re-up this conversation with novelist John Biguenet. Why is the standard narrative in American writing the narrative of victimhood? How do we move past seeing creativity as only a form of personal expression? 

Feb 5, 2020

Richard Davies is the author of "Extreme Economies: And What They Can Teach Us." He visits places like Santiago, Chile to examine income inequality, Akita, Japan to see what happens when a population starts to age dramatically, refugee camps and prisons, and environmental disaster zones. What causes resiliency? How...