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The Nation magazine is one of America's most distinguished journalistic enterprises featuring the writing and work of such notable people as Albert Einstein, Emma Goldman, Molly Ivins, I.F. Stone and Hunter S. Thompson. The Nation was founded 150 years ago this July. It's America's oldest weekly magazine. To mark its 15oth anniversary, it's publishing a daily blog called The Almanac compiled by the magazine's archivist, Richard Kreitner. The Almanac looks at significant historical events that took place on each day of the year and how The Nation covered them.

In this New Books Network podcast, you'll hear Richard Kreitner talk about The Nation's critical coverage of events from April 26 to May 2. Everything from the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl to the death of J. Edgar Hoover.

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Deana A. RohlingerAbortion Politics, Mass Media, and Social Movements in America

February 16, 2015

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Deana A. Rohlinger has just written Abortion Politics, Mass Media, and Social Movements in America (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Rohlinger is associate professor of sociology at Florida State University. In the last several weeks, the podcast has featured a variety of political scientists who study interest groups and social movements. This week, Deana […]

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John Lloyd and Cristina MarconiReporting the EU: News, Media and the European Institutions

December 5, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in European Studies] How those within the Brussels Beltway in the EU institutions must pine for the simple days of the past. Not only was the European project in itself far less contested, but the nature of the journalism surrounding the EU was also far more accommodating. One of the main […]

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Victor PickardAmerica’s Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform

November 25, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Technology] The media system in the United States could have developed into something very different than what it is today. In fact, there was an era in which significant media reform was considered. This was a time when media consumers were tired of constant advertising, bias, and control by corporate entities, and […]

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Randal MarlinPropaganda and the Ethics of Persuasion (Second Edition)

November 17, 2014

It's been 100 years since the start of the First World War, a conflict that cost millions of lives. In his recently revised book, Propaganda and the Ethics of Persuasion (2013), Randal Marlin writes that Britain pioneered propaganda techniques to sell that war that have been imitated ever since. He tells how the British spread […]

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Heather MenziesReclaiming the Commons for the Common Good: A Memoir and Manifesto

October 6, 2014

The Canadian author and scholar, Heather Menzies, has written a book about the journey she took to the highlands of Scotland in search of her ancestral roots. In Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good: A Memoir & Manifesto (New Society Publishers, 2014), Menzies outlines her discovery of a vanished way of life and argues […]

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Jonathan SwartsConstructing Neoliberalism: Economic Transformation in Anglo-American Democracies

September 22, 2014

The new book, Constructing Neoliberalism: Economic Transformation in Anglo-American Democracies (University of Toronto Press, 2013) shows how political elites in Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Canada successfully introduced radically new economic policies in the 1980s. While opinion polls have consistently showed that neoliberal policies are not popular, governments in all four countries have continued implementing an agenda […]

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Brooke Erin DuffyRemake, Remodel: Women’s Magazines in the Digital Age

September 18, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Media & Communications] Brooke Erin Duffy's Remake, Remodel: Women's Magazines in the Digital Age (University of Illinois Press, 2013) traces the upheaval in the women's magazine industry in an era of media convergence and audience media-making. Duffy, assistant professor at Temple University's School of Media and Communication, is especially interested in the experience of writers, editors, […]

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Richard StarrEqual As Citizens: The Tumultuous and Troubled History of a Great Canadian Idea

September 11, 2014

"We are not half a dozen provinces. We are one great Dominion," Canada's first Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald proudly declared. More than a century later, Canada has 10 provinces and three northern territories making it one of the biggest and richest countries on Earth. In the spirit of optimism that prevailed when the country […]

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Silver Donald CameronThe Living Beach: Life, Death and Politics where the Land Meets the Sea

August 5, 2014

The acclaimed Canadian author Silver Donald Cameron writes that the idea for his newly reissued book, The Living Beach: Life, Death and Politics where the Land Meets the Sea (Red Deer Press, 2014), occurred to him when he was interviewing a "lean, laconic, geologist," named Bob Taylor who works at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography […]

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