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UpFront's Rethinking History Collection
Nine new (mostly) conversations to change the way you think about the past.
- Archaeologist David Wengrow on the book he co-authored with the late David Graeber, The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity
- Anthropologist Brian Fagan on Climate Chaos: Lessons on Survival From Our Ancestors
- Science writer Annalee Newitz on her book Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age
- Mark Bittman on Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal
Native peoples and colonialism:
- Damon Akins on We Are the Land: A History of Native California
- David Silverman author of This Land is Their Land, on the real history of Thanksgiving
- Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on her book Not a Nation of Immigrants: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion
Black life and liberation:
- Frederika Newton with a personal history of the early years of the Black Panther Party
- Berry Reid Soskin on the book about her remarkable century on this planet, Sign My Name to Freedom: A memoir of a pioneering life
Betty Reid Soskin is the oldest living national park service ranger–she just turned 100. Her memoir is Sign My Name to Freedom: A Memoir of a Pioneering Life. (This conversation is from when it came out, in 2018)
Fredrika Newton, former member of the Black Panther Party, and the widow of its co-founder, Huey P. Newton.
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, radical historian, author of many books. The latest is Not a Nation of Immigrants: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion
David Silverman is a professor of history at George Washington University. His most recent book is This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving.
Damon B. Akins, professor of history at Guilford College, co-author of We Are the Land: A History of Native California
Mark Bittman, long-time food journalist who spent over 30 years at the New York Times. Now the author of the new book Animal Vegetable Junk: A History of Food From Sustainable to Uuicidal.
Annalee Newitz, longtime science journalist and editor, does a podcast on the politics of speculative fiction called Our Opinions are Correct. Annalee’s last couple books were science fiction, but the latest is a return to nonfiction and a dive into what archaelogy can tell us about our future: it’s called Four Lost Cities: A Secret … Continued
Brian Fagan, distinguished emeritus professor of anthropology at UC Santa Barbara; his new book is Climate Chaos: Lessons on Survival from our ancestors
David Wengrow is professor of comparative archaeology at University College London. His latest book, co-authored with the late David Graeber is The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity.