Jonathan Judaken

The University of North Carolina Press / Bill Ferris

As the author or editor of many books and at least 15 documentary films, Bill Ferris has long been helping us to reflect on Southern culture. Dr. Jonathan Judaken discusses the history of the South with Dr. Bill Ferris in a fascinating interview.


Thomas Christensen / CounterpointPress

The world of 1616 was a world of motion. Enormous galleons carrying silk and silver across the Pacific created the first true global economy, and the first international corporations were emerging as economic powers.


Stephen V. Ash

Stephen Ash on his book - A Massacre in Memphis: The Race Riot that Shook the Nation One Year After the Civil War.


Host Jonathan Judaken talks with world-renowned conceptual artist Mel Chin before his upcoming lecture at Rhodes: "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again - Our Place in the Age of a Dystopian Future."


Ethan B. Katz

Host Jonathan Judaken talks with author Ethan Katz, about his book, The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France, which was a recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award. 


Dave Eggers

Host Jonathan Judaken talks with renowned author Dave Eggers and Valentino Achak Deng about the 2015 Memphis Reads selection What is the What, which recounts Valentino’s epic trek as a Sudanese Lost Boy seeking refuge in the midst of the carnage of war.


Mike Davis

Mike Davis helps explain how we might change the one billion people live in fetid conditions, including 80% of those urbanites in the underdeveloped world according to the United Nations. 


Sven Beckert

The cotton industry’s claim that “Cotton is the fabric of our lives” proves true. Sven Beckert’s award-winning work The Empire of Cotton: A Global History explains why. 


Devra Lehmann

Devra Lehmann’s new book, Spinoza: The Outcast Thinker, is a National Jewish Book Award winner in the category of Young Adult Literature. 


Lisa Moses Leff

Lisa Moses Leff joins host Jonathan Judaken to discuss her new book, The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust.  In the aftermath of the Holocaust, wracked by grief and determined to facilitate the writing of an objective history of catastrophe, the historian Zosa Szajkowski gathered evidence of the persecution from Jewish leaders in Paris and from the wreckage of bombed-out buildings in Berlin. Many Jews in France and the United States saw his collecting of those papers as a heroic effort; however, in time, this "rescuer" became a thief. Most of the documents he acquired in the 1950s—mostly pertaining to Jewish history in France since the seventeenth century—he stole from the archives.


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