Catch Up on the UNC Press Presents Podcast

Let’s be honest; there’s nothing better than listening to an author talk about their book. Tune in to the latest episodes of the UNC Presents Podcast to hear authors talk about topics such as southern apples, the whaling industry, celebrity chefs and food justice, global history, and more. You can stream the podcast, which is produced in partnership with the New Books Network, on Apple PodcastsStitcherSpotify, or directly from the UNC Press Presents webpage.

Take a look at some of our recent episodes below or browse all episodes here.

A conversation with Diane Flynt, author of Wild, Tamed, Lost, Revived: The Surprising Story of Apples in the South, hosted by writer and documentarian, Kelly Spivey.

Diane Flynt shows us the history of southern apples, including a darker side of the story, detailing how apples were entwined with slavery and the theft of Indigenous land. Alongside unexpected apple history, she traces the arc of her own journey as a pioneering farmer in the southern Appalachians who planted cider apples never grown in the region and founded the first modern cidery in the South.

In this episode Carl Ernst’s and Mbaye Lo’s, authors of I Cannot Write My Life: Islam, Arabic, and Slavery in Omar Ibn Said’s America, are in conversation with SherAli Tareen, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Franklin and Marshall College. 

I Cannot Write My Life is a fascinating and rivetting book that offers an authoritative account of the life and Arabic writings of Omar Ibn Said, a scholar from what is today Senegal who was sold to slavery in the early 19th century and brought to Southern US, making available the first English comprehensive translations of his writings.

Jamie L. Jones, author of Rendered Obsolete: Energy Culture and the Afterlife of US Whaling is on this episode of the UNC Presents Podcast, hosted by Stentor Danielson.

Analyzing a vast archive that includes novels, periodicals, artifacts from whaling ships, tourist attractions, and even whale carcasses, Jones explores the histories of race, labor, and energy consumption in the nineteenth-century United States through the lens of the whaling industry’s legacy. 

On this episode Boyd Cothran and Adrian Shubert, authors of The Edwin Fox: How an Ordinary Sailing Ship Connected the World in the Age of Globalization, 1850-1914, are in conversation with Miranda Melcher who received their Ph.D. in Defense Studies from Kings College, London.

The story of the Edwin Fox reveals how an everyday merchant ship drew together a changing world and its people in an extraordinary age of rising empires, sweeping economic transformation, and social change. This fascinating work of global history offers a vividly detailed and engaging narrative of globalization writ small, viewed from the decks and holds of a single vessel.