Recent UNC Press Presents Podcast Episodes

Are you caught up on the UNC Press Presents podcast? The podcast, produced in partnership with the New Books Network, features interviews with UNC Press authors about their books. In this post we’re highlighting some of our recent episodes but you can browse all episodes and stream on Apple PodcastsStitcherSpotify, directly from the UNC Press Presents webpage, or wherever you get your podcasts.

In this episode Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, author of The Vice President’s Black Wife: The Untold Life of Julia Chinn, is in conversation with Katrina Anderson.

In The Vice President’s Black Wife Amrita Chakrabarti Myers has recovered the riveting, troubling, and complicated story of Julia Ann Chinn (ca. 1796–1833), the enslaved wife of Richard Mentor Johnson, owner of Blue Spring Farm, veteran of the War of 1812, and US vice president under Martin Van Buren.

A Conversation with Sarah Mayorga, author of Urban Specters: The Everyday Harms of Racial Capitalism, and Richard Ocejo.

Using data from interviews with 117 residents, Mayorga maps how racial capitalism creates the everyday harms people know all too well. This is a guide for anyone trying to understand urban inequality, but also more importantly, for how we might create a different world.

Drew A. Swanson, author of A Man of Bad Reputation: The Murder of John Stephens and the Contested Landscape of North Carolina Reconstruction, is in conversation with Sociologist and Instructional Technologist Deidre Tyler.

Five years after the Civil War, North Carolina Republican state senator John W. Stephens was found murdered inside the Caswell County Courthouse. In recounting Stephens’s murder, the subsequent investigation and court proceedings, and the long-delayed confessions that revealed what actually happened at the courthouse in 1870, Drew A. Swanson tells a story of race, politics, and social power shaped by violence and profit. 

In this episode Cecilia Márquez, author of Making the Latino South: A History of Racial Formation, is in conversation with Anna E. Lindner, Assistant Professor of Teaching at Wayne State University.

In Making the Latino South Cecilia Márquez guides readers through time and place from Washington, DC, to the deep South, tracing how non-Black Latino people moved through the region’s evolving racial landscape.