An ever-growing collection of conversations and presentations about literature, humor, and history in America, produced by the premier source for programming and funding scholarship on Mark Twain's life and legacy.
Reconsidering Mark Twain Among The Indians with Herman Fillmore & Drew Lopenzina
In the concluding episode of our series on Kerry Driscoll's field-shaping book, Mika Turim-Nygren seeks reception of the work in Native Studies and from Native communities.
For more about this episode, including a bibliography, please visit MarkTwainStudies.com/ReconsideringTwain
Talking Mark Twain Among The Indians with Kerry Driscoll
This seminal book in Twain Studies was a decades-long undertaking. Kerry Driscoll explains how she became "an accidental Twain scholar," and discusses with Mika Turim-Nygren the multifold archival discoveries - "good instincts and good luck" - which took Mark Twain Among The Indians from a short paper to a magnum opus.
For more about this episode, including a bibliography, please visit MarkTwainStudies.com/TalkingTwain
Reviewing Mark Twain Among The Indians with John Bird, Susan K. Harris, & Ann Ryan
A new series hosted by Mika Turim-Nygren premieres with a discussion of Kerry Driscoll's 2019 book, "Mark Twain Among The Indians & Other Indigenous Peoples," featuring three established scholars in Twain Studies, all of whom regard in as one of the most important works in the field in the past quarter century.
For more about this episode, including an extensive bibliography of works discussed, please visit MarkTwainStudies.com/ReviewingTwain
Ministry For The Future (Worldwide Climate Teach-In Special Episode) with Sheri-Marie Harrison, Anna Kornbluh, & Min Hyoung Song
Produced in observance of and solidarity with the Worldwide Teach-In On Climate & Justice taking place on many campuses today, including Elmira College, we host discussion of a CliFi novel by Kim Stanley Robinson which helps us get "Beyond Climate Despair."
For more about this episode, include a complete bibliography, please visit MarkTwainStudies.com/MinistryForTheFuture
B******t Jobs, F**k Work, & The Legacy of David Graeber with James Livingston & Corey McCall
Is is possible to imagine a world without work? Or, at least, a world in which work is not romanticized, is not treated as defining element of social and individual achievement? James Livingston has predicted that we need to prepare for a postwork world, and David Graeber has challenged us to imagine alternatives to organization by bureaucracy, credit, and corporations. This episode features Livingston talking to Matt Seybold and Corey McCall about Graeber's posthumous book (The Dawn of Everything), the Great Resignation, QuitToks, Risk Shifts, and much more.
For more about this episode, including a complete bibliography, please visit MarkTwainStudies.com/FuckWork
Working For The New Yorker: Putting The Historicity Back In The French Dispatch with Nora Shaalan & Dan Sinykin
Wes Anderson's acclaimed new movie, The French Dispatch, draws inspiration from the Golden Age of The New Yorker magazine, a period from roughly the early 1940s to the mid 1970s. This episode features two scholars researching that period in the publication's history. They are uniquely situated to consider the selections from the magazine's back catalog which make Anderson's cut, as well as what he chooses to leave out.
For more about this episode, including a bibliography, please visit MarkTwainStudies.com/FrenchDispatch
great show, consistently impressive coordination of culture and current events, and equally impressive wrangling of knowledgeable and charismatic guests; it always feels a little sad to say that listening to a good podcast is like listening to your smart friends on their best day, these people don’t know me, but this podcast is like listening to my smart friends on their best day. also: as of S4, extremely good intro music