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On Open Stacks, we bring you conversations with scholars, poets, novelists and activists on books that surprise challenge delight and impress. Here, as in our stores, the most seasoned of readers can once again feel a sense of wonder in discovering a book.
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Dec 18, 2017

Poet David Ferry reads from his translation of Vergil's Aeneid. Poets Mai Der Vang, Emily Yoon, and Zhou Sivan share stories of conflict and displacement. Eduardo Rabasa, Erika L. Sanchez, & José Ángel Navejas discuss the immigrant experience.

 

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores. 

Dec 10, 2017

Art critic Jed Perl talks Alexander Calder and his new book "Calder: The Conquest of Time." Historian and critic Liesl Olson shares revelations from "Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis. Translator Sho Sugita reads poems by Japanese futurist poet Hirato Rekichi.

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores.

This episode was produced by Kit Brennen, Imani E. Jackson, Marina Malazoniya & Joshua Edwards.

 

 

Dec 3, 2017

Augustus Rose reads from his acclaimed debut, "The Readymade Thief" and Baird Harper reads his linked short story collection, "Red Light Run." Plus, booksellers share the joy of reading with excerpts from their favorite books this year.

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen & Imani E. Jackson.

Nov 26, 2017

This week, we hear from Masha Gessen on 'The Future is History' and Putin's Russia, Julia Alekseyeva on 'Soviet Daughter,' and Franz Nicolay on 'The Humorless Ladies of Border Control' Plus, U. Chicago Professor William Nickell gives a crash course in the Russian Revolution & its legacy.

 

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen, Imani E. Jackson and Marina Malazoniya. 

Nov 19, 2017

This week, we explore the political side of hunger. Anti-hunger activist Andrew Fisher tells the story of his book "Big Hunger." Then, "Modern Hungers" author and historian Alice Weinreb explores the political uses of hunger in 20th Century Germany.

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen.

 

Nov 12, 2017

This week we explore the power of community activism in Chicago and beyond. Featuring labor organizer Steve Early, activist and historian L.A. Kauffman, and three women who founded organizations in Chicago: Saadia Shah, Suzanne Sahloul and Page May.

 

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-op Bookstore. This week's episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani E. Jackson.

Nov 5, 2017

This week, we hear from the current generation of classic Chicago literature. Eve Ewing reads from "Electric Arches," Angela Jackson reads from "Roads, Where There Are No Roads," and Kevin Coval reads from "A People's History of Chicago."

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani E. Jackson.

 

 

Oct 29, 2017

"Penguin Book of the Undead" editor and medieval history expert Scott G. Bruce shares stories of zombies and restless souls. Egyptologist and curator Foy Scalf shares spells from "The Egyptian Book of the Dead: Becoming God in Ancient Egypt". Plus, a very spooky What's In the Box with the Co-op's own Jeff & Adam.

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani E. Jackson.

Oct 22, 2017

This week on Open Stacks, we face the future of work, data and technology. First, Ilana Gershon takes on the future of work in the information age, as discussed in her book "Down and Out in the New Economy." Then, Adam Greenfield on "Radical Technologies," which explores the future of technology and data, from smart phones to Bitcoin.

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani E. Jackson.

Special thanks to Data & Society for sharing their recording for this episode. 

 

 

Oct 15, 2017

This week, we explore literature that traverses the sacred and profane, with Eileen Myles on "Afterglow (a dog memoir)," Jennifer Scappettone on "The Republic of Exit 43:Outtakes & Scores from an Archaeology and Pop-Up Opera of the Corporate Dump," and Peter O'Leary on how to be a religious poet.

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-op Bookstore. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani E. Jackson.

Oct 8, 2017

This week on Open Stacks, we celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day, with activist and historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, discussing "All the Real Indians Died Off," Virgilio Vicente and Andy Carter discussing "Margarito's Forest" and Ramesh Srinivasan on "Whose Global Village."

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani E. Jackson.

 

Oct 1, 2017

This week on Open Stacks, we bring you a celebration of new fall literature, featuring rising star Camille Bordas, author of "How to Behave in a Crowd" and literary sensation Karl Ove Knausgaard, best known for the My Struggle novels, author most recently of "Autumn," a collection of reflective essays. Plus, a smattering of fall literature recommendations from our booksellers.

 

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani E. Jackson.

 

 

Sep 24, 2017

This week on Open Stacks, we celebrate the new school year at our neighbor, the University of Chicago. We'll hear from Professors Catherine Zuckert and Nathan Tarcov on "Machiavelli's Politics," and Robert Richards and Michael Ruse on their book, "Debating Darwin". Plus, a very special interview with UChicago teacher, the Co-op's own Katy Weintraub.

 

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen & Imani E. Jackson.

Sep 17, 2017

Norman Bolotin discusses his book "Chicago's Grand Midway," detailing the park's role in the World's Fair of 1893. David Garrow discusses Obama's early political career and his book "Rising Star." Plus, Susan Eleuterio on local favorite Valois Cafeteria.

 

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani E. Jackson.

Sep 10, 2017

This week on Open Stacks, music writer Joe Bonomo reads from his essay collection "Field Recordings from the Inside," which traces Bonomo's relationship to pop music, and music writer John Corbett and Matt Macaughan of Superchunk discuss their shared passion, record collecting. Plus a new segment with two of our favorite Co-op personalities.

 

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-op. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani E. Jackson.

 

 

Sep 3, 2017

This week we explore Tamil language and literature. David Shulman and Wendy Doniger discuss his new book Tamil: A Biography. Poet Ravi Shankar reads his translations of the poet Andal. Plus, a performance of Dhrupad music, Indian classical singing.

 

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani Jackson. 

Aug 27, 2017

This week on Open Stacks, Carolyn Purnell talks about the history of the senses and her delectable book "The Sensational Past." Bianca Bosker talks about her book "Cork Dork", which explores the wild world of wine-obsessed sommeliers. Plus, tasting notes from local somm Derrick Westbrook.

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores. This week's episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani E. Jackson.

Aug 20, 2017

This week on Open Stacks, we hear from members of the faith community who advocate for a woman's right to choose. Dr. Willie Parker talks about his journey to become an abortion provider in the Deep South and explains his moral argument for choice. D.A. Dirks tells the history of the Clergy Consultaion Service, a group of clergymen who assisted women to find safe abortions before Roe v. Wade. 

 

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani Jackson.

 

 

Aug 13, 2017

Activist Susan Burton tells the story of her inspiring journey from prison to the forefront of the movement for incarcerated women. Sociologist Michaela Soyer talks about recidivism in the juvenile legal system. Sharlyn Grace of the Chicago Community Bond Fund describes the problems of the bail bond system.

 

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani Jackson. Music by Jeff Deutsch and Colin McDonald.

Aug 6, 2017

This week, we explore the lives of cartoonists George Herriman & Saul Steinberg. Michael Tisserand discusses his book "Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White" and Mark Pascale talks about "Along The Lines: Selected Drawings by Saul Steinberg."

Open Stacks is the official podcast of The Seminary Co-operative Bookstores.

This episode was produced by Kit Brennen. The Open Stacks theme was composed and performed by Colin McDonald and Jeff Deutsch.

 

 

Jul 30, 2017

Doctor and activist Dr. David Ansell discusses "The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills." Journalist Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal discusses "An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back."

Open Stacks is the Official Podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani Jackson.

Jul 23, 2017

Lee Dugatkin tells the tale of a ground-breaking fox domestication experiment in Siberia. John Hausdoerffer & Gavin Van Horn discuss the future of wildness and the problem with the word "wilderness." Caryl Yasko discusses her famous Hyde Park mural.

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani Jackson.

Jul 16, 2017

Essayist Laura Kipnis discusses her latest book "Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus" touching on professor-student relationships and trigger warnings. Sociologist Lisa Wade discusses campus hook-up culture and her book "American Hookup."

 

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen.

Jul 10, 2017

Philosopher Bart Schultz discusses "The Happiness Philosophers" which explores the ideas and the eccentric lives of the great Utilitarians. Kate Hennessy gives an inside look into the family life of her grandmother, famed Catholic activist Dorothy Day.

 

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani Jackson.

 

 

Jul 3, 2017

China Mieville reads from his latest book "October" and discusses the haunting legacy of the Russian Revolution. Editors Norma Field and Heather Bowen-Struyk read from their anthology of Japanese proletarian writings "For Dignity, Justice and Revolution". Plus, University of Chicago Professor Robert Bird reads and discusses Vladimir Mayakovsky's poem "Our March".

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani Jackson. 

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