Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New UT Press Podcasts

The University of Texas Press is pleased to present our collection of podcast episodes featuring interviews and conversations with UT Press authors about the stories behind their books. Hosted by Chris Gondek of Heron & Crane, you may listen to the interviews directly from our web site or through the iTunes store.

Below please find a selection from our spring 2013 and fall 2012 seasons. We are also pleased to feature podcasts that are a part of a new initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation – the Latin American and Caribbean Arts and Culture Publication Initiative.

We hope you enjoy and return often to hear the newest offerings. A complete list of podcasts can be found on our podcast page.

The Fight to Save Juarez by Ricardo Ainslie
Rico Ainslie’s portrait of Mexico’s bloodiest city offers a gripping, firsthand perspective on the drug war that has claimed more than 40,000 lives since 2007. In this interview, he discusses the toll the drug war has taken on the city of Juarez and the great efforts the former mayor, José Reyes Ferriz, undertook to try and save his community.

Ryan Adams by David Menconi
In this second book in UT Press’ American Music Series, prominent music journalist David Menconi chronicles the rise of singer-songwriter Ryan Adams. In this podcast, Menconi describes how Adams and his band Whiskeytown led the alt-country movement in the 1990s, and shares behind-the-scenes stories.

Last Launch by Dan Winters
Dan Winters’ Last Launch showcases breathtaking photographs of the final launches of the shuttles Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour. As one of only a handful of photographers to whom NASA granted close access to photograph the launches, Winters talks about that experience and his personal memories of the shuttle program. 
The following podcasts are a part of the Latin American and Caribbean Arts and Culture Publication Initiative, generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation:

Dancing the New World: Aztecs, Spaniards, and the Choreography of Conquest

By Paul A. Scolieri
Dancing the New World traces the transformation of the Aztec empire into a Spanish colony through written and visual representations of dance in the form of letters, histories, legal documents, and travel books by Europeans about the New World. In this interview, Paul Scolieri talks about the many different functions of dance by the native peoples and how they were interpreted – and misinterpreted – by Spanish colonists.

Maya Ideologies of the Sacred: The Transfiguration of Space in Colonial Yucatan
By Amara Solari
In her new book, Amara Solari addresses the Franciscan evangelical campaign of sixteenth-century Yucatan. Using the Maya city of Itzmal as a case study, Solari discusses how indigenous concepts of space and landscape both aided and subverted the Franciscan evangelical effort in Colonial Yucatan.

The Complete Codex Zouche-Nuttall: Mixtec Lineage Histories and Political Biographies
By Robert Lloyd Williams, foreword by Rex Koontz
The Complete Codex Zouche-Nuttall presents a full-color reproduction and the first modern commentary in English on this ancient Mixtec document. In this podcast, Robert Lloyd Williams delves deep into the function and content of the Codex and the pre-Hispanic history it records.

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