Episode 18: Wars on the Press by Richard Nixon and Donald Trump

March 18, 2019

Author Mark Feldstein discusses the nasty relationship between President Richard Nixon and investigative journalist Jack Anderson as well as the many criticisms leveled against the news media by President Donald Trump.

Episode 17: Press Portrayals of Native Americans

March 4, 2019

Professor John Coward discusses problematic portrayals of Native Americans in the press throughout history and how native journalists have used the power of their own presses to make their voices heard.

Episode 16: The Man Behind “The Media in America”

February 18, 2019

William David Sloan reviews his career as the prolific author of almost 50 books on the news media, including his role as editor of “The Media in America,” the leading textbook of mass communication history.

Episode 15: A “Carnival” Trial and the Free Press

February 4, 2019

A doctor accused of viciously murdering his wife was ultimately acquitted after a 1966 Supreme Court ruling blamed a "carnival atmosphere" created by reporters. But that wasn't the end of the story. Professor Erin Coyle discusses this critical turning point in media-law history.

Episode 14: Salem, Murder & The Press

January 21, 2019

In 1830 Salem, the murder of a sea captain created a media frenzy that can still provide lessons for journalists today. James Farrell of the University of New Hampshire discusses this early study in pre-trial publicity.


Episode 13: The Flyin’ Jenny Comic Strip

January 7, 2019

Scholars Pamela Walck and Ashley Walter discuss their research on a pioneering comic strip whose portrayal of a female aviator helped ease Americans’ fears about changing gender roles in the World War II era.

Episode 12: A Pioneering Reporter, The Hardy Boys, and Writing Biography

December 23, 2018

Author Marilyn Greenwald shares insight into writing biographies about the first woman to serve as a network news correspondent, the newspaper reporter who created The Hardy Boys and a former society editor at The New York Times.

Episode 11: Remembering the Bushes: The Power of Obituaries & Memory

December 11, 2018

The deaths of George H.W. and Barbara Bush in 2018 generated significant media coverage analyzing their legacies. Bush family expert Myra Gutin and collective memory expert Janice Hume reflect on obituary coverage of the couple and the shaping of historical legacies.

Episode 10: Engaging the Public with Suffrage

December 10, 2018

Suffrage author Brooke Kroeger discusses the website suffrageandthemedia.org and the effort to reach a broader audience throughout the suffrage anniversary.

Episode 9: Belle La Follette’s Campaigns for Suffrage

December 10, 2018

Nancy Unger of Santa Clara University discusses a Wisconsin suffragist once called “the most consistent supporter of equal rights of all the women of her time” but whose legacy is often overshadowed by her husband’s.