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Writing Westward Podcast

36 EpisodesProduced by BYU Redd CenterWebsite

Writing Westward features conversations with writers and scholars of the North American West. Hosted by Brenden W. Rensink, it is a production of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University.The Redd Center is an interdisciplinary research center committed to increasing kn… read more

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001 - Louis Warren - God's Red Son

September 21st, 2018

1:04:41

Conversation with Louis S. Warren about his book God's Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America, published in 2017 by Basic Books and winner of the 2018 Bancroft Prize. The Writing Westward …

002 - Lamont, Victoria - Westerns, A Women's History

October 3rd, 2018

48:21

Conversation with Victoria Lamont about her book "Westerns: A Women's History," published in 2016 by the University of Nebraska Press. The Writing Westward Podcast is a production of the Charles Redd Center for Western …

003 - Johnson, Benjamin - Escaping the Dark Gray City

November 6th, 2018

57:29

Conversation with Benjamin Johnson about his book "Escaping the Dark Gray City: Fear and Hope in Progressive-Era Conservation," published in 2017 by Yale University Press. The Writing Westward Podcast is a production of …

004 - Pyne, Stephen - Fire in the American West

December 12th, 2018

54:06

Conversation with Stephen Pyne about his books on Fire in the American West, recently and yet being published by The University of Arizona Press. The Writing Westward Podcast is a production of the Charles Redd Center …

005 - Tacey M. Atsitty - Rain Scald, Poems

January 28th, 2019

41:17

Conversation with Tacey M. Atsitty about "Rain Scald," her new collection of poetry recently published by the University of New Mexico Press. The …

006 - Flannery Burke - A Land Apart: The Southwest and the Nation in the 20th Century

February 15th, 2019

57:06

Conversation with Flannery Burke about her book "A Land Apart: The Southwest and the Nation in the Twentieth Century," published by the University of Arizona Press in 2017. The Writing Westward Podcast is a production …

007 - Terence Young - Heading Out, A History of American Camping

March 22nd, 2019

1:04:14

Conversation with Terence Young about his book "Heading Out: A History of American Camping," published by the Cornell University Press in 2017. The Writing Westward Podcast is a production of the Charles Redd Center for …

008 - Beth Lew-Williams - The Chinese Must Go

April 12th, 2019

52:46

Conversation with Beth Lew-Williams about her 2018 book, "The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America," …

009 - David A. Chang - Native Hawaiian Geographies of Exploration

May 15th, 2019

1:09:28

Conversation with David A. Chang about his award-winning book "The World and All Things Upon It: Native Hawaiian Geographies of Exploration," published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2016. The Writing Westward …

010 - John Branch - The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West

June 21st, 2019

51:20

Conversation with John Branch about his book "The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West," published by the W. W. Norton in 2018. The Writing Westward Podcast is a production of the Charles Redd Center for …

011 - Eric Perramond, Unsettled Waters

July 22nd, 2019

57:35

A conversation with Eric Perramond about water in the American West and his book, "Unsettled Waters: Rights, Law, and Identity in the American West," published by the California University Press in 2019. The Writing …

012 - Debra Gwartney - I Am a Stranger Here Myself

August 12th, 2019

52:31

A conversation with Debra Gwartney about her book "I Am a Stranger Here Myself," published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2019. The Writing Westward Podcast is a production of the Charles Redd Center for …

013 - Leah Sottile - The Bundyville Podcast and Longform Western Journalism

September 18th, 2019

58:50

A conversation with Leah Sottile about her Bundyville podcast and longform journalism. Visit https://longreads.com/bundyville. The Writing Westward Podcast is a production of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies …

015 Manu Karuka Empire's Tracks

November 1st, 2019

58:34

A conversation with Prof. Manu Karuka about his 2019 book, Empire's Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad. The Writing Westward Podcast is a production of the Charles Redd Center …

016 - Frank Bergon - The New Old West

December 6th, 2019

57:05

A conversation with Frank Bergon about his 2019 collection of essays, "Two-Buck Chuck & The Marlboro Man: The New Old West." The Writing Westward …

017 - Jack Nisbet - The Dreamer and the Doctor

January 24th, 2020

53:13

A conversation with author Jack Nisbet about his dual-biography, "The Dreamer and the Doctor: A Forest Lover and a Physician on the Edge of the Frontier," published in 2018 by Sasquatch Books. The Writing Westward …

018 - Megan Kate Nelson - The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West

February 7th, 2020

57:34

A conversation with writer and historian Megan Kate Nelson about her new book, "The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West" (Scribner Books, 2020).

The Writing …

019 - Monica Martinez - The Injustice Never Leaves You

March 16th, 2020

1:02:05

A conversation with author Monica Muñoz Martinez about her book, "The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas," published in 2018 …

020 - Miroslava Chávez-García - Migrant Longing

April 3rd, 2020

1:02:47

A conversation with author Miroslava Chávez-García about her book, Migrant Longing: Letter Writing across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (University of …

021 - Robert Lee - Land-grab Universities

May 13th, 2020

1:16:07

A conversation with author Dr. Robert Lee about his High Country News article "Land-grab Universities" and companion website, landgrabu.org. The Writing Westward Podcast is a production of the Charles Redd Center for …

022 - Maurice Crandall - These People Have Always Been a Republic

June 8th, 2020

1:09:33

A conversation with Professor Maurice Crandall about his book, These People Have Always Been a Republic: Indigenous Electorates in the U.S.-Mexico …

023 - Jeff Metcalf - Back Cast, Fly-Fishing and Other Such Matters

July 21st, 2020

38:28

A discussion about the late Jeff Metcalf 's book, "Back Cast: Fly-Fishing and Other Such Matters," published by the University of Utah Press in 2018, …

024 - Justin Farrell - Billionare Wilderness

August 21st, 2020

1:06:44

A conversation with sociologist Justin Farrell about his book, "Billionaire Wilderness: The Ultra-Wealthy and the Remaking of the American West" …

025 - Dewey, O'Brien, & Powell - Great Plains Weather, Bison, & Birds

September 4th, 2020

1:24:35

A conversation with Kenneth F. Dewey, Dan O'Brien, and Larkin Powell about their books in the University of Nebraska Press "Discover the Great Plains" series, Great Plains Weather (2019), Great Plains Bison (2017), and …

026 - Sherry L. Smith, Bohemians West

October 23rd, 2020

1:02:08

A conversation with Sherry L. Smith about her book Bohemians West: Free Love, Family, and Radicals in Twentieth Century America (Hey Day Books, 2020). Explore more at www.sherrylsmith.com. The Writing Westward Podcast …

027 - Barney Scout Mann - Journeys North

November 13th, 2020

1:06:40

A conversation with hiker and author Barney Scout Mann about his book "Journeys North: The Pacific Crest Trail" (Mountaineer Books, 2020). Learn more about Mann at www.barneyscoutmann.com. The Writing Westward Podcast …

028 - Bathsheba Demuth - Floating Coast

December 16th, 2020

1:13:40

A conversation with Dr. Bathsheba Demuth about her book Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait (WW Norton, 2019). Explore more at http://www.brdemuth.com. The Writing Westward Podcast is a …

029 - James Skillen - This Land is My Land

January 12th, 2021

1:09:20

A conversation with Dr. James R. Skillen about his book "This Land is My Land: Rebellion in the West" (Oxford University Press, 2020). The Writing Westward Podcast is a production of the Charles Redd Center for Western …

030 - Janne Lahti - The American West and the World

February 4th, 2021

1:08:30

A conversation with Dr. Janne Lahti about his book The American West and the World: Transnational and Comparative Perspectives (Routledge: 2019). The Writing Westward Podcast is produced and hosted by Prof. Brenden W. …

031 - Susan Lee Johnson - Writing Kit Carson

March 1st, 2021

1:08:01

A conversation with Prof. Susan Lee Johnson about her new book, Writing Kit Carson: Fallen Heroes in a Changing West (University of North Carolina …

033 - Steven L. Peck - King Leere in a Post-Apocalyptic West

May 7th, 2021

50:01

A conversation with Steven L. Peck about his novel "The Tragedy of King Leere, Goatherd of the La Sals" (By Common Consent Press, 2019). The Writing Westward Podcast is produced and hosted by Prof. Brenden W. Rensink (

034 - Benjamin Hoy - A Line of Blood and Dirt

June 1st, 2021

1:01:23

A conversation with historian Benjamin Hoy about his book "A Line of Blood and Dirt: Creating the Canada-United States Border across Indigenous Lands" (Oxford University Press, 2021). The Writing Westward Podcast is …

035 - Erika Wolters & Brent Steel - The Environmental Politics & Policy of Western Public Lands

July 2nd, 2021

57:54

A conversation with Erika Wolters and Brent Steel about their edited collection "The Environmental Politics & Policy of Western Public Lands" …

036 - Andrea Ross - Unnatural Selection

August 9th, 2021

1:07:24

A conversation with Andrea Ross about her new book, Unnatural Selection: A Memoir of Adoption and Wilderness (CavanKerry Press, 2021). The Writing Westward Podcast is produced and hosted by Prof. Brenden W. Rensink (

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