Public Books 101 takes a scholarly look at a world worth studying. In each mini-series, world-class scholars and writers join our host to examine a single topic from many angles, opening a window into the conversations that experts are having with one another about the urgent issues and problems facing us today. Public Books 101 is a production of Public Books, a magazine of arts, scholarship, and ideas. Visit for more information about the show, including a reading list designed by our guests.

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