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Roosevelt Montas interviewed in Bloomberg Opinion 

Roosevelt Montás spoke with Rob George, columnist at Bloomberg Opinion, about Rescuing Socrates and its public policy implications (May 1, 2022).

Daniel Davis writes for The Guardian

Daniel M. Davis, author of The Secret Body: How the New Science of the Human Body Is Changing the Way We Live, wrote an op-ed for The Guardian about scientific research into anti- or reverse aging (May 3, 2022).

Writing on the Job reviewed in Library Journal

Maggie Knapp reviewed Writing on the Job by Martha Coven for the May 1 issue of Library Journal“Crisp writing and clear examples guide readers through drafting and editing documents, creating résumés, delivering criticism, presenting statistics, constructing slide decks, and even deciding when to use emojis… . [C]ompact and readable chapters for all who text, blog, craft memos, and otherwise communicate online” (May 1, 2022).

Chris Bail in LA Times

Breaking the Social Media Prism author Chris Bail spoke to the Los Angeles Times about Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter: ‘Twitter was at the forefront of content moderation. What comes next?’ (April 27, 2022).

Restarting the Future reviewed in Financial Times

Restarting the Future: How to Fix the Intangible Economy by Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake has been reviewed in the Financial Times by Nick Peterson: “The insights of Haskel and Westlake on how institutions currently inhibit an economy dominated by intangibles are valuable” (April 11 2022).

Kathryn Paige Harden writes for The Atlantic

Kathryn Paige Harden, author of The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality wrote a piece for The Atlantic about MIT’s decision to bring back the SATs/ACT as an application requirement: ‘The SAT Isn’t What’s Unfair’ (April 2, 2022). 

The Joy of Science reviewed in Tortoise

Jim Al-Khalili’s The Joy of Science was reviewed by Matthew D’Ancona for Tortoise Media: “Professor Jim Al-Khalili of Surrey University is a distinguished theoretical physicist who has also worked wonders in making science accessible and engaging. This short book encapsulates his achievement in its combination of concision (under 200 pages), lucidity and rigour… . In practice, this is not just a book about science but a short guide to how we live now” (April 1, 2022).

Rescuing Socrates reviewed in TLS

Rescuing Socrates by Roosevelt Montás has been reviewed by Lindsay Johns in the Times Literary Supplement. This is an important, and timely, book about why the western canon still matters and about how great books can change lives, especially impoverished black and brown ones” (February 18, 2022). 

Chryl Laird in Newsweek 

Chryl Laird, author of Steadfast Democrats, was quoted in the cover story for Newsweek:  GOP Bets on Black Conservatives As Key to Victory: ‘We Change or We Die’” (February 9, 2022).

The Genetic Lottery reviewed in American Scientist

Kathryn Paige Harden’s The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality is reviewed by Nathaniel Comfort in the March-April 2022 issue of American Scientist (March 1, 2022). 

Jennifer Carlson in Harper’s

Jennifer Carlson spoke with Rachel Monroe for a cover story at Harper’s about permit-less carry laws and gun rights extremists. Policing the Second Amendment is noted in her bio (February 1, 2022). 

Breaking the Social Media Prism by Chris Bail on MSNBC News

MSNBC News mentioned author Chris Bail and his book, Breaking the Social Media Prism, in a piece about censorship and big tech: Will Trump’s startup play by Big Tech’s rules? Other conservative apps do (January 28, 2022). 

Power to the Public featured in Financial Times 

 Power to the Public by Tara Dawson McGuinness and Hana Schank has been mentioned in a feature in the Financial Times by their colleague Shalin Jyotishi: Young people must be given a voice in crafting their digital health futures” (January 31, 2022).

Roosevelt Montás, author of Rescuing Socrates, writes for Aeon

Rescuing Socrates author Roosevelt Montás wrote a piece for online magazine AeonGreat books are still great” (January 22, 2022). 

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, author of Hate in the Homeland, interviewed on WBUR

Cynthia Miller-Idriss was interviewed about the January 6th attack on congress for WBUR radioFar-right radio and the fight for American democracy” (January 18, 2022). 

The Genetic Lottery by Kathryn Paige Harden mentioned in The Guardian

Sam Freedman mentioned The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality by Kathryn Paige Harden in his piece for The Guardian: Do we want to live in a meritocracy? (January 10, 2022). 

Rescuing Socrates by Roosevelt Montás featured in The Atlantic

Thomas Chatterton Williams wrote about Rescuing Socrates and the value of teaching the classics to underserved students in The Atlantic“[An] earnest defense of the humanities, which is also a personal testament to the power of a liberal education” (January 14, 2022). 

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, author of Hate in the Homeland, marks January 6th for the New York Times

To mark the anniversary of the January 6th storming of the Capitol, Cynthia Miller-Idriss published a guest essay in the New York Times arguing that “America’s Most Urgent Threat Now Comes From Within”. Her book Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right was mentioned in the byline (January 6, 2022). 

Leaving Academia author Christopher L. Caterine writes for IHE

Christopher L. Caterine has written an opinion piece for Inside Higher Education about The importance of learning the lingo of jobs outside academe, based on research from his book Leaving Academia (January 4, 2022).

Breaking the Social Media Prism by Chris Bail in the New Yorker and The Times

In the holiday double-issues of the New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert featured Chris Bail’s work and his book, Breaking the Social Media Prism, in a piece about social media and false polarization (January 3, 2022). That piece was built on for a feature by Kenny Farquharson in The Times which also cites the book and Bail’s research (January 4, 2022). 

Rescuing Socrates by Roosevelt Montás featured in Washington Post

Rescuing Socrates by Roosevelt Montás was praised at length in George F. Will’s Washington Post opinion column which features the book as an example of how 2021 saw many people looking to Socrates for positive examples of disagreement (December 31, 2021). 

The Joy of Science by Jim Al-Khalili listed among ‘The best science books coming your way in 2022’ by New Scientist 

Simon Ings included The Joy of Science by Jim Al-Khalili in the New Scientist list of ‘The best science books coming your way in 2022’ “A little book of calm that is very welcome in these strange times” (December 29, 2021).

The Genetic Lottery by Kathryn Paige Harden reviewed on CBC ‘Quirks and Quarks

Dan Falk reviewed The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality by Kathryn Paige Harden on the annual holiday science book show of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, with the review starting at the 35:20 mark (December 18, 2021). 

Honors for Goya author Janis Tomlinson

Janis Tomlinson, author of  Goya: A Portrait of the Artist, was awarded the Royal Order of Isabel la Católica for her contribution to knowledge of the culture and history of Spain. Her book was also reviewed by Tom Stammers for the London Review of BooksThe pragmatic portrait of the artist offered by Tomlinson is one that makes compelling sense of the surviving textual evidence.” (December 16, 2021). 

Rescuing Socrates by Roosevelt Montás featured in New York Times and New Yorker 

Rescuing Socrates by Roosevelt Montás was featured in John McWhorter’s New York Times opinion column after he wrote a lively defense of the book in response to Louis Menand’s New Yorker piece (December 17, 2021). 

The Genetic Lottery and Breaking the Social Media Prism best behavioral science books of 2021

The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality by Kathryn Paige Harden and Breaking the Social Media Prism by Chris Bail were both included in Behavioral Scientist’s ‘Notable Books of 2021’ (December 9, 2021).

Cogs and Monsters by Diane Coyle reviewed in Prospect 

Diane Coyle’s book Cogs and Monsters was reviewed in Prospect by James Plunkett: The book reads like a timely intervention delivered by a perceptive friend, in the kindest tone they can muster. Economists would do well to listen. (December 8, 2021).

Power to the Public co-author Tara Dawson McGuinness interviewed for NPR

Tara Dawson McGuinness was interviewed by NPR and USA Today about President Joe Biden’s executive order intended to improve basic government services. On both she was listed as the co-author of Power to the Public: The Promise of Public Interest Technology (December 13, 2021). 

The Genetic Lottery by Kathryn Paige Harden one of ‘The best books of 2021’, says The Economist  

The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality by Kathryn Paige Harden was included in a round-up of ‘The best books of 2021’ by The Economist: ‘A clear case on a complex subject’ (December 11, 2021).

The Secret Body by Daniel M. Davis reviewed in the Wall Street Journal

The Secret Body: How the New Science of the Human Body Is Changing the Way We Live by Daniel M. Davis was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal by John J. Ross who described it as an elegantly written and splendidly concise Cook’s Tour of the frontiers of medical biology” (December 10, 2021). 

Lost in Thought by Zena Hitz recommended in Wall Street Journal

In a piece entitled, ‘Who Read What: Writers Share Their Favorite Books of 2021’, Roosevelt Montas puts forward a book by a fellow PUP Speaks author: You’ll be surprised by how compelling Ms. Hitz’s vision is. Even if you don’t give up your worldly endeavors, you’ll probably walk away from this book, as I did, feeling that your inner life has been enlarged (December 8, 2021).

The Hidden Curriculum by Rachel Gable one of ‘Best Higher Education Books’, says Forbes

Rachel Gable’s The Hidden Curriculum was listed as one of Forbes’ “Best Higher Education Books of 2021” (December 1, 2021). 

The Genetic Lottery by Kathryn Paige Harden reviewed in The Washington Post 

The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality by Kathryn Paige Harden was reviewed in The Washington Post by Jerry A. Cone, who describes it as “a thought-provoking read.” Harden was also interviewed by Charles Zimmer for the ‘Great Podversations’ podcast (November 19, 2021).

Roosevelt Montás defends Core Curriculum in Chronicle of Higher Education

Roosevelt Montás, author of Rescuing Socrates, wrote an opinion piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education: “Why the Core Matters for a New Generation” (November 16, 2021).

Cogs and Monsters by Diane Coyle ‘Best Book of the Year’ in Financial Times

Diane Coyle’s book Cogs and Monsters was listed as one of a the Financial Times ’Best books of 2021: Economics’ by Martin Wolff, who describes Coyle as an ‘exceptionally thoughtful commentator’. It was also positively reviewed by Martin Felix alongside The New Economics by Steven Keen (November 11, 2021).

Rescuing Socrates by Roosevelt Montás reviewed in Wall Street Journal

Rescuing Socrates by Roosevelt Montás was reviewed for the Wall Street Journal by Martha Bayes: “a warm, appealing narrative of how it feels to be ‘thrust into a conversation’ with fellow students about life’s most ‘serious and unsettling questions’” (November 7, 2021).

Chris Bail interviewed for New York Times column

Chris Bail, author of Breaking the Social Media Prism, was quoted extensively by Michelle Goldberg in her opinion column for the New York Times: “We should all know less about each other” (November 1, 2021).

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