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Four Lost Cities w/ Annalee Newitz

Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria

In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by science writer Annalee Newitz to talk about their newest book, "Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age." They discuss the fascinating history of once-thriving metropolises, how/why they were abandoned, and the important contributions of those who were far too often erased from our collective memories.

1hr 10mins

26 Apr 2021

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Four Lost Cities with Annalee Newitz

Writers Festival Radio

Join Sean Wilson for a conversation with acclaimed author and journalist Annalee Newitz on their bestselling book, Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age, a quest to explore some of the most spectacular ancient cities in human history—and figure out why people abandoned them.In Four Lost Cities, Annalee Newitz takes readers on an entertaining and mind-bending adventure into the deep history of urban life. Investigating across the centuries and around the world, Newitz explores the rise and fall of four ancient cities, each the center of a sophisticated civilization: the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Central Turkey, the Roman vacation town of Pompeii on Italy’s southern coast, the medieval megacity of Angkor in Cambodia, and the indigenous metropolis Cahokia, which stood beside the Mississippi River where East St. Louis is today.Newitz travels to all four sites and investigates the cutting-edge research in archaeology, revealing the mix of environmental changes and political turmoil that doomed these ancient settlements. Tracing the early development of urban planning, Newitz also introduces us to the often anonymous workers—slaves, women, immigrants, and manual laborers—who built these cities and created monuments that lasted millennia.Four Lost Cities is a journey into the forgotten past, but, foreseeing a future in which the majority of people on Earth will be living in cities, it may also reveal something of our own fate.Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.The Ottawa International Writers Festival is supported by generous individuals like you. Please consider subscribing to our newsletter and making a donation to support our programming and children’s literacy initiatives .Presented in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library.

1hr 5mins

26 Mar 2021

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Ep 194 - Reading Is… Reading and Annalee Newitz!

Reading Glasses

Brea and Mallory discuss what counts as reading. And interview Annalee Newitz to weigh in! Email us at readingglassespodcast at gmail dot com!Reading Glasses MerchRecommendations Store Sponsors - Skout’s HonorPromo Code - GLASSESComa InducerPromo Code - GLASSES Links -Reading Glasses Facebook GroupReading Glasses Goodreads GroupAmazon Wish ListNewsletter Libro.fm Annalee NewitzFour Lost CitiesOur Opinions Are CorrectBooks Mentioned - Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kroger and Melanie R. AndersonThis Was Our Pact by Ryan AndrewsDark Emu by Bruce PascoeStormsong by C.L. Polk


11 Mar 2021

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Four Lost Cities with Annalee Newitz

Factually! with Adam Conover

Where do cities… come from? Are they created by committee? Or do they just spring up out of the earth? Adam explores this question with journalist  Annalee Newitz, author of the new book Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age. They take an audio tour from Cahokia, an indigenous city near St. Louis that somehow got left out of American textbook;  the Neolithic city of Çatalhöyük, where people buried their ancestors under their living room floors; Angkor, which declined due to lack of government care of infrastructure; and everyone’s favorite lost city - Pompeii! You can find Four Lost Cities wherever books are sold.

1hr 20mins

10 Feb 2021

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001 Annalee Newitz - Autonomous & The Future of Another Timeline

Exploring Tomorrow: Meaningful Science Fiction and Life's Big Questions

Let's explore the first two novels by Annalee Newitz. From a big-pharma-controlled futuristic world with autonomous robots to a twisted tale of time travel, Newitz is a fresh voice in science fiction literature that is worth check out. Whether addressing corporate greed, ethical questions around human-robot coexistence, or giving us a deep glimpse into a world reshaped by those who would subjugate and silence women, Newitz books are rich with themes worth exploring.Read more at www.mikelwisler.com.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mikeljwisler/support


4 Nov 2020

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Schriftsonar Podcast#65 – Annalee Newitz, Tamsyn Muir, Nicholas Ridge, Anna Smith Spark

Schriftsonar – Der SciFi Podcast

Besprochene Bücher: Annalee Newitz: Autonom / Tamsyn Muir: Ich bin Gideon / Nicholas Ridge: Die Kolonie am äußersten Rande des Tages / Anna Smith Spark: Das Reich der zerbrochenen Klingen

2 Nov 2020

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Episode 516: Ten Minutes with Annalee Newitz

The Coode Street Podcast

Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times. Science journalist, novelist and Hugo Award-winning podcaster Annalee Newitz joins Jonathan to chat about living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area during the pandemic, the joys of modern science fiction, their novel-in-progress The Terraformers, and much more. Books mentioned include: The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age by Annalee Newitz Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells Titles mentioned include:


14 Sep 2020

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Episode 12: Annalee Newitz

AWM Author Talks

This week, journalist Dan Sinker talks with Annalee Newitz about Annalee’s recent time-traveling, punk rock novel The Future of Another Timeline. This is the second of four conversations with science fiction and fantasy writers in honor of Ray Bradbury’s Centennial on August 22. Admission to the AWM is also free of charge that day to celebrate Bradbury’s [...]


17 Aug 2020

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Science Needs Fiction: Annalee Newitz

Long Now: Conversations at The Interval

Science fiction does more than predict future inventions. Stories are a testbed for exploring the unexpected ways people could incorporate technology into their cultures. Science journalist and novelist Annalee Newitz will discuss how scientists, innovators, and the rest of us benefit from the crucible of imaginative fictions.Annalee is the author of the bestselling novel Autonomous. Her nonfiction book Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize in science. She is the founding editor of io9.com, and formerly the editor-in-chief of Gizmodo. Currently she is editor-at-large for Ars Technica. Her work has appeared in New York Times, The New Yorker, Atlantic, Wired, Washington Post, Technology Review, 2600, and many other publications. Formerly she was a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a lecturer in American Studies at UC Berkeley. She received a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship from MIT, and has a Ph.D. in English and American Studies from UC Berkeley.

1hr 12mins

14 Jul 2020

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Episode 388: Annalee Newitz


Punk rock, politics, history and some gracious nods to science — there’s a lot to like about The Future of Another Timeline. Annalee Newitz’s latest explores the possibilities of time travel in a world where the sci-fi standby is downright utilitarian. The book is a lovingly researched second novel for Newitz, who joined us back in 2017, shortly after releasing their debut, Autonomous, an exploration of artificial intelligence and big pharma set in the nearish future. Scientific accuracy has long been a focus for Newitz’s speculative fiction. Prior to the release of autonomous, they were best known as the founder of io9 and EIC of Gizmodo, with a focus on real-world science breakthroughs. The science has, perhaps, been fudged a bit to allow for a mundane sort of time travel to pervade through out, but in an era routinely referred to as “the darkest timeline” by many an online commentator, it’s an ideal lens with which to examine our own reality.


16 Feb 2020