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An audio show about research and academic life.

AfterWord is an audio program about academic life and research. The mission is simple: to share great stories, and to tell them in a creative way.

Posts from AfterWord

Who Were the First Black Dandies?

Monica Miller, an associate professor of English at Barnard College, explains—and takes us to 1760s England for a story about slavery, sexuality, and sartorialism.

Introducing a New AfterWord

When we first conceived of the AfterWord podcast, it was based on a couple of pretty simple ideas: that Chronicle reporters do a lot of fascinating work, and that you might like to hear some of the stories behind their stories.

If Consultants Ran a College ...

... what would it look like? Goldie Blumenstyk, a Chronicle reporter, explains why the University of North Texas at Dallas might provide some answers.

Why Are Beef Cattle Getting Bigger?

Melody Petersen, an author and reporter, explains how animal scientists at land-grant universities have helped pharmaceutical companies make inroads in the beef industry.

How a College Came Back From the Dead

Three years ago Antioch College was shuttered, but now it enrolls 33 students, and it’s looking for more. Lawrence Biemiller explains the institution’s comeback strategy.

Why College Matters—and Why It’s in Peril

What makes the American college experience valuable—and how can we preserve it? Andrew Delbanco, director of American studies at Columbia University, wrestles with those questions in his new book.

What Keeps Scholarly Groups Afloat?

Dan Berrett explains why some disciplinary societies are still paying for decisions made decades ago—and charts the path forward for struggling scholarly groups.

You Say ‘Broadus,’ I Say ‘Lagniappe’ ...

Joan Houston Hall, chief editor of the Dictionary of Regional American English, discusses some of her favorite vernacular words and phrases.

Have Viewbooks Passed Their Prime?

A growing number of admissions officers are having doubts about those big, glossy brochures. Beckie Supiano, a Chronicle reporter, explains why.

The Liberal Arts Come to China

In a nation whose institutions typically teach to the test, general-education programs are starting to gain a foothold. Karin Fischer explains why.
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