Podcast aims to ‘change the world one book at a time’

Written by: Joe Stafford

Manchester University Press has launched a podcast featuring interviews with its authors, as part of its mission to ‘change the world one book at a time'.

The idea of the podcast is to encourage people to slow down and consider important social issues and histories. The episodes are packed full of carefully considered arguments, frontline thinking and original voices.

Written by expert authors and creative thinkers, books published by Manchester University Press nurture powerful narratives, immersive histories and intimate biographies. The podcast series has been carefully curated to reflect these characteristics, and provides listeners with a compelling and immersive experience that amplifies the unique tone and voice of MUP’s authors. 

The podcast reflects on the shared interests between academia and society, highlighting how academics are actively tackling some of society’s biggest issues and contested subjects. 

This first series consists of six episodes, each one focusing on a different book from MUP’s non-fiction list. Each episode features a conversation with an author, hosted either by one of MUP’s in-house editors or an expert in the field.

The wide variety of subjects covered include UK climate targets, the broken railway system, LGBTQ+ experiences and the recent history of Manchester.

The series has been recorded and edited by Rob Cave, who previously produced documentaries for BBC Radio and BBC World Service.

“Good publishers don’t just package content and send it out into the world – they are part of the conversation, and invest in sharing ideas that benefit society,” said MUP Chief Executive Simon Ross. 

I’m so pleased to see the launch of this podcast - it is a great example of how we are giving voice to our authors, addressing important social and political issues, and taking advantage of new communication channels to reach audiences both within and beyond the university classroom.

Simon Ross, MUP Chief Executive

All six episodes are available now on various platforms including Spotify and Acast.

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