Public Books 101

Season One: The Internet

Where did the internet come from? In this five-part series, we’ll cover how the internet was built, whose interests it was built to serve, and what it is doing to individuals, societies, and cultures.

Season Two: The Novel Now

What value does the novel, a centuries-old technology, still hold for readers? In this five-part series, we’ll hear from novelists, scholars, and medical doctors about why we still read, write, and love novels in the 21st century.

Season Three: Becoming Data

How long has human life been quantified as data, and in what contexts? How are people pushing back against the datafication of human life, work, health, and citizenship?