Professor Nancy Tomes, from Stony Brook University’s Department of History, will be featured in a segment of the weekly public radio show “This American Life.” The broadcast will air Friday, January 25, and then will be available for streaming starting Sunday, January 27, after 8 pm Eastern Standard Time at thisamericanlife.org.
The theme of the broadcast, “Surrogates,” centers on the power of gossip in politics, particularly the “Petticoat Affair” that involved members of President Andrew Jackson’s Cabinet and their wives. Although it started over a private matter, it affected the political careers of several men.
“This American Life” is broadcast on more than 500 stations to approximately 1.8 million listeners. It is produced by Chicago Public Media, distributed by Public Radio International and has won all of the major broadcasting awards. It is also often the most popular podcast in the country, with about 700,000 people downloading each week.
Professor Tomes’ research interest include the history of medicine, women and gender, and U.S. cultural history. She is the author of three books, two on the history of American mental hospitals, and The Gospel of Germs: Men, Women and the Microbe in American Life, which won multiple book prizes.