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Author and Historian Gregg Mitman Discusses His New Book Empire of Rubber | Nov. 23, 2021

On this episode, Chris and Claire speak with Greg Mitman, an award-winning environmental historian, filmmaker and professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who has written Empire of Rubber.

Mitman's book details how Liberia was transformed into America’s rubber empire. Mitman gives a riveting narrative into the ecology and disease, and racial politics and political maneuvering brought on by a corporate empire, the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. Empire of Rubber is a crucial contribution to our understanding of twentieth-century colonialism and the rise of multinational corporations.

Co-host of KPCW's This Green Earth.
Claire is the producer of This Green Earth and a volunteer DJ on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.