Fred Turner

Fred Turner is Assistant Professor in the Communications department at Stanford University and Director of the Undergraduate Program. He received his Ph.d in Communication from the University of California, San Diego and his B.A. and M.A. from Brown University and Columbia University, respectively.

Turner's research and teaching focus on digital media, journalism, and the intersection of media and American cultural history, and he has written two books: From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network and the Rise of Digital Utopianism (2006) and Echoes of Combat: The Vietnam War in American Memory (1996; revised 2nd ed. 2001). Before joining the Stanford faculty, Turner taught Communication at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and M. I. T. and worked as a journalist for ten years. More information about Fred Turner can be found here.


Volume 89

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Guests on Volume 89: Thomas Hibbs, on the theme of the possibility of redemption in film noir and similar film genres; Barrett Fisher, on the films of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman; Fred Turner, on 1960s dreams of countercultural change and the rise of the Whole Earth Catalog; Dan Blazer, on why psychiatric disorders require attention to the story of patients’ lives; Christopher Lane, on the complex characteristics of anxiety and the tendency to treat the absence of ease with drugs; and Jerome C. Wakefield, on how psychiatry began ignoring causes of mental suffering and so defined sadness as a disease.