Cities was included in the second season of Hold that Thought, recorded in Spring 2013.



Michael Allen, in Last House Standing
Allen founded the Preservation Research Office in St. Louis, which synthesizes Allen’s professional expertise and practice in public architectural history, started in 2003 when he began writing the widely-read website (now blog) Ecology of Absence. Allen’s research has remained concerned with the impact of deindustrialization, population loss, and postwar urban renewal projects on the preservation of historic urban landscapes.


Marcus Berliant, in What's in a Commute?
Berliant is a professor of Economics at Washington University. His research areas include Public Finance, Mathematical Economics, and Urban Economics. Topics currently under study are the politics of income taxation, the microstructure of knowledge creation, and the location and growth of cities.




Susanne Cowan, in Social Design of Cities
Cowan is a post-doctoral fellow in architecture and history at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research focuses on the relationship between urban design and the social conditions of cities, particularly regarding participatory democracy as a method for making city planning and policy decisions.



Margaret Garb, in City of the Big Shoulders, Part I and Part II
Garb is an associate professor of history at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research focuses on the American City in the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of poverty and social reform in the U.S., the history of the modern American landscape, and Black politics in American history.




John Kelly, in Cahokia: Ancient City
Kelly is a senior lecturer in archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis. His interest and expertise is in Eastern North American archaeology with a focus on the central Mississippi River Valley and the cultural  developments related to Mississippian culture, especially the Cahokia site. Most recently he became involved in the rediscovery of the Mississippian mound center in East St. Louis.



Nancy Reynolds, in A Tale of Dual Cities
Reynolds is a professor in history at Washington University in St. Louis with appointments in Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her research centers on the .




William Tate, in Mapping the City
Tate is chair of the Education department at Washington University, and has held appointments in American Culture Studies, Center for Applied Statistics and Computation, and Urban Studies. His research often explores (1) the social determinants of science, math, engineering, and technology attainment; (2) epidemiological models and geospatial applications; and (3) social development of youth in the context of urban communities.



Carol Camp Yeakey, in Global Cities and Up from Rust?
Yeakey is the Founding Director of the Washington University Center on Urban Research and Policy and the Founding Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Urban Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.  She also holds faculty appointments in Education, International & Area Studies, American Culture Studies, and Urban Studies. Her primary area of research is social welfare policy as said policy pertains to marginalized children, young adults and families and the neighborhood contexts in which they live.