Banking on the Body: An Interview

How did we come to think of spaces for the storage and circulation of body parts as “banks,” and what are the consequences of that history for the way we think about human bodies as property today? Kara W. Swanson’s wonderful new book traces the history of body banks in America from the nineteenth century to today, focusing especially on milk, blood, and sperm. We had a chance to talk about Banking on the Body: The Market in Blood, Milk, and Sperm in Modern America for the New Books in Science, Tech, & Society podcast, and you can listen to our conversation here.