Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Heads-up for 9 November 2010

Mahabharata Podcast
Episode 31 - Rshyashrnga
The Pandavas continue their pilgrimage to all the holy sites of India. With Lomasha as their guide & storyteller, they hear the stories of Rshyashrnga and then the story of Rama Jamadagnya, or "Battle-Axe" Rama, who cut his own mother's head off and single-handedly killed off the entire race of Kshatriyas 21 times!

Also, J.A.B. Van Buitenen, our translator for most of the podcast so far, gives us a hypothesis that the story of Rshyashrnga made its way to Medieval Europe in the form of the Unicorn myth. It is certainly interesting that it took a virgin to capture the unicorn for the king.
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Philosophy Bites
Gideon Rosen on Moral Responsibility
What is moral responsibility? Are there ever grounds for saying that we have diminished responsibility? Gideon Rosen addresses these questions in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy
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Elucidations: A University of Chicago Podcast
Episode 17: Brandon Fogel discusses mechanism and causation
In this episode, Brandon Fogel discusses how attitudes toward the idea of action at a distance have changed over the course of history.
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Stuff You Missed in History Class
A Jewish Pirate's Life for Me!
During the golden age of Caribbean piracy, people from all walks of life set sail in search of gold. Yet you may be surprised to hear that some of the pirates were Sephardic Jews. Tune in and learn more about the lives of Jewish pirates.
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KMTT - The Torah Podcast
Parshat Vayetze
KMTT - Parshat Vayetze, by Rav Alex Israel - Angels and Ladders
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TED Talks
Teaching design for change - Emily Pilloton (2010)
Designer Emily Pilloton moved to rural Bertie County, in North Carolina, to engage in a bold experiment of design-led community transformation. She's teaching a design-build class called Studio H that engages high schoolers' minds and bodies while bringing smart design and new opportunities to the poorest county in the state.
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