Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Heads-up for 1 December 2010

Rear Vision
Hamid Karzai
Hamid Karzai is at the centre of Afghani politics and the West is depending on him to establish a stable democratic government in Afghanistan. But who is Hamid Karzai and can he be relied upon?
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Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean
Jesus as Teacher, part 2: Present or Future Kingdom?
This is the second of two episodes that consider the historical Jesus in the role of teacher. Here I discuss evidence regarding Jesus’ conception of the “kingdom of God” and the scholarly debates regarding Jesus’ present or (imminent) future focus. This is part of series 5 (The Historical Jesus in Context) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast.
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The China History Podcast
The Sui Dynasty
The demise of the Southern & Northern Dynasties brought us a China unified under the Sui emperors Wen and Yang. This ephemeral dynasty laid the groundwork for the splendor of the Tang dynasty. Lasting only 37 years, the Sui Dynasty doesn't get the limelight enjoyed by the great dynasties of Han, Tang, Song, Ming and Qing but it played a critical role in the development of a unified China.
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The Prospect Magazine podcast
Everyday Philosophy: Nigel Warburton on the value of Philosophy
In the brave new cost-benefit world of university cuts, how will Philosophy fare? While knowing your Wittgenstein might not generate huge sums for the national economy, studying philosophy does impart marketable skills. Still, the subject's ultimate value surely resides in less quantifiable goods...
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Social Innovation Conversations
Leif Nelson - Name Your Price: A Pricing Strategy Aimed at Achieving Corporate Social Responsibility and Profit
Identity-related purchasing decisions are illuminated by Leif Nelson who shows how cause-related marketing intersects with pay-what-you-want pricing. In this audio lecture, sponsored by the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, Nelson contends greater revenue and increased goodwill for corporate sponsors can be directly related. These field experiments at major theme parks manipulated various aspects of the purchasing experience for souvenir action photos. Nelson defines a new concept of "shared social responsibility."
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London School of Economics: Public lectures and events
The Sixth Crisis: Iran, Israel, America, and the Rumors of War
Dr. Allin will speak on the tangle of Middle East crises: Iran's growing nuclear challenge, the impasse on Israel-Palestine, and the consequences of both for President Obama's efforts to recast America's relations with the world's Muslims. This event marks the publication of Dr Allin's latest book The Sixth Crisis: Iran, Israel, America, and the Rumors of War. Dana H. Allin is Editor, Survival, and Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. He is also Adjunct Professor of European Studies at the Bologna Center of the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University.
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Ciencia y Genios
Del teléfono al hidroala. Alexander Graham Bell
Alexander Graham Bell (1847 – 1922) es conocido gracias al invento del teléfono, una fama merecida pero, en cierta medida, injusta porque hizo muchas cosas más. A lo largo de toda su vida, Bell obtuvo la patente de 30 inventos, varios de ellos relacionados con el teléfono, otros con el telégrafo y el fonógrafo, ideó y patentó el fotófono, un aparato que enviaba señales utilizando como agente transmisor un rayo de luz y después las convertía en sonido, diseñó un detector de metales y dedicó una gran cantidad de energía al desarrollo de un hidroplano que fue el precursor de los modernos hidroalas o aliscafos
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