Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Podcast Playlist for 31 July 2011 (2)

Philosophy Bites
Luc Bovens on Catholicism and HIV
Luc Bovens, a philosopher at the London School of Economics argues that Catholic sexual morality should, on grounds of consistency within its doctrine, permit condom use for HIV discordant couples (in which one member has HIV and the other doesn't). Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.
(review, feed)

Beyond the Book
In the Plex
Join CCC’s Chris Kenneally on a tour of a secretive lair where some of the world’s greatest engineering and entrepreneurial minds plot the campaigns of a global empire. The place is the Googleplex, Mountain View, California; our guide is Steven Levy, author of “In the Plex,” out this spring from Simon & Schuster. A senior writer for “Wired” and previously author of several books examining the goings-on in Silicon Valley including “Insanely Great,” about Apple, and “Hackers: Heroes from the Computer Revolution.” Steven Levy first wrote about Google in February 1999 for Newsweek. The long relationship he has developed with the company has afforded deeper access as a journalist than almost anyone else. “I came to understand the products of Google are characters in themselves in the book,” Levy told Kenneally. “To understand how search works and how the Google ad model works, gives you insight not only into those products, but the people behind them and the values behind Google.” Last month, Google unveiled its latest social media offering, Google+, which Levy was privy to while the project was being developed under the code name, “Emerald Sea,” but unable to write about in details in his book because it wasn’t yet released (his reporting is now available on Steven Levy’s blog post at “We’ve only seen the beginnings of Google+ now. There are a lot of shoes to drop,” Levy said. “Google thought they could do it in 100 days. It took almost a year. But they’re delighted at the response it’s gotten.”
(review, feed)

A Podcast Playlist for 31 July 2011 (1)

A Call for Compassion
Karen Armstrong joins host Mary Hynes for a feature interview on Armstrong's Charter of Compassion. Her wish for a more compassionate world got the nod, and much-deserved seed money from the TED Foundation. The Charter was written and endorsed by some of the world's leading thinkers.
(review, feed)

Ancient Rome Refocused
"Ancient Troy, Graphic Novels and Brad Pitt?"
Mr. Cain goes back to Ancient Troy and we join Aeneas as he flees the city guided by the goddess Aphrodite. Eric Shanower the writer and illustrator of the graphic novels THE AGE OF BRONZE is interviewed. Yes, Brad Pitt is discussed and the movie Troy.
(review, feed)

OVT Podcast
OVT 31 juli 2011 uur 2
Met o.a. Ongehoord: Moskou, Vladimir Vyssotski !
(review, feed)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Today in Podcast - 30 July 2011 (2)

Nadia Comaneci
The gymnast, Nadia Comaneci, recalls scoring a "perfect 10" at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.
(review, feed)

Omega Tau Podcast
Zellbiologie 2: Forschung
Nachdem Tanja Maritzen uns in Episode 69 bereits die Grundlagen der Zellbiologie nähergebracht hat, geht es in diesem Gespräch mit ihr um die Erforschung der Molekularbiologie. Wir sprechen darüber, wofür man bei der Forschung an Zellen Antikörper braucht und wie man diese herstellt, wie man Proteine markiert, was man im Mikroskop sehen kann und was nicht und inwieweit Experimente reproduzierbar sind.
(review, feed)

Today in Podcast - 30 July 2011 (1)

The China History Podcast
Daoism - Part 2
More Daoism this week. We look at Zhuangzi and trace the development of Daoism during the classical age from the Han Dynasty to the Tang.
(review, feed)

Forgotten Classics
Genesis, chapters 32-33
In which Jacob prepares for his family reunion. Will he survive it?
(review, feed)

Terror Has A Business Plan
Combating its menace will be one of the biggest challenges of this decade. And for most part nations like India have failed to stifle the growth of terrorism. Perhaps we still havent developed a robust understanding of its root causes and also an effective toolkit to deal with it. Thats why we requested Sundeep Waslekar, president of Strategic Foresight Group, a leading think tank which advises governments around the world, to focus on that question. He and his team have studied every major terrorist group across the world and their practices over several decades.India is at the crossroads in its war on terror. Waslekars essay is a wake-up call for those who believe success lies in simply fighting terror with terror. And that doesnt necessarily make us a soft state.
(review, feed)

Philosopher's Zone
The moral judgement of psychopaths
Our guest this week says psychopaths are rarely high functioning corporate executives with a taste for downsizing. More often, they are low functioning and far more prone than to violent crime than the rest of the population. Today we explore moral judgement, neuroscience, psychopathy and the criminal justice system with ethics Professor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong from Duke University in the United States.
(review, feed)

Podcast reports until July 2011

Over the past weeks, a many people have contacted me with podcast reports - here is the lot of them:


Craig Nybo has left a new comment on your post "Report a Podcast":

I produce a fiction podcast called Scary Stories with Craig Nybo (Scary Stories with Craig Nybo on iTunes, feed). It’s a mix of horror and sci-fi short stories read by the author and enhanced with music and sound effects.

If you have a second, I would love it if you would check it out and write an honest review.

My email address:

Yours truly,

Craig Nybo

Thanks for your time.


Jane Davies has left a new comment on your post "Report a Podcast":

European Cultural History Course

About 70 lectures given by George L Mosse at the University of Wisconsin Madison - quite a few years ago.

I used the "downloadthemall" program to download the MP3s. This was a bit of work to do as you have to go to each lecture page separately for a lot of the lectures.

I have not yet listened to them all, but what excerpts I have listened to have given me a good flavour, and I look forward to listening to the whole course.

Love your site!
Jane Davies UK


From: AK40Show
To: Anne is a Man
Sent: Tuesday, 21 June 2011, 21:25
Subject: AK40SHOW podcast for review

we're also on itunes.

we have 38 episodes so far. I would love to hear your feedback.
We range from comedy, to social commentary, to psychology and
relationships, to ridiculous, to how the hell do you get arrested

Aaron & Kris Drinkin' 40's Doin' A Show (feed)

thanks for your time


wearenotalone has left a new comment on your post "Report a Podcast":

Hello, we'd love it if you could take a look at We Are Not Alone, the 1950s science fiction sketch comedy podcast. (feed)

Here's the pitch:
Enter the strange world of mad scientists, out of control robots and cold war paranoia in the 1950s science fiction themed We Are Not Alone comedy podcasts.
Are you constantly plagued by mad scientists trying to rule the world? Do you reminisce about the days when we all feared for our existence due to nuclear warheads pointing at our homes? Do you long for the days before the invention of shower gel and regional accents?
Join us for a re-evaluation of history past, present and future. Come on in, the conspiracy is lovely.


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Report a Podcast":

To whom it may concern,

My name is Syd. I conduct a comedy podcast named The Argument (feed). It usually makes special time for the ridiculous, or otherwise absurd kinds of debates you get into with your friends about nothing and everything. These topics rarely, if ever, include anything of any social substance, as we prefer to discuss things like "Immortality: Would You Life Forever If You Could?" or the merits of using Facebook or not. The podcast is recorded in Louisville, KY. This is something we're revisiting, as the Argument was a podcast we'd initially conducted about three to four years ago, and those episodes should soon be up again, so we should have approximately 26 episodes. Fair warning, we are often rambly and prone to R-Rated comments about whatever our subject matter is; we rarely censure ourselves.

Hope this finds you well,


Hi Anne,

I am the co-producer of a weekly music reviews podcast called MSI: Music Scene Investigation and I was wondering if you would be willing to review the show for us? (feed)

Producers : Ian Husbands & Rich Wildman
Host : Rich Wildman

Each week we review 3 random songs on a one-off, first listen basis, and then review the songs, talking about the aspects of songwriting, mixing, production, arrangements, performances and personal opinion. Each week our in-house team are joined by a guest panelist who is and expert in their field, and we have been lucky enough to be joined by award winning songwriter John Schroeder, Britain's Best Blues Drummer (5 years consecutive) Sam Kelly, Singer/Songwriter/Producer Paul Miro and many more, including radio DJ's, indie music website owners and more... At the end of each show, we choose one of the reviewed songs to be Song Of The Week, which we then actively promote through our website and social networks!

We hope you enjoy the show and that you feel you can review it. We look forward to your thoughts.


Ian Husbands
MSI: Music Scene Investigation


Kmap has left a new comment on your post "Report a Podcast":

I will be selfish and submit my own podcast. I'd love to get your thoughts on it. It's an Adventures in Odyssey Fan podcast. Completely volunteer with no sponsors or budget. We make the podcast for the love of Podcasting. Feel free to check it out and let us know.

You can find it on Itunes too by searching The Ceiling Fan (feed).



David Crowther has left a new comment on your post "Report a Podcast":

I found you website really useful - it made me give Dan Carlin's podcast a go - so here's my very own podcast I'm submitting for everyone's thoughts . . it's a history of England from the arrival of the Anglo Saxons to 1901. You can get it on iTunes by typing in the history of england, or go to (feed)


Friday, July 29, 2011

A Podcast Playlist for 29 July 2011 (2)

BBC History magazine
BBC History Magazine - 29th July 2011
John K Walton explores the British seaside holiday while Ralph Houlbrooke delves into the reign of Edward VI. To find out more, visit
(review, feed)

Book Review
Helen Schulman on her novel, "The Beautiful Life"; how computers reveal the jargon of fiction; best-seller news.
This week, Helen Schulman on her novel, "The Beautiful Life"; linguist Ben Zimmer explains how computers reveal the jargon of fiction; Julie Bosman has notes from the field; and Jennifer Schuessler has best-seller news. Sam Tanenhaus is the host.
(review, feed)

The Korea Society
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's remarks at The Korea Society 2011 Annual Dinner
On July 19th, 2011, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the members, friends, and supporters of The Korea Society at the organization’s 2011 Annual Dinner in New York City. He spoke about his unanimous election to a second term as Secretary-General, the strength of the U.S.-Korea partnership, and the obligation to help spread the “Korean dream” of “development, good governance, good government, human rights, peace and prosperity.”
(review, feed)

A Podcast Playlist for 29 July 2011 (1)

On Being
Words That Shimmer from The Civil Conversations Project
Poetry is something many of us seem to be hungry for these days. We're hungry for fresh ways to tell hard truths and redemptive stories, for language that would elevate and embolden rather than demean and alienate. Elizabeth Alexander shares her sense of what poetry works in us -- and in our children -- and why it may become more relevant, not less so, in hard and complicated times.
(review, feed)

The Christian Humanist Podcast
Theological Dramatics
Michial Farmer moderates a discussion with Nathan Gilmour and David Grubbs about Nathan's recent book Theological Dramatics: Two Christological Case Studies. Along with some discussions of John Milton's Paradise Regained and Aemelia Lanyer's Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum (the two texts that the book discusses), the conversation ranges into the relationships between poetry, sermon, and criticism; and church and academy. Among the texts, ideas, and writers that we discuss are John Milton, Aemeila Lanyer, the possibility of Christian literary criticism, New Historicism, and Jesus poems.
(review, feed)

Het Marathoninterview
Willem den Ouden, schilder
Willem den Ouden, is bekend tekenaar en schilder. Het Nederlandse landschap is zijn grootste inspiratiebron en thema. Op 25 juli 1997 sprak Jacqueline Maris met hem in het Marathoninterview.
(review, feed)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Podcast Playlist for 28 July 2011 (2)

Engines Of Our Ingenuity
What Did The Ancients Eat?
Episode: 1783 What did the ancients eat?
(review, feed)

Scientific American Podcast
Nobel Laureate Avram Hershko: The Orchestra In The Cell
Nobel Laureate Avram Hershko, who determined cellular mechanisms for breaking down proteins, talks about his research in a conversation recorded at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany. And Scientific American editor-in-chief Mariette DiChristina discusses the recent inaugural Google Science Fair.
(review, feed)

Het Marathoninterview
van Kooten en de Bie
Onlangs op een postzegel en in het najaar op TV: in een driedelige documentaireserie over wat begon als Klisjeemannetjes. Van Kooten en De Bie praten dan met Coen Verbraak. Op de radio werden ze al in januari 2004 drie uren lang door Arend Jan Heerma van Voss over geluk en gewoon en vroeger en schuifdeuren bevraagd.
(review, feed)

But thinking makes it so - Bloom on TED

I was about to propose today's TED Talks as a listening tip, when I just could not stop watching and found us a real gem: The origins of pleasure - Paul Bloom
(feed)Bloom's talk kicks off by showing how pleasure works for us. By extension, but noted in passing rather, for pain goes the same. It is not enough to say: It is all in the mind, because it is very real. So watch and as a bonus, Bloom is also very entertaining. Want more Bloom? Check Yale - see below.

More Paul Bloom:
Psychology course at Yale

More TED:
David Christian: Big History,
Naomi Klein: Addicted to risk,
Rise of women, fall of men - inequality again,
Rory Sutherland,
Dimitar Sasselov,

A Podcast Playlist for 28 July 2011 (1)

Africa Past & Present
Episode 54: Political Biography
Heather Hughes (University of Lincoln) on her new biography of John Langalibalele Dube, founding president of the African National Congress of South Africa, which celebrates its centenary in 2012. Hughes focuses on Dube’s rich connections to the United States; his educational work and political beliefs; and the previously overlooked role of Nokutela Dube.
(review, feed)

Thinking Allowed
Martha Nussbaum
Is there a better way to judge the development of a country than to measure its GDP? The philosopher Martha Nussbaum tells Laurie about her 'human capabilities' approach.
(review, feed)

Leonard Lopate Show
Theodor Fontane’s Effi Briest and Irretrievable
This summer’s first Underappreciated segment is on 19th-century Realist writer Theodor Fontane. Professor Edith H. Krause, Professor of German and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Duquesnes University, discusses Fontane’s best known works—his 1896 novel Effi Briest, considered a masterpiece of realist fiction alongside Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina, and his 1892 novel Irretrievable, which was recently re-published by New York Review of Books.
(review, feed)

History According to Bob
History of Tea Drinking Part 3
This show is part3 of 3 on the History of Tea Drinking.
(review, feed)

SALT - Seminars About Long Term Thinking
Geoffrey B. West
Why Cities Keep on Growing, Corporations Always Die, and Life Gets Faster
(review, feed)

Logan on Language - Big Ideas (TVO)

Finally I have regained some time and on-line connection to write a little more on the blog. I would like to take the opportunity to dig through a long list of podcasts I listened to in the past months and give them short reviews as yet.

The first I bump into, was relatively recently on my playlist. An issue from Big Ideas (TVO). They rerun a short lecture from 2002: Robert K. Logan on The Origin and Evolution of Language. In this lecture Logan not only explains how, in his view, language evolved, but also how it continues to evolve and affects human evolution until this day. In this respect he treats the internet also as 'language', which sounds more confusing than it pans out in the lecture. The basic tenet is that humanity has been able to progress dramatically every time it improved the efficacy and abstract quality of its communications. (feed)

The result is a stimulating and thought-provoking lecture. The only drawback is that the lecture is too short (24 minutes) to dig deep enough and with the amount of mental leaps Logan presents, I got to feel rather uncomfortable and unconvinced. It all seemed a bit too simplified. An example of such is to explain the progress of the West in comparison with China from the alphabet, which is more abstract and reductional than the Chinese character-based script. Really? That takes more than a claim, that needs quite a lengthy argument.

More Big Ideas:
Meaning Systems
The Elegance of the Hedgehog,
Age of Unequals,
Dan Dennett: what should replace religion?,
Chris Hedges.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Podcast Playlist for 27 July 2011 (2)

Exploring Environmental History
A transformed landscape: the steppes of Ukraine and Russia
The steppes of Ukraine and Russia were once a sea of grass on rolling plains on which pastoral nomadic peoples grazed their herds of livestock. From the eighteenth century, the steppes have been transformed into a major agricultural region. This process started after the region was annexed to the Russian Empire and settled by migrants from forested landscapes in central and northern Russia and Ukraine and also from central Europe. By the twentieth century, the former steppe landscape had almost disappeared, save a few remnants protected in nature reserves (zapovedniki). In this podcast episode, David Moon, professor of Russian history at Durham University, UK, talks about his recent visit to the Ukrainian steppes. In addition to conventional historical research in archives and libraries in Odessa, he travelled through the steppes, visited nature reserves, and met scientists to help him understand how the landscape had been transformed over time. This episode provides fascinating insights into the environmental history of the steppes and the way that environmental historians go about studying the history of landscapes and environments.
(review, feed)

Documentary on One
DocArchive: The Permanent Way
A documentary on railway men as told by people who have worked the tracks, telling the story of rail transit in Ireland from steam to electric. (Broadcast in 1985)
(review, feed)

The Moral Foundations of Politics (Yale)

Currently on my iPod features prominently an open Yale course The Moral Foundations of Politics with Professor Ian Shapiro (feed). This course kicks off with the promise to delve into questions of legitimacy of the political order, but as I am through half the course, we are for the time being, still, mostly delving into the history of political theory, with an additional emphasis on political economy. A lot of Bentham, Mill and by now Marx with a lot of Pareto, Ricardo and Adam Smith.

I am happy though with the four lectures' attention to Marx in this framework. It helped me to understand a little bit more, what I somehow could not digest in the all out reading of Marx's Das Kapital a podcast with Richard Harvey (feed)

Shapiro's delivery of Marx is more distant, more concise and applied. All in all a very interesting course, though I am still waiting to get less economics and more moral philosophy. Maybe in the second half...

More open Yale courses:
History of epidemics,
Early Modern England,
European Civilization 1648-1945,
France since 1871,
New Testament, history and literature.

A Podcast Playlist for 27 July 2011 (1)

The Economist
Terrorism in Norway
Our correspondent in Norway reports on the fallout from Friday's twin terror attacks in Oslo and the nearby island of Utøya
(review, feed)

Mahabharata Podcast
Kurukshetra, Days 5 & 6
Episode 65 - The fifth and sixth days of the great war. Arjun wipes out an army of 25,000, and we find out Satyaki has 10 fully grown sons. Soon after we learn about these sons, they get decapitated by King Bhurishravas. In return, Satyaki kills off the king's entire army, but the pair are too well-matched and both must be dragged off of the battlefield after sunset. Bhima can't resist an opportunity to kill more cousins, but risks getting himself killed or captured behind enemy lines. Dhrstadyumna rescues him, only to require rescuing by Abhimanyu.
(review, feed)

New Books in African Studies
Stephen Ellis, “Seasons of Rains: Africa and the World”
Globalisation has not passed Africa by. The recent boom in commodity prices has had a direct impact on African markets, as has the inescapable presence of new global powers like China on the continent. The massive amount of under-utilised agricultural land in Africa has also drawn buyers from the United States, East Asia, and Middle East. Globalization has also led to opportunities, as infrastructure is developed and mobile-phone based technologies revolutionise the way Africans live and work. Growth rates in many countries in this new, outward-looking Africa are high enough to make even the Chinese jealous. It is this wider global context that Stephen Ellis tries to draw out in his new book Season of Rains: Africa in the World (Hurst, 2011). Ellis does more, though, than place Africa in the context of globalization. He also shifts perceptions of Africa away from the familiar historical framework of colonialism and post-colonialism. There is of course far more to Africa than that.
(review, feed)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Podcast Playlist for 26 July 2011

The Economist
Israeli Jews in a Palestinian state
As Palestinians campaign for statehood, an Israeli settler in the West Bank city of Hebron considers a city shared by Muslims and Jews
(review, feed)

Leonard Lopate Show
Civil Conversations with Krista Tippett
Public Radio’s Krista Tippett, host of On Being, discuss her upcoming six-part series “Civil Conversations,” which will explore new ways Americans can connect across the bitterest and most divisive issues of our time and offers a model for how to engage with our differences rather than trade easy answers.
(review, feed)

Inspired Minds
Aaron Houston – Filmmaker
Canadian Aaron Houston has written and directed several short films including the titles "Rousing Doug" and "Two theories, one stone," which have won him numerous accolades. He has just completed his first feature film as writer/director of the comedy "Sunflower Hour," which premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and won the Independent Camera Award.
(review, feed)

Schlaflos in München
SiM #600 - Es ist wieder vollbracht
Seit über sechs Jahren gibt es SiM, und heute ist es Zeit für Folge 600. Kaum zu glauben, am wenigsten von mir selbst. Ich freue mich sehr, dass meine Podcast-Kollegen und -Hörer die Folge mitgestalten. Zu hören sind Uwe Baltner von "Nettes Frettchen", Oli und Alex vom Digital-Dictators-Podcast, Philipp vom "toheselü: Ein Mensch wie Du und ich"-Podcast, Daniel Fiene von "Was mit Medien", Oli und Andreas von den Couchpotatoes, Norman vom Normcast, Thomas von "Talk about Business" und Stammhörer Michael. Danke Euch allen! Und danke auch dem neuen Familienmitglied Yeti für die schöne Aufnahme...
(review, feed)

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Podcast Playlist for 25 July 2011

US History before 1870US History Since 1877
For apparent reasons of bandwidth, the history courses from Gretchen Reilly (Temple College) are not available throughout the year. These courses are, however, very popular among podcast listeners and so here is a heads-up that the courses US History before 1870 and since 1877 are back up.
(review before 1870, feed // review since 1877, feed)

The History of Rome
The Road to Constantinople
Once he was established as a force to be reckoned with in the west, Julian revolted against Constantius II in 360 after the Emperor ordered half the Gallic army redeployed to the eastern frontier.
(review, feed)

Burqas and Bans: Freedom or Oppression?
The outspoken and controversial women's rights activist Farzana Hassan explores whether the niqab, the face-covering veil traditionally worn by Islamic women, is a symbol of religious expression or a tool of oppression. IDEAS recorded her delivering the 2011 UBC/Laurier Institution Multiculturalism Lecture in Vancouver.
(review, feed)

Wanhoffs Wunderbare Welt der Wissenschaft
Reise ins Innere des Körpers
Kernporenkomplex nachgebaut; Fett in Zucker umwandeln; Trauma Weltkrieg; Eucono Neuronen spielen Rolle bei Selbstmord
(review, feed)

Het Marathoninterview
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
In Amerika zal de brief aan haar ongeboren kind waarschijnlijk in oktober 2011 bezorgd kunnen worden. Ayaan Hirsi Ali heeft verteld dat ze moeder wordt in het werelddeel, waar ze hals over kop naar vertrok in 2006 toen de Nederlandse politiek haar de strot uitkwam. Djoeke Veeninga sprak tweede kerstdag 2003 met Ayaan toen ze nog in de Tweede Kamer zat voor de VVD.
(review, feed)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Podcast Playlist for 24 July 2011

The Philosophy Podcast
Thomas Aquinas
In this introductory lecture Professor Kreeft provides a brief biography of a theological titan.
(review, feed)

The Tolkien Professor
WC Faerie Course, Session 17
Andrew Lang Session 2, in which we discuss "Rumpelstiltzkin," "Hansel and Grettel," and "Beauty and the Beast." Recorded 3/2/11.
(review, feed)

Big Ideas
The Age of Unequals: An Evening with Richard Wilkinson
Armine Yalnizyan, Jordan Peterson, and Matthew Mendelsohn join epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson to discuss why equality is better for everyone, the theme of Wilkinson's book, The Spirit Level
(review, feed)

Preachers Who Don't Believe In God
A recent study from Tufts University tells the story of several pastors who no longer believe in God. Most are still working in churches, still preaching sermons, and still counseling the faithful. They are isolated and, in some cases, unable to confide even in their own families, for fear of what their newfound disbelief may do to their relationships. We speak with two pastors who took part in the study, as well as hear from Daniel Dennett, professor of philosophy and co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University.
(review, feed)

Ondergang van het Islamitisch College Amsterdam
Het is vakantie, de scholen gaan dicht. Maar één school in Amsterdam gaat ook na de vakantie niet meer open: dat is het Islamitisch College Amsterdam. De tweede islamitische middelbare school van Nederland, de enige andere staat in Rotterdam, moet sluiten. Daarmee komt na tien jaar een einde aan het roerige bestaan van deze school in Slotervaart, in Amsterdam West. Reden voor ons om opkomst en ondergang van de school te reconstrueren. Dat leidde tot twee uitzendingen in februari van dit jaar met als nieuws dat maar liefst 95 kinderen van het ICA overwogen om thuisonderwijs te gaan volgen. Dat hield de gemoederen toen flink bezig. Van die 95 zijn er inmiddels nog maar 5 over. Maar naar het islamitisch College kunnen de kinderen niet meer. Vandaag het eerste deel van de geschiedenis van het islamitisch College, een reportage van Anja Vink en Irene Houthuijs.
(review, feed)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Podcast Playlist for 23 July 2011

The Economist
Saving the euro
Markets may have rallied, but the latest deal still doesn't get Europe out of the woods, say our correspondents
(review, feed)

BBC History magazine
BBC History Magazine - 22nd July 2011
George Bernard describes the reign of Henry VIII and Justin Champion talks Thomas Hobbes. To find out more, visit
(review, feed)

Social Innovation Conversations
Dr. David Shern & Fr. Larry Snyder - The Role of the Voluntary Sector in the Era of Health Reform
Despite falling to number 49 on the list of countries ranked by life expectancy, the United States still spends roughly twice as much on health care per capita as other top-ranked nations. In this panel discussion, Dr. David Shern and Father Larry Snyder discuss the role of the voluntary sector in this period of necessary reform, and what their organizations specifically are doing to improve the quality of American lives.
(review, feed)

Book Review
Janet Reitman's "Inside Scientology" and Adam Ross on His New Story collection, "Ladies and Gentlemen"
This week, Janet Reitman discusses her new book, "Inside Scientology"; Adam Ross describes the inspiration for his story collection, "Ladies and Gentlemen"; Julie Bosman has notes from the field; and Jennifer Schuessler has best-seller news. Sam Tanenhaus is the host.
(review, feed)

Ciencia y Genios
La herencia y el sabio hortelano. Gregor Mendel.
El 8 de febrero de 1865, el monje agustino Gregor Mendel presentaba la primera parte de sus investigaciones ante sus colegas de la Sociedad de Historia Natural de Brünn (ahora Brno, en la República Checa). Su trabajo titulado Experimentos en la hibridación de las plantas sembró las bases del conocimiento actual sobre la herencia genética.
(review, feed)

New Books in Russia and Eurasian Studies
Lewis Siegelbaum, “Cars for Comrades: The Life of the Soviet Automobile”
A recent editorial in the Moscow Times declared that in Moscow “the car is king.” Indeed, one word Muscovites constantly mutter is probka (traffic jam). The boom in car ownership is transforming Russian life itself, and for some not necessarily for the better. “The joy of personal mobility — that is, automobile ownership — has completely eclipsed the value of community life. But the joy of car ownership has long ceased being a joy and has instead become a burden, with traffic jams causing frequent delays, smog and even clogged sidewalks. We have created an environment that is environmentally, socially and economically harmful.”
(review, feed)

Friday, July 22, 2011

A Podcast Playlist for 22 July 2011

The Economist
Abhijit Banerjee on poverty
The professor of economics at MIT shares his radical ideas for fighting global poverty
(review, feed)

KQED's Forum
Egypt Update
It's been six months since protesters took to the streets in Egypt's Arab Spring. Although the country is considered a model for other nations in the region, a new wave of protests has erupted -- and the success of the revolution is in question.
(review, feed)

WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show
Who or Whom?
Today Patricia T. O'Conner was on the Lopate Show to talk about language and grammar and to answer listener questions on the topic, and Natalie from Westchester called to shared a trick she uses to figure out when to use "who" and when to use "whom" in a sentence. She explained: If you would answer the question with "he" or "she," you should ask the question with "who." And if you would answer with "him" or "her," you should ask the question with "whom." Which means "Whom does this shirt belong to?" is correct because the answer would be "It belongs to him (or her)." You would ask "Who is going uptown on the A train?" because the answer is "She (or he) is going uptown on the A train." Knowing the difference between who and whom confuses many people, and this is the simplest trick for figuring it out that I've ever come across. Thanks, Natalie from Westchester!
(review, feed)

ITV Tour de France Podcast
ITV TDF Stage 18 2011
One of the great stages in the Tour's history saw Andy Schleck ride away from the peloton and up the Col du Galibier to win Stage 18 and close to within 15 seconds of the yellow jersey
(review, feed)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Podcast Playlist for 21 July 2011

The China History Podcast
Daoism - Part 1
In this week's episode Laszlo tackles Daoism, a philosophy, a religion and way of life that everyone has heard about but not everyone learned the backstory. This time we look at the history and the times that spawned this most fertile of philosophies. In later episodes we’ll dig a little deeper and look more at the religion and the philosophy.
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Scientific American Podcast
Nobel Laureate Peter Agre: From Aquaporins to Lutefisk
Peter Agre, 2003 Chemistry Nobel laureate for his work on aquaporins, the proteins that allow water into and out of cells, talks about his research, his upbringing and why he almost ran for the Senate, in a conversation recorded at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany
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Thinking Allowed
Privacy & Parenting by Mobile Phone
Why do we feel it so keenly when our privacy gets invaded? Christena Nippert-Eng talks about her new study of secrets and their betrayal. Also, Mirca Madianou on migrant Fillipina workers parenting their children by mobile phone.
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A Short History of Japan
You Bloody Ingrates; The Onin War and Revolting Peasants
The Ashikaga Shogunate stumbled and staggered through the 1400s. The Onin War (1466-1477)exemplifies so many of the changes, both positive and negative, that Japan went through. The provinces saw a rise in local military independence, the peasants’ life improved dramatically and the seemingly apathetic Shogun Yoshimasa wrote poetry as the capital burnt to the ground in an orgy of drunken violence.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Podcast Playlist for 20 July 2011

Omega Tau Podcast
Oracle Racing’s USA 17
This episode is a conversation with Mike Drummond, the Executive Designer for OracleRacing. We talk about the USA 17 yacht which won the 33rd America’s Cup. We talk about the characteristics of the boat, the design process and how the boat is driven during a race.
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History According to Bob
History of Tea drinking part 2
This show is part 2 of 3 on the history of tea drinking.
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Robert Stalnaker discusses conversational context
In this episode, Robert Stalnaker draws a distinction between two different meanings of the word 'context,' then explores some of its philosophical ramifications.
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ITV Tour de France Podcast
TDF Stage 16 2011
There was more Thor to marvel at on the road to Gap, and talking of gaps.....let the boys reveal all.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Podcast Playlist for 19 July 2011

Inspired Minds
John Malkovich - Actor, Director, Designer
Over the last 25 years, John Malkovich has appeared in more than 70 motion pictures including, "Empire of the Sun," "The Killing Fields," "Dangerous Liaisons" and of course "Being John Mailkovich. " But it is about his role as a fashion designer, that he talks to Breandáin O'Shea in this week's Inspired Minds.
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New Books In History
Anthony Penna, “The Human Footprint: A Global Environmental History”
One of the most disturbing insights made by practitioners of “Big History” is that the distinction between geologic time and human time has collapsed in our era. The forces that drove geologic time–plate tectonics, the orientation of the Earth’s axis relative to the sun, volcanic activity–were distinct from the forces that drove human time–evolution, technological change, population growth. To be sure, they interacted. But the causal arrow always went from geologic change to human change. As Anthony Penna rightly points out in The Human Footprint: A Global Environmental History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), the causal arrow now goes in both directions.
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New Books in African American Studies
Deborah Whaley, “Disciplining Women: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Black Counterpublics, and the Cultural Politics of Black Sororities”
Deborah Whaley’s new book Disciplining Women: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Black Counterpublics, and the Cultural Politics of Black Sororities (SUNY Press, 2010) may be the first full-length study of a Black Greek-Letter Organization (BGLO) written by a non-BGLO member. But that’s not the only reason to read her book. Whaley takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study, which includes a personal rumination on her family’s relation to BGLO’s, interviews with sorority sisters, ethnographic participant observations, and literary and film analyses. Her foray into popular black culture is enriched by deep critical engagement with such texts as Spike Lee’s canonical film “School Daze” and the recent cinematic representation of Black Greek life “Stomp the Yard.” Whaley takes her subject matter seriously, but not so much so that her book lacks wit and charm. Indeed, her prose is just as pleasant, inviting, and engaging as she is in the interview. Check it out.
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The Partially Examined Life
Pat Churchland on the Neurobiology of Morality (Plus Hume’s Ethics)
What does the physiology of the brain have to do with ethics? What bearing do facts have on values? Churchland thinks that while Hume is (famously) correct in saying that you can’t deduce “ought” from “is,” the fact that we have moral sentiments is certainly relevant to figuring out what our ethical positions should be, and it’s her main goal to figure out what the mechanisms behind those moral sentiments are: What brain parts and processes are involved? How and when did these evolve? How did cultural factors come into play, building on top of our biological capacity to care for others?
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Mahabharata Podcast
Kurukshetra, Days 3 & 4
Episode 64 - The third and fourth days of the great war. It seems like the tide may be turning somewhat, since both days of fighting were dominated by Arjun and Bhimasena. Despite having the honor of receiving Krishna's teaching firsthand, Arjun still seems to be holding back somewhat. His lassitude gets so bad that Krishna finally gets annoyed with him, and takes matters in his own hands.
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Monday, July 18, 2011

A Podcast Playlist for 18 July 2011

Philosophy Bites
Peter Singer on Henry Sidgwick's Ethics
Henry Sidgwick, who died in 1900, is something of a philosophers' philosopher. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Peter Singer explains why he thinks this late Victorian Englishman is so important for the utilitarian tradition and why is ideas continue to have relevance. Philosophy Bites is made in assocation with the Institute of Philosophy
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Russian Rulers History Podcast
The Misery is Beyond Description
Nicholas I, keeps his reactionary position intact which causes Russia to lose the Crimean War, with the army suffering horrible losses.
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The Hurried Child
Buying achievement. Rigid regimens. As a society, we are keeping children busy with the business of childhood. Tutoring and computer centers for children are a booming business, and have become America's top franchise of the decade. A new age of anxiety has invaded childhood. IDEAS producer Mary O'Connell examines the costs and consequences of the hurried child.
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Taylor on Fiscal and Monetary Policy
John Taylor of Stanford University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the state of the economy and the prospects for recovery. Taylor argues that the design of the fiscal stimulus was ineffective and monetary policy, so-called quantitative easing, has also failed to improve matters. He argues for a return to fiscal, monetary, and regulatory normalcy as the best hope for economic improvement. The conversation concludes with a discussion of the impact of the current crisis on economics education.
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Podcast Playlist for 17 July 2011

Big Ideas
Robert K. Logan on The Origin and Evolution of Language
University of Toronto Physics professor Robert K. Logan on The Origin and Evolution of Language and the Emergence of Concepts
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New Books in Public Policy
Dov Zakheim, “A Vulcan’s Tale: How the Bush Administration Mismanaged the Reconstruction of Afghanistan”
In his new book, A Vulcan’s Tale: How the Bush Administration Mismanaged the Reconstruction of Afghanistan (Brookings Institution Press, 2011) Dov Zakheim, former chief financial officer for the U.S. Department of Defense, describes his time as a Vulcan, one of the elite group of eight foreign policy experts who advised President Bush’s presidential campaign, most of whom later served in the Bush administration. Zakheim brings an insider’s perspective to the Department of Defense’s management of the War on Terrror, and is not afraid to call out people who were not up to the job. In our interview, we talked about why it’s so hard to get rid of Pentagon weapon systems, what “snowflakes” are, and why so many former Bush Pentagon officials have written books. It’s all there, and more, in Zakheim’s eye-opening new book.
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New Books in South Asian Studies
Katherine McGregor, “History in Uniform: Military Ideology and the Construction of Indonesia’s Past”
Katherine E. McGregor’s book, History in Uniform: Military Ideology and the Construction of Indonesia’s Past (NUS Press, 2007), examines the historiographic projects undertaken by the Indonesian military as they fought to check threats-–perceived or otherwise–to their influence from a diverse array of opponents: political society, civil society, religious groups, communist groups, the global political situation. They produced official histories and textbooks- a good many of which were authored by Nugroho- built monuments, memorials, and museums, all to ensure that their version of an Indonesian national past won currency among the people over their rivals’ versions. For a little over three decades, they exercised a near monopoly over history writing in Indonesia. Their understanding of the Indonesian past is often contested. It is certainly not the only version, especially given the size and diversity of this sprawling archipelago. But it is a cohesive body of work that offers valuable insights into the minds of a section of Indonesians as they were at a particular point in time.
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Kol Hadash
Shabbat Sermon: Many animals besides humans demonstrate generosity for the good of the colony or the herd. But human generosity can help individuals and communities that have little survival value for ourselves. From where does this impulse spring, and how can it be taken too far? What is the right balance of giving to others and strengthening ourselves?
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Saturday, July 16, 2011

A Podcast Playlist for 16 July 2011

Forgotten Classics
Genesis, chapter 31
In which Jacob and his family go on the lam.
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Office Hours
Monte Bute on Death and Dying
This episode we talk with Monte Bute, a backstage sociologist at Metropolitan State University. Last year, Monte was diagnosed with stage three pulmonary lymphoma. Rather than retreating quietly, however, Monte has turned his illness into a learning experience for students (he’s continued to teach) and into an opportunity to revisit some of the core questions of the human experience. We talk about the effect of Durkheim on sociology’s impoverished understanding of dying, and the ways in which literature and the humanities do a better job of grasping the existential realities of dying. Other topics include Monte’s Facebook page, his take on the Minnesota state shutdown, and why Monte has changed his opinion on Tuesdays with Morrie (following up on his discussion with John Hines).
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Shrink Rap Radio
Unlocking Psychological Wealth with Robert Biswas-Diener, PhD
Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener is widely known as the Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology because his research on happiness has taken him to such far flung places as Greenland, India and Kenya. He is a part-time instructor at Portland State University and sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Happiness Studies and Journal of Positive Psychology. Robert is a Certified Mentor Coach (CMC) and has worked with clients on four continents. Robert is author of Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching (2010), Happiness: Unlocking the mysteries of psychological wealth (2008) and Positive Psychology Coaching (2007). He is also co-founder of the charitable mission The Strengths Project.
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New Books in Native American Studies
Malinda Lowery, “Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation”
When an Atlantic Coastline Railroad train pulled into Red Springs, North Carolina, the conductor faced a difficult dilemma. Whom to allow in coach class with whites and whom to relegate to the back? In an effort to clarify the matter, the mayor of neighboring Pembroke demanded that the railroad build three separate waiting rooms at the town train station.

Such confusion was common place in Robeson County, North Carolina, during the height of the Jim Crow era. That’s because Robeson is home to the Lumbee People, the largest Indian nation east of the Mississippi River and a thorn in the side of those who sought to maintain a simple black/white dichotomy in the South.

Malinda Mayor Lowery’s new book Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation (University of North Carolina Press, 2010) dramatically rewrites accepted Jim Crow narratives. Not only did Indian communities persist in the U.S. South after the Removal – the period of ethnic cleansing generally cited as the denouement of indigenous peoples in the region – but they complicated the racial landscape in unexpected ways, negotiating a space of autonomy and independence with the forces of white supremacy in 20th century North Carolina.

Lowery, a Lumbee herself and assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, offers us that unique combination of scholarly rigor and passionate prose, exploring the complex process of identity formation in the face of – and occasionally in concert with – segregation, federal bureaucracy and the discourse of “race” and “blood.” For students and scholars of Native American Studies, Southern history, and the Jim Crow era, it is essential reading.
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Friday, July 15, 2011

A Podcast Playlist for 15 July 2011

The Invisible Hand
Pulse: Chris Gondek welcomes Douglas Hubbard back to the show to discuss the dramatic advancement on using the internet as a social and business research tool.
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The Economist
Whither the Arab Spring?
Our correspondents on the threat posed by counter-revolution and the role Islamist parties will play in Arab democracy
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New Books in Philosophy
Robert Pasnau, “Metaphysical Themes: 1247-1671“
What was the scholastic metaphysical tradition of the later Middle Ages, and why did it come “crashing down as quickly and completely” as it did towards the end of the 17th Century? Why was the year 1347 a “milestone in the history of philosophy”? And why didn’t philosophy itself collapse right along with the scholastic framework?
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Veertien Achttien
Summer edition with three new issues: Odon van Pevenage, Siegfried Sassoon and Pope Benedict XV.
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ITV Tour de France Podcast
TDF Stage 12 2011
Bastille Day and the French were gripped by Yellow Fever but stage honours went to Spain with Samuel Sanchez. The boys discuss moving day in the mountains.
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

A Podcast Playlist for 14 July 2011

A Short History of Japan
The Gold Pavilion
The Ashikaga Shoguns oversaw Japan’s tumble into the Warring States Period (Sengoku-Jidai) along with the split in the Imperial family into the Northern and Southern Courts. They also nurtured the Zen Buddhist sect and built the Gold Pavilion in Kyoto while the country starved of hunger, suffered famine, earthquake and disease.
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Thinking Allowed
Liverpool Riots and Political Children
Laurie explores the riots of Liverpool 30 years on with Richard Philips and Diane Frost. He talks about political influence on children with Dorothy Moss.
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Beyond the Book
Aggregation Violation
Whether from misguided practices, or misplaced good intentions, or lack of editorial oversight, the Huffington Post is on the carpet this week for aggregation violations that stop just short of plagiarism and copyright infringement.
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New Books in African Studies
Erin Haney, “Exposures: Photography and Africa”
In Chapter 3 of Erin Haney’s excellent book Photography and Africa (Reaktion Books, 2010) there are seven photos taken in central Africa at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Six advertise progress – from the smartly dressed and armed native troops (though still barefoot) to a posed photograph of a caravan of ivory and a depiction of rubber tapping. These images were taken to show the success, the organization, and the wealth of the Congo to the people of Brussels, Antwerp and beyond. The seventh photo shows a man sitting silently next to two indistinct objects, with a bland backdrop of open ground and two or three palm trees. This photo was also taken to inform public opinion in Europe (mainly Britain), but in this case as part of a movement against Belgian interests (and atrocities) in the Congo. The two indistinct objects in front of the man, incidently, are the severed foot and hand of his murdered five year old daughter.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Podcast Playlist for 13 July 2011

The Economist
Europe's crisis takes a bad turn
Italy enters the European debt crisis, and politicians and central bankers begin a long summer of painful negotiations
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New Books in East Asian Studies
Michael Keevak, “Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking”
In the course of his concise and clearly written new book Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking (Princeton University Press, 2011), Michael Keevak investigates the emergence of a “yellow” and “Mongolian” East Asian identity in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe. Becoming Yellow incorporates a wide range of sources in its exploration of the European imagination of an East Asian racial identity, including poetry, travel accounts, medical and anthropological texts, and children’s toys. Over the course of our interview, we talked about the difficulties and rewards of trying to situate the idea of a “Yellow Peril” in historical context, and the potential pitfalls along the way.
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New Books in Military History
Konrad Jarausch, “Reluctant Accomplice: A Wehrmacht Soldier’s Letters from the Eastern Front”
Konrad H. Jarausch, whose varied and important works on German history have been required reading for scholars for several decades, has published Reluctant Accomplice: A Wehrmacht Soldier’s Letters from the Eastern Front (Princeton University Press, 2011), a collection of his father’s missives from Poland and Russia during the early years of the Second World War, now translated into English. As you can imagine, this was an intensely personal project, and one that says almost as much about the postwar generation of “fatherless children” like Jarausch as it reveals about men like his father (also named Konrad) who found themselves in the cauldron of war.
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New Books in Human Rights
Aziz Rana, “The Two Faces of American Freedom”
America, wrote the late historian and public intellectual Tony Judt, is “intensely familiar—and completely unknown.” America’s current position as the globe’s single superpower means that almost everyone, from a farmer harvesting his crops in Missouri to a street vendor in Kazakhstan, has a strong an opinion about what America is. For example, in its 2011 “World Report,” Human Rights Watch condemned the unlawful arrest of three Georgian poets who peacefully protested on George W. Bush Street in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, demanding that it be renamed in honor of Walt Whitman. “George W. Bush does not represent what America is. Walt Whitman does,” said one of the protesters, Irakli Kakabadze, after being released from detention. It’s not accidental that Aziz Rana‘s new book, The Two Faces of American Freedom (Harvard University Press, 2010), opens up with an epigraph from Walt Whitman’s “Facing West from California’s Shores.” According to Rana, Whitman’s verse highlights the disjuncture between essential American ideals and the politics the country often pursues today.
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New Books in Popular Music
Jim Tuedio and Stan Spector, “The Grateful Dead in Concert: Essays on Live Improvisation”
In a career that spanned three decades the Grateful Dead are rock music’s ultimate jam band. To jam, of course, is to improvise, to engage in “spontaneous, extemporaneous expression.” In The Grateful Dead in Concert: Essays on Live Improvisation (McFarland, 2010), Jim Tuedio, professor of philosophy at California State University-Stanislaus, and Stan Spector, professor of philosophy at Modesto Junior College, collect essays from an eclectic group of writers on just this subject. The thread that binds the twenty-nine essays together is that improvisation in the Grateful Dead world was not limited to the band’s music (though this is where it is most clearly stated). Improvisation also occurred more broadly in the philosophies of the band members, in the band’s business practices, and in the spontaneous behaviors of the band’s loyal following of Deadheads. All these forms of improvisation are addressed in these stimulating essays.
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Het Marathoninterview
Peter Vos, tekenaar
Volgens kenners was hij de beste tekenaar van Nederland en leefde een leven vol poëzie, literatuur, vriendschap, liefde en kroegpraat. Vijftig jaar na het verschijnen van zijn eerste tekeningen keek Peter Vos daarop terug in een Marathoninterview met Chris Kijne op 11 juli 2003.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Podcast Playlist for 12 July 2011

Faculty Insight: Honor and Fair Play in Homer’s Iliad
In this fifth installment of Faculty Insight, produced in partnership with Harvard University Extension School, ThoughtCast speaks with the esteemed Harvard classicist Gregory Nagy about one of the earliest and greatest legends of all time: Homer’s epic story of the siege of Troy, called The Iliad. It’s a story of god-like heroes and blood-soaked battles; honor, pride, shame and defeat. And Nagy is the perfect guide to this classic tale. He’s the director of Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC, as well as the Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard. We spoke in his office at Widener Library.
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The Srebrenica massacre
In July 1995 thousands of Muslim men and boys were killed in Srebrenica.
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New Books in Food
Silvia Lehrer, “Savoring the Hamptons: Discovering the Food and Wine of Long Island’s East End”
It’s not that Silvia Lehrer dislikes the rich people who flock to the Hamptons every July and August. It’s just that she prefers to celebrate those who have more blood and history invested in the land and sea on the East End of Long Island. “The local farmers, the families, all of these people have committed to generations of working the farms.” she says in this interview with New Books in Food. I interviewed Silvia on the back patio of her house in Water Mill, New York. The conversation is like a gentle journey taken on a warm July morning, a pleasant tour through a fertile land where sea foam and tractors meet, where fishermen bring in a catch that potato farmers might eat for dinner. Her new book, Savoring the Hamptons: Discovering the Food and Wine of Long Island’s East End contains recipes Silvia developed from decades of writing about the food people of the North and South forks of Long Island, and brief profiles of many of the salty and sweet characters there.
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New Books in Language
Robert Lane Greene, “You Are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches, Language Laws and the Politics of Identity”
Isn’t it odd how the golden age of correct language always seems to be around the time that its speaker was in high school, and that language has been going to the dogs ever since? Such is the anguish of declinists the world over, pushing the commercial success of language-bashing stocking fillers. But what’s the real reason that we get hung up on greengrocers’ apostrophes and the superiority of certain language forms over others? Robert Lane Greene’s premise is that for those who hold up the standardised variety as the one true voice, the authority of the prestige language is not about words and rules, but about the perceived superiority of the people who use it. Hand-wringing over glottal stops and ‘ain’t’ contractions obscures attempts to define ‘us’ and distance ‘them’, and is a tool to support class, ethnic, or national prejudices.
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Fraunhofer Podcast
Licht steuert Zellen
Die Wunschliste von Ärzten und Patienten ist lang: Wirkungsvollere Medikamente gegen Krebs und andere Krankheiten, besser verträgliche Implantate – und am besten sollen sie alle ganz ohne Tierversuche entwickelt werden. Große Erwartungen sind an zellbasierte Testsysteme geknüpft.
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Wittgenstein - Saeed Ahmed guest post

Martin Heidegger and Ludwig Wittgenstein are arguably two of the most important philosophers of the 20th century. However, whereas Heidegger is well-represented in academic podcasts (see previous reviews by Anne on offerings by Hubert Dreyfus of Berkeley and Sean Kelly of Harvard), Wittgenstein is not heavily featured.

Therefore, I would like to point out a recent post in Philosopher's Zone (ABC Radio National, Australia), in which Gavin Kitching, professor at University of New South Wales discusses Wittgenstein with Alan Saunders, the interviewer. What I liked about this podcast was the clarity of the questions and responses, culminating with a devastating and foundational critique of methodology used by the Social Sciences in the 20th century, specifically the deliberate removal of the personal voice from academic discourse. It is difficult to deliver such a blow after a 30 minute conversation, but this Kitching and Saunders make a case worth considering, which follows from principles laid down by Wittgenstein. (feed)

Generally speaking, Philosopher's Zone podcasts are kept on for about 4 weeks, so download while you can.

Saeed Ahmed

More Saeed Ahmed:
Political and current affairs podcasts,
International Political Economy,
A podcast on climate, energy and food,
Two podcasts on the brain,
Comedy podcasts and philosophy.

More on Heidegger:
Heidergger in podcasts - news,
Entitled Opinions - conversation,
J Drabinsky - university course,
Dichter und Denker in Freiburg - lecture (in German).

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Podcast Playlist for 11 July 2011

The Korea Society
The Park Chung Hee Era: The Transformation of South Korea
On May 26th, 2011, Harvard University’s Dr. Ezra Vogel spoke to The Korea Society about the monumental new political history he co-edited, The Park Chung Hee Era: The Transformation of South Korea. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Charles Armstrong, the Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences and director at the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University in the City of New York.
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The Munk Debates - China
Be it resolved that the 21st century will belong to China. Renowned historian and lecturer Niall Ferguson, and the celebrated Chinese economist David D. Li argue for the motion. Speaking against it are CNN foreign affairs commentator and TIME magazine's editor-at-large, Fareed Zakaria, and former US secretary of State, Henry Kissinger. The Munk Debates is an initiative of the Aurea Foundation, a charitable organization founded in 2006 by Peter and Melanie Munk to improve the quality and vitality of public debate in Canada.
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The History of Rome
Julian the Pre-Apostate
After a childhood spent mostly in exile, Juian was elevated to the rank of Caesar in 355. His first assignment was to clear Gaul of Germanic invaders.
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ITV Tour de France Podcast
ITV TDF Stage 9 2011
Another extraordinary day of highs and lows on the Tour. Ned & Chris examine and reflect. (Among others about the Flecha/Hoogerland crash - see video)
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1: The crash

2: How to make the men suffer some more:

He can barely stand on his feet and insist on putting him through the motions. Never before have I seen a cyclist cry for real pain while getting the awards (and the polka dot jersey as well as the combative award as REAL prizes).