Saturday, September 18, 2010

Heads-up for 18 September 2010

Although belated, here are some podcast tips for recent arrivals to be had on 18 September:

Africa Past & Present
Episode 44: Oral History and Memory Work in Africa
Radikobo Ntsimane (UKZN School of Theology) on African voices in the history of mission hospitals in South Africa and the Sinomlando Center‘s ‘memory box’ program. Ntsimane’s work demonstrates how oral history is not just an intellectual practice, but also ‘a human encounter that can have a profound effect on people’s lives.’
(review, feed)

Radio Open Source
Andrew Bacevich: how war without end became the rule
Andrew Bacevich is the soldier turned writer who’s still unlearning and puncturing the Washington Rules of national security. The rules have turned into doctrines, he’s telling us, of global war forever. He is talking about the scales that have fallen from the eyes of a slow learner, as he calls himself — a dutiful, conformist Army officer who woke up at the end of the Cold War twenty years ago to the thought that the orthodoxy he’d accepted was a sham.
(review, feed)

Science Friday (NPR)
White House Says ‘No’ To Solar Panel
Environmentalist Bill McKibben was hoping the Obama administration would reinstall a solar panel President Jimmy Carter once had on the White House. McKibben took the panel to Washington, D.C., but administration officials declined to put the panel back on the White House roof.
(review, feed)

TED Talks
How social networks predict epidemics - Nicholas Christakis
After mapping humans' intricate social networks, Nicholas Christakis and colleague James Fowler began investigating how this information could better our lives. Now, he reveals his hot-off-the-press findings: These networks can be used to detect epidemics earlier than ever, from the spread of innovative ideas to risky behaviors to viruses (like H1N1).
(review, feed)

Veertien Achttien
Harry Farr en de beverige zinnen
Niet eerder dan in 2006 strijkt de Britse regering over haar hart. Een generaal pardon wordt verleend aan meer dan 306 soldaten die 'shot at dawn' zijn. Een van de mannen die als 'lafaard' tegen de eigen executiepaal werd gezet, was Harry Farr. Toen hij in blinde paniek van het front wegvluchtte, schreeuwde zijn officier het hem al na: 'I'll get you fucking well shot'.
(recensie, feed)