Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Listening ideas for 11 May 2011

The Economist
You Are What You Speak
Robert Lane Greene, our business correspondent and editor of our Johnson blog, discusses his new book on the politics of language
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Rear Vision
Microfinance and Politics: the removal of Muhummad Yunus from the Grameen Bank
In a move that surprised many people outside Bangladesh, Muhummad Yunus, founder of the influential microfinance institution the Grameen Bank, has been removed from his position as head of the bank. Yunus won a Nobel prize in 2006 for his role in developing the concept of microfinance and microcredit, helping people—especially women—lift themselves out of poverty with the help of very small loans. Just five years later, he's out. So on Rear Vision, we ask: what is this all about?
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The Christian Humanist Podcast
Christian Humanist University
Michial Farmer moderates a discussion with David Grubbs and Nathan Gilmour about Christian Humanist University, a Platonic ideal of a college, and what such an ideal might do for the way that we imagine and evaluate real colleges. Among the texts, ideas, and other realities we discuss are core curriculum, the purpose of a university, college athletics, specialization, relationships between college and society, and college architecture.
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Mahabharata Podcast
Amba, part 2
Episode 57 - Bhisma finishes bringing us up-to-date on who Sikhandin is, who he used to be, and why Bhisma won't fight him. This also finishes the Udyoga Parva; the Book of the Effort. Next time, we start in on the Bhisma Parva, the first of the eight Battle Books. Don't assume that the war is about to start, just because we end off on the dawn of the first day of the war. We still have a lengthy introduction in the Bhisma Parva, and then there is the Bhagavad Gita, which will take a few episodes-- we don't want to rush things!
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Oxford Biographies
Sir Stanley Matthews, footballer
Sir Stanley Matthews, (1 February 1915 – 23 February 2000) was often regarded as one of the greatest players of the English game, he is the only player to have been knighted while still playing, as well as being the first winner of both the European Footballer of the Year and the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year awards.
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