On Being with Krista Tippett takes up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you know and others you'll love to meet. Updated every Thursday, a new discovery about the immensity of our lives.
UCSUR Radio is a social science talk show created by the University Center for Social & Urban Resarch (UCSUR) at the University of Pittsburgh. With each podcast we try to focus on a social, economic, or health issue most relevant to our society. Look for our Podcast in the iTunes Store and at http://www.ucsur.pitt.edu.*
The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) conducts research and training in social science research methods, aiming to advance methodological understanding and practice across the UK social science research community. This podcast series highlights developments in methodological research in social sciences. NCRM coordinating Hub is based at the University of Southampton.
The Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex is home to a world-class team of survey and research experts who specialise in the production and analysis of longitudinal data – evidence which tracks changes in the lives of the same people over time. ISER enjoys an international profile for its cutting-edge socio-economic research, which is used by academics and researchers, policy makers, other influential bodies, charitable organisations and journalists involved in ongoing debates about society. It is also one of the leading centres in the world for research into how surveys are carried out. The ISER podcast series showcases some of ISER's research in easy-to-listen-to 5-6 minute interviews, in which researchers talk about the background to their work, how they got their information, their key findings and what they mean.
In the Understanding Society Podcast Series, you can listen to interviews with the Understanding Society team, researchers using the survey in their work and those benefiting from it. Interviews last no longer than 10 minutes and are designed to be understood by a non-academic audience.
The JustPublics@365 podcast series highlights research by CUNY faculty on issues of social justice and inequality. The series features the work of faculty from the Political Science, Sociology, English, Psychology, Social Work, Anthropology, and Music departments. Each faculty member shares insights from their research and explains how their research has an impact on the world beyond academia. The goal of the JustPublics@365 project is to create new forms of knowledge using digital media, connect academics, journalists and activists across traditional silos, and foster transformation on issues of social justice.
The folk rock duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have been making music for over 25 years. They’re known for their social activism on-stage and off, but long before they became the Indigo Girls, they were singing in church choirs. They see music as a continuum of human existence, intertwined with spiritual life in a way that can’t be pinned down.
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are singer-songwriters who have been making music together as the Indigo Girls for 30 years. Their latest album, "One Lost Day," was released in June 2015. Emily Saliers is also the co-author of "A Song to Sing, A Life to Live: Reflections on Music as a Spiritual Practice." Amy Ray's latest solo album, "Goodnight Tender," was released in January 2014. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Amy Ray and Emily Saliers — Music and Finding God in Church and Smoky Bars."
'Frauds' of the Left: Laurie Taylor examines the intellectual credibility of key thinkers of the New Left. Roger Scruton, Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, argues that the modern academy is gripped by a form of 'group think' which fails to challenge the positions of theorists such as Michel Foucault and Antonio Gramsci. Has left wing fashion trumped credible argument? They're joined by Mark Fisher, Lecturer in Visual Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London. Also, the significance of siblings in constructing a sense of self. Katherine Davies, Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sheffield, discusses a study which suggests that the stories people tell about their similarity, or difference, from siblings have a critical role in shaping past, present and future identities. Producer: Jayne Egerton.
Dan Bouk View on Amazon Who made life risky? In his dynamic new book, How Our Days Became Numbered: Risk and the Rise of the Statistical Individual (University of Chicago Press, 2015), historian Dan Bouk argues that starting in the late nineteenth century, the life-insurance industry embedded risk-making within American society and American psyches. Bouk is assistant professor of history at Colgate University, and his new book shows how insurers categorized individuals and grouped social classes in ways that assigned monetary value to race, class, lifestyles, and bodies. With lively prose, Bouk gives historical context and character to the rise of the "statistical individual" from the Guided Age to the New Deal. Bouk's primary argument is that risks did not always already exist, nor was risk invented by the medical establishment. Instead, the threat (and reality) of economic crisis helped insurers to create risk as a commodity, and eventually to control the lives it measured. As Bouk phrases...
How big of an issue is chronic pain? Simply put, it’s huge. The number of Americans who live with constant pain is several tens of millions at a minimum, and that number is increasing every day as more and more Americans live longer than ever before. It is a problem that will likely never go away and the medical research needed to truly control it is still in it infancy. Judy Foreman is here today on Thinking Aloud to talk about the widespread problem of chronic pain and what the country might due to combat it.
In this episode, University of Colorado sociologist Sanyu Mojola discusses her work on HIV rates among young African women. She discusses social mechanisms – specifically the entanglement of love and money – that lead to higher rates of HIV death among African females compared to African males. She also considers why money holds a value for African women above and beyond its economic value, specifically pointing to its cultural power and ability to advance women toward modernity. Her new book earned the 2015 American Sociological Association’s Sex and Gender Section Distinguished Book Award. It’s called Love, Money, and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS. Download Office Hours #117
Guest host Mark Burns interviews the video artists Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler. They have been working together since they first met in an MFA program in Nova Scotia and have produced some of the most enigmatic, acclaimed short films of their generation--one of which called "House with Pool" is showing in the 1st floor video space of the BYU Museum of Art. In the interview, we talk about their careers, their art, and their ongoing partnership.
Phillip Roscoe View on Amazon So many of our social questions are now the subject of analysis from economics. In A Richer Life: How Economics can Change the Way We Think and Feel (Penguin, 2015), Phillip Roscoe, a reader at the University of St Andrew's School of Management, offers a critique of the long march of economics into social life. The book covers a vast range of social examples, including dating, organ transplantation, and education, alongside accessible engagements with historical and contemporary economic theory. Using personal examples as well as academic expertise, Roscoe's book offers a primer in the social cost of economics, as well as what we can do to resit and challenge economistic modes of thought.
The philosopher Simone Weil defined prayer as “absolutely unmixed attention.” The artist Ann Hamilton embodies this notion in her sweeping works of art that bring all the senses together. She uses her hands to create installations that are both visually astounding and surprisingly intimate, and meet a longing many of us share, as she puts it, to be alone together.
Ann Hamilton is a visual artist and self-described maker. She is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Art at Ohio State University. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Ann Hamilton — Making, and the Spaces We Share." Find more at onbeing.org.
How elite students get elite jobs. Lauren Rivera, Associate Professor of Management and Organisation at Northwestern University's Kellog School of Management, discusses her study into the hiring practices of top investment banks, consultancies and law firms. Do America's elite keep the top jobs for people just like themselves? Louise Ashley, Lecturer in Management Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, adds a British perspective. Also, hairdressing as craft. Dr Helen Holmes, Hallsworth Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, argues that the craft of such service work is obscured by the intangibility of the product, as well as the fact that it is a female dominated profession. Producer: Jayne Egerton.
John Durham Peters View on Amazon [Cross-posted from the NBN Seminar] John Durham Peters' wonderful new book is a brilliant and beautifully-written consideration of natural environments as subjects for media studies. Accessible and informative for a broad readership. The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media (University of Chicago Press, 2015) is structured as a series of meditations on and explorations of water, fire, air, earth, and ether media. After a chapter that sets out some of the foundational ideas shaping the book and charts an intellectual landscape for rethinking media, each of the following chapters offers a carefully curated series of studies of particulars – dolphin jaws, candles, towers, watches, clouds, feet, bells, weathermen, Google, and more – as a means of examining the significance of infrastructure, forgetting, technicity, and other modes of understanding media. Peters asks us to come with a fresh perspective to notions that we otherwise take for...
The concept of “community cohesion” rose to prominence in the detritus of Bradford and Harehills, Burnley and Oldham, Northern English towns where 14 years ago rioting broke out between Asian and white communities. Called on by the Home Office to investigate the roots of the riots, sociologist Ted Cantle – until then the chief executive of Nottingham City Council for more than a decade and before that director of housing in Leicester City Council –led an investigation that produced Community Cohesion: The Report of The Independent Review Team, a document better known now as the Cantle Report. The report introduced two terms into the public conversation, “parallel lives” to describe how communities could exists side by side and yet in mutual exclusion and incomprehension, and “community cohesion,” which in its most general sense is the idea of not living parallel lives. In this Social Science Bites podcast, David Edmonds discusses one key component of parallel lives – segregation – that...
It may come as a surprise to most people in Provo, Utah whence we broadcast, but there are remains of ancient Fremont Indians all over the place here. You have to know where and how to look (hint: high tech helps), but stick a shovel in the right place and one foot down you'll find the remains of a house filled with pottery, game pieces, dolls, silverware, clothing--even corpses. Right under our own feet we can be reminded that we are not the first people by any means to call this place home--and the same goes for almost any place in America. Today's Thinking Aloud features a BYU archeologist who has been leading teams in uncovering this rich local heritage.
Anderson Blanton View on Amazon Anderson Blanton's Hittin' the Prayer Bones: Materiality of Spirit in the Pentecostal South (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), illuminates how prayer, faith, and healing are intertwined with technologies of sound reproduction and material culture in the charismatic Christian worship of southern Appalachia. Drawing on two years of field work in church congregations and small independent radio studios, Hittin the Prayer Bones explores radio prayers, curative faith cloths, and the poetics of breath and laughter in broadcast sermons. It is an attempt to hear and feel the Holy Ghost in sonic and material space, bodily techniques, and media technology. Throughout, it documents the transformation and consecration of everyday objects, while also offering a historiography of faith healing and prayer, as well as insight into theoretical models of materiality and transcendence.
Kenneth L. Marcus View on Amazon In The Definition of Anti-Semitism (Oxford University Press, 2015), Kenneth L. Marcus, the President and General Counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, explains what it is at stake in how we define anti-Semitism. "Nowadays virtually everyone is opposed to anti-Semitism although no one agrees about what it means to be anti-Semitic," Marcus writes (p. 11). Marcus discusses the global rise in anti-Semitism; in the United States, Marcus tells us, college campuses are frequently sites of frequent anti-Semitic–and anti-Israel–incidents.
“Our world is rich,” Lisa Randall has written, “so rich that two of the most important questions particle physicists ask are: Why this richness? How is all the matter that I see related?” As one of the most influential theoretical physicists working today, she's increasingly interested in the interconnectedness between fields that have previously operated more autonomously: astronomy, biology, and paleontology. She’s pursuing a theory that “dark matter” might have created the cosmic event that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs — and hence humanity’s rise as a species. We explore what she’s discovering, as well as the human questions and takeaways her work throws into relief.
Lisa Randall is the Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science at Harvard University. Her new book is Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe. She's also the author of Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions and Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World. This interview was edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Lisa Randall — Dark Matter and the Astounding Interconnectedness of Everything." Find more at onbeing.org.
Thinking Aloud goes medieval tonight (kind of) when our guest Darin Davis speaks about one of The Seven Deadly Sins: sloth, or in Latin, "acedia." Acedia was a pressing concern half a millenium ago because so many cloistered monks and nuns were beginning to be smitten with it. It's still with us today, though, and Darin Davis will explore how and why. (The attached image is a copy of the 1533 print by Brueghel the Elder referred to in our introduction.)
Zoos in the modern world: Laurie Taylor talks to David Grazian, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and author of 'American Zoo: A Sociological Safari'. Zoos blur the boundaries between culture and nature; animals and humans and separate civilisation from the 'wild'. They are centres of conservation, as well as recreation and reveal the way we project our desires on to the animal kingdom. So how do zoos juggle their many contradictory meanings and what is their future? Also, funeral arranging. Isabelle Szmigin, Professor of Marketing at the University of Birmingham, explores 'consumption' choices which are forced through circumstance and can involve a competing range of sentiments, from love to obligation and regret. Producer: Jayne Egerton.
Tonight on Thinking Aloud, host Marcus Smith interviews the Vietnamese Ambassador to the United States Pham Quang Vinh. Almost all Americans think immediately of the Vietnam War when they think of Vietnam and of the lush green forests and landscapes that appear over and over in movies about that conflict. But in the half-century since that war began, the nation has exploded economically and demographically. It is now the 13th largest nation in the world by population and many of its cities look far more like Manhattan or Shanghai than they do a Forrest Gump movie set. Tonight's interview talks about the Vietnamese economy, demography, government, students, and many other topics.
Grace Wang View on Amazon Many people assume that music, especially classical music, is a universal language that transcends racial and class boundaries. At the same time, many musicians, fans, and scholars praise music's ability to protest injustice, transform social relations and give voice to the marginalized. There is a tension between the ideas of music as a universal language and the voice of the oppressed. In her new book Soundtracks of Asian America: Navigating Race Through Musical Performance (Duke University Press, 2015), Grace Wang explores how the music and sound, not simply appearance, produces and reinforces racial and ethnic stereotypes and inequality about Asian Americans. Examining classical and pop music in the United States and in Asia, Wang reveals how music and attitudes toward music are essential in crafting identities and navigating racial and class boundaries. Wang uncovers that while music and the discourses around it can reify harmful and limiting stereotypes about...
Nahuel Ribke View on Amazon From Ronald Reagan through Gilberto Gil to Donald Tramp, our media channels are filled with celebrities vying for the highest political posts. In A Genre Approach to Celebrity Studies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), cultural historian Nahuel Ribke explores the historical trajectory that led to the current mass movement of celebrities into electoral politics. The book is a comparative project made up of short case studies. The range is impressive; it begins with the transition of Israeli models into the Israeli parliament, the meteoric rise of a charismatic journalist to the head of the treasury in Israel, goes on to Gilberto Gil's tenure as minister of culture in Brazil and explores the contrasting political paths of the previously successful salsa partnership of the musicians Rubén Blades and Willie Colón. The book then moves on to North America to explore the American pattern of celebrity politics. The book ends with a return to Brazil and Argentina to look at...
Katie Ellis View on Amazon Popular culture has been transformed in its attitudes towards disability, as representations across media forms continues to respond to the contemporary politics of disability. In Disability and Popular Culture: Focusing Passion, Creating Community and Expressing Defiance (Ashgate, 2015), Katie Ellis, a Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University, uses critical perspectives from disability studies to both challenge and celebrate the place of disability in popular culture. The book thinks through ideas of beauty, the role of children's toys, representations in television and music, as well as science fiction and sport. Alongside the range of sites of disability and popular culture, the book closes with a case study of social media and the limits of inspirational images. The book is essential reading for cultural studies scholars, but raises important questions for a general readership.
Similar to his previous award-winning book about Utah, historian Jared Farmer's new book 'Trees in Paradise--A California History' is at the cutting edge of the growing field of environmental history. In it, Farmer rethinks the history of California by looking closely at the state's ubiquitous, economically crucial, meaning-laden trees. Which trees are there, how and why they got there, and why they continue to grow or diminish in numbers today reveals a profound, previously untold side of the history of the state. Farmer shares those insights with host Marcus Smith on today's Thinking Aloud. —Original Airdate: 11/27/2013 8:00:00 PM
More veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have died of suicide after the wars than actually died fighting in the wars. Most suffered from a debilitating, dangerous disability that continues to effect more than a quarter-million former fighters: combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, or PTSD. Today on Thinking Aloud, host Marcus Smith talks with Neil Lundberg, a researcher at BYU who has studied recreation therapy, a new treatment for PTSD that is proving to be surprisingly effective.
The wise and lyrical writer Adam Gopnik muses on the ironies of spiritual life in a secular age through the lens of his many fascinations — from parenting, to the arts, to Darwin. He touches on all these things in a conversation inspired by his foreword to The Good Book, in which novelists, essayists, and activists who are not known as religious thinkers write about their favorite biblical passages. Our ancestors acknowledged doubt while practicing faith, he says; we moderns are drawn to faith while practicing doubt.
Adam Gopnik is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. He is the author of several books, including "Paris to the Moon" and "Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life." He wrote the foreword for "The Good Book," edited by Andrew Blauner. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Adam Gopnik — Practicing Doubt, Redrawing Faith." Find more at onbeing.org.
The Berger Collection at the Denver Art Museum is one of the finest collections of British Art anywhere. Today on Thinking Aloud, we talk with Kathleen Stuart, the curator of the collection, about the collection itself and the history of British Art. The collection will be showing at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art until January 2016.
The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) has stirred more passionate controversy than any other trade negotiations. Critics suggest it will undermine democracy and workers' rights, lowering health and safety standards and eroding public services; supporters claim it will produce spectacular growth and job creation. Laurie Taylor explores the likely costs and benefits in a discussion with Gabriel Siles-Brugge, Lecturer in Politics at the University of Manchester and co-author of an analysis of the TTIP. They're joined by the Rt Hon Lord Maude of Horsham, Minister of State for Trade and Investment. Also, the hidden life of domestic things. Sophie Woodward, Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester, explores the dormant objects we stash away in drawers, cupboards and lofts. What can they tell us about the history of our homes, lives and relationships? Producer: Jayne Egerton.
In this episode, we step into the global market for surrogate mothers with University of Texas sociologist Sharmila Rudrappa. She explains why India has become an increasingly popular destination for American couples searching for affordable pregnancy assistance. She also considers why most Indian women who become surrogates come from working class backgrounds, and how their experiences as wage workers inform what kind of value gets placed on this new form of “labor”. Her book is called Discounted Life: The Price of Global Surrogacy in India. Download Office Hours #116
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is the former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and one of the world’s deep thinkers on religion in our age. He’s just released a new book, Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence. In this intimate conversation with Krista, he speaks about how Jewish and other religious ideas can inform modern challenges. Rabbi Sacks says that the faithful can and must cultivate their own deepest truths — while finding God in the face of the stranger and the religious other.
Jonathan Sacks was Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth for 22 years. He is now the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University and the Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University. He is also Professor of Law, Ethics and the Bible at King’s College London. His books include "The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning," "The Dignity of Difference," and his latest, "Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode “Jonathan Sacks — The Dignity of Difference." Find more at onbeing.org.
Ambivalent atheism: Laurie Taylor talks to Lois Lee, Research Associate with the Institute of Advanced Studies at University College, London, and author of a study of non religious people. In the UK today a variety of identity labels exist which articulate non belief -atheist, agnostic, humanist, secular, rationalist, free thinker and sceptic. Most of these terms are associated with organised and activist forms of non religion. But what of the ambivalent atheist, whose beliefs may be fuzzier, less clear cut? They're joined by the philosopher, Julian Baggini. Also, old age and neoliberalism. John Macnicol, Visiting Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics, & one of Europe's leading academic analysts of old age and ageing, asks if the idea of retirement is being replaced by the belief that citizens should (or be forced to) work later in life. In a harsher economy is the notion of old age, as a protected stage of life, becoming increasingly anachronistic? Producer...
Daniel Geary View on Amazon Daniel Geary is the Mark Pigott Associate Professor in U.S. History at Trinity College Dublin. His book Beyond Civil Rights: The Moynihan Report and Its Legacy (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) is a detail and illuminating analysis of the reception of Patrick Moynihan's 1965 report The Negro Family: The Case for National Action. Geary argues that the report was neither a conservative or a liberal document but rather a conflicted one whose internal contradictions reflected the breakup of the liberal consensus and its legacy. The ambiguities of the report allowed multiple interpretations, from both the left and the right, and marked the emergence of neoconservatism. Conservatives used the report to rally against the liberal welfare state and promote African Americans self-help. Liberals saw in the document the need to go beyond legal equality to aggressive economic intervention through training programs, job creation and the family wage. The extensive and...
Hilary Neroni View on Amazon Did you notice that after 9/11, the depiction of torture on prime-time television went up nearly seven hundred percent? Hilary Neroni did. She had just finished a book on the changing relationship between female characters and violence in narrative cinema, and was attuned to function of violence in film and television. This was around the time the Abu Ghraib torture photos were leaked to the public. Over the next 10 years, torture porn appeared in the Saw and Hostel films, and it seemed that torture quickly became a routine element of thriller plots in movies and TV, such as the series 24. In The Subject of Torture: Psychoanalysis and Biopolitics in Television and Film (Columbia University Press, 2015), Neroni makes a compelling case that, prior to 9/11, the stage had already been set for the dehumanizing fantasy of torture to appear in mass culture – via biopolitics. With this book, Neroni takes on the task of defining and understanding torture through a psychoanalytic...
Sociology Remix Podcast w/ Professor John Girdwood
The organizational psychologist Adam Grant, who many know from his New York Times columns, describes three orientations of which we are all capable: the givers, the takers, and the matchers. These influence whether organizations are joyful or toxic for human beings. His studies are dispelling a conventional wisdom that selfish takers are the most likely to succeed professionally. And he is wise about practicing generosity in organizational life — what he calls making “microloans of our knowledge, our skills, our connections to other people” — in a way that is transformative for others, ourselves, and our places of work.
Adam Grant is a professor of psychology at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is the youngest tenured and highest rated professor. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times. He has consulted for numerous organizations, including Google, the United Nations, and the U.S. Army. He became known to many through his popular book, "Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success." His forthcoming book, "Originals," will be published in February, 2016. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Adam Grant — Successful Givers, Toxic Takers, and the Life We Spend at Work." Find more at onbeing.org.
Aileen Moreton-Robinson View on Amazon Owning property. Being property. Becoming propertyless. These are three themes of white possession that structure Aileen Moreton-Robinson's brilliant new inquiry into the dynamics of race and Indigeneity in "postcolonizing" societies like Australia.The White Possessive: Property, Power, and Indigenous Sovereignty (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) collects and expands over a decade of work that speaks to key dynamics both at the heart, and sometimes obscured, within critical Indigenous studies. A Goenpul scholar from Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island), Quandamooka First Nation (Moreton Bay) in Queensland, Australia, Aileen Moreton-Robinson is the author of numerous previous books and articles in the fields of law and sovereignty, whiteness, race and feminism, and is a Council Member of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.
Northern Ireland & the unusual role of human rights discourse in the peace process. Laurie Taylor talks to Jennifer Curtis, honorary fellow in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, about her study into the way in which human rights became 'war by other means'. Also, Vik Loveday, lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, discusses her research into attitudes to social mobility within higher education. Producer: Jayne Egerton.
Jon Birger View on Amazon In Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game (Workman Publishing Company, 2015), Jon Birger, an award-winning journalist and contributor to Fortune magazine, explores the social implications of dating markets with a shortage of college-educated men. Birger argues that demographics, not values, affect dating and marriage. Our discussion focuses on his investigation of how gender ratios in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community can explain the "Shidduch crisis."
Often quoted, but rarely interviewed, Mary Oliver is one of our greatest and most beloved poets. She’s just released a new volume, Felicity, at the age of 80. And so we’re revisiting the interview she granted us earlier this year on the wisdom of the world, the salvation of poetry, and the life behind her writing.
Mary Oliver has received the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She has published over 25 books of poetry and prose including "Dream Work," "A Thousand Mornings," and "A Poetry Handbook." Her latest book of poetry is "Felicity." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Mary Oliver — Listening to the World." Find more at onbeing.org.
Miriam Solomon View on Amazon How are scientific discoveries transmitted to medical clinical practice? When the science is new, controversial, or simply unclear, how should a doctor advise his or her patients? How should information from large randomized controlled trials be weighed against the clinician's hard-won judgment from treating hundreds of patients? These are some of the questions that are considered by Miriam Solomon in Making Medical Knowledge (Oxford University Press 2015). Solomon, who is professor of philosophy at Temple University, provides an historically grounded critical assessment of the methods used in recent decades to turn basic science results into medical knowledge: consensus conferences, evidence-based medicine, translational medicine, and narrative medicine.
Modern romance: love in the age of technology. Laurie Taylor talks to Eric Klinenberg, Professor of Sociology at New York University, & co- author of a new study exploring the dilemmas & pleasures of dating in the age of Tinder. He's joined by the writer & blogger, Zoe Margolis. Also, Ai Ling Lay, lecturer in Marketing & Management at the University of Leicester, discusses her research on 'singles' in the marketplace. Producer: Jayne Egerton.
Somatosphere is "a collaborative website covering the intersections of medical anthropology, science and technology studies, cultural psychiatry, psychology and bioethics." Founded in July 2008, Somatosphere has evolved into an innovative platform for collaborative experiments, interdisciplinary exchange, and intellectual community. As such, it reveals how websites–and the communities of discourse that create and read them–have become important sites of intellectual production, authorship, and exchange. In editorial departments such as "In the Journals" and "Web Roundup," authors distill recent scholarly contributions across disciplines and spaces. More recently, the editors have incubated creative digital endeavors such as Commonplaces, a "collaborative cabinet" that itemizes the technological present, with entries devoted to topics such as the petri dish, the brain, and the waiting room. Book Forum invites commentary from a range of authors, representing not only different scholarly disciplines...
Sociology Remix Podcast w/ Professor John Girdwood