May 2019

Is America Ready to Make Reparations? – The New Yorker Radio Hour:

This podcast is one of few that I am actually subscribed to and have set to automatically download and enter my queue. In my view, the New Yorker consistently publishes some of the best writing in the world and their podcast is usually of an equally high calibre – albeit less carefully crafted than the magazine. This short series on the case for reparations to African-Americans includes the voices of Ta-Nehisi Coates and a bunch of other, lesser-known clever people, as well as the particularly interesting story about the history of Georgetown University and how students voted to pay reparations to the descendants of the enslaved people who built it.

 


Itch – Pitt Medcast:

This eight minute episode of the University of Pittsburgh’s medical school podcast explains the interesting relationship between pain and itch, as well as some interesting, recent breakthroughs in this surprisingly complex matter of neurobiology. Thanks to Caroline Crampton‘s podcast recommendation feed The Listener for this one.

 


Sound and Health Cities – 99 Percent invisible:

I’m writing this recommendation from a Hong Kong hotel room where I’m hiding from the incessant barrage of jack hammers, pile drivers, heavy hands on car horns and loud, hissing busses one is subjected to on or near street level (19 floors up I have relative quiet). This episode examines how little attention has been paid to sound in cities and the impacts of this neglect. There’s a ray of hope in words from people championing good sound design but I remain pessimistic and sometimes want to run away to live in the wilderness. Then I realise I lack survival skills and this is a terrible idea. Maybe just a country town?

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