Archive | March, 2012

Daniel Miller Consumption and its Consequences

Consumption and its consequences: “rethinking our relationship to the material world”

My guest in this programme is Professor of Material Culture at UCL, Daniel Miller. Daniel appeared in an earlier Polity Books podcast to talk about his previous book, Tales from Facebook, which looked at how people really use Facebook as a form of social interaction, as opposed to how media commentators would have us think […]

Continue Reading · 27 March 2012 · economics, podcasts, social sciences
Beckett and Ball Wikileaks

Wikileaks – “significant, symptomatic but not game-changing”?

WikiLeaks is the most challenging journalistic phenomenon to have emerged in the digital era. It has provoked anger and enthusiasm in equal measure from across the political and journalistic spectrum. Its use of new technologies and its methods of disseminating information raise profound questions about the role of journalism and its future in the contemporary […]

Continue Reading · 15 March 2012 · podcasts, social sciences
Neil Faulkner A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Olympics

The Olympic spirit, ancient-style

  Earlier this week, I interviewed archaeologist and broadcaster Neil Faulkner about his forthcoming book on the ancient Greek Olympics (Yale University Press, 2012). It’s eye-opening, often shocking stuff: full lurid details of what a chaotic, violent, hedonistic experience it was will be provided in my forthcoming podcast for Blackwell Online (link here when it’s […]

Continue Reading · 14 March 2012 · history and politics, podcasts, sport

Robin Dunbar on the Science of Love

Evolutionary anthropologist Robin Dunbar has spent many years investigating human mating strategies. What that means is that he can spend time pondering why we kiss, what the point of high heels is, and why a GSOH is so often on the shopping list of desirable traits in a partner. Here in under four minutes he […]

Continue Reading · 5 March 2012 · podcasts, science and philosophy, video
Jon Agar

Jon Agar – Science in the Twentieth Century and Beyond

Jon Agar‘s new History of Science in the Twentieth Century and Beyond goes beyond the limitations of disciplinary and national histories of science to look at the broad themes in the science of the last eleven decades. He shows the close connections between science and warfare, politics and the commercial world, and charts the rise […]

Continue Reading · 2 March 2012 · history and politics, podcasts, science and philosophy