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Interchange – Eliding History: Jill Lepore on Telling Stories

Photo: © Dari Michele

Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore joins me in the studio to discuss history and that… 1. Voting used to be fatal! 2. Margaret Sanger tried to steal her sister’s hunger strike. 3. Joe Gould is a Modernist Frat Boy Pin-up. We discuss three of her books: The Story of America: Essays on Origins, her book of …

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Interchange – Great Heaps of Grain and People (and Diseases): On Being Domesticated by the State

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There seems to have been a massive intellectual and political push lately to frame the state as a clear force for good all in the face fraudulent war, fraudulent economics, and terror-practices–Steven Pinker’s Better Angels, and the American Psychological Association’s deal with the torture devils; Martin Seligman’s cadre of Positive Psychologists telling us to “come on get happy” in the …

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Interchange – Alfonsina and the Sea

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Considered one of the greatest Argentinian poets of the first half of the 20th century, Alfonsina Storni, along with Frida Kahlo and Virginia Woolf, was one of the most important feminist voices of her generation. Yet she is virtually unknown in the U.S. while a contemporary “rival,” Jorge Luis Borges is high on the Western academic list of canonized authors. …

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Interchange – Red Rosa: Eagle of the Revolution

Rosa Luxemburg and other international socialist leaders, including Karl Kautsky (German), Victor Adler (Austria), Georgii Plekhanov (Russia), Edouard Vaillant (France) and Sen Katayama (Japan).

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day (originally called International Working Women’s Day) and who better to honor on this day than Rosa Luxemburg? A giant of the political left, Rosa Luxemburg is one of the foremost minds in the canon of revolutionary socialist thought. To quote Nickel and Dimed author Barbara Ehrenreich, Luxemburg was A courageous leader of the …

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Interchange – “No Excuses” Schools: Broken Windows Theory Goes to School

Detria Mills and Justin Campbell work on the floor with their fellow eighth-graders at a KIPP academy in metro Atlanta. Students get classrooms and desks when they demonstrate they have earned them by meeting their student goals. (AJC.com)

I’m joined by author and educator Jim Horn to discuss his latest book, Work Hard, Be Hard: Journeys Through No Excuses Teaching. Horn explores the ideological contexts for the creation and spread of “no excuses” charter schools with a primary focus on the Knowledge Is Power Program or KIPP. “No Excuses” means schooling that focuses on psychological interventions aimed to …

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Arts Interchange – Carmen As Other

Courtney Bray as Carmen at Musical Arts Center (Indiana University)

This program focuses on Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera Carmen, which is being produced by the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Opera & Ballet Theater. Bizet’s Carmen, our guests tell us, is one of the top 3 most performed operas in the world today after a rather rocky start in its day. Carmen, the fiery gypsy cigarette girl, gets any …

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Interchange – The White Coats Are Coming: Explanation and Power in Psychology and Neuroscience

‘The CIA contracted Bruce Jessen, left, and James Mitchell to design, lead, and direct harsh interrogations of a Qaeda operative,’ The New York Times wrote of the two psychologists in December 2014. ‘The men are pictured in images from ABC News.’

Last month novelist and social critic Curtis White joined us to discuss his latest book We, Robots: Staying Human in the Age of Big Data. One of his major points is that we are being told stories about the ways our technologies will organize us (positively) and though some of us will be left behind (a lot of us), the …

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Interchange – Parsing Granfalloons: Douglas Wissing on Indiana

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This show explores the granfalloon* “Hoosier” through the journalism of Indiana native Douglas Wissing. Wissing has written many books and articles about topics that one might list from A to Z…or maybe from A to T and much INbetween. We find him enmeshed in adventurism and corruption (or are those synonyms) in both Afghanistan and Tibet while all the time …

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Interchange – Frantz Fanon: Toward a New Humanism

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Psychiatrist, philosopher, writer, activist and insurgent, Frantz Fanon influenced such revolutionary leaders as Malcolm X and Che Guevara. Fanon was a political radical and a Marxist humanist concerned with the psychopathology of colonization, and the human, social, and cultural consequences of decolonization. He died of leukemia at just 36 years of age in December of 1961, just one year before …

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Interchange – The Charm’s Wound Up: Macbeth

The Weird Sisters in Orson Welles' Macbeth (1948)

We begin with Donovan’s 1966 hit “Season of the Witch.” The weird sisters, hand in hand, Posters of the sea and land, Thus do go about, about: Thrice to thine and thrice to mine And thrice again, to make up nine. Peace! the charm’s wound up. When the hurly burly’s done, fair is foul and foul is fair, by the …

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