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Interchange – Big Data Is Watching You

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This week on Interchange host Doug Storm presents “Big Data Is Watching You,” a conversation with Colin Allen, Director of the Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University.  Allen is a philosopher of biology and cognitive science and he’s joined us once before on Interchange to talk about the possibilities of machine morality and perhaps rather the necessity of building morality into source codes.  If nothing else, this week’s program should make that at least clear, and clearly an imperative.  Of course we’re stuck with the question, who will craft this ethical code?

We also present here for podcast the unedited conversation which covers more ground and even attempts to explicate Yeats’s “Second Coming” (1919) as an ode to the coming of the Mind of Big Data.

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

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Interchange – The Wages of Labor: Bloomington’s Industrial Past

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This week on Interchange, host Trish Kerle speaks with Carrol Krause, author of Showers Brothers Furniture Co: The Shared Fortunes of a Family, a City, and a University and Joe Varga, Assistant Professor of Labor Studies at Indiana University and a labor and social justice activist.

Since the 1870s, Bloomington has been shaped by the ebb and flow of industrialization – and de-industrialization, beginning with the Showers Brothers Furniture Company, followed by the RCA radio and television factory, right up to today with what appears to be – the fading presence of General Electric. Krause and Varga talk about the history of those companies, their impact on the city, and the rise of organized labor in Bloomington.

Interchange – Fred Cate: Government Surveillance, Then and Now

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This week on Interchange, host Joe Crawford speaks with Indiana University Law Professor Fred Cate, an expert on privacy and “cybersecurity”. Cate talks about government surveillance on the local, state and national levels – from the spying apparatus at the National Security Agency, to cell phone intercepts by the Indiana State Police, to new surveillance cameras in downtown Bloomington. Cate talks about how our understanding of privacy has changed since the adoption of the Fourth Amendment, which was intended to protect Americans from unlawful search and seizure, in 1792.

Interchange – Sara Pryor: Global Warming Is Unequivocal – Now What Can We Do About It?

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This week on Interchange host Doug Storm speaks with Sara Pryor, Provost Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of Geological Sciences at Indiana University and editor of two books on Climate Change the most recent being Climate Change in the Midwest: Impacts, Risks, Vulnerability and Adaptation. This is a return visit to Interchange for Sara having joined host Colin Allen back in 2010. Pryor gives us a kind of update on the state of the art in Climate Science as well as offering insight into the ways we’re likely to experience climate change and what we might do about it. That is, the ways that our actions have affected and are affecting the next 100 years and beyond.

We try to put flesh on the epigraph that opens the new book: a quote from John Holdren, the US Presidential Science Advisor for 2010 that reads: “What we need is enough mitigation to avoid unmanageable climate change and enough adaptation to manage unavoidable climate change.”

See also: http://archive.wfhb.org/news/interchange-sara-pryor-understanding-climate-change

Featured Photo Courtesy of Indiana University

Interchange – Thanksgiving and Native American Cultures

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This week on Interchange, host Louis Malone speaks leads a discussion of Native American cultures with three professors from Indiana University, Dr. Jason Baird Jackson, Dr. Christina Snyder, and Dr. Brian Gilley. The group discusses the history of Thanksgiving, its ties with Native American cultures in the United States of America, and the state of Native North Americans in the American public consciousness.

Interchange – Pat Kellar: The Making of Hoagy Carmichael

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This week on Interchange, Host Trish Kerle’ speaks with Pat Kellar, producer of a documentary film about the life and music of native Bloomingtonian, Hoagy Carmichael, considered one of the 20th centuries greatest composers of American popular standards.

Kellar talks about the film, Carmichael’s formative years in Bloomington and Indiana University, his early musical influences, his transition from piano player to singer/songwriter, shift from hot jazz to popular music, and his friendships and collaborations with Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, and Frank Loesser, among others.  Carmichael’s move to NYC in 1929 and, ultimately, to Hollywood to pursue songwriting for the movies, cemented him as not only a musical legend because of hit songs such as Stardust, Skylark, Heart and Soul and the Academy Award winning In the Cool, Cool Cool of the Evening, but because at the peak of his career in the 1940s Hoagy Carmichael had also made his mark as a movie actor, radio star, and published author.

Songs excerpted in the program in the order they are played:

“Georgia on My Mind” – Ray Charles
“Maple Leaf Rag” – Scott Joplin
“Riverboat Shuffle” – Bix Beiderbecke
“Washboard Blues” – Hoagy Carmichael
“Star Dust” – Hoagy Carmichael
“Star Dust” – Isham Jones and His Orchestra
“Rockin’ Chair” – Mildred Bailey
“Lazybones” – Hoagy Carmichael
“Snowball” – Hoagy Carmichael
“Snowball” – Louis Armstrong
“Rockin’ Chair” – Hoagy Carmichael
“Skylark” – Earl Hines featuring Billy Ekstine
“How Little We Know” – Anita Boyer and the Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra
“In the Cool Cool Cool of the Evening” – Hoagy Carmichael
“Can’t Get Indiana Off My Mind” – Kate Smith

Interchange – The Airbrushed Woman: Feminism and Women’s Magazines

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Host Alycin Bektesh speaks with Jennifer Maher, Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies at Indiana University. The discussion covers feminism, female depictions in media, and pop culture’s reaction to female sexuality, using Jennifer Nelso’s Airbrushed Nation as a framework for understanding the falsities of women’s magazines and mass media.

Interchange – Doug Martin: Muckraking Education Politics

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This week on Interchange, host Doug Storm speaks with investigative blogger Doug Martin who posts articles regularly on the website Schools Matter (found at schoolsmatter.info).  Martin is a native Hoosier who has been investigating Indiana’s “for profit” Education Politics for several years and will soon publish a book detailing these investigations called “Hoosier School Heist.”

Martin’s articles at Schools Matter get over 1,000 views on a regular basis. He offers readers facts rather just more opinions from one particular “side of the aisle,” he follows the money, and he names names: from the Indy Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, to politicians like Mitch Daniels and Tony Bennett, to the out in the open oligarchs at the Walton and Gates Foundations, to the lower level soldiers these groups plant on school boards and grant funding organizations and who write op-eds in local newspapers under the banner of independent “Policy Reviews.”  That is, Martin relentlessly exposes every evil practice and every evil act whether performed by politician or business person.

Interchange – Steve Arnold and Marcia Veldman: Citizen Lobbyists

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This week on Interchange, host Lisa-Marie Napoli interviews Steve Arnold, Volunteer Group Leader of the Bloomington Global Chapter of RESULTS, and Marcia Veldman, Co-Leader of the Bloomington Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby. The guests discuss each of their corresponding non-partisan citizens lobby groups in several ways: how they came to be; the issues they address and other aspects of their local, state and national efforts. Arnold and Veldman acknowledge that both RESULTS and the Citizens Climate Lobby use similar methodologies that train citizens to gain specific skills to develop political will, personal empowerment and effective lobbying efforts.

Interchange – Toby Strout: Domestic Violence Awareness

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This week on Interchange, host Joe Crawford discusses domestic violence with Toby Strout, the executive director of Middle Way House. Strout talks about the interpersonal and structural causes of domestic violence and how it intersects with other societal issues. She also outlines the services offered by Middle Way House and how victims can seek help from the organization.

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