DJ Spooky talks about Anarctica and his recent composition “Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica.” Charles Emmerson theorizes about the future prospects for the Arctic. Richard Ellis describes how the melting of the Polar Ice cap in the Arctic is destroying the habitat for polar bears and the seals they eat. Douglas Quin discusses some of his underwater field recordings from the Polar regions of the earth. Lucy Jane Bledsoe has made three trips to Antarctica and thinks the place is addictive. Bill Streever is a cryophile ? someone who loves the cold.
Brian Raftery investigated karaoke in Japan and the man who invented it. The Gomers, Madison WI’s comedy/experimental music/progressive rock band performs with guest singers in “Rock Star Gomeroke.” Bjorn Turmann wrote a Karaoke novel. Jonas Ridderstrale describes the theory behind “Karaoke Capitalism.” Monique Skidmore found that young people in Burma use karaoke as a form of political protest. Glen Tilbrook performs a karaoke version of the 1981 hit, “Tempted.”
Terry Tempest Williams visited places of both desolation and great beauty. Martyn Stewart recorded the sounds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Scott Russell Sanders writes stories that grow out of his on-going effort to understand the place where he lives. Jerry Apps chronicles the deep history of his land in Wisconsin. Caryl Owen is restoring her Wisconsin prairie. Geoff Nicholson describes the secret of a great walk. Sean Bonner helps to create a network of city-focused blogs.
James William Gibson describes ways in which people are seeking to reconnect with the natural world. Amy Stewart warns about some very lovely, common garden variety plants that can kill you. Richard Reynolds is a guerrilla gardener, someone who tends someone else’s land for harvest. Erin Clune takes a walk in a Madison WI garden. Charles Jencks created a beautiful work of landscape architecture, and Michael Gandolfi wrote an evolving musical composition about it.
Manohla Dargis discusses the role of film criticism in contemporary society. Anthony DeCurtis edited a book of the writings of music critic Robert Palmer, and Palmer’s daughter Augusta Palmer has made a film about his life. Geeta Dayal wrote a critical study of Brain Eno’s 1975 record “Another Green World.” As a critic and a musician, John Mendelssohn talks about being on both sides of the critical discussion.
Daniel Wolff says that most Americans learn what they really need to know outside of school. Richard Nisbett claims that parenting styles have an enormous impact on the IQ of children. Maryanne Wolf thinks the dyslexic brain ought to be considered a gift. Rick Riordan created the character Percy Jackson to help his own dyslexic son learn to love stories and reading. Lewis Buzbee describes the tactile pleasures of book shopping and explains why people still love going to the bookshop.
Bill McKibben lays out a model of how to survive on our changed planet: think small and local. Kurt Hoelting set out to spend a year living within 60 miles of his home. Gordon Hempton is one of the world’s leading audio ecologists. Brenda Peterson is the child of fundamentalist Christians and she grew up in a remote wilderness cabin. Bron Taylor thinks that we’re witnessing the birth of a new “dark green religion.”
Donovan Campbell was in command of a platoon of Marines in Ramadi on April 6, 2004. Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez commanded Coalition Forces during the capture of Saddam Hussein, the revelations about Abu Ghraib, and on April 6, 2004. Steve Levin is the producer of a documentary film which follows the family of a young Marine, Ryan Jerebek, who was killed in the ambush at ar-Ramadi on April 6, 2004. Journalist David Swanson was embedded in ar-Ramadi with Ryan Jerabek’s unit the day Ryan died.
Annie Gauger has edited a new annotated version of the classic novel “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame. Nina Paley has made a film to re-tell the story from the Ramayana of the marriage of the Hindu god Rama and his wife, Sita. Musharraf Ali Farooqi translated ancient Indian tales of sorcerers and wizards, originally written in Urdu. Maria Tatar expailns what makes fairy tales so compelling to children. Jack Zipes translated the satirical, surrealist fantasies of Kurt Schwitters.
Douglas Feith was Under Secretary of Defense for Policy under Donald Rumsfeld, and one of the architects of the Bush Administration’s war on terrorism. Colonel David Lapan was one of the architects of the Defense Department’s Embedded Media Program. David Kilcullen was a top military advisor to General Petraeus during the troop surge in Iraq. Ali Allawi was Minister of Trade and Minister of Defense in the Interim Iraqi Governing Council in 2003 and 2004. Journalist Thomas Ricks describes how close the U.S. came to losing the war in Iraq on November 19, 2004 in a town called Haditha.
Toby Nunn served two tours in Iraq, and he’s still taking care of the men in his platoon. Tyler Boudreau resigned his commission over reservations about the legitimacy of the Iraq War. John Wrobleski Sr. describes the day he got the news that his son was killed in Iraq. Jonathon Pieslak talks about how U.S. forces use music and who they listen to. Helen Benedict collected stories about the heavy toll sexual harassment and abuse take on women in the military. Brian Turner volunteered for military service in Iraq and wrote poetry by flashlight.
Jim Sheeler wrote about Major Steve Beck, a Marine Casualty Notification Officer. Sergeant John McCary reads his 2004 email about the brutal nature of the insurgency. Kyle Haussmann-Stokes struggled alone with his PTSD, but eventually got help and made a film about it. Brigadier General Loree Sutton describes what the military is doing to combat the alarming statistics concerning suicide, alcoholism and PTSD in returning vets. War blogger Colby Buzzell been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and struggles with addiction.
In this month’s audio podcast, Jes Costantine and new co-host Jende Huang are in Washington D.C. to interview staff members of the American Humanist Association. Learn what goes on behind the scenes at one of the largest humanist organizations in the world, and hear what AHA staffers have planned for the future.
Blanton: Uncommon Commentary — Stop 17 — “Madonna and Child with Christ as the Man of Sorrow” by Simone dei Crocifissi
Blanton: Uncommon Commentary — Stop 19 — “Head of a Young Man” by Peter Paul Rubens
Blanton: Uncommon Commentary — Stop 20 — “Portrait of a Man” by Nicolas de Largilliere