Podcast Archive - Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Practical Criticism No. 60—Lingua Ignota

In episode 60 of the Podcast for Social Research's Practical Criticism Series, Ajay Singh Chaudhary plays Lingua Ignota for Rebecca Ariel Porte, who, as usual doesn't know what the object of the week will be. They discuss commitment, committing to the bit, metal and its iconographies, ritual, decadence, Hildegard von Bingen, Audre Lorde, catharsis, exorcism, and choosing an enemy.

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Podcast for Social Research, Episode 51: Dream of the Divided Field

In episode 51 of the Podcast for Social Research, Rebecca Ariel Porte welcomes the poet Yanyi for a discussion of his newly published collection Dream of the Divided Field. The episode kicks off with readings from Yanyi’s work, before turning to a discussion, both playful and serious, of the genesis of Dreams, the role of dreams […]

Practical Criticism No. 63—Waltzing to War

In Episode 63 of the Podcast for Social Research’s “Practical Criticism Series,” Ajay Singh Chaudhary plays “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda,” as covered by The Pogues, for Rebecca Ariel Porte, who, as usual, doesn’t know what the sonic object of the week will be. Their conversation covers resonances between World War I and our own […]

Practical Criticism No.58—Pavement

In episode 58 of the Podcast for Social Research’s “Practical Criticism” series, Ajay Singh Chaudhary plays Pavement’s “Stereo” for Rebecca Ariel Porte, who, as usual, doesn’t know what the object of the week will be. Over the course of the discussion, they explore the strange aesthetic, social, and economic category of “indie”, the potential virtues […]

Podcast for Social Research, Episode 50: At Year’s End with the Angel of History—2021 in Review

In episode 50 of the Podcast for Social Research, Ajay Singh Chaudhary, Lygia Sabbag Fares, Rebecca Ariel Porte, Suzy Schneider, and Michael Stevenson look back at their 2021 in cultural experiences: painting of the Italian Renaissance, language lessons, television, film, poetry, theater, translations, music, games, high-brow, the low-brow, and the middle-. Common threads include exhaustion, […]

Podcast for Social Research, Episode 49: The Arabian Nights

Episode 49 of the Podcast for Social Research features Yasmine Seale, translator of a new edition of The Thousand and One Nights(The Arabian Nights), in conversation with Ajay Singh Chaudhary and Rebecca Ariel Porte. They consider the composition and reception of the Nights, its status in Arab and Western literature, the poetics of Seale’s translation, orientalism, […]

Practical Criticism No. 57—Nala Sinephro + Pharoah Sanders/Floating Points

In episode 57 of the Podcast for Social Research’s “Practical Criticism” series, the first of a new season, Rebecca Ariel Porte plays Nala Sinephro and Pharoah Sanders and Floating Points for Ajay Singh Chaudhary, who, as usual, doesn’t know what the object of the week will be. Their conversation ranges over promises, promissory structures, broken promises, […]

Practical Criticism No. 47—Nirvana

In episode 47 of the Podcast for Social Research’s “Practical Criticism” series, Ajay Singh Chaudhary plays Nirvana for Rebecca Ariel Porte. They talk pop avant-gardes, Kurt Cobain’s voice, exhausted croons, experiments in sound, experiments in masculinity, depression and melancholy, Burton’s anatomy of melancholy, developing variation, word play, disillusion and disaffection, and Nirvana’s Gen X musical […]

Practical Criticism No. 48—Björk

In episode 48 of the Podcast for Social Research’s “Practical Criticism” series, Rebecca Ariel Porte plays Björk for Ajay Singh Chaudhary, who, as usual, does not know beforehand what the object of the week will be. They converse about pop avant-gardes, Bruegel’s *Land of Cockaigne,* utopian fantasies of Iceland, islands and the insular, the state […]

Podcast for Social Research, Episode 48: Christine Smallwood’s The Life of the Mind

In the 48th episode of the Podcast for Social Research, BISR faculty (and co-founder) Christine Smallwood joins Abby Kluchin, Rebecca Ariel Porte, Ajay Singh Chaudhary, Michael Stevenson, and Suzanne Schneider for a wide-ranging discussion of her acclaimed debut novel The Life of the Mind. In a two-part conversation, Christine first sits down with Abby to […]