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Podcast for Social Research, Episode 34: On (Not) Guilty Pleasures

In the 34th episode of the Podcast for Social Research, BISR Core Faculty members Ajay Singh Chaudhary, Suzanne Schneider, and Rebecca Ariel Porte mull the case of the guilty pleasure: what does this phrase mean? What kinds of pleasures (if any) qualify as guilty? What are alternative models for thinking about our conflicted pleasures in cultural objects? How are we to rule on the defendant pleasure: guilty, not guilty, or a plea of no contest? Case studies range from country music to games, glam rock, teen dramas, science fiction, and Romantic poetry.

The Podcast for Social Research

From Plato to quantum physics, Walter Benjamin to experimental poetry, Frantz Fanon to the history of political radicalism, The Podcast for Social Research is a crucial part of our mission to forge new, organic paths for intellectual work in the twenty-first century: an ongoing, interdisciplinary series featuring members of the Institute, and occasional guests, conversing about a wide variety of intellectual issues, some perennial, some newly pressing. Each episode centers on a different topic and is accompanied by a bibliography of annotations and citations that encourages further curiosity and underscores the conversation’s place in a larger web of cultural conversations.

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Podcast for Social Research, Episode 33: Ecology, Community, Prosperity: a Conversation with Eliza Griswold

What is the price of fracking? In the 33rd episode of the Podcast for Social Research, Eliza Griswold, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America, joins BISR’s Ajay Singh Chaudhary for a wide-ranging conversation about fracking (what it is and what it does), energy politics, rural economies, […]

The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 32: Another Odicy: On the Two-Hundredth Anniversary of Keats’ Odes of 1819

In this thirty-second episode of the Podcast for Social Research Core Faculty Member Rebecca Ariel Porte delivers an address for the two-hundredth anniversary of Keats’s Odes of 1819, originally recorded as a live broadcast for Montez Press Radio. This lecture considers how to read and what it means to be reading these strange poetic artifacts […]

The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 31: Night of Philosophy and Ideas 2019

In the thirty-first episode of the Podcast for Social Research, recorded live at the 2019 Night of Philosophy and Ideas (February 2nd – February 3rd, 7 p.m. – 7 a.m.), an all-night marathon of intellectual life co-sponsored by Brooklyn Public Library and the French Embassy, BISR faculty Suzanne Schneider, Ajay Singh Chaudhary, and Rebecca Ariel […]

The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 30: At Year’s End with the Angel of History: A 2018 Cultural Retrospective

Ajay, Raphaële, and Rebecca look back on 2018 in cultural objects: what artifacts from the catastrophe of history lingered with them and which will they be salvaging for the coming year? Conversation ranges from poetry and theory to music, film, games, and other sensory pleasures, broadly conceived. You can download here by right-clicking and “save as,” or […]

The Podcast for Social Research, Ep. 29.5, Shortcast: Phenomenology of the Holidays

In this shortcast, Ajay, Audrey, Mark, Raphaële, and Rebecca talk about the feel of the winter holiday season, sweet and sour, bitter and bright, ritual and revulsion. You can download here by right-clicking and “save as,” or look us up on iTunes.

The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 29: The Fall that Wasn’t: A Decade Since the Financial Crisis

The 2008 financial crisis shook to the core not only the global economy, but also prevailing myths about the efficiency of markets, the possibility of endless profits and growth, and the inviolability of capitalism. In The Fall that Wasn’t: a Decade Since the Financial Crisis, documentarian Astra Taylor and journalist Sarah Jaffe join BISR faculty Ajay […]

The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 28: Theory on the Radio

The introduction of the radio was a watershed in the history of human communication. In Theory on the Radio, a live radio broadcast in collaboration with Montez Press and Mathew Gallery, BISR faculty Raphaele Chappe, Rebecca Ariel Porte, and Ajay Singh Chaudhary contemplate economics, poetry, and pop music on the radio–and read Walter Benjamin’s radio […]

The Podcast for Social Research, Ep. 27: Unnatural Disaster: Puerto Rico One Year after Hurricane Maria

In the twenty-seventh episode of the Podcast for Social Research, BISR faculty Adriana Garriga-Lopez, Ajay Singh Chaudhary, and Alyssa Battistoni attempt to untangle the interlocking forces that rendered Puerto Rico fatally vulnerable to the double punch of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. One year later, Puerto Rico remains a site of social and ecological catastrophe, an […]

The Podcast for Social Research, Ep. 26.5, Shortcast: The Dialectic of HGTV

In our second Podcast for Social Research Shortcast, BISR’s Suzanne Schneider, Ajay Singh Chaudhary, Raphaele Chappe, Mark DeLucas, and Michael Stevenson discuss the odd appeal, and internal contradictions, of Home and Garden TV. What sort of ideal does HGTV project, and why, today, is it attractive? Why are domestic spaces now seen as sites of […]