Podcast for Social Research, Episode 35: Capitalism’s Hidden Crises
American capitalism is frequently contrasted with its European other—namely, the social democratic model that seems, to American eyes, more equitable and less crisis-prone. Yet, according to sociologist Oliver Nachtwey, all is not well in social-democratic Germany, Europe’s largest economy, where stagnant social mobility has led to social fragmentation and a revived nationalist right-wing. In the 35th episode of the Podcast for Social Research, Nachtwey joins BISR faculty Ajay Singh Chaudhary for an extended discussion of contemporary capitalism, social democracy, the neoliberal turn, the rise of the right, and alternatives to the status quo. What, if anything, differentiates Western European capitalism from its American variant—and why, if it was once in some sense more equitable, are Western European societies and institutions currently in crisis? How did neoliberalism make itself felt in Germany? What remains of the social democratic compact? Can Western Europe be re-stabilized—and under what conditions?
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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 […]
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 […]