The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 15: Slouching Towards Election Day
The first live recording of the Podcast for Social Research, episode fifteen takes up the forms and feelings of American electoral politics in light of the least popular election in recent American history. Audrey, Ajay, Jude, Tony, and Rebecca consider the historical background of presidential politics, the apocalyptic rhetoric surrounding the current election, affect in the American political scene, sleek sharks in tailored suits, mythical civilities of the Enlightenment, and recent arguments advanced by Nancy Fraser, Andrew Arato, Arun Gupta, and Lauren Berlant. This episode, recorded just before a screening of the third and final presidential debate of 2016, also includes a live Q&A session.
The Podcast for Social Research
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The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 14: Violence and Resistance–Frantz Fanon
In the fourteenth episode of the Podcast for Social Research, Anjuli, Tony, and Ajay talk through the life, work, and legacy of Frantz Fanon, the Martiniquean psychiatrist and philosopher of decolonization who was also a veteran of World War II and an adherent of the Algerian revolution. This conversation takes up major texts in Fanon’s […]
The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 13: Poetic Experiments (Coste Lewis and Nelson)
The thirteenth episode of the Podcast for Social Research considers a recent work of poetry by Robin Coste Lewis (Voyage of the Sable Venus) and a recent work of poetic, theoretical memoir by Maggie Nelson (The Argonauts)—both of which deploy the metaphor of travel by ship. Rebecca and Yanyi converse about narrative and fragmentation in […]
The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 12: Radicalism
The Podcast for Social Research returns with an episode centered on theories of the radical. Departing from Emily Bazelon’s recent New York Times piece, “Who’s Really ‘Radical’?,” Suzy, Tony, and Ajay discuss the etymological origins, historical weight, and contemporary political force of the category of radicalism, asking, in the course of the conversation, who and […]
The Podcast for Social Research: Episode 11: “The Gambler”
This is the eleventh episode of the Podcast for Social Research. (We have a new numbering system!) In this episode, Heather, Raphaele, and I (Ajay), along with special guest Charles Pratt of the NYU Game Center, get together and have a conversation about “gambling” as a concept, its practice and experience, and in its role […]
The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 10: On the 2012 Presidential Election
This is the first episode of the second season of our podcast series, “The Podcast for Social Research.” We recorded this episode on Friday, October 23 with an eye towards relevance to the upcoming election, and also to return to film criticism to inaugurate our second season, much as we began our first. As such, […]
The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 9: “Eating the Whole Thing” (Part II): Scientism and Indigestion
This is a supplemental episode of our podcast series as well as the final episode of our “first season”! In this episode – actually recorded several months ago – Michael and Ajay engage in a somewhat freewheeling discussion of several issues raised in our previous podcast, particularly questions raised by philosophical naturalism and “scientism.” Along the […]
The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 8: “Eating the Whole Thing” (Part I): Philosophy, Science, and Anxiety
In this episode of the Podcast for Social Research, Michael, Christine, and I (Ajay) sit down with Professor David Albert of Columbia University to discuss quantum physics, the history of 20th and 21st century physics, the philosophy of science, and a host of related issues, including his recent – and sometimes heated – exchange with […]
The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 7: “Reading Lolita in Tehran”
This is a supplemental episode of our podcast series. While preparing for our most recent podcast, I (Ajay) came across a piece that Gideon Lewis-Kraus had written critiquing an article by Columbia Professor Hamid Dabashi which was, in turn, a critique of Azar Nafisi’s bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran. I was quite taken aback by Gideon’s piece […]
The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 6: Interview with Gideon Lewis-Kraus
This is the fifth episode of our podcast series, “The Podcast for Social Research.” We change up the format a bit this time around and begin with Abby interviewing Gideon Lewis-Kraus about his new book, A Sense of Direction: Pilgrimage for the Restless and the Hopeful. About a month later, Christine, Michael, Abby and I (Ajay) […]