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 play, “The Mississippi Flood of 1927.” What kinds of economics, aesthetics, politics, and potentialities inform the history, the present, and the future of radio? Is there a critical theory of the radio? This edition of the podcast was recorded live on July 19th, 2018 and broadcast on WGXC and Wave Form.

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Theodor Adorno, Current of Music: Elements of a Radio Theory and The Psychological Technique of Martin Luther Thomas’ Radio Addresses.

Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism.

W. H. Auden, “As I Walked Out One Evening

Walter Benjamin, “A Communist Pedagogy” and The Mississippi Flood of 1927 (radio play in Radio Benjamin, ed. Lecia Rosenthal).

Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful.

Samuel R. Delany, The Motion of Light in Water.

Josephine Foster, A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.

Jill Nicole Galvan, The Sympathetic Medium: Feminine Channeling, the Occult, and Communication.

Miriam Hansen, Cinema and Experience: Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor W. Adorno.

Billie Holiday, “Willow Weep for Me.”

Langston Hughes, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.”

Immanuel Kant, Critique of Judgment.

Felix Mendelssohn, “Wedding March.”

Frank O’Hara, “The Day Lady Died.

Edward Said, Orientalism.

Franz Schubert, “An Die Musik” (Josephine Foster).

Joseph Schumpeter, Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy.

Wallace Stevens, The Necessary Angel.

Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway