Marshall McCluhan once said, “The spoken word was the first technology by which man was able to let go of his environment in order to grasp it in a new way.” Well, actually he wrote that (in Understanding Media). At any rate, this week we focus on the spoken word. Namely, podcasts.
Our authors have been speaking up quite a bit lately:
Bruce Bueno de Mesquita (coauthor of The Logic of Survival), is interviewed by Russ Roberts on this EconTalk podcast about democracies and dictatorships.
Mary O'Brien (author of Making Better Environmental Decisions), speaks on the topic of "Risk Assessment: Asking the Wrong Question" in this lecture at the Lewis & Clark school.
Travis Bradford (author of Solar Revolution) is interviewed by George Kinney of Electric Politics here. He talks about the feasibility of solar energy and how and why it could be in our future.
Alan Krueger, (coeditor of Inequality in America) discusses the value of elite university diplomas on this episode of the WNYC Brian Lehrer Show.
Barry Blesser (author of Spaces Speak, Are You Listening?) speaks in the Briefing Room about how to save children's hearing.
Chris Kraus's LA Lit lecture from November is now online (follow this link). She discusses her book I Love Dick, and a little bit about the history of Semiotext(e).
Finally, Jesper Juul's talk about video game players from the MIT Technology Culture Forum is available here. He is the author of the videogame studies book Half-Real.