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America & Democracy Ep. 2: Jonthan M. Berman on Anti-Vaxxers

America & Democracy Ep. 2: Jonthan M. Berman on Anti-Vaxxers

October 19, 2020

On November 3rd, America chooses its next president and in this series of interviews from The MIT Press Podcast, we'll be drawing on the research of various authors to reflect on some of the issues shaping the American political landscape of today.

 

The second episode of this series features a discussion with the author of Anti-vaxxers, Jonathan M. Berman. Vaccines are a documented success story, one of the most successful public health interventions in history. Yet there is a vocal anti-vaccination movement, featuring celebrity activists including actress Jenny McCarthy, talk-show host Bill Maher, and presidential hopeful Kanye West. 

 

How do we address those with views that might be deemed absurd and confusing? How do we ensure that the public sphere is based upon evidenced and good faith arguments? And what might be redeemed from world-views built upon misinformation? 

 

Jonathan M. Berman is Assistant Professor in the Department of Basic Sciences at NYITCOM–Arkansas. An active science communicator, he served as national cochair of the 2017 March for Science.

 

Hosted by Sam Kelly

Mixed by Samantha Doyle 

Soundtrack by Kristen Gallerneaux

America & Democracy Ep. 1: Robert I. Rotberg on Corruption

America & Democracy Ep. 1: Robert I. Rotberg on Corruption

October 13, 2020

On November 3rd, America chooses its next president and in this series of interviews from the MIT Press Podcast, we'll be drawing on the research of various authors to reflect on some of the issues shaping the American political landscape of today. 

In this, the first episode, Robert I. Rotberg  (author of Anticorruption) discusses corruption - what is it? where is it? And is it getting worse? He explains the long history of corruption in the USA, as well as the measures that can be taken to eradicate it. We also explore issues of corruption across the globe, including the Lava Jato case in Brazil, the authoritarian anti-corruption of Rwanda and the ways in which corporate elites shape politics in countries like the US and the UK.  

 

Robert I. Rotberg is President Emeritus of the World Peace Foundation, Founding Director of Harvard Kennedy School's Program on Intrastate Conflict, and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of The Corruption Cure: How Citizens and Leaders Can Combat GraftThings Come Together: Africans Achieving Greatness in the Twenty-First Century, Transformative Political Leadership, and numerous other books.

 

Hosted by Sam Kelly

Mixed by Samantha Doyle 

Soundtrack by Kristen Gallerneaux

Pharmacological Histories Ep. 4: Andy Roberts on LSD’s Cosmic Courier

Pharmacological Histories Ep. 4: Andy Roberts on LSD’s Cosmic Courier

September 28, 2020

Michael Hollingshead, the man who turned Timothy Leary onto LSD, managed to fundamentally influenced modern drug culture whilst remaining virtually anonymous in popular culture at large. In this episode, biographer Andy Roberts talks us through the life of a key character in psychedelic history. 

Pharmacological Histories Ep. 3: Bita Moghaddam on Ketamine

Pharmacological Histories Ep. 3: Bita Moghaddam on Ketamine

September 21, 2020

In this episode Bita Moghaddam discusses the emergence of ketamine as a combat anesthetic in the Vietnam war, its transformation into a recreation drug central to club culture, and its current transition into a treatment for depression.

Pharmacological Histories Ep. 2: Mikkael A. Sekeres on the Drugs Fighting Leukemia

Pharmacological Histories Ep. 2: Mikkael A. Sekeres on the Drugs Fighting Leukemia

September 14, 2020

This episode offers an insight into the work of leading cancer specialist and author of When Blood Breaks Down, Mikkael A. Sekeres. 1 in 2 people will develop cancer in their lifetime, but thankfully treatment for the disease is rapidly changing and improving. I ask Mikkael about the drugs that allow people to beat cancer and live better with it.

Pharmacological Histories Ep. 1: Nancy D. Campbell on Naloxone

Pharmacological Histories Ep. 1: Nancy D. Campbell on Naloxone

September 7, 2020

Drawing on interviews with approximately sixty advocates, drug users, former users, friends, families, witnesses, clinicians, and scientists; Nancy D Campbell has drawn together a history of a defining tragedy of contemporary life; the overdose. I ask her about the reality of drug overdoses and one of the tools being used by activists to prevent more deaths; Naloxone.

Race and Art with C. Riley Snorton and Hentyle Yapp

Race and Art with C. Riley Snorton and Hentyle Yapp

August 11, 2020

C. Riley Snorton and Hentyle Yapp read from Saturationa book that offers an analysis of racial representation and controversy in the art world. 

Rapid Reviews: COVID-19 with Amy Brand and Vilas Dhar

Rapid Reviews: COVID-19 with Amy Brand and Vilas Dhar

August 10, 2020

Rapid Reviews: COVID-19 brings together urgency and scientific rigor so the world’s researchers can quickly disseminate new discoveries that the public can trust. Amy Brand (Director, The MIT Press) and Vilas Dhar (Trustee, The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation) discuss this new overlay journal, its innovative goals, and its role as a proof-of-concept for new models of peer-review and rapid publishing.

Carceral Capitalism

Carceral Capitalism

June 6, 2020

Conor Rose reads from Jackie Wang's Carceral Capitalism. This extract, taken from the opening of the book, offers insight into the Black Lives Matter movement as well as new forms of predatory policing, informed by the 2008 financial crash. 

Please use this link to support Black Lives Matter. 

Media, Forensics, and Evidence with Susan Schuppli

Media, Forensics, and Evidence with Susan Schuppli

May 29, 2020

Susan Schuppli is Director of the Centre for Research Architecture in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. In her book, Material Witnesss, her research is an exploration of the evidential role of matter in contexts including the natural disaster, climate change, and conflict zones.

In this interview she discusses her work as a writer, artist and educator. 

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