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November 24 2013

19:52

The Brixton ballads: Market values - 360documentaries - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Known for rebellion and resilience, the South London suburb of Brixton - the symbolic frontline of Black Britain – faces a rapidly gentrifying present. Brent Clough takes a walk down memory lane to listen to the voices and music of its residents. Average prices in London’s housing market are now eight times the median income. Home ownership in once proud working class boroughs is impossible for most locals, yet waves of gentrification are splashing through the grimiest corners of the metropolis, changing communities irrevocably. Brixton in the South London borough of Lambeth is no exception. The symbolic ‘frontline’ for African-Caribbean migration to the UK, the suburb has long been known as a tough place, once synonymous with riots and reggae. These days its famous covered and open-air markets and much else besides are changing swiftly. Brent Clough returns to his old Brixton haunts to discover a community that remains vibrant, creative and adaptable but also finds itself in the midst of rapid, disorienting transition. Thanks to Blacker Dread, Brother Culture, Piki Bosch, Livingstone Brown, Alex Caramelino, Jerry Dammers, Stephen Edwards, Georgina Evans, Yvonne Gold, Monica Gonzalvez, Colin Grant, Jaja Soze, Jah Screechy, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Kenness George Kelly aka Fowokan, Duncan Law, Diana and Bill Linskey, Errol Linton, Little Roy, Gerry Lyseight, Helen McDonald, Mad Professor, Malphino, Maxi Priest, Florence Nosegbe, Alan Piper, Paul Reid, Margot Rodway-Brown, Chris Salewicz, Maureen Samuel, Dan Shepherd, Paul Simonon, Brendan Tarring, Devon Thomas, Ashvin De Vos, Alex Wheatle. This program was made possible by the Tony Barrell Fellowship, named after the late and much-missed ABC radio and television producer. Music in the program: Brixton Hall – Dennis Alcapone Love in the Ghetto – Maxi Priest Inglan is a Bitch – Linton Kwesi Johnson Light work –Scampz Freedom of Flesh – Helen McDonald and Future Groove Brixton Bounce – Errol Linton Warrior Charge – Aswad Romans Dub – Black Slate My Story - Jaja Soze Why –Jaja Soze Christopher Columbus dubplate – Little Roy Concrete Jungle – Errol Linton Further Information: Alex Wheatle, Novelist Alex Wheatle on Brixton gentrification (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4by4BEPwAw) Brixton splash 2013 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzPAtnA2Blk) Linto Kwesi Johnsonin a documentary on Brixton from 1991 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp7xk6xnJ7o) The 1981 Brixton uprising (http://www.theguardian.com/society/audio/2008/dec/17/brixton-riots-resident) The black cultural archives (http://www.bcaheritage.org.uk/?option=com_content&view=article&id=23&Itemid=106) Transition town Brixton (http://www.transitiontownbrixton.org/) Urban 75A blog about Brixton (http://www.urban75.org/brixton/) http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/360/bixton-ballads/5097726

August 24 2013

05:32

Has democracy reached a tipping point? - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A recent poll by the Lowy Institute suggests many young Australians are ambivalent about the virtues of democracy, while leading democracy scholar John Keane warns that democracy has reached a ‘tipping point’ similar to the 1930s. Three political thinkers give us their perspectives on the changing nature of the Democratic tradition and where it might be heading. Guests: Greg Melleuish, Associate Professor of History and Politics at the University of Wollongong. Tim Soutphommasane, University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights and School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. Presenter of RN's Mongrel Nation series and newly appointed Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner. John Keane, Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. Director of the OnDemocracy.org initiative and the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights. Further Information: Lowy Institute Poll on democracy and young people's perceptions (http://www.lowyinterpreter.org/post/2013/06/26/Gen-Y-and-democracy-whats-going-on.aspx) Greg Melleuish's profile (http://lha.uow.edu.au/arts/histpol/staff/UOW018770.html) Tim Soutphommasane's website (http://www.soutphommasane.com.au/) John Keane's website (http://johnkeane.net/) RN's Mongrel Nation series (http://abc.net.au/radionational/programs/mongrelnation/) OnDemocracy.Org (http://www.ondemocracy.org/) http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/futuretense/has-democracy-reached-a-tipping-point3f/4883516

February 10 2012

17:43

This American Life

Conventions -- What happens when people with one common interest gather in monstrous, fluorescent -lit halls for the weekend? Sometimes they drive each other crazy, sometimes they fall in love.

December 18 2011

23:38

Big Picture Science

Science's Alliances -- Mom and apple pie. Computers and silicon. Martians and death rays. Some things just go together naturally. But how about science and politics? Science and religion? Science and fiction? These pairings are often unnatural and contentious … but they don’t have to be. Discover how science can team up with other endeavors in productive, if surprising, symbiosis. Meet a particle physicist, turned U.S. Congressman, who calls for more scientists on Capitol Hill. Also, a tour of the Golden Age of Islamic Science. Plus, scientists named Elmo and Super Grover 2.0 teach small children to conduct experiments with the help of chickens and dancing penguins. And, it’s not quite science but it’s not entirely fiction either: how sci-fi helps shape our cultural debates about the future.

June 19 2011

12:44

June 16th, Paris: the inhabitants from the eyes of a tourist

Society and Paris: the highs and lows, the stereotypes, the coldness - or warmth sometimes !

June 12 2011

16:14

Sherry Turkle: Expecting More from Technology and Less from Each Other

MIT professor of technology and society Sherry Turkle discusses the effect our technology has on our social relationships and her new book, Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. Consider Facebook--it's a form of human contact, only easier to engage with and easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected with people and more connected to simulations of them. In Alone Together, Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives. It's an exploration of what we are looking for--and sacrificing--in a world of electronic companions and social networking tools, and an argument that, despite the hand-waving of today's self-described prophets of the future, it will be the next generation who will chart the path between isolation and connectivity. http://forum-network.org/lecture/sherry-turkle-why-we-expect-more-technology-and-less-each-other

May 27 2011

13:33

Sharon Shoesmith speaks to Patrick Butler | Society | guardian.co.uk

Sharon Shoesmith tells Patrick Butler that she feels vindicated by her victory in the appeal court, which upheld her claim that her dismissal by Haringey council after the killing of 17-month-old Peter… http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/audio/2011/may/27/baby-p-sharon-shoesmith

April 29 2011

04:51

Our ethical vanities: the myth of the ethical consumer - Life Matters - 27 April 2011

Do you care about who makes your shoes, where your coffee beans are grown, or the provenance of the timber in your kitchen table? Lots of us, if asked, are most likely to say 'yes'. But if we're honest with ourselves what's the reality when we head out to make our purchases? Do we truly walk the walk? Timothy Devinney is a Professor of Strategy at the UTS Business School in Sydney, and also the co-author of The Myth of the Ethical Consumer. http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lifematters/stories/2011/3200922.htm

April 10 2011

17:23

Jaron Lanier on technology and humanity

Jaron Lanier, pioneering computer scientist, musician, visual artist, and author, discusses his book, You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto. Lanier discusses effects of the web becoming “regularized” and dangers he sees with “hive mind” production, which he claims leads to “crummy design.” He also explains why he thinks advertising is a misnomer, contending that modern advertising is more about access to potential consumers than expressive or creative form. Lanier also advocates for more peer-to-peer rather than hub-and-spoke transactions, discusses why he’s worried about the disappearance of the middle class, claims that “free” isn’t really free, talks about libertarian ideals, and explains why he’s ultimately hopeful about the future. http://surprisinglyfree.com/2011/02/15/jaron-lanier/
09:32

Jaron Lanier on technology and humanity

Jaron Lanier, pioneering computer scientist, musician, visual artist, and author, discusses his book, You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto. Lanier discusses effects of the web becoming “regularized” and dangers he sees with “hive mind” production, which he claims leads to “crummy design.” He also explains why he thinks advertising is a misnomer, contending that modern advertising is more about access to potential consumers than expressive or creative form. Lanier also advocates for more peer-to-peer rather than hub-and-spoke transactions, discusses why he’s worried about the disappearance of the middle class, claims that “free” isn’t really free, talks about libertarian ideals, and explains why he’s ultimately hopeful about the future. http://surprisinglyfree.com/2011/02/15/jaron-lanier/

March 06 2011

08:07

Alex Payne - The Machine Starts

How Computers and the Internet are Re-programming Human Behaviour. http://www.themachinestarts.com/read/26

March 05 2011

00:53

Alex Payne - The Machine Starts

How Computers and the Internet are Re-programming Human Behaviour. http://www.themachinestarts.com/read/26

January 21 2011

00:02

Talkback: the ten desires that drive us - Life Matters - 1 October 2010

Veteran social researcher Hugh Mackay knows what makes us tick. He's been listening to people for a lifetime and measuring their mind and mood. http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lifematters/stories/2010/3024906.htm

January 13 2011

12:20

The Moral Importance of the Difference between the Unity of the Individual and the Separateness of Persons: Dr Alex Voorhoeve at the LSE

Individual lives have a unity that the lives of separate individuals do not. This truism has radical, and not fully appreciated, implications for distributive ethics. Alex Voorhoeve is senior lecturer in philosophy at LSE's Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method.
12:19

Politics, Power, Cities: Enrique Peñalosa at the LSE

Enrique Peñalosa, former Mayor of Bogotá and one of the world's most challenging urban thinkers, describes the urgent need for governments to create socially inclusive and well-designed transport systems, public spaces and cities. Addressing mobility, public space, equity, quality of life and social inclusion, Peñalosa will propose that inequality and exclusion are the main causes of the problems that affect cities in developing countries, particularly issues relating to mobility and sustainability. Enrique Peñalosa was mayor of Bogotá, 1998-2001, and now acts as a consultant on urban vision. His advisory work concentrates on sustainability, mobility, equity, public space and quality of life. From http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/podcasts/publicLecturesAndEvents.htm

November 05 2010

10:14

Them and Us: why we need a fair society — Will Hutton at the LSE

Will Hutton discusses the issues raised in his new book Them and Us: politics, greed and inequality – why we need a fair society. Will Hutton is the executive vice-chair of The Work Foundation and senior visiting fellow at LSE Global Governance. From http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/podcasts/publicLecturesAndEvents.htm

September 22 2010

13:39

Is the Internet Rewiring our Brains?

Mark Colvin (of ABC PM) interviews Clay Shirky. Transcript of a part of the interview is available here: http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2010/s3019138.htm

September 20 2010

05:47

The Enigma of Capital: Prof. David Harvey at the LSE

For three centuries the capitalist system has shaped western society and conditioned the lives of its people. Capitalism is cyclical – and increasingly bankrupt. Boom-and-bust is its model. Laying bare the follies of the international financial system, eminent academic David Harvey looks at the nature of capitalism and why it's time to call a halt to its unbridled excesses. From http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/podcasts/publicLecturesAndEvents.htm

June 30 2010

17:12

Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirkey at the RSA

Since the postwar boom, we've had a surfeit of intellect, energy and time. Join Clay Shirky as he charts the effects that this 'cognitive surplus' - aided by new technologies - will have on 21st century society, and reveals that the choices we make are not only economically motivated but are also driven by the desire for autonomy, competence and community.
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