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February 03 2014


Longform Podcast #43: Margalit Fox

Margalit Fox is a senior obituary writer for The New York Times. "You do get emotionally involved with people, even though as a journalist you're not supposed to. But as a human being, how can you not? Particularly people who had difficult, tragic, poignant lives. But there are also people that you just wish you had known. And, of course, the painful irony is that you're only getting to know them by virtue of the fact that it's too late." http://longform.org/posts/longform-podcast-43-margalit-fox

January 23 2014


Ideas from the Trenches - The Living Dead

Tom Howell and Nicola Luksic follow the work of PhD student Myriam Nafte, who studies the circulation and use of human remains in Western society. And they find unexpected connections between the living and the dead.

January 13 2014


Radiolab: Apocalyptical

Cataclysmic destruction. Surprising survival. In this new live stage performance, Radiolab turns its gaze to the topic of endings, both blazingly fast and agonizingly slow. This hour we celebrate the one thing that all things do: end. From the stage in Seattle, with an all-star cast of comedians and musical guests, we bring you stories that end with a bang, with a whimper, and with astonishing bravery and resilience in the face of one's own demise. http://www.radiolab.org/story/apocalyptical-live-paramount-seattle/

December 11 2013


A Point of View - Will Self: It's Always the Others Who Die

Will Self reflects that our modern, secular society has silenced the voices of the dead. As a result, he thinks we fail to directly sympathise with what they have left behind.

November 11 2013


Caustic Soda: Genocide Part 1

This episode is rated ‘T’ for TRIGGER ALERT. In part 1 of 2 on genocide, we discuss Genghis Khan and Tamerlane, The Tasmanian “Black Wars” and the Maori invasion of the Moriori.

September 17 2013


Caustic Soda: Mummies

Various kinds of mummies are discussed, including ancient Egyptian methods, bog mummies, saponification, and electroplating. Plus the mummies of Guanajuato, Chiesa dei Morti, Luang Pho Dang, and plenty of pop culture.

March 15 2012


How to Read Any Poem, Anywhere Class 17

A class taught by Tim Morton, March 13, 2012.

December 01 2011


Just Another Fish Story

Ten years ago, the people of Lubec, Maine, were met with an unpleasant surprise: an enormous finback whale had washed onto the beachfront of their tiny coastal town. As the 60-ton creature began to decompose, the town was forced to come up with a plan to get rid of it. http://www.thirdcoastfestival.org/library/68

June 24 2011


DocArchive: The Kill Factor: Part Two: 11 June 11

Soldiers who have killed in war at close quarters talk about how it affects them today. They talk frankly about their feelings before, during and after. And they reflect on whether humans are "natural" killers or whether they have to be trained to go against their instinctive repulsion.

DocArchive: The Kill Factor: Part One: 04 June 11

Soldiers who have killed in war at close quarters talk about how it affects them today. They talk frankly about their feelings before, during and after. And they reflect on whether humans are "natural" killers or whether they have to be trained to go against their instinctive repulsion.

May 25 2011


Caustic Soda: Funerals

Caustic Soda puts the fun in funeral! Guest Arinn Dembo joins us to talk neanderthal cave burials, cremains, martyriums, slave sacrifice, wife-burning, The Great Death Pit, viking ship burials, Tibetan sky burial, corpse demons, the soothing rite of fire and much more!

March 13 2011


Robot Opera and Immortality

http://onpoint.wbur.org/2011/03/07/robot-opera In the new robot opera, “Death and the Powers,” humans are history. So is flesh and blood- as ‘so over’ as the dinosaurs. The high-tech drama, composed by Tod Machover, tells the story of how one eccentric billionaire led the way, by refusing to die. He uploads himself – his mind – into the realm of digital immortality, and leaves his worldly body behind. Machover, known as “America’s most wired composer” and director of the Opera of the Future group at the MIT Media Lab, thinks of his character Simon Powers, as “a combination of Howard Hughes, Walt Disney and Bill Gates,” who rather than wanting to live forever, desired “to leave the world, but leave everything about himself here.”

February 22 2011


Machine of Death » Podcast 8: EXPLODED

“EXPLODED,” by Tom Francis, a short story from the "Machine of Death" collection. Read by Christopher Joseph. Tom Francis is a writer and editor for PC Gamer magazine and PCGamer.com. He blogs at pentadact.com. http://machineofdeath.net/pod-exploded

January 17 2011


Caustic Soda: Art

Supreme artist of the omniverse Chris Woods joins the crew to talk about murderabilia, Honore Fragonard’s flayed dancing babies, art as torture, Theodore Gericault’s severed heads, huge turd catastrophes, and macabre artists like Goya, Fuselli, HR Giger and Beksinski. Plus – was Jack the Ripper established artist Walter Sickert?

October 28 2010


American Spirit: A History of the Supernatural

Halloween – despite its solemn Celtic roots – has become a safe way for Americans to transgress social norms and toy with the idea of ghosts in a family-friendly fashion. But for some, spirits from another plane have always been a very real part of life on this plane. On this Halloween special, the History Guys explore Americans’ relationship with ghosts, spirits, and witches throughout our nation’s history. Why were colonists so fearful of New England “witches”? How is it that progressive social reformers found a home in the Spiritualist movement of the 19th century? Why do new media technologies always conjure talk of the undead? Can social upheaval help explain our history with the ineffable?

October 26 2010


Caustic Soda: Body Worlds

Pam Saunders gives Toren, Kevn and Joe a tour of the Body Worlds exhibit at Science World in Vancouver. We learn how the 'plastination' of corpses works, coal miner's lung, situs inversus (major visceral organs are reversed or mirrored from their normal positions), why brains are wrinkled, and why Kevin knows nothing about the liver.

September 16 2010


Jamaica Kincaid's "Figures in the Distance."

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reads Jamaica Kincaid's "Figures in the Distance."
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