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February 04 2014


Podcast: What does David Cameron's Great Firewall look like? - Boing Boing

David Cameron's attempt to create a Made-in-Britain version of Iran's "Halal Internet" is the worst of both worlds for parents like me. Kids are prevented from seeing things that they need to access – sites about sexual health, for example – and I still have to monitor my daughter all the time when she uses the net (or teach her how to cope with seeing things no kid should see) because the filter won't stop her from accessing the bad stuff. And for parents who don't understand that filters are bunkum, the situation is much worse. It's one thing to know that there are risks to your kid from the internet. But parents who rely on the filter are living in bubble of false security. There's nothing more deadly than a false sense of security: If you know your car is having brake problems, you can compensate by driving with extra care, increasing your following distance, and so on. If you falsely believe your brakes to be in good running order, you're liable to find out the hard way that they aren't (if you survive, you can thank Bruce Schneier for that apt and useful analogy). http://boingboing.net/2014/02/03/podcast-what-does-david-camer.html

November 24 2013


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
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October 03 2013


Day of the Drones - Books and Authors - Browse - Big Ideas - ABC TV

This panel examines the moral legitimacy of using drones as killing machines as well as for the surveillance of private citizens. http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2013/09/30/3856807.htm

June 25 2013


Novara: Series 1, Episode 3 - The 'New College of the Humanities' and the Future of UK HE

On this week's show Aaron Peters is joined by Sean Rillo Racza and Andrew McGettigan as they discuss the future of higher education in the UK after the news that AC Grayling is to head up the 'New College of The Humanities'

April 09 2013


Marketplace: On Margaret Thatcher and 80s pop culture

August 12 2012


June 07 2011


State of Emergency: The Way We Were, Britain 1970-1974

Public Lectures and Events: podcasts - Podcasts - LSE Speaker: Dominic Sandbrook Chair: Maurice Fraser This event was recorded on 27 October 2010 in Old Theatre, Old Building The beginning of the 1970s saw Britain tottering on the brink of an abyss. Yet this time of immense unrest was also one of astonishing creativity and innovation, which helped shape society as we know it today. For perhaps the last time in our history Britain experienced the shock of the new, from celebrity footballers and the pornography boom to high street curry houses and foreign holidays. Dominic Sandbrook was born in Shropshire in 1974, an indirect result of the Heath government's three-day week giving couples more leisure time. Formerly a history lecturer at Sheffield and fellow of the Rothermere Institute, University of Oxford, he is now a well-known author, commentator and broadcaster. This event celebrates the publication of his new book, State of Emergency: The Way We Were, Britain 1970-1974. http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/podcasts/publicLecturesAndEvents.htm#generated-subheading9

December 21 2010


The Science Show - Open Data UK download audio

From http://www.abc.net.au/rn/scienceshow/stories/2010/3090466.htm After a long campaign dating back to 2006, the UK government has released once classified data, changing the previous secrecy code purveying over government work and data sets. Naomi Fowler reports on what's changed since the once secret data has been released. So is publishing data the new default position for government in the UK? Proponents argue releasing data allows new enterprises to emerge and site satellite navigation is a prime example.

November 24 2010


Roska Rinse FM

Tags: uk funky

July 01 2010


Chrissy Murderbot's Year of Mixtapes Week 3: Bleep

From http://yearofmixtapes.blogspot.com Clonks and bleeps from the Athens of the north.
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