A podcast series from the LSE Review of Books blog lsereviewofbooks.com - the podcasts give listeners the opportunity to hear prolific authors and academics discuss the ideas behind their latest books.
LSE Review of Books Podcast in Brazil: Episode 3: Politics, People and Petroleum [Audio]22/07/2014 Duration: 29min
Contributor(s): Francisco Panizza, Anthony Hall, Guy Michaels, Francesco Casselli, André Vitor Singer, Armando Simões, Antonio Claret Campos Filho, Marcos Mendes, Marislei Nishijima | In the third and final episode of our series on Brazil, we head inland from Rio de Janeiro, to the heart of the country’s political life: the capital of Brasília. Authors from the LSE, the University of São Paulo, and Brasília policymakers, talk to LSE Review of Books about left-of-centre politics and social development in the country. We also find out whether Brazil proves or disproves the "oil curse" theory. Presented by Amy Mollett. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Music and sound came courtesy of: Groove Gravy Records for "Jazzilicious Sambossa" from their Brazil Remixed album with special permission; TVBNR "Em pronunciamento, Dilma do Bolsa Familia" via Youtube (CC BY); DJ Sunho from the album DJ Sunho in Brasil with special permission; and selections from SoulBrigada presents One Note Samba Mixtape Vol.2. (CC BY). Published 22
LSE Review of Books in Brazil: Favela life: From Drugs Gangs to Drums Beats [Audio]02/04/2014 Duration: 35min
Contributor(s): Sandra Jovchelovitch, Jacqueline Priego-Hernandez, Paul Heritage, Silvia Ramos, Celso Athayde | In this second episode of our three-part series on Brazil, the LSE Review of Books Podcast, we spend time in Rio de Janeiro’s morros, or hills, to see just how two grassroots movements are shaking things up in the city’s favelas. Sandra Jovchelovitch, Director of the Social and Cultural Psychology Programme at the LSE, and researcher Jacqueline Priego-Hernandez, about their new book: Underground Sociabilities: Identity, culture and resistance in Rio’s favelas. Paul Heritage, Professor of Drama and Performance at Queen Mary College in London, also talks about art in the city's periphery at a circus school in central Rio. Other guests include: Silvia Ramos, Public Security expert in Rio and Celso Athayde, founder of CUFA (Central Unicas das Favelas). Presented by Amy Mollett. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. All contributors in order of appearance: Sandra Jovchelovitch, Jacqueline Priego-Hernandez, Silvia
LSE Literary Festival 2014: The books that inspired Ellen Helsper [Audio]25/02/2014 Duration: 11min
Contributor(s): Dr Ellen Helsper | To celebrate and support the LSE Literary Festival the LSE Review of Books is asking prominent LSE academics and event speakers about the books that inspired them into their academic subject. In this podcast, Dr Ellen Helsper, Lecturer in the Media and Communications Department at the LSE, talks us through the books that have inspired her interest in media technologies and privacy. Ellen will contribute to the Literary Festival event titled "Private Lives: Do we still value our privacy?" on 1st March 2014. Presented by Amy Mollett. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Other contributor: Ellen Helsper. Music courtesy of Candlegravity for the song Tomie's Bubbles on Freemusicarchive.org.
LSE Literary Festival 2014: The books that inspired David Stevenson [Audio]21/02/2014 Duration: 08min
Contributor(s): David Stevenson | To celebrate and support the LSE Literary Festival the LSE Review of Books is asking prominent LSE academics and event speakers about the books that inspired them into their academic subject. In this podcast, David Stevenson, Professor of International History at the LSE, tell us about the books on World War I that have had the most impact on his academic career. Professor Stephenson will chair at this year's Literary Festival titled "Why Remember? Reflections on the First World War Centenary" on 26th February. Presented by Amy Mollett. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Other contributor: David Stevenson. Music courtesy of Nic Bommarito for his song Casiotone Walt on Freemusicarchive.org.
LSE Literary Festival 2014 - The books that inspired Craig Calhoun [Audio]17/02/2014 Duration: 08min
Contributor(s): Amy Mollett, Craig Calhoun | To celebrate and support the LSE Literary Festival the LSE Review of Books is asking prominent LSE academics and event speakers about the books that inspired them into their academic subject. In this podcast, The Director of the LSE and world-renowned sociologist, Professor Craig Calhoun, tells us about the classical social theorists who inspired him early in his career, and why the most inspiring books are the ones with which you find a multitude of limits and problems. Presented by Amy Mollett. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Other contributor: Craig Calhoun. Music courtesy of Podington Bear for his song Lilywhite on Freemusicarchive.org.
LSE Review of Books in Brazil: Rio in transition [Audio]07/02/2014 Duration: 21min
Contributor(s): Cheryl Brumley | In the first episode of a three-part series on Brazil, the LSE Review of Books Podcast takes a closer look at the city of Rio de Janiero to uncover wider issues that face the world’s fastest growing cities. Before talking to LSE and Brazilian authors about their books on Brazil, LSERB podcast producer, Cheryl Brumley, made her first stop at the annual Urban Age Conference to hear how politicians, academics and planners from cities around the globe grapple with city transformations. The conference, put on by LSE Cities and the Alfred Herrhausen Society, is a globetrotting event which invites 70 experts to participate in a two-day investigation of cities. The conference took place in Rio amidst unprecedented urban transformation and ambitious redevelopment projects, spurred on by the impending World Cup and Olympic Games. This podcast features Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities, and architectural adviser to the London 2012 Olympics; Washington Farjado, Adviser on Urban Affair
Episode 8: Architecture and Design: Framing the urban experience [Audio]03/12/2013 Duration: 29min
Contributor(s): Amy Mollett, David Kohn, Fran Tonkiss, Hyun Bang Shin | In this podcast we set out to explore how design and architecture can enhance and manipulate our everyday experiences. Architect David Kohn, co-designer of A Room for London, discusses how design can influence the way we experience everything from time to the urban experience. Fran Tonkiss, LSE Reader in Sociology and Director of the LSE Cities Programme, talks about her latest book on the social life of urban form and why ‘the devil gets all the best designs’. Hyun Bang Shin, LSE Associate Professor in Geography and Urban Studies, talks about reading Marx under South Korea’s strict national security laws and how this has influenced his own work on urban displacement. Presented by Amy Mollett. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Other Contributors: David Kohn, Fran Tonkiss, Hyun Bang Shin. Music and sound came courtesy of the following users at freesound.org: Corsica_S (Argon Sky Multisample), Klankbeeld (Riverside and (traffic horns city nervou
Academic Inspiration: Deputy Director of LSE Stuart Corbridge [Audio]30/09/2013 Duration: 08min
Contributor(s): Stuart Corbridge | In this special edition podcast, Stuart Corbridge, Professor of International Development, Provost and Deputy Director at the LSE, focuses on the books that have inspired him throughout his academic career: From the Marxist theory that shaped his undergraduate study, to the many books on India and development studies that have inspired his passion for these areas, and finally through to a very special history of The Beatles. To read more academic inspiration essays and the latest social science book reviews visit LSE Review of Books.com Presented by Amy Mollett. Contributors: Stuart Corbridge. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Music courtesy of Podington Bear (Falcon Hood) from the Freemusicarchive.org.
Episode 7: Behind Economics and Finance: Prisoners’ Dilemmas and Payday Lenders [Audio]17/07/2013 Duration: 31min
Contributor(s): Mary Morgan, Carl Packman, John van Reenen, Amy Mollett, Cheryl Brumley, Joel Suss | Mary Morgan, LSE Professor of History and Philosophy of Economics, speaks to us about her book: The World in the Model: How Economists Work and Think and how the once prose-heavy discipline founded by Adam Smith has been transformed by maths. Carl Packman, author of Loan Sharks: The Rise and Rise of Payday Lending, discusses the exponential growth of the payday lending industry in the UK. Director of LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance, Professor John van Reenen, thinks back to his early career and identifies the books shaped his thinking about the economic world. Presented by Amy Mollett. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Music and sound came courtesy of the following users at freesound.org: wim (London underground train arriving 6 and 13), Foop (Edithouse); and The FreeMusicArchive.org: Dumbo Gets Mad (Radical Leap), Podington Bear (Dark Matter, Light in Branches, Pink Blossoms, Light Touch), Deltason (Groundlo
The Women’s Library @ LSE [Audio]14/06/2013 Duration: 08min
Contributor(s): David Doughan, Asiya Islam, Amy Mollett | This special joint podcast from the LSE Review of Books and LSE Equality and Diversity, examines the history of the newly acquired Women’s Library at the LSE through the eyes of a long-term librarian. David Doughan MBE, who has been at the Women's Library for 23 years, speaks to Asiya Islam about the continued significance of the library and its role in the late 20th century feminist movement. Presented by Amy Mollett. Contributors: Asiya Islam, David Doughan. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Music courtesy of Duke Hugh (Sweet and Lowdown) from the Freemusicarchive.org.
LSE Literary Festival - Academic Inspiration: Favourite works of fiction II [Audio]01/03/2013 Duration: 15min
Contributor(s): Odd Arne Westad, John Van Reenen, Fatima El Issawi, Simon Glendinning, Dominic Muir | In this special LSE Literary Festival series, the LSE Review of Books blog asked prominent LSE professors to read from their favourite works of fiction, building on the Academic Inspiration series on their blog, LSEReviewofbooks.com. In the second part of this series, we hear from Director of LSE IDEAS, Professor Odd Arne Westad, reading from Hunger, Director of the Centre for Economic Performance, Professor John Van Reenen, reading from the non-fiction essay The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, Research Fellow at POLIS Dr Fatima El Issawi, reading from the poem The Messenger With Her Hair Long to the Springs, and Reader in European Philosophy and Director of the Forum for European Philosophy, Dr Simon Glendinning, from Before the Law. Presented by Amy Mollett. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Contributors: Odd Arne Westad, John Van Reenen, Fatima El Issawi, Simon Glendinning, Dominic Muir, Cheryl Brumley.
LSE Literary Festival 2013: Special Edition Preview Podcast [Audio]21/02/2013 Duration: 10min
Contributor(s): Anne Applebaum, Nigel Warburton, Louise Gaskell | From 26th of February to 2nd March 2013, the London School of Economics will hold its 5th Annual Literary Festival under the theme ‘Branching Out’. The LSE Review of Books team been out on the road to meet some of this year’s Literary Festival speakers, and in this special edition podcast you’ll hear a taster of some of the events to come. Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize winner and LSE’s current Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs, talks to us about her Literary Festival event ‘Narrative Memory and the Mind’, taking place on Wednesday 27th February. Anne speaks about how personal histories have played a role in her books on the Soviet Union. Nigel Warburton, Senior Philosophy Lecturer at the Open University and host of the extremely popular Philosophy Bites podcast, talks about his event taking place 26th February, ‘Philosophy by Podcast‘. Nigel speaks about philosophy in the 21st century and why the podcast may help rejuv
LSE Literary Festival - Academic Inspiration: Favourite works of fiction [Audio]15/02/2013 Duration: 08min
Contributor(s): Conor Gearty, Mary Evans, Sonia Livingstone | In this special LSE Literary Festival series, the LSE Review of Books blog asked prominent LSE professors to read from their favourite works of fiction, building on the Academic Inspiration series on their blog, LSEReviewofbooks.com. Professor of Human Rights Law Conor Gearty reads from The Trial, Centennial Professor at Gender Institute Mary Evans from Little Women, and Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology, Department of Media and Communications from The Warden. Presented by Amy Mollett. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Contributors: Conor Gearty, Mary Evans, Sonia Livingstone. Music and sound came courtesy of the following contributors at the FreeMusicArchive.org: Silent Strangers (In the Elysian Field – CC-BY-NC-ND); Lee Maddeford with Les Gauchers Orchestra (Le petit jardin – CC-BY-NC-SA); and Clinic Archives Mix (Melting Clouds – Defoliation – CC-BY-NC-ND).
Episode 6: China - Home and Away [Audio]03/01/2013 Duration: 29min
Contributor(s): Rosemary Sales, Xia Lin, Perry Fung, John Gitting,Ting Xu, Amy Mollett | We take a walk through London’s Chinatown with Rosemary Sales and Xia Lin, Researchers at Middlesex University, to discuss the complex of identities in the area and meanings of home for Chinese immigrants. John Gittings, Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African, talks about China’s early peace philosophers and the importance of engaging the country in diplomacy. Ting Xu, Research Fellow at LSE’s economic history department, speaks about growing up in China in the wake of the Cultural Revolution and how her parent’s boundless passion for books was a source of inspiration. Presented by Amy Mollett. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Other Contributors: Rosemary Sales, Xia Lin, Perry Fung, John Gitting,Ting Xu. Music and sound came courtesy of the following users at freesound.org: bebeto (Intro music); Harri (Hypno1 and Hypno5); and Harp (Pryght-one); and the following user from the FreeMusicArchive.org: Jiony (Not
Episode 5: Democracy and its Discontents [Audio]26/09/2012 Duration: 30min
Contributor(s): Matthew Flinders, Armine Ishkanian, Elisa de Denaro Vieira, George Lawson, Cheryl Brumley, Amy Mollett | Professor of Politics at Sheffield University, Matthew Flinders, talks about his new book Defending Politics: Why Democracy Matters in the 21st Century, and argues that the problem with politics is not politicians themselves but the public’s understanding of the processes involved. LSE’s Armine Ishkanian speaks about her book Democracy Building and Civil Society in Post-Soviet Armenia and how civil society and democratisation projects need a firm grounding in a country’s grassroots in order to successfully aid its transition to democracy. George Lawson, Professor of International Relations at the LSE and an expert in democratisation and revolutions, tells us about books and the role the anti-apartheid movement had in sparking his early interest in international relations. We also catch-up with LSE Bees to talk about the wonders of hive behaviour. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Presented by Amy
Episode 4: London 2012 Olympics - What happens when global meets local? [Audio]27/07/2012 Duration: 28min
Contributor(s): Professor Ricky Burdett, Iain Sinclair, Dr. Suzi Hall, Amy Mollett, Cheryl Brumley | Architectural Advisor to the 2012 Olympic Games and LSE Cities Professor Ricky Burdett talks about the primacy of Olympic legacy and the regeneration of East London. Author of Ghost Milk: Calling Time on the Grand Project, Iain Sinclair, takes us on a tour of London Fields in Hackney, a host borough for the Olympic Games, to talk us through what he sees as a negative acceleration of change brought about by the Olympic project. Dr. Suzi Hall, urban ethnographer and lecturer from LSE Cities, leafs through the beautiful architecture books that inspired her interests in the design of cities and urban multiculture. Presented by Amy Mollet. Other Contributors: Cheryl Brumley, Ricky Burdett, Iain Sinclair, Suzi Hall. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Music and sound came courtesy of the following users at freesound.org: bebeto (Intro music); Harri (Hypno1 and Hypno5) ERH (Swell pad); Tube mash-up: acclivity (mind the gap a
Episode 3: Marxism and the Left [Audio]19/07/2012 Duration: 12min
Contributor(s): Eli Zaretsky, Alex Callinicos, Amy Mollett, Cheryl Brumley | In this special episode we visit the Marxism 2012 Festival in London's Bloomsbury to hear the latest from Marxist thinkers and activists. Professor of European Studies at King's College London, Alex Callinicos, speaks about austerity and how Karl Marx's theories have found increasing relevance in today's recession-weary world. We then take a look at the leftist movements across the Atlantic with Eli Zaretsky, Professor of History at The New School for Social Research in New York. He talks to us about his latest book Why America Needs a Left, the rise of the Tea Party and how President Obama failed his left-leaning supporters. Presented by Amy Mollett and Cheryl Brumley. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Music courtesy of Harri at freesound.org for his song Hypno5 as well as Thee Faction for their song "Ready".
Episode 2: Gender and Feminism [Audio]26/06/2012 Duration: 23min
Contributor(s): Lesley Hall, Melanie Williams, Mary Evans, Amy Mollett, Cheryl Brumley | Senior archivist at the Wellcome Library, Lesley Hall, talks to us about her book on the early 20th century reproductive rights campaigner Stella Browne and how her activism influences today’s feminist movements. Melanie Williams, Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia, tells us how film and gender studies make natural companions. We also hear from LSE Centennial Professor Mary Evans on the books that inspired her into social theory and gender studies and how Scandinavian crime novels make for an exciting escape from the quiet academic life. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Music and sound came courtesy of the following users at freesound.org: bebeto (Intro music); nemo-day-a-dalus (projector); and harri (inspiration series intro); Riceballofdoom on YouTube (Toronto Slut Walk chant); Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com for his song Hand Trolley.
Episode 1: Language [Audio]08/05/2012 Duration: 25min
Contributor(s): Professor Dan Everett, Philip Gross, Linda Yueh, Amy Mollett, Cheryl Brumley | Professor Dan Everett, linguistic anthropologist and author of Language: The Cultural Tool, tells us how a language spoken by a tribe living deep in the Amazon jungle poses a direct challenge to the widely-held view that language is inherent. Prize-winning poet Philip Gross talks to us about his father’s loss of language and reads from his collections Deep Field and The Water Table. As part of our academic inspiration series we speak to LSE economist and Bloomberg TV broadcaster Linda Yueh about the books that inspired her into economics. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Music and sound courtesy of the following users at Freesound.org: bebeto (Intro music); reinsamba (Nightbirds – Amazon); Corsica_S (Museum atrium); mystiscool (stream); and eric5335 (meadow ambience).