Fantastic interview with Simon Amstell. He brought up the reasonable point that the BBC seem to have segregated youth radio into Radio 1 (white) and Radio 1 Xtra (everyone else). The producer had an on-air flap – “I don’t think that’s the right thing to say” – and then the BBC censored the interview by removing it from the iPlayer playback edit.
Obviously the last thing anyone should be doing in the week Nelson Mandela died is challenging their thinking about race or examining the status quo.
Shame on the BBC and the producers of the Radio 1 breakfast show.
Link: Uncensored Simon Amstell Interview on Nick Grimshaw’s BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show
Here’s the Thing is Alec Baldwin’s podcast in which he interviews various actors and artists. Some of don’t grab me but this one, with the creator, director and star of Girls on HBO, is good – it sounds like a real conversation rather than a tightly scripted interview.
Link: Here’s the Thing: Lena Dunham
Smashing interview with Russell Brand covering a wide range of topics from drugs and rehab to mantras and monks. It’s worth looking through the Desert Island Disc archives which stretch all the way back to 1942 and are all available to download with shortened clips of the songs.
Link: Desert Island Discs: Russell Brand
A good episode of the great EconTalk podcast. The most interesting part of the discussion is when the host, Russ Roberts, asks for a description of how Athenian democracy works, suggesting that it isn’t much like modern democracy. What Josiah Ober describes is centred around Sortition which sounds a lot more accountable, participatory and functional than governance in modern democratic states.
Link: Ober on the Ancient Greek Economy
An interesting episode of the On Being podcast which explores a scientific, or cross-disciplinary, approach to mindfulness and meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn. My favourite line “Human’s, or can be, the species who know, and know that they know”.
Link: Opening to our lives: Jon Kabat-Zinn
Good discussion on the legal issues around the NSA PRISM spying revelations. TWIL is a great weekly discussion show about legal issues in tech.
Link: This Week In Law 214 – Back Doors and Liberation Fronts