Category Archives: Podcast

Uncensored Simon Amstell Interview on Nick Grimshaw’s BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show

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

Ober on the Ancient Greek Economy

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