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This link recently saved by joegermuska on May 29, 2009
"After months and months of feverish planning--well, thinking--I'm happy to unveil the first Post No Bills Podcast. With any luck, every month (if not more often) I'll be presenting hour-long assortments of the music that's turning my crank. Below you can find the playlist for installment number one, with links to help you pursue the stuff you like."
This link recently saved by joegermuska on April 14, 2009
"President Obama himself led one of the first online townhalls in which Americans submitted and voted on over 100,000 questions, which Obama then responded to in more traditional setting. Gene Koo, a Berkman Fellow, posted some advice on his blog for the Obama administration on how they could improve this process in the future, and potentially build a more web-savvy democracy. We caught up with him last week to get his thoughts on this fascinating topic."
This link recently saved by joegermuska on April 01, 2009
"While it is true that the last few years have seen an explosion of geo-related innovation, Chris Spurgeon reviews some of the past geo hacks that were pulled off in 1920, or 1790, or 250 B.C.
"He surveys some of humanity's cleverest solutions in its attempts to answer those basic questions "where the hell am I?" and "which way should I go?"Chris's list includes such topics as the history of mapping, a biography of Mercator, the concept of map projections, and other fascinating geo themes."
This link recently saved by joegermuska on March 25, 2009
This link recently saved by joegermuska on March 09, 2009
On location at Jay's Beef: "Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann present a special food-themed show — featuring topics including Italian beef sandwiches, a new local website advocating sustainable, and organic foods, and finding the best burgers in Chicago."
This link recently saved by joegermuska on March 05, 2009
This was so full of interesting ideas I had to listen to it twice.
'His new book, How We Decide, is a set of cautionary tales about the limits of the rational brain, that peculiarly human pre-frontal cortex, and by implication the limits of rational science. It is not reason — certainly not reason alone — that tells quarterback Tom Brady which receiver should get the pass, or that tells the pilot of a disabled plane how to land it. It’s not even reason that brings the best of our human gifts into balance. Lehrer quotes G. K. Chesterton: “The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.”'
This link recently saved by joegermuska on February 03, 2009
"The Library's Music and the Brain events offer lectures, conversations and symposia about the explosion of new research at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and music. Project chair Kay Redfield Jamison convenes scientists and scholars, composers, performers, theorists, physicians, psychologists, and other experts at the Library for a compelling 2-year series, with generous support from the Dana Foundation."
This link recently saved by joegermuska on January 30, 2009
"In a single conversation here at the Casa de Las Americas in Havana, we are trying to justify Zurbano’s premise that, as he says,”the most important thing about Cuban music is the indirect way musicians are always talking about what’s going on in Cuba,” and also to account for the waves that Cuban music has never stopped making in the US, Europe, Africa and Japan.
"The trick was to get from Chano Pozo to the Cuban rappers today on a thread that touched the revered jazz singer Benny Moré; worldwide classic songs like El Manisero or “The Peanut Vendor;” the Mambo Kings and the cha-cha-cha; the Bolero and the post-Revolutionary New Trova singers like Silvio Rodriguez and Pablo Milanes; the modern bands of Chucho Valdes and Irakere, which married Cuban sounds to jazz, and Juan Formell’s Los Van Van, which adapted a Beatles sound to Cuban tradition…"
This link recently saved by joegermuska on January 27, 2009
Ned Sublette is a great historian, and it's great to hear him speak out loud...
"Coastal cities are our repositories of culture and history, because civilization grew up on the coasts, on the seaports and riverports. Civilization is coastal. And if we lose that, we lose a tremendous amount of our record as a human race. This is the serious cultural challenge of climate change, and we're seeing it happen right now in the battle to save New Orleans."
This link recently saved by joegermuska on January 14, 2009
"The old model was this: you make a show and then you turn it over to this distribution system where they exploit it for all this money and you get some of that money. But with us, when we finish an episode, we still haven’t made a product. The show itself was not a product—until recently. Nothing could be sold on it. It was a very difficult mindset to get out of. For 2 of 3 years we’re getting all these views, we’re doing well and people know us, they are watching us they love it, etc. - but where’s the money? Who’s the person who’s going to come along and give us money for it?
"There were a number of people who did come along, but they were severely undervaluing it. This really old media mindset brought into new media just doesn’t jive. The meetings we’ve had, I don’t think I would have been able to have several years ago, and we’ve met with all these networks. And they are all like ‘this is cool.’ But we don’t know what to do with each other, and the numbers never make sense."