May 18, 2007

Hitchens v. God

Click to Listen to the Show (24 MB MP3) To the sometimes solemn literary cottage-industry of neo-atheism, Christopher Hitchens — with his manifesto: God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything — brings his famous English-school-boy wit, come to full blossom now in the great ...

April 2, 2007

Passion: Bees

Click to Listen to the Show (24 MB MP3) Thanks to cmac2012 for pitching this show. You’ve gotta love bees. They make honey. They dance. They inspired “Flight of the Bumblebee.” Beekeeping: America’s pastime? [mattprice /Flickr] Just one species of bee — the honey bee ...

March 14, 2007

Playing Horn at St. Bernard Abbey

TubeNet is my new favorite site. I’m completely sucked in. Yes, there are thousands of web forums out there where people get together to toast their shared obsessions, but you really have to check TubeNet out. Thousands of tubists congregate there; hundreds check back every ...

March 13, 2007

The Banality of Evil, Part II

Click to Listen to the Show (24 MB MP3) We started this conversation last week with our first show on Hannah Arendt and the “banality of evil.” An hour wasn’t enough. Now it’s time for part two. Arendt resisted making an explicitly psychological analysis of ...

December 18, 2006

The Quantification of War

Click to Listen to the Show (24 MB MP3) Arlington West Memorial, Santa Monica, CA [juliedermansky / Flickr] As its fourth year approaches, the war in Iraq is amassing some noteworthy numbers: dollars spent, US soldiers killed, and Iraqi casualties. The last figure is a ...

October 29, 2006

Elections '06: Montana Senate

Click to Listen to the Show (24 MB MP3) Is this for real, or was it photoshopped? [Patchoulli / Flickr] “Purple mountain majesties,” if it sounded less, well, purple, could be the new bumper sticker for Montana. As the fourth-largest state with fewer than a ...