January 10th, 2020 | Season 3 | 37 mins 58 secs
blackness, community, fred moten, identity, jazz, literature, performativity, philosophy, race, resistance
Jared interviews poet and philosopher Fred Moten.
November 3rd, 2019 | Season 3 | 51 mins 57 secs
live, moten, poetry, reading
On October 16, 2019, Fred Moten was the 2019 Chet Raymo Series speaker at Stonehill College in Easton, MA.
May 21st, 2019 | Season 2 | 26 mins 20 secs
creativity, freedom, hunger, identity, nigeria, race, teju cole, writing
May 8th, 2019 | Season 2 | 41 mins 45 secs
amra brooks, camera, ethan canin, italo calvino, john berger, memory, orson welles, photography, roland barthes, september 11, time, vladimir nabokov, wislawa szymborska
Part two of our two-part series on photography.
April 4th, 2019 | Season 2 | 44 mins 32 secs
balzac, camera, daguerreotype, eco, emerson, italy, joanna mcnaney stein, memory, photography, sontag
What happens when we take a photograph? What happens when we capture light on paper, in emulsion, or in pixels and look, across a gulf of time, at these fragments of the past? What gets in the frame and what lies just beyond? If, as John Berger notes, “photographs bear witness to a human choice being exercised in a certain situation,” then what can photographs tell us about the choices we make and why we make them?
May 23rd, 2018 | Season 1 | 40 mins 28 secs
death, forgetting, homer, loss, memory, proust, time, virgil
Where is a memory? Is it stored inside of us, entire and complete, like a volume in a cellular archive, awaiting retrieval and rereading? Or is it a mosaic of experience fragments re-collected from bits and pieces of sensory input? Is it a feedback loop, folding now into then, truth into fiction?
December 13th, 2017 | Season 1 | 32 mins 7 secs
charles baudelaire, infinite monkeys, joan didion, liver, lynda barry, storytelling, student writing, walter benjamin
What do we do when we tell a story? What happens when we listen to a story told? Is storytelling simply an offer of entertainment or a deeply empathetic act that connects us to what it is to be the human animal? Is it a vanishing art or is it something that will always define who and what we are? And could infinite monkeys really tell a tale from Shakespeare, given infinite time?