August 7th, 2020 | Season 3 | 49 mins 54 secs
abigail donovan, carlos josé perez samano, chinese hermits, clarice lispector, da powell, don delillo, fiction, franz kafka, john keats, maira kalman, medicine, poetry
First in a two-part series on the experience of quarantine across cultures and historical periods.
March 24th, 2020 | Season 3 | 1 hr 23 mins
america, ethnicity, gender, language, love, ocean vuong, poetry, queerness, race, rickey laurentiis, vietnam, violence
Recording of poets Ocean Vuong and Rickey Laurentiis from the Chet Raymo Series at Stonehill College.
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?