The Electro-Library

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

8 episodes of The Electro-Library since the first episode, which aired on December 13th, 2017.

  • Short Circuits #2: Conversation with Fred Moten

    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.

  • E-L Live: 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.

  • Summer 2019 UPDATE

    July 25th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  2 mins 54 secs
    green, promo, recall this book, summer

    Update for summer 2019: More E-L episodes coming soon. Also, check out Recall This Book (

  • Short Circuits #1: Conversation with Teju Cole

    May 21st, 2019  |  Season 2  |  26 mins 20 secs
    creativity, freedom, hunger, identity, nigeria, race, teju cole, writing
  • Photography (Part Two)

    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.

  • Photography (Part One)

    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?

  • Memory

    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?

  • Storytelling

    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?