The Electro-Library

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

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

  • Quarantine, Part 1

    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.

  • E-L Live: Ocean Vuong and Rickey Laurentiis

    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.

  • 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?