Oh oh on my radio oh

I grew up in two TV channels land (oh the deprivation!), so I became addicted to the radio, particularly BBC Radio 4. This gave me a very strange idea of what England was like. I worked in London in the 1980s. Living in a crowded house in Walthamstow (six people slept in my bedroom, two on the base of a double bed, two on a mattress, one under the table, and one had opted for the privacy by sleeping in the wardrobe), the genteel England of radio 4 was decidedly absent. Where was the vicar with tea and crumpets? Where was the village fair?  I’m still in love with the radio though, and internet broadcasting has opened up a whole new world of opportunity. However it is difficult finding the treasures that are out there. Fergal and Donagh have been asking me for some recommendations, so here they are. 1)    Havens Centre Audio Archives

I’d recommend these talks by Michael Zweig "The Place of Class in Economics: The Challenge of Working Class Studies" and “Connecting Values and Interests: Are Working Class Values different from Capitalist Values?”.

The first gives a good overview of the development of economics as a field of study, showing how economics because further and further divorced from its original interest in the relationship between economics and society.  In the second, he develops what I would consider to be a very anarchist approach to the question of the competing demands of individualism (touted by  the free market) and selfless communism. He uses the example of his experiences of a fireman to argue for a commitment to community that is based on strong individuals.  A fireman is always told that he needs to protect himself when he fights the fire, because if he gets injured he is of little use and may endanger others; his individualism is in the service of the community. Similarly, on a plane parents are told that in case of emergency they are to put their own oxygen masks on before those of their children. It’s an interesting talk, worth listening too.

2) Listening to words

I always find it interesting how peoples personal biographies shape their intellectual interests, so on this site I’d recommend the conversation with David Harvey.

There also is the ITunes U, which can be accessed through the ITunes store using ITunes. There it is possible to browse and search for podcasts of (mostly US) university lectures, however the range of lectures last time I looked was fairly small and I haven’t found something particularly interesting.

I’m a junky for this sort of stuff, so if you find anything particularly tasty, sent it my way.