The Image (a discussion about pseudo-events in America)

I had a great conversation with my good friend James Shelly about Daniel Boorstin’s The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-events in America back in May of this year. You can listen to it here:

http://curiouspublic.com/2018/06/25/a-trustworthy-and-credible-guide-to-pseudo-events/

 

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Talking Albert Memmi’s “The Colonizer and the Colonized”

I met with my good friend James Shelley to discuss Albert Memmi’s The Colonizer and the Colonized, a book published in the 1960s which, I think, still has great resonance today.

https://player.fm/series/podcast-james-shelley/the-colonizer-and-the-colonized

Utopia? A discussion of the past(s)

Pleased to share a podcast discussion I took part in at the Central Branch of London Library last Monday evening (January 15th, 2018):

https://jamesshelley.com/2018/01/23/whose-version-of-the-past-counts-do-the-residents-of-utopia-have-a-history-what-makes-time-invisible/

Episode 10 of ‘Talking to Canadians’

I am very pleased to present Episode 10 of ‘Talking to Canadians’ which is my interview with Leslie Pidlubny. This episode is entitled: “I like people.”

Leslie is a person who wears many different hats. She is an employee of the London Public Library; she is involved in animal rescue; she is an entrepreneur; she is also a collector of artwork, a bricoleur and someone who specializes in the rehoming of family heirlooms.

Ryan O’Connor and I opted for the title “I like people” because this statement (which is Leslie’s) captures the enthusiasm, humanity and gusto with which my guest pursues her many personal and professional projects. She is someone who has a passion for life, for the intricacies and textures of our world and, above all, for the stories that people and objects carry with them.

I call Leslie a bricoleur because she has the refined eye of the turn-of-the-century rag picker who could find gems in the most unlikely or overlooked places. She sees the stories and vested emotions that are embedded in people and in the things they part with -both voluntarily and involuntarily. She is also someone who is loathe to see anyone, any animal or any thing as disposable.

It was a vivifying experience to sit down and talk with her. I hope you tune in to our conversation: https://ryanoconnor.ca/talkingtocanadians/2017/8/21/talking-to-canadians-episode-10-i-like-people

Episode 8 of ‘Talking to Canadians’

Proud to present Episode 8 of ‘Talking to Canadians,’ featuring my lengthy and highly engaging conversation with Emma Blue. We are entitling this episode “The Continuing Conversation: The Need for Dialogue.”

The title of this episode is drawn from the many insights and observations made by Emma about how social change and institutional responsiveness require that dialogue take place not just between persons, but also between persons and institutions. Emma is deeply involved in helping young adults and marginalized youth engage with social institutions. One of her passions is finding ways to bring the experiences and stories of youth into the public eye and she does this through work with the London Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) and in London’s non-profit sector. She does this, I should add, while enrolled as a full-time student in Media Theory and Production, a joint programme between Western University and Fanshawe College.
In addition to her many talents, Emma is also an accomplished spoken word poet.

I hope that you can tune in: https://ryanoconnor.ca/talkingtocanadians/2017/6/25/talking-to-canadians-episode-8