This week we talk about the sociology and economics of academic journal publishing, the Elsevier boycott, and whether the journal system as we know it is necessary anymore. Our decision: everybody can just podcast everything from now on. Starting with….

Episode Number 37

This episode we start with a discussion of violent protests prompted by a question from a listener (Which is great! Send more!). We then talk about Twitter, hashtags, Gmail, and passwords before moving on to a discussion about education and universal preschool.

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We have three segments this episode:

  1. We talk with Shannon Golden about Kony 2012. Shannon provides some insight into the situation in Uganda while Chris cynically revels in the implosion of Invisible Children.
  2. We talk about the Mike Daisey/This American Life fiasco. Arturo defends liars, as usual, while I, er, Jon, stands strong as a defender of truth.
  3. The whacky world of Young Adult literature.

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Topics include the sociology of weather in an M Word state, the Super Bowl, stadiums, and guilt over the state of professional sports. Chris tries to get into a screaming match about Occupy Oakland, but Jesse just politely disagrees. Jesse also reveals how many tracks of hardcore punk you can get through in 24 hours.


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After a lengthy break, we’re back! Racism in hockey, Work It, and The Trap are among our topics this episode. Enjoy!

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This week we talk about Occupy Wall Street and other Occupations. Links mentioned in the show:

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This episode, we fail to talk about Robocop, then we have a discussion about Getting Wasted, and then chat a bit about current political events.

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After a quick ASA recap from Jesse and Arturo, we talk about the challenges of writing—and academic writing in particular—and whether diversity on television can make a difference.

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Long time, no see. Hope you’re having a nice summer. We’re back with two topics.

First, we spend most of the hour talking about barefoot running, the Born to Run crowd, and naturalist (no, not naturist) social movements.

Second, we briefly try to make sense of the London riots, but ultimately Chris wins out by convincing Arturo and Jon they know nothing and should just stop talking.

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