The Audio Signal #52 (dream if you can a courtyard)
by Dana Gerber-Margie
Welcome to the Audio Signal by Dana Gerber-Margie, a weekly audio digest for the curious.
I am an audio archivist, which means I organize, preserve, digitize, and manage sound recordings for a large historical institution. I listen to a lot of archival material, podcasts, radio shows, and audiobooks, and then curate it all for you into this little thing.
Trying to catch up to all of the great audio fiction out there! I’ve only listened to the first episode but I’m eager to get to the rest of the story. This story starts with a scientist named Sally, who finds herself transported back in time right to the 1943 Philadelphia Experiment in the middle of conducting her own modern day experiment. According to the website, ars PARADOXICA is “above all, it's about science, the deeply human desire to fix our mistakes, and America.” Give it a listen: great cast of characters, talented cast, and excellent production values.
Ahh so exciting! Fantasy worlds and economics! But really, what if we thought of economics as its own kind of science fiction? Economies aren’t inevitable frameworks, written in the stars for us humans to pluck down and use. They’re created. We create other worlds too, other fictions, and those fictions usually come with really interesting questions about how those societies envision currency (and some books are written entirely to explain an economic theory).
I love this piece of radio so much, and I think because it gives us something we never get to see: the killing of an idea. Scott Carrier takes us on the beginning of a journey to Palestine, with a plan to talk to both Israelis and Palestinians, to learn more about their conflict, to understand the stories. He didn’t make it past the gate. Here’s what happened.
A story about trauma, survival, and coping without the bottle but with the guitar.
American Archive of Public Broadcasting
David Brower: “What Will It Cost the Earth?”, Part 1 (33 minutes) and Part 2 (20 minutes)
Earth Day (April 22nd) was founded by Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin senator and then governor. His papers live at the Wisconsin Historical Society, by the way, if you’re interested. :) In honor of this day, give a listen to this speech given by famous environmental activist David Brower just a few days before the first 1970 Earth Day. He asks us to question each one of our actions with, “What will it cost the Earth?”
This conversation was released in June 2015, but I just got to it. The conversation was amazingly interesting and I listened to it straight through, which is something I never do with a podcast longer than my commute. Extremism, American Isolationism, and the nature of criticism of people’s ideas on the internet were some of the things that they discussed. It was my three favorite topics rolled into one: religion, history and politics. Every point was really insightful and I have to respect both men for their intelligent civil conversation.
The upcoming week I get to enjoy: jury duty, and a conference
Written while watching: Room. Holy shit, what a movie.
Also written while eating: Taco Bell. Tbell gets me.
Ways I geniusly used peanuts this week: crushed peanuts on top of homemade Thai spring rolls (harder to make than expected! I have renewed respect for the food cart last who makes $3 big fresh spring rolls all day) AND I melted some chocolate to mix with peanuts. Ughsogood
Photo of the week:
Us at a farewell party for the lovely lady on the right, who’s moving on to a GREAT JOB that she’s going to LOVE.
We’ll miss you, Brooke.