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A podcast with sociologically-informed discussion of the news of the day.

A podcast with sociologically-informed discussion of the news of the day.
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A podcast with sociologically-informed discussion of the news of the day.

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English


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What the Hellsevier?

6/14/2012
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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

Duration:00:46:26

Huffduff This

5/14/2012
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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. Links from this episode: Hacked! xkcd: Password Strength How passwords are cracked MySpace […]

Duration:01:25:35

Erotica Friday

4/6/2012
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We have three segments this episode: 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. We talk about the Mike Daisey/This American Life fiasco. Arturo defends liars, as usual, while I, er, Jon, stands strong as a […]

Duration:01:11:38

He Likes Organic Vegetables

3/12/2012
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Autonomous Cars, more on stadiums and Mayor KJ, and Arturo’s participation in the NorCal AIDS Challenge: Donate here! Other links: Elite Squad Politics and Money Office Hours Drop In #1 This American Life: What Kind of Country The Superego Podcast Rhymesayers (for the Brother Ali and I Self Devine mixes) Download Ahprov Improv #34

Duration:00:55:39

Forced by the Elements

2/16/2012
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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. […]

Duration:00:39:09

Otherwise Occupied

1/13/2012
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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! Download Improv #32

Duration:01:20:44

The Fascist Hippie Drum Circle

10/15/2011
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This week we talk about Occupy Wall Street and other Occupations. Links mentioned in the show: Occupy Wall Street Occupy Minnesota Planet Money on OWS Ballad of a Thin Man The 99 Percent The 53 Percent (About THe 1 Percent Sidney Tarrow on OWS SlutWalk Dean Zimmerman Elijah Anderson on Office Hours Kieran Healy on […]

Duration:00:53:08

Undrunk

9/20/2011
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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. Download the Big 3-0

Duration:01:41:08

The Circle of Life

8/26/2011
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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. Download Episode #29

Duration:00:49:32

We’ve Got Something You Should Read

8/16/2011
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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 […]

Duration:00:38:40

We are not happy. We are not cool.

6/17/2011
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This episode we talk about a recent paper about happiness (via Graphic Sociology) and whether or not happiness studies actually tell us anything about happiness. After that, we follow-up on an argument Chris made last episode about “being cool” as a cause of human social behavior. The sound is a little rough this week as […]

Duration:00:35:05

The New Consensi

5/24/2011
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Two topics this week: First, Arturo jumps off from a recent New Books in Sociology episode to ask whether or not sociology is too set in making repetitive and uncreative arguments. Second, Chris takes us on a tour through the Billboard Hot 100 and the Top 200, with a stop at the Grammy Album of […]

Duration:00:40:15

Call Us Princess

4/23/2011
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Two segments this week: First, Chris gives a shout out to Sociological Images for their post on Push Up Bikini Tops at Abercrombie Kids, which inspires a discussion about gender and childhood culture. Second, a discussion about Ebooks, Amazon, DRM, and the fate of public knowledge. Links: J Crew Pink Toenails Push Up Bikini Tops […]

Duration:00:51:51

Dr. Jesus

4/8/2011
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Because Arturo is obsessed with Glenn Beck, conversation begins there, but quickly moves to government shutdowns, the way economists approach social problems, and we return to last episode’s discussion about education. Links from this episode: Freakonomics, the movie (Netflix) Planet Money Office Hours: with Doug Downey, with Maria Kefalas Leon Botstein on education Download Episode […]

Duration:00:55:46

The Sociology Improv: Part II

3/26/2011
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Podcasting and procrastination, nuclear power and scientific knowledge, the problem with high schools, and the situation in Libya. Links: New Books Network New Books in Sociology Tom on global warming George Monbiot on nuclear power Glenn Greenwald on Libya Benjamin Barber on Saif al-Qaddafi 23! Jump!

Duration:00:53:51

The Weak Board of Weakness

3/13/2011
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We start off talking about Charlie Sheen and celebrity (yeah, sorry), and then transition into a discussion about the iPad and music, and technology and qualitative data analysis. We thought we were done then, but we kept on talking about the sad state of rock music today and then NPR versus the right wing. We […]

Duration:01:26:56

Tyrants

2/27/2011
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Our first episode recorded in 2011 finds Jesse in Iraq once again and our minds on protest and revolution. Enjoy! Miscellaneous links discussed: David Cay Johnston on Public Workers’ Pensions Giddens on Gaddafi Jonathan Haidt on liberal bias (This is “the psychology guy” we mention in the first minute, but decide not to talk about.) […]

Duration:00:55:46

Science

2/9/2011
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Remember that big stink over anthropology and science in December? We invited anthropologist Eric Plemons back on the show to talk about science, anthropology, and sociology. We had a fun, lively, & at times heated discussion about the topic. Unfortunately, we were a bit slow with the editing and some time has now passed since […]

Duration:00:51:35

We Are Not DJs

12/7/2010
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This episode, we talk about Black Friday mania, Girl Talk, John Stewart, and Wikileaks. Follow along at home: Netflix queues and procrastination Atheists Launch Real War on Christmas. With Billboards. Girl Talk Gimme Shelter Dissected John Stewart and Rachel Maddow Interview Assange’s philosophy Download our 19th attempt at Improvisational Sociology.

Duration:01:12:20

Party in the Back

11/15/2010
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On October 27, Jeremy Freese taped a laptop to his face and Skyped into the Soc Improv for a discussion of the NRC rankings. After Jeremy left, we solved the culture of poverty. Or something like that. Unfortunately, due to a freak editing accident, this episode is just now being posted. Sorry, Jeremy. (And sorry, […]

Duration:00:40:43