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  1. Why save seeds?

    What, really, is the point of conserving agricultural biodiversity? The formal sector, genebanks and the like, will say it is about genetic resources and having on hand the traits to breed varieties that will solve the challenges tomorrow might throw up. Thousands of seed savers around the world might well agree with that, at least partially. I suspect, though, that for most seed savers the primary reason is surely more about food, about having the varieties they want to eat. David Cavagnaro has always championed that view. David’s is a fascinating personal history, which currently sees him working on the Pepperfield Project, “A Non-Profit Organization Located in Decorah, IA Promoting and Teaching Hands-On Cooking, Gardening and Agrarian Life Skills”. I first met David 15 or 20 years ago at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah. This year, I was lucky enough to be invited there again, and I lost no time in finding time for a chat.

    David pointed out that immigrants are often keen gardeners and, perforce, seed savers as they struggle to maintain their distinctive food culture in a new land. That’s true for the Hmong in Minneapolis, Asian communities in England and, I’m sure, many others elsewhere. What happens as those communities assimilate? The children and grandchildren of the immigrant gardeners are unlikely to feel the same connection to their original food culture, and may well look down on growing food as an unsuitable occupation. Is immigrant agricultural biodiversity liable to be lost too? Efforts to preserve it don’t seem to be flourishing.

    Seed saving for its own sake, rather than purely as a route to sustenance, does seem to be both a bit of a luxury and to require a rather special kind of personality. John Withee, whose bean collection brought David Cavagnaro to Seed Savers Exchange and people like Russ Crow, another of his spritual heirs, collect and create stories as much as they do agricultural biodiversity. And that’s something formal genebanks never seem to document.

    http://www.eatthispodcast.com/why-save-seeds/

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  2. Rebecca MacKinnon: Let’s take back the Internet!

    In this powerful talk from TEDGlobal, Rebecca MacKinnon describes the expanding struggle for freedom and control in cyberspace, and asks: How do we design the next phase of the Internet with accountability and freedom at its core, rather than control? She believes the internet is headed for a "Magna Carta" moment when citizens around the world demand that their governments protect free speech and their right to connection.

    http://www.ted.com/talks/rebecca_mackinnon_let_s_take_back_the_internet

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  3. RT.ie Radio 1: Documentary on One - The Calligraphers’ Song

    A radio documentary about different ways of seeing the Book of Kells.

    ‘The Calligraphers’ Song’ was first broadcast on 15th April 2002.

    Produced by Lorelei Harris.

    An Irish radio documentary from RT Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/radio-documentary-calligraphers-song.html

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  4. RT.ie Radio 1: Documentary on One - The Balloon in Brosna

    Sunday 24th May 2009, 7pm

    Con was born in Brosna, Co Kerry in 1925. Every year the village of Brosna holds a festival in his honour.

    Con’s life story has a Rabelaisian quality to it. Apprenticed as a blacksmith - a trade with no future he points out - he left for the promise of London at an early age. There he worked as a ganger for Murphy for ten years, tunnelling beneath the streets of the city, before becoming a publican.

    His 14-year tenancy of The Balloon in Chelsea passed into London folklore. The Balloon was renowned as a place that rarely closed for business - pushed by a policeman on one occasion Curtin defined his opening hours as from January until December.

    He played music on the Topic album, Paddy in the Smoke, recorded in London in the 1960s and regarded by many as the finest live recording of traditional music ever made.

    Musically Curtin is defined by Sliabh Luchra and by his time in London. Brosna is - for him - the place that music comes from and his life has been defined by that music and the people he met through it. Con Curtin was one of the last of his kind: a natural storyteller.

    Con passed away in April 2009.

    Producers: Peter Woods and Liam O’Brien.

    (First broadcast July 2005)

    An Irish radio documentary from RT Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/the_balloon_in_brosna2.html

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  5. RTÉ.ie Radio 1: Documentary on One - Our Father, Seamus Ennis

    Samus Ennis is revered as one of Ireland’s best known Uilleann Pipers and Music Collectors who amassed thousands of tunes before his death in 1982. In this documentary he is remembered by his son Christopher and his daughter Catherine. (Broadcast 1988)

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/radio-documentary-our-father-seamus-ennis-uilleann-pipes-trad-irish-music.html

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  6. RTÉ.ie Radio 1: Documentary on One - The Fiddler’s Frenzy

    In The Fiddler’s Frenzy, Aoife Nic Cormaic presents a bi-lingual feature about fiddle players and the magic of fiddling - clr dhtheangach a bhreathnaonn ar an ndraocht a bhaineann le ceol na fidile.

    The fiddle is one of the most popular instruments in Ireland and evidence suggests that this has been the case throughout history - indeed there is evidence of bowed instruments in Dublin dating back even as far as the 11th century.

    Over the centuries the form of the fiddle (or violin) has developed and the one now seen played, only emerged in Italy in 1550. But its popularity has never waned and tin fiddles were even used in some areas when wooden ones were harder to come by.

    For some people the attraction of the fiddle is its closeness to the human voice, its range and adaptability. It is also a very beautiful instrument, which is equally at home playing jazz, bluegrass, classical music, folk or traditional music.

    In the documentary, Aoife Nic Cormaic talks to fiddle players - including Martin Hayes, Mairad N Mhaonaigh and Charlie Lennon about the attraction of the fiddle.

    Listeners will also hear voices from the archives speaking about their love of fiddles and fiddle music.

    Aoife also talks to fiddle maker Kieran Crehan, and to writers and folklorists about the fact and the fiction associated with the instrument.

    Produced by Aoife Nic Cormaic. Production supervision by Lorelei Harris.

    "The Fiddler’s Frenzy" was first broadcdast on the 5th March 2003.

    It was part of a short season of bi-lingual documentaries called ‘Fusion’ in the Documentary on One slot on RT Radio 1.

    An Irish radio documentary from RT Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/frenzy.html

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  7. RTÉ.ie Radio 1: Documentary on One - The Glen Road to Carrick

    4th October 2006

    The Dublin fiddle player Paul O’Shaughnessy’s visit to The Glen area of Co Donegal as a child was, for him, a formative experience.

    O’Shaughnessy’s mother, Pearl, was a musician and a teacher from Donegal so, in a sense it was a homecoming. It also became an introduction to a style of music that his own name was to become associated with in time.

    Paul has played with Altan and Beginish and is renowned also as a solo performer. Although born and brought up in Dublin his musical roots have always been from Donegal.

    The Glen Road runs from the town of Carrick to Glencolmcille but ‘The Glen Road to Carrick’ is one of ‘the big’, defining, Donegal tunes; a reel.

    This documentary is also an exploration of a musical style told through this tune and the memories of those who’ve played it.

    Produced by Peter Woods

    An Irish radio documentary from RT Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/glenroad.html

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  8. RTÉ.ie Radio 1: Documentary on One - The Tar Road to Sligo

    A documentary about musicians Thom Moore and Vincent Harrison and their relationship to Ireland and America.

    Singer/Songwriter Thom Moore was born in California. Fiddle Player Vincent Harrison is from Dromahair, Co. Leitrim.

    The two never met but their paths have intersected. Thom Moore discovered Irish Traditional music by accident and seeking the land that created such richness, he sold up and brought his family to Ireland. His first musical group, Pumpkinhead, brought a bluegrass touch to the Irish music scene. Meanwhile, Vincent Harrison had found a similar sense of musical and personal community in New York.

    The Tar Road to Sligo looks at the parallel lives of the two. Neither found exactly what he sought in the transatlantic crossover, yet found enough to carve out a new life.

    The documentary features songs by Thom Moore and music by Vincent Harrison, including a recording he made with the legendary Lad O’Beirne and Martin Wynne in New York.

    Produced by Peter Woods.

    Production supervision by Lorelei Harris

    First Broadcast June 23rd 1999

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/tarsligo.html

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  9. RTÉ.ie Radio 1: Documentary on One - Pórt Na bPúcaí

    A look at the career of the Irish traditional musician and TV producer, Tony McMahon. His contribution to Irish music worldwide over the decades has been remarkable, due in part to his uncomprimising approach to his work. (Broadcast 2005)

    Mac Mahon’s contribution to Irish folk music is remarkable. His music has been variously described as both transporting and transforming; the raw emotion and profound character of his performance leaves his audience deeply moved.

    His extraordinary interpretation of the old Song Airs of Ireland, in particular, stand alone - inhabiting spaces where mystery and magic find full expression, opening pathways of feeling for the old Gaelic past in all its nobility, tenderness and sadness. As radio & televion producer with RTÉ, Mac Mahon has championed the cause of native Irish Arts for 25 years.

    Uncompromising in his damning of superficiality and commercialism in traditional music, he defends the cultural milieu which claimed him as a child in the south-west of Ireland 66 years ago. Possibly the best-known figure in traditional Irish music, this man is its least visible icon.

    Most interviewed

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  10. Bruce Sterling / transmediale 2014 afterglow Opening Ceremony

    Cypherpunk writer, journalist and critic Bruce Sterling gives a talk on the future of digital culture and its seedy (geo)politics at the opening ceremony of transmediale 2014 afterglow, January 29,2014. Introduction by Kristoffer Gansing.

    Audio rip, original here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dacKWLGZklM

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