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  1. Promises, Promises: A History of Debt Omnibus part 2

    First broadcast on BBC R4 in 2016. Individual episodes previously huffduffed no longer have attached audio.

    Anthropologist David Graeber explores the history of debt from the use of virtual money in the medieval period and the rise of the slave trade, to the financial crash of 2008. He draws on his years of groundbreaking research to deliver a series that challenges established wisdom over the banking system, the moral power of debt and even the very definition of money itself.

    In this second episode, David takes us back to the medieval period when coinage largely disappeared and money become virtual. He reveals the importance of debt during the conquest of South America and the birth of the modern world economy.

    David goes on to explore the influence of debt during the birth of capitalism and the centrality of debt to the slave trade. The conventional view is that the innovations during the birth of capitalism led to greater material prosperity enabling us to lead happier lives. David argues that, in fact, these times were marked by extraordinary levels of war and violence. He goes on to examine the rise of virtual money since the 1970s and the power of international creditors such as the IMF.

    To conclude, David analyses the financial crash of 2008 and more recent debt crises in the context of the long history of debt. David argues that we are currently living in the early years of a new era in which physical money - cash passing from hand to hand - will be replaced by virtual money. There have been many eras of virtual money over the past 5000 years and David says we cannot yet know what this latest phase will mean as we are just a few decades years into a historical epoch likely to last 500 years.

    Presenter: David Graeber Producer: Max O’Brien A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

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  2. Promises, Promises: A History of Debt Omnibus part 1

    First broadcast on BBC R4 in 2016. Individual episodes previously huffduffed no longer have attached audio.

    Anthropologist David Graeber explores the history of debt and the peculiar moral hold that debt hold over us, from earliest financial transactions to the classical age.

    In this first episode, David draws upon his years of groundbreaking research to challenge established wisdom over the moral power of debt, the origins of money and even the definition of money itself (a remarkably contentious issue).

    David argues that whenever we think about debt we end up in a deep moral confusion. We resent the "deadbeats" who fail to pay us back and yet many of us believe that people who get us into debt - money lenders - are, at best, immoral.

    It turns out that debts have a very different meaning when there is a power imbalance between debtor and creditor. Normally, when a debt is between equals it can be renegotiated and even written off entirely. However when the creditor has all the power, debts transform into absolute imperatives that must be repaid, no matter what the cost.

    David goes on to explore the theology of debt. The Bible is peppered with the language of debt. Sin, forgiveness, reckoning, redemption - all of these words actually derive from the language of ancient finance. What’s more, this seems to be true in all the great religious traditions - not just Judaism and Christianity, but Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Islam - all of their texts are filled with financial metaphors, many of which relate to issues surrounding debt.

    To conclude, David examines debt in the Classical period. It was during this age that coinage first emerged as an efficient way of paying soldiers. He explains that the spread of coinage had enormous political and intellectual consequences.

    Presenter: David Graeber Producer: Max O’Brien A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

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  3. Where is the Opposition? | TALKING POLITICS on Acast

    We look past Covid and Brexit to ask where the long-term opposition to Johnson’s government is going to come from. Can Corbynism remain a force in British politics, even without Corbyn? Is there room for a challenge to the Conservatives from the right? Will climate politics drive street protest politics or can it help the Greens? Plus we consider whether Nicola Sturgeon is really the leader of the opposition. With Helen Thompson and Chris Brooke. Talking Points: Corbynist energy levels are low these days. There is a strong Corbynist presence on Twitter and in certain media institutions, but it’s not clear that it extends far beyond those bubbles. Much of the radical left politics in the near future will be defensive. When Starmer ran for leader, he essentially offered Corbynism without Corbyn. The manifestos of 2017 and 2019 were popular inside the Labour Party and reasonably popular with the public. Corbyn did move the party out of New Labour’s shadow. Starmer has inherited a party that is firmly outside the New Labour mainstream. Although some Corbynists fear a return to New Labour-esque politics, Labour now seems to be a social democratic party in the European mold. Will the Green Party benefit from these developments? Helen thinks that we are more likely to see increased green activism than a resurgence in Green Party politics. Many on the left are disenchanted with parliamentary politics. And over the last couple of years, the major parties have shifted on climate. If Johnson is really committed to greener politics, does that open space on the right? Farage is positioning himself in this gap. This could intersect with a rebellion against lockdown. What should Starmer do about Scotland? Could Starmer make a case that the democratic voice of the people of Scotland must be heard, and then make a social democratic case for the Union? A more federal union is going to require stronger institutions in England, which is probably to Labour’s disadvantage. Time for the SNP to weaken is probably the best way forward for both unionist parties. Mentioned in this Episode: This Land by Owen Jones Further Learning: James Butler on the Corbyn project for the LRB More on Macron, the constitution, and climate politics From our archives… Labour’s Fault Lines A profile of Andy Burnham from The Guardian And as ever, recommended reading curated by our friends at the LRB can be found here: See for privacy and opt-out information.

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  4. 01. Welcome to Reimagining the Internet

    Our host Ethan Zuckerman introduces iDPI’s new podcast, talking about the need to create online spaces in the public interest instead of a corporate profit motive. Join us as we interview activists, scholars, journalists, and entrepreneurs reimagining the internet as we know it today.

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  5. Dr. Norman Borlaug with Julie Borlaug, Dr. Ronnie Coffman, and Dr. Ed Runge

    Dr. Norman Borlaug was an American agronomist who specialized in wheat breeding. Known as the Father of the Green Revolution, he helped other hunger fighters save hundreds of thousands of lives in Mexico, India, Pakistan, and other countries throughout his long and varied career. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 and founded the World Food Prize to celebrate other food fighters worldwide. This episode we speak with his granddaughter and colleague Julie Borlaug and fellow colleagues Dr. Ronnie Coffman and Dr. Ed Runge to discuss the “Man who Fed the World.”

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  6. Gender, Empire and the Making of the Western Tea Market – Talking Tea We’re delving into some sticky topics today on Talking Tea as we look at the roles mass marketing, gender, racism and modern British history have played in shaping tea markets and tea culture in the West. Joining us is historian Erika Rappaport, author of the recently published book A Thirst For Empire: How Tea…

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  7. The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 297, With “Underscore” David Smith

    The Talk Show

    ‘Subscribed to a Hamburger’, With David Smith

    Wednesday, 30 September 2020

    Special guest “Underscore” David Smith joins the show to talk about iOS 14 widgets, WatchOS complications, sleep tracking, and his App Store chart-topping hit Widgetsmith.

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    Underscore’s apps:





    And a lot more. Seriously, he makes a lot of apps.

    Other links:

    Under the Radar — Underscore’s weekly podcast with Marco Arment.

    Daring Fireball: “‎Widgetsmith and The Case of the Missing App Store Bunco Squad”.

    National Weather Service.


    Michael Ward’s classic 2004 piece for McSweeney’s: “E-Mail Addresses It Would Be Really Annoying to Give Out Over the Phone”.

    This episode of The Talk Show was edited by Caleb Sexton.

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