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  1. Edward Said: “Gods That Always Fail”

    In his sixth and final lecture, Edward Said considers how far an intellectual should participate in the public sphere. He examines the dilemma of loyalty to a cause, the nature of belief, and the problems faced by those who publicly recant. The hardest aspect of being an intellectual, he says, is to represent what you profess through your work and interventions, without turning into an institution or acting at the behest of a system or method.

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  2. Edward Said: “Speaking Truth to Power”

    In his fifth lecture, Edward Said considers the basic question for the intellectual: how does one speak the truth? Is there some universal and rational set of principles that can govern how one speaks and writes? He examines the difficulties and sometimes loneliness of questioning authority, and argues that intellectuals should present a more principled stand in speaking the truth to power.

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  3. Edward Said: “Professionals and Amateurs”

    In his fourth lecture, Edward Said examines the possibility of amateur intellectuals and their influence on society. He explores the notion of the ‘non-academic intellectual’ and considers some of the current pressures on intellectuals to be marketable and uncontroversial as well as in areas of specialisation, political correctness and authority.

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  4. Edward Said: “Intellectual Exiles”

    In his third lecture, Edward Said looks at intellectuals both as expatriates and as people on the margins of their own society. He examines how exile inspires their thinking and considers representations of the intellectual as the permanent exile.

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  5. Edward Said: “Holding Nations and Traditions at Bay”

    In his second lecture, Edward Said explores the role of intellectuals from different cultures and backgrounds, and the choices that face them when deciding to side with the powerful or with the underdog. He examines that problems of loyalty and nationalism for intellectuals, and argues that their role is primarily to question.

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  6. Edward Said: “Representations of the Intellectual”

    In his first of six Reith Lectures, Edward Said examines how intellectuals have been defined by academics, sociologists and writers throughout history. He explores what their role should be in the modern world and looks at what the public and private versions of an intellectual are.

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  7. James Bridle: “The Value of Ruins”

    James Bridle, blogger, publisher, and media thinker delivers a moving talk on the intersection of ruination, the ever-repeating process by which cultures and knowledge are destroyed, and the web design.

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  8. Back Story: “Body Politics: Disability in America”

    A study of America’s journey from freak shows to eugenics to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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  9. Fugitive Waves Ep.15: “Electronic Memories: R.A. Coleman’s Memphis”

    The Kitchen Sisters unearth R.A. Coleman’s work in documenting the history of the black community in 1950s Memphis.

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  10. Fugitive Waves Ep. 18: “A Man Tapes His Town: The Unrelenting Oral Histories of Eddie McCoy”

    The Kitchen Sisters catch up with a Oxford, North Carolina man who takes it on himself to record his town’s history, especially of slavery and sharecropping times.

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