Holocaust Memorial Day

Hello friends, it’s Clio here. I wanted to share with you a story from last year that I recently discovered. It’s the story of David Boder, a psychologist who interviewed holocaust survivors in France. Recordings from his interviews were restored and scholars have been able to hear the songs his interviewees sung. The article in the link includes the audio of two of those recordings. 

Boder was originally from Latvia and so I’ve included some pictures from my own visit to Latvia. These were taken in the Jewish ghetto in Riga, a holding center for deported Jews from as far away as Berlin, Germany. The wall panels are covered in the names of people who were imprisoned there. 

Today we remember them.

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Episode 25 – I Refuse to Elaborate on Yogurt Enemas (History of Cereal)

Today The Liberal Aren’ts tackles all the controversies. What’s the best cereal? With milk or without? Cheese on grits?? Has Rissa really never eaten oatmeal in her life???

Rissa talks manners for vikings, straight from Odin’s mouth. Science is not mispronouncing granola. Clio has a noise complaint.

Go listen to Best Forevers! https://www.bestforeverspod.com/podcast/

Email us at theliberalarents@gmail.com.

Episode 24 – Hey Pope Urban II, You Missed (History of Turkey VII)

Kids these days. Putting off homework, obsessed with video games, debasing the currency…not like the good old days when Murad II was sultan, I tell you what. Come hear Clio talk about the Ottoman Empire!

Science makes a bad pun. Clio sums up all of human history twice. Rissa has high expectations.

Hear our interview with Alysa at Best Forevers: https://www.bestforeverspod.com/podcast/

Check out our friends at Good Taste! https://www.spreaker.com/show/good-taste

You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet

Special guest Kaitlyn has furnished us with a wealth of links to explore the world of silent films, and we thought we’d pass that on to you! Enjoy!

“Roundhay Garden Scene,” the oldest surviving film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nR2r__ZgO5g

The oldest three films in existence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWOLLv70W-I

And the famous Le Voyage Dans La Lune, or A Trip to the Moon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FrdVdKlxUk

And if you’re a fan of documentaries, please enjoy this one, A Concise History on the Origins of Cinema: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_Sq_FNoMnY

Or if you don’t have 25 minutes, check out this one, How the Jazz Singer Killed Silent Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlAt2lcg5ZM

Go watch something worth seeing!

Episode 23 – Hollywood: The Ancient Curse (History of Silent Film)

Grab some popcorn, pull up a chair, and refill your sodas, everyone, because it’s time to talk silent films with our Very Special Guest, Kaitlyn Thompson! Who may or may not have stolen the entire podcast pleasesendhelp.

Science finds the unfindable. Clio watches Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds on mute. Kaitlyn throws shade at Thomas Edison. Rissa finishes a novel.

Episode 22 – It’s Fiction-ception! (Philosophy of Video Games II)

We’re bucking the trend! We’re breaking the pattern! We’re not talking about Turkey! It’s more philosophy with Rissa, plus some major announcements!

Science trashes George Lucas. Rissa disagrees with the experts. Clio sends dinosaur memes.

Go check out the amazing Alysa at Best Forevers! https://www.bestforeverspod.com/podcast/

Episode 21 – Release an Albatross At Your Wedding (Philosophy of Video Games I)

How many times can Rissa sneak Lara Croft and Commander Shepherd into a professional academic thesis? Find out in this episode where we finally hear why Oxford gave her a degree for playing video games.

Clio contacts a local beekeeper. Rissa defines EVERYTHING. Science falls asleep.

Special thanks to our friends Taylor and Jacob at Good Taste! Check them out here: https://www.spreaker.com/show/good-taste

 

Episode 20 – Guys, I’m a Coffee Plant (History and Science of Coffee)

What’s the worst way to make coffee? Imagine it now. Got it? You’re wrong, this is way worse. Today Science talks the history, culture, and science of coffee.

Rissa shushes middle schoolers. Science pronounces three names wrong and one name right! Clio needs a fish.

The book Science mentioned is Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed the World, by Mark Pendergrast. Check it out!

Golden Age of Resources

Hello friends and listeners, it’s Clio. Thanks for your patience on this latest episode. While you’re waiting for it to air, I thought I would leave you with some fun information. Rissa pointed out that in my excitement for this colloquium I forgot to name the sources I was quoting from. So when you hear me reading direct quotes, they’re from the following books:

The Great Caliphs: The Golden Age of the Abbasid Empire by Amira K. Bennison

The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization by Jonathan Lyons

Medieval Robots: Mechanism, Magic, Nature and Art by E.A. Truitt

Two books I also enjoyed reading in preparation for this episode were:

When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World: The Rise and Fall of Islam’s Greatest Dynasty by Hugh Kennedy

Islam in Historical Perspective by Alexander Knysh

If you’re wishing like us that someone would make a museum exhibit out of all these cool inventions then check out the 1001 Inventions youtube channel and their website full of even more information.