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The latest Bat Segundo episode features a detailed 67 minute conversation with Arun Kundnani, author of THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING -- a compelling and eye-opening volume that has not received a single acknowledgment in an American newspaper. I've long desired to investigate Islamophobia at length and I'm glad this book came along. Because Islamophobia remains a pernicious part of our lives twelve and a half years after 9/11. If you think you're not affected by it, this conversation will reveal how you are implicated. Arun and I discuss where Islamophobia comes from and why it continues to perpetuated in American and British culture. It turns out that prominently positioned people continue to reinforce Muslim stereotypes, encouraging law enforcement agencies to adopt flawed radicalization models that are not predicated upon reality. These prejudicial policies have caused innocent Americans, whose only crime is to practice Islam, to be harassed, needlessly harangued by authorities, and falsely imprisoned.
http://www.edrants.com/islamophobia-extremism-and-the-war-on-terror-arun-kundnani-the-bat-segundo-show-540/
Twelve and a half years after 9/11, Islamophobia remains alive and well. Where did it come from? Why does it perpetuate in American and British culture? And what effect does it have on our democratic values? To get some answers to these questions, we talked with Arun Kundnani, author of THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING. It turns out that prominently positioned people continue to reinforce Muslim stereotypes, encouraging law enforcement agencies to adopt ...
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My latest Modern Library essay is up. This one tackles Ian Hacking's THE TAMING OF CHANCE and concerns mathematics, probability, and chance. Even today, policies that affect the way in which we live are still being shaped by a poor understanding of numbers. In an effort to promote further understanding of constants, I've also created a YouTube video which reveals how you can prove the law of large numbers without leaving the house!
http://www.edrants.com/the-taming-of-chance-modern-library-nonfiction-98/
What do statistics and probability reveal about the natural world? And how does chance factor into the story? In our third essay in the Modern Library Nonfiction Challenge, we tackle Ian Hacking's history of how many mathematical maxims came to be. We've included a YouTube presentation to show you how you can prove the law of large numbers in your very own home!
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Yesterday afternoon, I reported on the Save NYPL rally that gathered on the steps of the New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. In my lengthy dispatch, I unpack what's at stake with the Central Library Plan, which threatens to deracinate a vibrant part of New York City culture enjoyed by thousands. I talked with members of the Committee, chatted with the Raging Grannies (there's an audio clip of one of their library songs), and even met the infamous chicken-eating man who was featured at Humans of New York. I examine Bill de Blasio's silence and ask a few questions about the Committee's present strategies. Didn't see the New York Times, the Daily News, Capital New York, or DNAinfo there.
http://www.edrants.com/save-nypl-how-an-organized-movement-to-stop-the-destruction-of-libraries-is-being-ignored-by-mayor-de-blasio/
The Central Library Plan threatens to decimate the New York Public Library System. Why is Mayor de Blasio so steadfastly silent? And can a growing movement stop this assault on New York culture? In this lengthy dispatch, we talked with members of the Committee to Save the NYPL and others to determine the present struggle and the protest strategy.
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"He was such a reliable bedrock in any film that he wrote, directed, or appeared in — whether as Ghostbusters's Egon Spengler, one of Ramis’s many doctors, or as Ben’s dad in Knocked Up — that comedy feels inequitably barren without him." My Harold Ramis obituary.
http://www.edrants.com/rip-harold-ramis/
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This may be the most vivacious conversation about The Great Gatsby ever committed to radio! We met up with Sarah Churchwell -- author of CARELESS PEOPLE -- to discuss F. Scott Fitzgerald's enduring masterpiece, subconscious doubles, wrangling through the many meanings of the green light, John Keats and the Romantics, how Fitzgerald feared being compared to Robert W. Chambers, exotic trips to Europe, wild affairs, how Zelda Fitzgerald responded to boredom, numerous murders in the 1920s, and quite a good deal more!
http://www.edrants.com/sarah-churchwell-the-bat-segundo-show-535/
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The latest Bat Segundo features the marvelous Dinaw Mengestu in a high-octane 49 minute conversation that gets into confronting the truth of revolutionary turmoil, the useless "immigrant fiction" label, why Mengestu hasn't written noisier characters, Saul Bellow, unspoken American prohibitions against political fiction, how relationships are often defined by silence, finding aesthetic balance, what contemporary fiction owes to the postcolonial, and the benefits of memorizing poetry (among many other topics!).
http://www.edrants.com/dinaw-mengestu-the-bat-segundo-show-539/
MacArthur Fellow Dinaw Mengestu's novels have been needlessly categorized as "immigrant fiction" when his work is about so much more. On the publication of his third novel, ALL OUR NAMES, Mengestu unpacks these issues with us, discussing how journalism helped him to peer into revolutionary turmoil, writing about quiet African immigrants, the American perspectives that are often overlooked, the depths of emotional trauma, and contemporary fiction...
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The latest Bat Segundo episode is a veritable triple-decker! The main guest is the incomparable Dorthe Nors, author of KARATE CHOP, who taught me quite a good deal about Denmark (namely, that its status as "world's most happiest nation" may be a great racket), discussed human-animal emotional connections, growing up with Danish folk songs, and "missionary positions" of an altogether different sort. There's also an audio counterpart to my reporting on last week's Save NYPL protest, which frames Bill de Blasio's remarks last July against his inaction and also includes a chat with Matthew Zadrozny, the Humans of New York hero. Blake Bailey also joins us for a brief interview to discuss his new memoir, THE SPLENDID THINGS WE PLANNED.
http://www.edrants.com/dorthe-nors-save-nypl-and-blake-bailey-the-bat-segundo-show-538/
In this triple-decker edition of Bat Segundo, we talk with author Dorthe Nors about Denmark, emotional connections to animals, the dangers of self-destruction and how folks songs fused with Swedish existentialism can produce an original voice, investigate Mayor Bill de Blasio's silence on saving New York libraries and report on a protest, and talk with Blake Bailey about switching from literary biography to memoir. [MP3, 58 minutes] [Notes ...
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I've been pulling a lot of double shifts lately. So pardon my intermittent schedule. But at long last, the latest episode of The Bat Segundo Show is now available for your listening pleasure! I met up with Julia Angwin a few weeks ago to discuss her new book, DRAGNET NATION, and our conversation gets into how we have become all enslaved by convenience, examining how digital behavior has allowed us to accept a nation in which private companies and the NSA scoop up our personal information. Julia describes her experiments with DuckDuckGo and secret (perfectly legal) identities. I tie these impulses into our national history. There are some jokes and Stasi comparisons.
http://www.edrants.com/julia-angwin-the-bat-segundo-show-537/
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My long-awaited conversation with Dave Itzkoff -- which gets into Paddy Chayefsky, the making Network, secret diaries, and extraordinarily naughty behavior from Robert Duvall (among other variegated subjects) -- has just been released in a special "mad as hell" two-segment episode of The Bat Segundo Show. Not only was I allowed inside the New York Times building, but we were situated near the New York Times Book Review, which caused one very nervous NYTBR employee to stare through the glass with considerable shock. This show also contains an introductory segment on the recent Open Letter Books controversy with Arnon Grunberg and Oscar van Gelderen (Oscar did not return our requests for comment) -- featuring Chad W. Post, Scott Esposito, and Michael Orthofer on the state of translated fiction and a troubling new ecosystem that is causing enthusiasts to become mad as hell.
http://www.edrants.com/dave-itzkoff-and-translated-literature-mad-as-hell-the-bat-segundo-show-536/
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The snow hasn't stopped Bat Segundo! Our latest episode features the marvelous Jenny Offill, author of DEPT. OF SPECULATION -- a fascinating insight into relationships and narrative that is one of my favorite books of 2014 so far. I spent quite a good deal of time looking up all the quotes, both real and invented, in this novel and talked about it with Offill. Our conversation also gets into the narrative framework that fiction writers can pluck from poetry and the importance of a contrarian impulse. There is also an audio representation of ellipses and fragmented narrative -- to my knowledge, among the first times this has been done in radio -- in the show's introduction.
http://www.edrants.com/jenny-offill-the-bat-segundo-show-534/
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