Darra Goldstein combines a scholar’s knowledge of history and literature with a cook’s interest in recipes and ingredients. She had already written extensively on food across the vast Soviet empire, but more recently turned her attention to a search for what she calls “the true heart of Russian food“. She found it on the Kola Peninsula, a wild and forbidding part of Russia right at the top of Scandinavia. Our conversation, prompted by her new book, went further afield to include glimpses of food revivals and innovation in Russia today.
Interesting as always Jeremy.
I’m excited to kick off our next Modern Learners Community theme “Places and Spaces” with today’s interview with Tom Vander Ark. Tom is the CEO of Getting Smart and his brand new book Place Based Learning: Authentic Learning through Place-Based Education has just been released. He co-authored the book with Emily Liebag and Nate McClennen.
In the book, Vander Ark defines place-based learning as anytime, anywhere learning that leverages the power of place to personalize learning. Later the authors add the idea of connecting projects to community, delving into authentic problems, and encouraging public products which ultimately develop an ethic of contribution.
Tom Vander Ark’s reflection on space and context reminded me of an experience where I attended a network meeting at a school with a working vineyard. The lesson that came out of this day was not that every school should get their own vineyard, but that every school should look for such opportunities based on their own context.
Playing for Team Human today, founder of the Center for the Study of Digital Life, Mark Stahlman.
Stahlman joins Team Human to discuss how artificial intelligence has become the new ground for human interaction, and why navigating it will require us to retrieve our uniquely human senses. “We will only become fully human if we learn to take responsibility for our actions.” Stahlman says. Further, he discusses the shift from a television environment to a digital environment and what that means for our collective sensibilities.
Mark Stahlman suggests that climate change is a distraction from the real problem, our need to push back on platform capitalism and embrace the digital. This is one of those episodes that requires multiple listens to take in all the ideas.
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Jeremy, this is another intriguing episode. You always leave me thinking and seeing the world differently.
The eclectic composer joins members of the ACME ensemble for some of his most affecting music, which moves the audience to tears.
Max Richter provides an example of music as a means of thinking about places.
Reaching the milestone of 40 trips around the sun may no longer have the same gravity that it once did. Take for instance the first week of the NFL playoffs this January, when three of the eight competing teams were helmed by quarterbacks of that vintage, including Tom Brady of the New England Patriots at a ripe 42. Then again, those three teams all lost in upsets, so maybe the milestone still has some weight to it. As his 40th birthday approached, the Cure’s Robert Smith could feel himself being pulled inexorably over the hill. “So the fire is almost out and there’s nothing left to burn,” he frets throughout “39,” the penultimate track on Bloodflowers, the Cure’s 11th studio album. “I’ve run right out of thoughts and I’ve run right out of words/ As I used them up, I used them up.” Little wonder that upon release it was strongly indicated that the record was to be the band’s last. In the niche category of songs dedicated to a specific numerical age, an unsurprising majority focus on
Bloodflowers was the first new Cure album that I purchased as a fan. Although I had always known ‘the hits’, I did not take a deep dive until my teens when I progressively purchased the whole back catalogue. I really enjoyed Ian King’s breakdown of both Bloodflowers 20 years on, as well as where the album sat within The Cure’s wider collection.
We premiere a new song from Roger and Brian Eno, plus the ambient sounds of Jon Hopkins, Skylar Gudasz and more artists who offer a soothing mix to slow the blood, calm the nerves and inspire the mind.Playlist:1. Jon Hopkins: “Scene Suspended” (Single)2. Roger & Brian Eno: “Celeste” from Mixing Colours3. Lambert: “Vienna” from True4. Ian Urbina & Teen Daze: “Reel In (Sea Slavery)” from Pure Water5. Niklas Paschburg: “Duvet” from Svalbard6. Skylar Gudasz: “Actress” (Single)
This collection of ambient tracks is a great example of the way in which music can capture space, but also set the mood as well.