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Decades before the first shot was fired in the American revolution a band of runaway slaves known as the Maroons living in the mountains in Colonial Jamaica took on the British Empire and won.  I’ve long been obsessed with the Maroons and so last summer I jumped at the opportunity to visit their compound in Charlestown for the annual celebration of their 1739 victory. I learned the Maroons hope to play a leading role today as Jamaica moves down the path of Marijuana decriminalization and legalization, but some of the folks I met claim the Maroons are still listening to Radio What’s Innit Fo Me?

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Theory of Everything — Internship Program

ANNOUNCEMENT

Theory of Everything — Internship Program

Theory of Everything  is a radio show produced and hosted by Benjamen Walker it is part of the Radiotopia podcast collective/network from PRX. It’s based in New York City.  We’re pleased to announce a unique internship program.

Interns will help with general intern-y kinds of tasks, such as: logging and cutting tape, booking guests, creating transcripts for past episodes, and performing basic website maintenance (HTML knowledge not required). There will also be opportunities to work on all aspects of the program including possible reporting/voice work.

In addition, interns will have the opportunity to do things that interest them, such as: pitching story ideas, working on stories with the host, editing scripts, creating web content, (possibly) reporting and writing, or maybe working on something else that hasn’t been thought of yet.

As such, our ideal candidate:

- Is very familiar with the show.

- Has experience in audio production, Pro Tools.

- Is a self-starter, and is excited by the possibilities of this position’s self-directed nature.

- Has a strong idea about what s/he wants to get out of this internship.

Interns will receive a stipend of $700/month, and are expected to work with the host two days per week. Hours can be flexible to accommodate other work.

To apply, please send an email to toe@prx.org with…

- A resume

- A cover letter

- Two references

- Links to two or three projects that you are proud of, such as radio stories, writing, websites, etc. (Please don’t send media as attachments. If referring us to audio work, please make sure that audio can be downloaded from the host site. PRX does this automatically; Soundcloud requires that you enable this feature when you upload).

Also, please answer the below questions in the body of your email.

1. Do you currently reside in NYC?

2. What kind of relevant experience do you have?

3. How much experience do you have using Pro Tools (or comparable audio editing software)?

4. What do you hope to get out of this experience?

Our first internship will run early April – june 2015. Priority will be given to local applicants, at least for the time being.

The deadline to apply is March 15th. Again, the address to send everything is toe@prx.org.

When You’re Lonely, Life is Very Long (rebroadcast)

After moving to New York alone, writer Olivia Laing discovered the truth about loneliness. She says it is a gift.  Eric Klinenberg explains why more and more people are choosing to live alone and why cities like New York must invest in housing stock that singletons actually want to live in, the type of housing they have in Scandinavian countries.  In Denmark when someone dies alone, and no-one claims the body, the authorities put an ad in the newspaper calling forPossible Relatives. This is also the title of a photo-book by Danish photographer Tina Enghoff.  She tells us about the pictures she took of the apartments after the dead were removed. Some of these bodies went undiscovered for months.

ANNOUNCEMENT

Theory of Everything — Internship Program

Theory of Everything  is a radio show produced and hosted by Benjamen Walker it is part of the Radiotopia podcast collective/network from PRX. It’s based in New York City.  We’re pleased to announce a unique internship program.

Interns will help with general intern-y kinds of tasks, such as: logging and cutting tape, booking guests, creating transcripts for past episodes, and performing basic website maintenance (HTML knowledge not required). There will also be opportunities to work on all aspects of the program including possible reporting/voice work.

In addition, interns will have the opportunity to do things that interest them, such as: pitching story ideas, working on stories with the host, editing scripts, creating web content, (possibly) reporting and writing, or maybe working on something else that hasn’t been thought of yet.

As such, our ideal candidate:

- Is very familiar with the show.

- Has experience in audio production, Pro Tools.

- Is a self-starter, and is excited by the possibilities of this position’s self-directed nature.

- Has a strong idea about what s/he wants to get out of this internship.

Interns will receive a stipend of $700/month, and are expected to work with the host two days per week. Hours can be flexible to accommodate other work.

To apply, please send an email to toe@prx.org with…

- A resume

- A cover letter

- Two references

- Links to two or three projects that you are proud of, such as radio stories, writing, websites, etc. (Please don’t send media as attachments. If referring us to audio work, please make sure that audio can be downloaded from the host site. PRX does this automatically; Soundcloud requires that you enable this feature when you upload).

Also, please answer the below questions in the body of your email.

1. Do you currently reside in NYC?

2. What kind of relevant experience do you have?

3. How much experience do you have using Pro Tools (or comparable audio editing software)?

4. What do you hope to get out of this experience?

Our first internship will run early April – june 2015. Priority will be given to local applicants, at least for the time being.

The deadline to apply is March 15th. Again, the address to send everything is toe@prx.org.

 

An Illumination

Cédric Villani won the prestigious Fields Medal for his work in 2010.  He wrote a book about his experience called Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure. It is a book about where ideas come from. There is something spider like about Villani, and I say that not just because of the pins he is famous for always wearing. He knows how to catch ideas, and he wants to teach us how as well. We also talk with Maria Popova about another great Science book: The art of Scientific Investigation. I found this book thanks to the idea catching web that Maria Popova built:   brainpickings.org.

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Occupy Siberia (dislike club prequel)

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Yours truly is recuperating from 2014 in France but wishing you a happy holiday. Hope you enjoyed the programming this year. The dislike club series pretty much contains everything I have ever wanted to say about social media. Been thinking about all this stuff for quite some time now,  but it all started to crystalize when I got invited to Russia three years ago. I made a show about that trip for my old radio program “too much information” (it used to run on WFMU). I updated it a bit and offer it here, as the ToE 2014 holiday special – or the dislike club prequel.

***ALERT*** heard from a bunch of you now that you can’t find the DISLIKE CLUB Finale. Just search for this word: RADIOTONIC and you will find a radio show called Radiotonic from the ABC’s Creative Audio Unit. They commissioned the finale. Download it here. Or subscribe to their podcast. Look for the Dec 21st episode called the Dislike Club – that is part VI (the finale).

Logical Fantasies (the dislike club part V)

In the penultimate episode of our series, Kathy Sierra tells us how one tweak could fix everything and ToE’s Chris tells us the secret origin of Facebook. PLUS #marksbros (as in Zuckerberg)  #marxhegel (as in Groucho)

***ALERT*** the DISLIKE CLUB Finale was commissioned by RADIOTONIC from the ABC’s Creative Audio Unit. Download it here. Or subscribe to their podcast. Look for the Dec 21st episode called the Dislike Club – that is part VI (the finale).

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Wishful Thinking (the dislike club part IV)

In 2007 writer, programmer, and horse trainer Kathy Sierra quit the internet because of misogynist hate trolling. She stayed off the social web for 7 years but last year she came back to see what Twitter was like. She tells us why she only lasted a few weeks and her theory about why so many women are targets online. Plus Danielle Keats Citron explains how we could use the law to drain the cesspool.

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If you dislike like, then you will… (the dislike club part III)

This week Anthropologist Gabriella Coleman tells us about the internet’s original Dislike Club, Anonymous. Biella has spent the last eight years hanging out with Anons both on IRC and in IRL. Her new book “Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: the many faces of Anonymous”  is the definitive book on the topic, nothing else comes close.  Biella also gets me to watch V for Vendetta, something I have refused to do out of my fanboy respect for writer Alan Moore (who refused to watch it or put his name on the movie). I wish I could un-see it already.  Also: Commodify your dislike!

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Paying For It (the dislike club part II)

Our mini-series about the internet continues. This week we take a close look at the fundamental business model of the web – advertising. In 1993  your host was a founding member of an international monkey wrench gang that fought billboards in outer space. He recently ran into one of his old comrades in Midtown-South (Manhattan’s tech district) and discovered that his side actually lost the war. Ethan Zuckerman, the man who invented the pop up ad, admits that we must rethink the fundamentals of the web, and activist, writer, and filmmaker Astra Taylor questions whether the internet actually benefits independent creators.

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The Dislike Club is  a story-in-progress, it will play out on the podcast over the next few weeks and then culminate December 21 on Radiotonic, from ABC RN’s Creative Audio Unit.

Backspace to the Future (the dislike club part I)

Paul Ford is a technologist and a writer, sometimes these two things blur. For example, he’s currently working on a book about webpages, but he’s also building a content management system for webpages –  because you know it could help with the writing.  (yeah his book is late) Its not like he’s trying to procrastinate, this is just what life is like when you are Paul Ford.  A couple of Monday night’s ago he was sitting on his couch drinking some rye whisky and chatting with his friends on twitter  and he accidentally a brand new webpage community.  This is the true origin story of his tilde.club. Yours truly also started a new thing it is called dislike.club. We also check in with Librarian and community manager Jessamyn West for advice on how to start an online community that doesn’t suck.

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The Dislike Club is  a story-in-progress, it will play out on the podcast over the next few weeks and then culminate December 21 on Radiotonic, from ABC RN’s Creative Audio Unit.