Notebook on Cities and Culture
(Formerly The Marketplace of Ideas.) Colin Marshall sits down for in-depth conversations with cultural creators, internationalists, and observers of the urban scene all around Los Angeles and beyond.
On the Great Books with Alex Beam A conversation about knowledge, commerce and the Western canon with novelist and journalist Alex Beam, author of A Great Idea at the Time: The Rise, Fall and Curious Afterlife of the Great Books.
Direct download: MOI_Alex_Beam.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:10am UTC

On David Hume with Simon Blackburn A conversation about the greatest British philosopher of all time with Simon Blackburn, professor of philosophy at Cambridge University and the University of North Carolina and author of How to Read Hume. [download] [MOI home] [MOI archive]
Direct download: MOI_Simon_Blackburn.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:24am UTC

On Margaret Thatcher with Claire Berlinski A conversation about Margaret Thatcher, the most controversial British Prime Minister of the 20th century, with Claire Berlinski, author of There is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters. [download] [MOI home] [MOI archive]
Direct download: MOI_Claire_Berlinski.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:13am UTC

Physicist Alan Sokal A conversation about intellectual rigor and intellectual confusion with New York University physicist Alan Sokal, the man behind the "Sokal Hoax" and author of Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture. [download] [MOI home] [MOI archive]
Direct download: MOI_Alan_Sokal.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:27am UTC

On art markets with Don Thompson A conversation about art markets with Don Thompson, professor emeritus of marketing at York University's Schulich School of Business and author of The $12 Million Dollar Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art. [download] [MOI home] [MOI archive]
Direct download: MOI_Don_Thompson.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:14am UTC

On possible futures with David Friedman A conversation about what's next for humanity with David Friedman, professor of law at Santa Clara University and author of the classic work of 20th-century political philosophy The Machinery of Freedom. In his new book, Future Imperfect: Technology and Freedom in an Uncertain World, Friedman explores the law, the economics and the very sensory experience of a host of possible futures through the technologies likely to shape them, including universal surveillance, e-cash, designer kids, advanced encryption and nanotechnology. [download] [MOI home] [MOI archive]
Direct download: MOI_David_Friedman.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:13am UTC

On Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance with auto journalist Mark Richardson A conversation about technology, philosophy and a beloved American motorcycle journey with Mark Richardson, auto and motorcycle editor of the Toronto Star and author of Zen and Now: On the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. [download] [MOI home] [MOI archive]
Direct download: MOI_Mark_Richardson.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:52am UTC

Political statistician Andrew Gelman A conversation about demographics, punditry and American voting with Andrew Gelman, professor of statistics at Columbia University and author of Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State. [download] [MOI home] [MOI archive]
Direct download: MOI_Andrew_Gelman.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:43am UTC

Wine educator and blogger Tyler "Dr. Vino" Colman A conversation about the red tape of viticulture, huge followings in Japan and Cabernet uprisings in the streets of Indianapolis with wine educator and blogger Tyler Colman, known in the blogosphere as "Dr. Vino", author of Wine Politics: How Governments, Environmentalists and Mobsters Influence the Wines We Drink. [download show] [MOI home] [MOI archive]
Direct download: MOI_Tyler_Colman.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:57am UTC

New Yorker book critic James Wood A conversation about the workings of the novel, the world between journalism and academia and literary versus religious belief with James Wood, book critic for the New Yorker and author of How Fiction Works. [download show] [MOI home] [MOI archive]
Direct download: MOI_James_Wood.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:53am UTC

Charles Murray on American education A conversation about what's wrong with American education's priorities and how to fix them with the American Enterprise Institute's Charles Murray, author of Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America's Schools Back to Reality. [download show] [MOI home] [MOI archive]
Direct download: MOI_Charles_Murray.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:06pm UTC

Mathematical journalist Brian Hayes A conversation about econophysics, generating genuine randomness and the rise of blogs with mathematical journalist and blogger Brian Hayes, author of Group Theory in the Bedroom. [download show] [MOI home] [MOI archive]
Direct download: MOI_Brian_Hayes.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:34pm UTC

Reading the OED with Ammon Shea A conversation about the dictionary-reader's ultimate challenge, all 21,730 pages of the Oxford English Dictionary, with Ammon Shea, author of Reading the OED. [download show] [MOI home] [MOI archive]
Direct download: MOI_Ammon_Shea.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:53pm UTC

Novelist and former CBC film critic David Gilmour A conversation about one man, one son, and one D.I.Y. film school with novelist and former CBC film critic David Gilmour, author of The Film Club: A Memoir. [download show] [MOI home] [MOI archive]
Direct download: MOI_David_Gilmour.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:56am UTC

Tom McCarthy on Tintin A conversation about art, criticism, literature, philosophy, and a certain Belgian boy reporter with novelist Tom McCarthy, author of Remainder and Tintin and the Secret of Literature. [download show] [MOI home] [MOI archive]
Direct download: MOI_Tom_McCarthy.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:17pm UTC

Artscience impresario David Edwards A conversation about science, aesthetics and the crossing of disciplinary boundaries with David Edwards, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering at Harvard, author of Artscience: Creativity in the Post-Google Generation, and founder of Le Laboratoire. [download show] [MOI home] [MOI archive]
Direct download: MOI_David_Edwards.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:09am UTC

War Nerd Gary Brecher

A conversation about asymmetrical warfare, Red Dawn and the Hmong in Fresno with Gary Brecher, “War Nerd” columnist from The eXile. [download show] [MOI home] [MOI archive]

Direct download: MOI_Gary_Brecher.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:06pm UTC

Literary blogger Maud Newton A conversation about the rise of cultural blogs, using one’s own life as novel source material and the genius of Rupert Thomson with literary blogger Maud Newton, founder of [download] [MOI home] [MOI archive]
Direct download: MOI_Maud_Newton.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:31am UTC

Novelist, essayist and poet Alexander Theroux A conversation about the encyclopedic novel, female creativity and Rush Limbaugh with novelist, essayist and poet Alexander Theroux, author of Laura Warholic; or, The Sexual Intellectual. [download] [MOI home] [MOI archive]
Direct download: MOI_Alexander_Theroux.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00am UTC

Part two of our special series on the future of books and reading: conversations with writer, thinker, entrepreneur and maker of mischief Kevin Smokler [site] and Dave Weich, director of marketing and development at Portland, Oregon's Powell's Books.
Direct download: MOI_Smokler-Weich.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:33am UTC

Graphic designer and novelist Chip Kidd A conversation about art school, the Milgram Experient and Andres Serrano photos as bible covers with graphic designer and novelist Chip Kidd, the man responsible for countless bestselling (and some not-quite-bestselling) book jackets. His new novel is The Learners: The Book After The Cheese Monkeys.
Direct download: MOI_Chip_Kidd.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:59am UTC

Daniel Menaker and Odile Isralson, Titlepage Part one of a special Marketplace of Ideas series on the future of books and reading: conversations with Daniel Menaker and Odile Isralson, host and executive producer of Titlepage, the first book-themed internet TV show.
Direct download: MOI_Titlepage.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:42am UTC

Arts & Letters Daily's Denis Dutton A conversation about the climate change debate, the evolutionary psychology of art and bad academic writing with Denis Dutton [site], founder of Arts & Letters Daily and editor of Philosophy and Literature.
Direct download: MOI_Denis_Dutton.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:23am UTC

NPR's Peter Sagal A conversation about swinging, eating, strip clubs, lying, gambling, consumption and pornography with Peter Sagal, host of NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me and author of The Book of Vice: Very Naughty Things (and How to Do Them).
Direct download: MOI_Peter_Sagal.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:02am UTC

Urban theorist Richard Florida
A conversation about personality, innovation and openness in cities and "mega-regions" with urban theorist Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class and Who's Your City?
Direct download: MOI_Richard_Florida.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:04am UTC

Experimental philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah A conversation about experimental philosophy with Kwame Anthony Appiah, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University and author of Experiments in Ethics.
Direct download: MOI_Kwame_Anthony_Appiah.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:25am UTC

Japan expert John Nathan (part two) The second part of a conversation about life in film and literature in Japan and America with translator, filmmaker and Japan expert John Nathan, author of Living Carelessly in Tokyo and Elsewhere.
Direct download: MOI_John_Nathan_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:32am UTC

Japan expert John Nathan (part one) The first part of a conversation about life in film and literature in Japan and America with translator, filmmaker and Japan expert John Nathan, author of Living Carelessly in Tokyo and Elsewhere.
Direct download: MOI_John_Nathan_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:12am UTC

Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak A conversation about the art of engineering, the value of jokes and the nuisance of spam with Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer and author of iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It.
Direct download: MOI_Steve_Wozniak.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:55pm UTC

It's The Marketplace of Ideas live in Los Angeles! Come bid farewell to Dutton's Brentwood Books and watch a live taping of The Marketplace of Ideas, featuring a conversation with Mark Sarvas, noted Elegant Variation blogger and author of the upcoming novel Harry, Revised. This all happens on Saturday March 29th at 12:00 noon. Dutton's is located at 11975 San Vicente Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA.
Direct download: MOI_Live_in_LA.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:24pm UTC

Undercover economist Tim Harford A conversation about speed-dating, the advantages of city life and the fun economists are having with "Undercover Economist" Tim Harford, author of The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World.
Direct download: MOI_Tim_Harford.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:42pm UTC

Comic artist Peter Bagge A conversation about Generation X, penciling techniques and libertarianism with Peter Bagge, creator of Hate and Apocalypse Nerd.
Direct download: MOI_Peter_Bagge.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:14am UTC

On globalization with Pietra Rivoli A conversation about Texan cotton-growing, Chinese manufacturing and African entrepreneurship with Pietra Rivoli, Georgetown business professor and author of The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy.
Direct download: MOI_Pietra_Rivoli.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:43am UTC

Essayist, film writer, novelist and poet Phillip Lopate A conversation about education, urbanism and Abbas Kiarostami with essayist, novelist, poet and film writer Phillip Lopate.
Direct download: MOI_Phillip_Lopate.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:25am UTC

On book reviewing with Gail Pool A conversation with Gail Pool, author of Faint Praise: The Plight of Book Reviewing in America.
Direct download: MOI_Gail_Pool.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:57am UTC

Skeptic Michael Shermer A conversation about economics, evolutionary biology and Ayn Rand with Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine and author of The Mind of the Market: Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans and Other Tales from Evolutionary Economics.
Direct download: MOI_Michael_Shermer.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:33am UTC

On early modern science and poetry with Angus Fletcher A conversation about the interplay between early modern science and poetry with Angus Fletcher, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the City University of New York Graduate School and author of Time, Space and Motion in the Age of Shakespeare.
Direct download: MOI_Angus_Fletcher.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:22pm UTC

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:39pm UTC

Deep historian Daniel Lord Smail A conversation about bridging the gap between history and prehistory with Daniel Lord Smail, professor of history at Harvard University and author of On Deep History and the Brain.
Direct download: MOI_Daniel_Lord_Smail.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:27am UTC

Economist and blogger Tyler Cowen A conversation about using incentives, eating ethnic food and becoming a cultural billionaire with Tyler Cowen, professor of economics at George Mason University and blogger at Marginal Revolution.
Direct download: MOI_Tyler_Cowen.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:50am UTC

Los Angeles Times Book Review editor David L. Ulin A conversation about publishing, book criticism and LA literary culture with David L. Ulin, editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review.
Direct download: MOI_David_Ulin.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:05am UTC

Science journalist Jonah Lehrer A conversation about literature, the human brain and umami with Jonah Lehrer, editor-at-large at Seed magazine and author of Proust Was a Neuroscientist.
Direct download: MOI_Jonah_Lehrer.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:05pm UTC