Dangerous History is a talk show featuring interviews with History of Architecture, History of Art, History of Science, and other humanities’ PhD students at MIT and beyond.* Who are they? What makes them tick? Why are they spending six to eight years getting a doctoral degree? Each week a theme will guide Dariel and her guest into the psychic depths of the PhD experience, examining the process of becoming a scholar, and highlighting the questions that drive students to the archives in search of answers. Since the writing of history is always a reflection of the present moment, this program will also explore the ramifications of historical questions for today. New understandings of the past influence political action in the present. Tune in and be inspired.
*Coming this fall, Dangerous History will expand to include interviews with faculty.
Originally airing on WAWD? Radio, Dangerous History is now broadcast from WMBR, 88.1FM in the Boston/Cambridge area on Thursdays at 4pm Eastern Time. It also streams from both the WMBR website and WAWD? Radio.
Intro Music: Jain, “Makeba,” Hope, Columbia Records, 2015
Outro Music: Angélique Kidjo, “Born Under Punches,” Remain in Light, Kravenworks, 2018
Episodes on WMBR
August 6, 2020: Michael Faciejew on knowing
July 30, 2020: Christianna Bonin on Archives: redux!
Read my blog post about Christianna, and learn more about her work, here. The rebroadcast version of this show features Russian pop music: the intro music is Zivert, “Ещё хочу,” Сияй, First Music Publishing, 2018; the outro music is Origa, “Polyushko-pole,” Aurora, Gemmatika Records, 2005.
July 16 and July 23, 2020: Courtney Lesoon on History, Parts One and Two
July 9, 2020: Albert López on Rhetoric
June 25 and July 2, 2020: Walker Downey on Noise, Parts One and Two
June 18, 2020: Eli Keller on Ruin: redux! + Steve Biko
Read my blog post about Eli, and learn more about his work, here. The rebroadcast version of this show includes an excerpt of “On Death,” a transcript of an interview with activist leader Steve Biko conducted a few months before his murder in police custody in South Africa in 1977.
Episode archive on WAWD? Radio
May 27, 2020: Chelsea Spencer on Contracts.
- Read more about Chelsea
May 13, 2020: Caroline Murphy on Infrastructure.
- Read more about Caroline
May 6, 2020: Iheb Guermazi on Irrationality.
- Read more about Iheb
April 29, 2020: Eldante’ Winston on Questions.
- Read more about Eldante’
April 22, 2020: Christianna Bonin on Archives.
- Read more about Christianna
April 15, 2020: Nicholas Stoutt interviews Dariel.
April 8, 2020: Eli Keller on Ruin.
- Read more about Eli
April 1, 2020: Nushelle de Silva on Self-discovery. (There is some reverb in the audio)
- Read more about Nushelle