Dangerous History

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 was also broadcast on WMBR, 88.1FM in the Boston/Cambridge area during the Summer, 2020 season. It continues to stream from WAWD? Radio every other Wednesday at 4pm Eastern Time.

Intro Music: Jain, “Makeba,” Hope, Columbia Records, 2015

Outro Music: Angélique Kidjo, “Born Under Punches,” Remain in Light, Kravenworks, 2018

Episodes on WMBR

October 1, 2020: Michael Kubo on all things Late

Listen to the show. Read my post about Michael Kubo, and learn more about his work, here.

August 20, 2020: Ana María León on Decentering

Listen to the show. Read my post about Ana María, and learn more about her work, here.

August 13, 2020: Nisa Ari on Mutability

Listen to the show. Read my post about Nisa, and learn more about her work, here.

August 6, 2020: Michael Faciejew on Knowing

Listen to the show. Read my post about Michael, and learn more about his work, here.

July 16 and July 23, 2020: Courtney Lesoon on History, Parts One and Two

Listen to Part One. Listen to Part Two. Read my blog post about Courtney, and learn more about her work, here.

July 9, 2020: Albert López on Rhetoric 

Listen to the show. Read my blog post about Albert, and learn more about his work, here.

June 25 and July 2, 2020: Walker Downey on Noise, Parts One and Two 

Listen to Part One. Listen to Part Two. Read my blog post about Walker, and learn more about his work, here.

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.

May 13, 2020: Caroline Murphy on Infrastructure.

May 6, 2020: Iheb Guermazi on Irrationality.

April 29, 2020: Eldante’ Winston on Questions.

April 22, 2020: Christianna Bonin on Archives.

April 15, 2020: Nicholas Stoutt interviews Dariel.

April 8, 2020: Eli Keller on Ruin.

April 1, 2020: Nushelle de Silva on Self-discovery. (There is some reverb in the audio)