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Ep 6: Planet Hip Hop

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Description:  Hip Hop has influenced cultures from the Eskimo lands near the North Pole to all points south. Hear the Chair of OU’s Clara Luper Department of African & African American Studies, Dr. Karlos Hill, break down the history, impact, and meaning of hip-hop with BrainBox host Chris Carroll. (Check out the fresh remix of our BrainBox theme song too.)

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Ep 5: Philosophy — What’s the Point?

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 How should we live our lives? Are human beings “condemned to freedom”?  What did the Zen Buddhist say to the hot dog maker*? BrainBox tackles these and other weighty matters with Rose State philosophy professor Toni Castillo, as we take a look at the relevance of philosophy to our everyday lives.

 

(*”Make me one with everything.”)

 

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Ep 4: Will Democracy Survive the Internet?

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Dr. Ryan Kiggins, a political science professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, talks with BrainBox host Chris Carroll about the history of the Internet and social media and their (not great) effects on American democracy. 

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Ep 3: Ralph Ellison’s Light Bulb Room

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Oklahoma Humanities recently sponsored a series of talks in four cities across the state about race and social issues. The writings of Oklahoma's own Ralph Ellison were used at the programs to give context to the state of race relations in the state today. In this episode the Ralph Ellison Foundation's Executive Director, Michael Owens, talks with BrainBox host Chris Carroll about the legacy of Ralph Ellison and his relevance to discussions of race in America today.

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Learn more about the Ralph Ellison Foundation:  http://www.ralphellisonfoundation.org

Read Ralph Ellison's essay "What America Would Be Like Without Blacks":  http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/what-america-would-be-like-without-blacks/

Ep 2: #MeToo and the History of Women’s Activism

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In this episode, Dr. Sunu Kodumthara, a history professor at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, talks with BrainBox host Chris Carroll about the #MeToo movement and its place in the history of women’s protests and #activism. 

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Ep 1: Watergate

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On the very first episode of Oklahoma Humanities’ BrainBox podcast, Dr. Ben Alpers of the OU Honors College talks with host Chris Carroll about why the Watergate scandal of the early 1970s is important to understanding American politics and culture today. Ben and Chris talk about Americans’ historical memory and the changing ways Americans have thought about Watergate, Richard Nixon, and the presidency itself in the decades since Nixon’s resignation. We’ll also find out why will the suffix “-gate” gets attached to every other scandal since Watergate.

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Ben Alpers Blog: https://s-usih.org/