Radio, podcasts, and interviews on Art, Culture, History, Science, Politics, and more

Recently my Pa asked suggestions for good radio shows about Art. Here are some of my favorite go-to sites. These links always inspire my writing and teaching. Let me know what you think and help us add to the list.

In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg– he brings in top scholars and academics to discuss art, literature, science, and history. There’s an undeniable Western slant, but the discussions are always riveting and the participants often argue, which is entertaining.

Simon Schama on BBC 4– art historian who’s endlessly fascinating

Terrence McNally– he doesn’t really cover art but his guest speakers are the leading thinkers and writers on politics, culture, environmental studies, global issues, etc, and the topics are always urgent.


Image from Web TV Hub

FORATV– I make my students watch videos of authors we’re reading on this site, looks like they have some good art interviews

TED talks– Hands down the most comprehensive site for interviews with all the leading international and national thinkers, movers, and shakers. This is an incredibly comprehensive and popular site. I subscribe to their weekly newsletter, which is worth it cause you can see what the latest talks are and click on any that you want to hear. This is an essential resource that I check regularly. Very, very inspiring.

And, just for kicks, here’s a clip on RSA animate, which I’m currently addicted to, with Slavoj Zizek’s First as Tragedy, Then as Farce:

New Haven & NYC

A walk down memory lane with an overview of spring 2011 East Coast trip:


Yale University Art Gallery– featured new exhibitions on Old Javanese Gold and an outstanding show titled “Embodied: Black Identities in American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery,” February 18–June 26, 2011.

Atticus Bookstore and Cafe became a favorite stop to tuck in. They had a delicious assortment of sandwiches and sweets, and I can imagine spending all day there.


  • The Strand Bookstore is a must with its eighteen miles of books.

    Any visit to the Big Apple demands at least three hours perusing The Strand.

  • Discovery Times Square – Harry Potter: The Exhibition where you can step into Hagrid’s Hut and sit in his chair, or gape at the Ron’s dressing gowns for the Yule Ball. Check out the Half Blood Prince’s potions book, oh and ah over the Goblet of Fire, and these are just a few of the countless curios they had on display.
  • Step into Edith Wharton’s New York at the Neue Galerie, which featured Secessionist work, post Bauhaus in “Vienna 1900: Style and Identity” through June 27. Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th Street. (212) 628-6200.
  • Tasty concoctions in a swanky intimate setting at Death + Co. in the East Village.
  • Vermouth on tap at Amor y Amargo where they specialize in bitters.

Sights missed this time ’round but hope to see on next visit:

  • Apotheke though the NYT had once reported that this joint was shut down because of fire hazards.
  • The Highline

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