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The Oxford Comment Challenge

Are you capable of listening to a podcast? Are you also capable of taking a quiz? Great. That means you have a chance to win a copy of Elizabeth Knowles’ How to Read a Word.

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The Oxford Comment – Episode 16 – Words

The Oxford Comment speaks with a teenage crossword genius and then takes you on a tour of the OED archive.

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The Oxford Comment – Episode 15 – We heart Matty G

How do you write a smash first novel? Author (and OUP Law Editor) Matthew Gallaway comes to Oxford book club to discuss his book The Metropolis Case (Crown Publishers). Topics include: Pittsburgh, advice for writers…and what’s up with the incest scene?

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The Oxford Comment – Episode 14 – Alternative Media

Are we living in the “anti-60s”? This episode compares the counterculture movement to the blogosphere and pop music today….Bieber vs. Beatles! Hippies vs. Hipsters! Let the showdown begin.

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The Oxford Comment – Episode 13 – Harlan County

This week the IFC is playing Barbara Kopple’s Oscar winning film Harlan County USA, so we thought it would be a good time to share an interview with Alessandro Portelli, the oral historian who spent 25 years gathering the stories of the Appalachian community subject in Kopple’s film. The people of Harlan are mostly known for their history of intense labor battles.

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The Oxford Comment – Episode 12 – Osama bin Laden

What does Osama bin Laden really want from us? Listen to this podcast and find out.

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The Oxford Comment – Episode 11 – Bada-Bing!

With the Academy Awards right around the corner, we thought it might be fun to look at the lexical impact of films and some words that were actually coined by movies.

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The Oxford Comment – Episode 10 – Jazz

Romance your date with a Monk-inspired duet, or have a private boogie-woogie party in honor of your singledom. This Valentine’s Day, The Oxford Commentpresents a crash course on the music that speaks all kinds of love, from one of the men that knows it best.

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The Oxford Comment – Episode 9 – Beauty

In this, the 10th Oxford Comment, Lauren and Michelle investigate what makes a classic beauty icon, learn about appearance-based discrimination, talk body politics, and discover the threads that tie fashion to beauty.

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The Oxford Comment Archive

In Spring 2010, Lauren and Michelle decided it was time Oxford University Press got a podcast, and by September, The Oxford Comment was born. Reporting at special events, live on the street, and from the “studio,” each episode features commentary from Oxford authors and friends of the Press.

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The Oxford Comment – Episode 7.1 – Religion (Part 2)

What do scientists say about the “soul”? How does Richard Dawkins answer the question: “why are we here?”

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The Oxford Comment – Episode 8 – Cab Calloway

The jazz icon Cab Calloway would be turning 103 this Saturday, December 25th. In this episode Michelle explores Cab’s legend and the Jazz Age – alive and well in New York City (and a new hit HBO show).

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The Oxford Comment – Episode 7 – Religion

In this two-part series, Michelle and Lauren explore some of the most hot-button issues in religion this past year.

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The Oxford Comment – Episode 6 – Refudiate

If you haven’t heard – well, how haven’t you heard? “Refudiate” is the New Oxford American Dictionary’s 2010 Word of the Year.

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The Oxford Comment – Episode 5 – Complexity

Congratulations to Melanie Mitchell, who received the 2010 ΦBK Science Book Award for her book Complexity: A Guided Tour! In honor of this, Michelle and Lauren talk with Mitchell about ants, robots, the economy, and more.

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The Oxford Comment – Episode 4 – Drama

This time around, Lauren and Michelle deal with drama! They talk with the Toy Box Theatre Company, learn about politics in musical theater, and go behind-the-scenes on the set of Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson.

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