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Quickcast – AMERICA WALKS INTO A BAR

As our nation’s birthday approaches, The Oxford Comment pays tribute to an institution that has influenced American identity from the very beginning: the bar. Over lunch at The Ginger Man in New York City, Christine Sismodo discusses American vs. Canadian drinking culture (can you guess whose is better?) and why prohibition doesn’t actually increase drinking.

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Quickcast – ISRAEL

Are Israel and the U.S. still a dynamic duo? According to Daniel Byman the debate isn’t about whether or not the U.S. should support Israel, but how we can encourage them with “tough support.”

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Ep. 10 – WORDS

Michelle goes on-site with former Oxford intern Caleb Madison, the youngest person to publish a crossword puzzle in the New York Times (at the age of 15). A puzzle by his class at Sundays at JASA: A Program of Sunday Activities for Older Adults was recently published in the New York Times and featured on the Wordplay blog.

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Ep. 9 – 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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Ep. 8 – 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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Quickcast – 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 (and thanks to Malcom Gladwell, short temperament), but Portelli says they are most remarkable for their incredible will to survive.

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Quickcast – OSAMA BIN LADEN

What does Osama bin Laden really want from us? Listen to this podcast and find out.
Michael Scheuer was the chief of the CIA’s bin Laden unit from 1996 to 1999 and remained a counterterrorism analyst until 2004. He is the author of many books, including the bestselling Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terrorism (recommended by bin Laden himself). His latest book is the biography Osama bin Laden which he recently discussed on The Colbert Report (and this podcast!).

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Quickcast – 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. Joining us for this Quickcast are two “excellent” members of the esteemed Oxford English Dictionary team.

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Ep. 7 – 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 Comment presents 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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Kevin Whitehead is long-time jazz critic for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air and has written about jazz for many publications, including the Chicago Sun-Times, Down Beat, and the Village Voice. His latest book is Why Jazz?: A Concise Guide.

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Ep. 6 – 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

What’s The Oxford Comment? 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. “The Oxford Comment […]

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Ep. 4.5 – RELIGION (Part 2)

What do scientists say about the “soul”? How does Richard Dawkins answer the question: “why are we here?” In Part 2 of this series on religion, Steve Paulson (of NPR fame) reflects on the biggest questions in the ongoing science vs. religion debate. Part 1 of this series can be found here.

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Ep. 5 – 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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Ep. 4 – RELIGION (Part 1)

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

Featured in Part 1:

Christopher Hitchens and Tariq Ramadan Debate: Is Islam a Religion a Peace?

Highlights and exclusive interviews with Hitchens, Ramadan, & New York Times National Religion Correspondent Laurie Goodstein

Read more and watch a video courtesy of the 92nd St Y HERE.

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Quickcast – REFUDIATE

Tweet If you haven’t heard – well, how haven’t you heard? “Refudiate” is the New Oxford American Dictionary‘s 2010 Word of the Year. (And no, that doesn’t mean “refudiate” has been added to the NOAD or any other Oxford dictionary.) In this quickcast, Michelle and Lauren talk with NOAD Senior Lexicographer Christine Lindberg, and take […]

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