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Relevance In Art with Garth Greenwell

March 23rd, 2021

38:44

Inspired by his piece “Making Meaning”, Garth Greenwell joins Lindelani and Nontsi to discuss the meaning of the word and the idea of relevance when we talk about art, and how it poses a danger to how we encounter art.

Browser Conversations: Katy Gero and Jaan Altosaar

March 16th, 2021

55:38

Today, our host is Robert Cottrell, editor of the Browser. He is joined by Katy Gero and Jaan Altosaar, two guests with fascinating perspectives on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Katy is a computer …

Biological Warfare with LSUSR

March 9th, 2021

25:34

Inspired by his piece “The Future of Biological Warfare”, LSUSR joins Lindelani and Nontsi to chat about the future of biological warfare.

Browser Conversations: Caroline Crampton and Cal Flyn

March 5th, 2021

41:23

Caroline Crampton, the deputy editor of the Browser, talks to literary non-fiction writer Cal Flyn, author of Islands of Abandonment, about abandoned …

The Hatboro Blues with Shawn McCreesh

March 2nd, 2021

33:29

Inspired by his piece “The Hatboro Blues”, Shawn McCreesh joins Lindelani and Nontsi to share his experience on growing up in an American town during the opioid epidemic.

"The Hatboro Blues" was originally published in …

Understanding Bruxism with Madeleine Watts

February 23rd, 2021

22:29

Inspired by her essay “The Year of Grinding Teeth”, Madeleine Watts joins Lindelani and Nontsi to discuss her experience with bruxism and the shared anxiety that came with 2020.

The Moral Philosophy Of Giving with Peter Singer

February 16th, 2021

34:28

Hosts Lindelani and Nontsi discuss the moral ethics of giving with the philosopher Peter Singer focusing on the implications of the ethical code for people living in lower and middle income countries.

Reading material …

On Running And Escapism with Larissa Pham

February 9th, 2021

25:53

Inspired by her essay “On Running”, Larissa Pham joins Lindelani and Nontsi to discuss the psychological effects, and meditative properties of …

The Joys And Sorrows Of Life with Robert Cottrell

February 2nd, 2021

38:27

Inspired by Emily Franklin’s thought-provoking piece “The Requirement of Adequacy”; Lindelani, Nontsi and Robert discuss restrictions to personal freedom, the bitter-sweet reality of parenting and coping with the …

Malls In The Philippines with Diana Martinez

January 27th, 2021

38:33

The view that malls are simply structures of commerce is challenged in this conversation between Nontsi, Lindelani and Diana. The article that inspired this conversation posits that malls in the Philippines are …

Understanding Artemisia Gentileschi with Helen Lewis

January 19th, 2021

32:47

Nontsi and Lindelani chat with Helen Lewis about "how the feminist passion for Artemisia Gentileschi’s life story risks overwhelming her artistic talent." Inspired by Helen's piece titled “Isn’t She Good—For a Woman?” 

Understanding Disability with Joanne Limburg

January 12th, 2021

33:25

Nontsi and Lindelani chat with Joanne Limburg about her personal journey with disability and the impact it has had on her family, social and professional life. Inspired by Joanne’s piece titled “Am I disabled?

Reading …

52 Things I Learned In 2020 with Tom Whitwell

January 5th, 2021

44:49

Inspired by the piece 52 Things I Learned in 2020, Lindelani and Nontsi speak to the author Tom Whitwell about his list of interesting things he learned in the year 2020.

Complex Systems Of The Modern World with Tim Maughan

December 29th, 2020

52:18

Inspired by the piece The Modern World Has Finally Become Too Complex for Any of Us to Understand, Lindelani and Nontsi speak to the author Tim Maughan about the complex systems of the modern world and how they affect …

Understanding Cheating with Alicia Walker

December 22nd, 2020

36:54

Inspired by the interview  Men who have affairs: An Interview with Alicia Walker, conducted by Arielle Kuperberg, Lindelani and Nontsi speak to the Dr. Alicia Walker about her studies on cheating and how to better …

Everyone Should Be In The Crossword With Michelle McGhee

December 15th, 2020

26:49

Inspired by the piece Who’s in the Crossword, Lindelani speaks to the co-author Michelle McGhee about inclusion in the crossword and the experience …

Shocking art vs Shocking subjects

December 8th, 2020

34:14

Lindelani and Nontsi chat with Sophie Haigney, about her piece featured in the Browser (titled Making Art Bad Again) about shock, protest, and visual art in the age of Trump and what similarities or differences exist …

Our grandparents rule!

December 1st, 2020

35:46

This week, Lindelani and Nontsi chat with Alison Gopnik, about her wonderful piece featured in the Browser (titled Vulnerable yet vital) about the …

Maboneng Precinct

November 24th, 2020

34:30

Inspired by Stefan Al’s “The Air-Conditioned Cowboy”, Nontsi and Lindelani discuss the similarities of the becoming of Las Vegas to that of Maboneng. They further discuss the good and bad that Maboneng Precinct has …

The story of Sikkim’s merger with India with Sunaina Kumar

November 17th, 2020

21:26
This week, Lindelani and Nontsi chat with Sunaina Kumar, about her wonderful piece (featured in the titled Kingdom from which we learn about the …

Soul-searching Part 2

November 10th, 2020

16:43

Nontsi, Lindelani and X continue the conversation of soul-searching inspired by Morgan Housel's article I Have A Few Questions.

 

Our Answers to some of Life's questions asked by Morgan Housel

November 3rd, 2020

35:11

Nontsi and Lindelani are joined by X in attempting to answer some "Soul-searching" questions asked by an investment adviser, Morgan Housel. This …

The need and opportunity of vending machines

October 27th, 2020

20:06

Inspired by Zachary Crockett’s “The economics of vending machines”, Nontsi and Lindelani discuss the need and opportunity for vending machines in less privileged areas for business owners but most importantly, for the …

A closer look at Acceptance Parenting with Agnes Callard

October 20th, 2020

30:07

In this episode, Agnes Callard, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago joins our hosts Lindelani and Nontsi in an …

Decisions Great and Small

October 13th, 2020

29:46

Inspired by Morgan Housel’s “Common causes of very bad decisions”, Nontsi and Lindelani discuss the consequences of overlooking small decisions and …

Understanding Euthanasia

October 6th, 2020

37:50

Inspired by Ken Weiss’s “He is (or well, he was) just a cat! On legalized killing.....er.....Euthenasia for mere animals”, Nontsi and Lindelani discuss how they understand euthanasia for animals and how the love and …

Rivalry in society

September 29th, 2020

39:53

Inspired by Steve Randy Waldman’s “Dispersion causes discohesion”, Nontsi, Lindelani and X discuss what they have experienced of rivalry in society.

Surveillance vs Privacy

September 22nd, 2020

51:17

Inspired by Adrian Hon’s “Digital Sight Management, and the Mystery of the Missing Amazon Receipts”, Nontsi and Lindelani are joined by X to discuss the surveillance that our devices invite vs our privacy. They discuss …

What's in a name?

September 15th, 2020

24:15

Inspired by Osama Shehzad ’s “Do you get shit for your name?”, Nontsi and Lindelani discuss what is in a name, from the African context.

 

To have children or not

September 8th, 2020

43:01

In this episode, Nontsi and Lindelani are joined by X Njokweni in discussing the societal, cultural and spiritual obligations of having children in …

Recommendation with Evangeline Garreau

September 3rd, 2020

21:31

This week Uri Bram, Publisher of The Browser, chats with Evangeline Garreau, Writer of May I Recommend, about the art of recommendation and curation. 

May I Recommend: Evangeline.website

Twitter: @egarreau

African Intelligence

August 25th, 2020

34:56

In this episode, Nontsi and Lindelani discuss intelligence in the African context. This conversation was inspired by the article titled “Are Humans Intelligent?” by Arram Sabeti.

 

Thrifting Tales

August 18th, 2020

36:15

Inspired by Zachary Crockett’s “Meet the company that sells your lost airplane luggage”, Nontsi and Lindelani discuss the trend of thrifting in South Africa, the relationship South African’s have with clothing and some …

Art Matters

August 11th, 2020

36:27

In this episode, Nontsi and Lindelani discuss how each of them perceive art and the different ways in which it plays a role in their lives.This …

All about alcohol

August 4th, 2020

41:47

Inspired by Jonathan Malesic’s “Drinking Alone”, Nontsi and Lindelani discuss the culture of alcohol consumption in South Africa, the alcohol ban and …

The Good and Bad of Whatsapp

July 28th, 2020

33:47

In this episode, Nontsi and Lindelani discuss the different ways in which WhatsApp is both good and bad. This conversation was inspired by the …

Food Matters

July 21st, 2020

44:20

In this episode, Nontsi and Lindelani are joined by Uri Bram in discussing why and how food matters as well as other fun food stories from the past. This conversation was inspired by Bee Wilson’s article “But Is It Food?

Our Beloved Languages

July 14th, 2020

43:49

Inspired by Cameron Lombardo’s “A Queer Take On Gendered Japanese” on gender related semantics in the Japanese language. Nontsi and Lindelani discuss the differences, challenges and fun had around communicating in South …

Worlds Apart

July 7th, 2020

34:01

Barâa Arar’s article "Between Two Worlds" inspired this beautiful conversation between co-hosts Lindelani and Nontsi on the ways in which the …

Skill Up

June 30th, 2020

30:36

For this episode, Browser Editor Robert Cottrell joins our hosts Lindelani and Nontsi to discuss human augmentation, inspired by the science fiction …

The Role of an Educator

June 23rd, 2020

31:10

Agnes Callard’s article "How to Politicise the Classroom" inspired this conversation between Nontsi and Lindelani on teacher behavior that threatens …

So Who's Attractive Anyway?

June 16th, 2020

33:58

In this episode, our new co-host Nontsi discusses the shift in beauty standards in South Africa with Lindelani. In the country being light-skinned was associated with attractiveness and privilege for a long time, but …

Remembering the Dead

June 9th, 2020

20:57

Inspired by Ann Wroe’s “Can Words Do the Dead Justice?” on the difficulties of commemorating the dead. Uri and Lindelani talk about the unrelenting …

Debt

June 2nd, 2020

25:10

Inspired by Alex Danco’s “Debt: The First 5,000 Years”, Uri and Lindelani discuss how debt functions in South Africa. 

Kung Fu, Fong Kong & and Cult Classics

May 26th, 2020

11:16

Uri and Lindelani discuss Lindelani's childhood obsession, Kung Fu movies, many which are cult classics. The conversation turns to cheap Chinese …

Guns in South Africa

May 19th, 2020

29:03

Inspired by "Total Beginner’s Guide to Guns"  by John Ramey, Uri and Lindelani talk about guns in South Africa: where they come from, how to get one and how they are being used.

Potty Training and Enemas

May 12th, 2020

16:19

 An Economist’s Guide to Potty Training by Joshua Gans has been described as the greatest thing ever written on the subject. It inspired this funny conversation between Uri and Lindelani, on potties… and soap, and …

Man's Best Friend?

March 21st, 2020

21:03

David Cooper’s article The Joy of Dogs inspired this conversation about our relationship with dogs. Uri tries to understand how Lindelani, and other South Africans in rural South Africa, relate to dogs and the shift in …

Family

March 14th, 2020

15:56

Inspired by David Brooks’ The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake looking at the evolution of family structure and its history in Western societies. Uri …

Money

March 7th, 2020

12:24

A discussion inspired by Zhang Feng’s Back To The Cash Age. Uri and Lindelani talk about the changing nature of financial transactions and money in South Africa and China. The discussion takes them to an interesting …

Good Pieces By Bad People

February 29th, 2020

13:47

Uri and Robert discuss a deep Browser dilemma: what do we do about interesting pieces of writing by people who for other reasons we find distasteful …

Anger

February 15th, 2020

22:10

From Robert's Books in Riga, Robert and Svens discuss anger, inspired by Agnes Callard's essay in the Boston Review. What is anger? And how come Svens is so nice? We find out.

The Reader: Robert Cottrell

January 15th, 2020

19:53

First in a new series, Find Good Things, where we interview a certain type of person that there isn't an accepted name for yet: someone with …

John Thornhill

August 8th, 2019

22:25

The Art of Reading interview with John Thornhill, co-founder of Sifted (https://sifted.eu/) and the Innovation Editor at the Financial Times

 

A Better Place

February 27th, 2019

15:12

"It's fundamentally altered my perception of what people are like. "

Co-founder of Future Crunch, political economist Dr Angus Hervey scours the web …

Our Messy Origins

February 9th, 2019

22:04

"We are human, not because of what makes human, we are human because we are. We recognize other humans." 

Professor Sang-Hee Lee is an explorer, of …

Frontier Reporting

January 10th, 2019

17:49

Maya Rao lived on the oil fields of North Dakota for a year, writing about America's modern day gold rush. She worked behind a cash register at a …

Sentinel Island

December 28th, 2018

21:07

When an American died on a mysterious island, it threw a spotilght on an unknown group of people. Sentinel Island, about the size of Manhattan, lies …

Shady Characters

December 13th, 2018

17:40

One organisation currently owns and controls all the emoji in the world. So who are they? And how do they decide what we type on the internet?

This …

Bicycle Kingdom

December 13th, 2018

18:37

How did China end up with more bicycles than any other country in the world?

This conversation is based on The Rise, Fall, and Restoration of the …

Shopping While Black

November 30th, 2018

20:39

When Ashlee was growing up in Kentucky, her mother told her about the rules for shopping as a black women: Never put your hands in your pockets, …

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