Here are some interesting things I have listened to or read this week.
“With Accelerate, R.E.M. Hits Top Speed Again.” An interview with the group REM talking about their latest album on NPR’s Fresh Air. It lasts about 40 minutes.
A thought-provoking critique, from a liberal perspective, on America’s attempt to export democracy, contrasting the successes in Japan and Germany with failures such as Cuba and Iraq.
BBC Radio 4 has some excellent podcasts. The only problem is that they only keep them for seven days.
Here is an article about the current national obsession with Shannon Mathews.
Finally I couldn’t resist including this Guardian article from last year about one of those academic spats involving two professors.