Learning by Listening

Learning a language? Prepping for travel? Just interested in checking out different cultures? A great resource that I use in the classroom is radio.garden which lets you select and listen to radio stations all over the world using a global map. What do you hear? Some observations student have made in the past include the …

To Cook a Bear

I recently read the outstanding novel, To Cook a Bear, written by Mikael Niemi. It is more brutal and gruesome than the books I typically read, but it blends detective mystery around Lars Levi Laestadius, a revivalist pastor leading a movement in the arctic circle in the 1850s. It involved the Sami people who have …

Black town and White town

Three years ago, I recorded this cities podcast about the de facto and de jure division between Indian and British life in colonial Bengal. We don’t have any formal laws here in the United States that separate towns by origin of birth, but when I run long from Moorestown to Philadelphia I pass through several …

Hiroshima and Shinran

Today marks 76 years since the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and killed 100,000+ civilians. It will not be recognized at the olympic games, but a small ceremony will take place in Hiroshima. In New York City, it is possible to see a statue that survived the bombing, just 1.5 miles from …