If you see me at any given time on any given day, it might appear that I’ve managed to grow a set of white wires out of my ears. Particularly if you see me at work, at the gym, at the grocery store, in my kitchen, on my couch. etc. My earbuds are a semi-permanent fixture for my daily goings-on. Unlike in my 20s when I listened to a lot of music (sometimes the same album on repeat), 99% of the time now I’m listening to podcasts. Some of which are about music, or play music. I typically only listen to music when I’m working out – I need a ratchet and thuggy soundtrack to help me go beast mode.
So I figured I’d share some of my favorite podcasts on the blog, just in case anyone is interested in listening to something new, or wants to cosign (or bash) my great (or questionable) taste in digital radio 🙂
Though I had initially thought of featuring a fun and light podcast for my inaugural “AudioFiles” post but with the recent incident in France and the subsequent coverage around it, I had a change of heart. I’ll explain why…
A few days ago 3 gunmen shot and killed 12 people at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. The gunmen were Muslim. So, yeah, that automatically equates to terrorism, in American logic. You can read for yourself the details of the incident, but I will say I think the categorization of this as a “terrorist attack” is a bit extreme.
ANYWAY… Don Lemon, the anti-brilliant, pseudo-journalist, along with countless other Americans seem to believe that Muslims must apologize for and denounce any and all acts of violence and crime committed by other Muslims (whether these are truly acts of terrorism or not). I find this thinking completely asinine and lazy.
As a result of the conversation around this incident, and numerous others that have occurred in the recent past involving our Muslim brethren, I thought of a very interesting debate I heard on one of the first podcasts I ever listened and subscribed to – NPR’s Intelligence Squared U.S. – entitled, “Islam is a Religion of Peace.” General gist of the debate: Is the rise of terrorism and violence justifiably traced to the teachings of Islam, or is this call to war a twisted interpretation of the true Muslim faith? Most of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims are moderates who see Islamic terrorism as a violation of their sacred texts. Is it wrong to let a radical minority represent authentic Islam? Has fear blinded us to its lessons of tolerance and peace?
I thought it was a great, but frustrating debate. I’ve posted the full video here (sidenote: I prefer not knowing what the debaters look like lol).
Why IQ2US is Audio-Awesomeness
I love learning and knowing about what’s going on in the world around me, thinking both conceptually and practically, and challenging my own beliefs and notions about certain topics. I also love to debate (read: construct informed arguments) and philosophize and fact check and dig into the meat of an issue. IQ2US allows me to do all of these things! Without actually engaging in a war of words lol. The shows are based on the traditional Oxford-style debate format, with one side proposing and the other side opposing a sharply-framed motion, with 2 well informed people on each side. The debates can get heated, but most of them are deeply rooted in brilliant, well researched arguments. There are so many complex topics that I’ve learned a lot about (such as the common core, genetically modified foods, and the US drone program) by listening to these debates that I might not have normally absorbed just by reading or hearing about them in the media.
The debate structure can be so frustrating when you’re the one debating, but its great for listeners. The debate format is easy to follow and the moderator keeps everyone on time and task, and often nudges the debaters to answer directly (no duckin, divin, dippin, dodgin, and duckin questions allowed). It’s also fun to see scholarly people shout at each other or clapback with facts over insults. It’s so brilliant!
I highly recommend IQ2US to those who appreciate intelligent shade-throwing and like to challenge their thinking and beliefs. If you’re the “just to play devil’s advocate, here” type, then this is definitely the podcast to help you sharpen those otherside of the coin views.
Do you listen to podcasts? Are you more likely to listen to music or podcasts when you want to be auditorally-stimulated? Have you ever listened to IQ2US? Do you find the art of argumentation intriguing?
Listening & Learning,