New Blog Policy
Friday, February 26, 2010 -- 4:00 PM
Philosophy Talk

Well,  it's been awhile since we've updated our blog.  Since both John and Ken are extremely busy -- not only putting on episodes of philosophy talk, but with full time day jobs and research agendas (which means books and articles to write) -- they just don't get around to blogging that often, as you can see.   We always invite our guests to blog, but they are busy people too and seldom take us up on the invitation.   We had contemplated just closing down our blog, but thought before taking that step, we'd try one more innovation.   What we're going to do is for every show,  post something more or less based on the opening segment of the show -- which we think through hard in advance -- in order to just get the discussion started.  It should be up and running each week before the show actually airs on Sunday -- either Friday or Saturday or perhaps at the latest Sunday morning itself. 

We will open comments and we will monitor comments during the show, at least if the broadcast is not one of our growing number of pre-recorded shows.   But be warned that we will also feel free to delete comments that are simply spam, irrelevant, inappropriate, etc. 

We hope this policy revives our blog.  We love the idea of a blog.  It's just that our two principals and our many guests are very, very busy people.  

We start with this week's Dionysus Awards show.  We should have a post up shortly to get the discussion going.  We've received dozens of e-mails and comments on our face book page.  Hopefully, there will be lots of traffic here too.  

Comments (6)


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Friday, February 26, 2010 -- 4:00 PM

Ah yes, the old time squeeze thing. Since many han

Ah yes, the old time squeeze thing. Since many hands lighten the load, perhaps your appeal to your audience will indeed generate some traffic. I'll do my part by commenting here whenever I have something to add.
Philoso?hy talk is a must listen podcast for me. Thanks for all you guys are doing to keep us thinking.
Dave K.

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Saturday, February 27, 2010 -- 4:00 PM

In addition to my phoned-in nomination for "Kawasa

In addition to my phoned-in nomination for "Kawasaki's Rose" (directed by Jan Hrebejk of the Czech Republic) for the Dionysus award, I would like to make a strong honorable mention for "Na Putu" ("On the Path"), which recently premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Directed by Jasmila Zbanic, who won Berlin's top award in 2007 for "Esma's Secret," the film is set in present-day
Sarajevo. But while "Esma's Secret" revolves around a rape survivor's struggle to conceal her trauma from her daughter, who was fathered by a Serb soldier, Luna, the protagonist in ?On The Path,? has a choice about motherhood.
The film opens on her relationship with Amar, her partner, at cruising altitude (she?s an airline attendant; he?s a flight controller), but fertility issues prevent her from getting pregnant. Once Amar is fired after getting busted for schnapps in his coffee mug on the job, the couple?s relationship is severely tested, but not because of Amar?s unemployment. When an old war buddy offers him a job teaching IT at a rural youth camp that turns out to be an Islamic fundamentalist community, he begins to drift from the western lifestyle he and Luna once took for granted. As a result, both partners are challenged to rethink their repressed war traumas, their love for each other, and their deepest beliefs, while Luna?s longing for motherhood is soon warped by the partner she barely recognizes. The film moves at an easy, natural pace, but its philosophical charge is power-packed.

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Sunday, February 28, 2010 -- 4:00 PM

Hey Alexa: Good suggestion. And thanks for the g

Hey Alexa:
Good suggestion. And thanks for the great phone call from Berlin. That was way cool. If you get a chance, though, can you move your comment to the Dionysus Awards Post. That way it may generate more discussion.
Thanks
Ken

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Guest

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 -- 4:00 PM

Hi Ken! I moved the post...sorry it was in the wro

Hi Ken! I moved the post...sorry it was in the wrong place to start with, but it wasn't loadable anywhere else at first. Will you be uploading the Feb. 28 broadcast of PT soon? I have to send it ASAP to some at Berlinal HQ.
Thanks again for taking my call...It was much more fun talking about that Czech film in English than in German...
Cheers, or Tchüss as they say 'over here' -
Alexa

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Thursday, September 9, 2010 -- 5:00 PM

Ah yes, the old time squeeze thing. Since many han

Ah yes, the old time squeeze thing. Since many hands lighten the load, perhaps your appeal to your audience will indeed generate some traffic. I'll do my part by commenting here whenever I have something to add.

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Bill

Monday, September 20, 2010 -- 5:00 PM

Thanks for not closing down the blog like you were

Thanks for not closing down the blog like you were thinking. It's great material for deep thinking