From pre-schoolers to post-grads, students all over the northern hemisphere are heading back to class for a new school year. So for this month's From the Archive, we're channeling that back-to-school spirit and remembering some of our favorite on-campus live recordings over the years.
One of our very first road shows beyond the San Francisco Bay Area was in 2007, when we headed to College of the Sequoias in the California Central Valley town of Visalia to record an episode on Immigration and Citizenship. Just a month later we headed across the country for a live recording at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana on Work, as well as a live broadcast from the student radio station, KSCL, on Philosophy and Literature (strangely enough with our guest for that episode, Lanier Anderson from Stanford, joining us from KALW in San Francisco). Other east-coast campus recordings included visits to the University of Delaware for a program on Philosophy and Pop Culture in 2008 and Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts for an episode on Atheism & the Well-Lived Life in 2011.
The campuses we've visited most often are just north of us in Oregon, including Reed College and Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Pacific University in Forest Grove, and Oregon State University in Corvallis. We did once make it beyond Oregon to record a special program at the University of Washington in Seattle with an audience of fourth-graders who study philosophy (whether they know it or not). Of course we've also recorded many programs on our home field at Stanford University. But rather than highlighting those programs, check out the episode we recorded with a group of teenage philosophers just across the road at Palo Alto High School, where we asked whether philosophy itself was a corrupting or empowering influence on the young. Happy listening!