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An Irish podcast featuring conversations with some of the great thinkers and creatives of our time. Produced by Colette Colfer and Terry Hackett.
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Spokes Colette Colfer & Terry Hackett

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

An Irish podcast featuring conversations with some of the great thinkers and creatives of our time. Produced by Colette Colfer and Terry Hackett.
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    Kathleen Stock

    Kathleen Stock

    Kathleen Stock is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sussex in the UK. She is an analytic philosopher with research interests in philosophical questions around the topics of sex, gender, sexual orientation, fiction, and the imagination. Her book Material Girls, published by Fleet/Little Brown, came out in May 2021. In her spare time she loves ‘reading fiction, cooking, eating, shouting at the telly, and being outside’. More information about Kathleen can be found on her website kathleenstock.com

    Photo by Laerke Olsvig.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Bret Alderman

    Bret Alderman

    Bret Alderman is a writer and life coach. His book Symptom, Symbol, and the Other of Language: A Jungian interpretation of the linguistic turn examines the linguistic turn of the twentieth century and goes into some detail on the works of postmodern thinkers such as Richard Rorty, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida in a way that makes sometimes complex ideas approachable and understandable. He suggests that the linguistic turn has resulted in a neglect of consideration of the experiential, animate body and has resulted in a rift between language and materiality.
    More information on Bret can be found on his website aldermancoaching.com


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    • 1 hr
    Frankie Gaffney

    Frankie Gaffney

    Frankie Gaffney is a writer and linguist from Dublin City, Ireland. His debut novel, Dublin Seven, was published by Liberties Press in 2015. 
    Articles by Frankie Gaffney published in the Dublin Inquirer
    Frankie interviews author David Scott for the Irish Times

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Alice Dreger

    Alice Dreger

    Alice Dreger is a writer, historian and academic from New York. She is probably best well known for her book Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and one Scholar’s Search for Justice which was a New York Times editor’s choice. Her other books include Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex and also One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her writing and research and was the inaugural recipient of the Courage Award from the Heterodox Academy. She has written articles for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, the Atlantic, WIRED, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and many other publications. When Bari Weiss wrote the article for the New York Times which popularised the term ‘Intellectual Dark Web’ back in 2018, Alice Dreger was to be one of the ‘renegade intellectuals’ originally set to be included in the piece but she herself asked to be left out of the piece. Her Ted Talk ‘Is Anatomy Destiny’ was presented at TEDxNorthwesternU in 2010 and has over a million views. Alice now lives in the city of East Lansing, Michigan, in the United States where she founded the local news organisation East Lansing Info (Eli).
    You can read more about Alice on her blog. If you are a student or a teacher in a college or university in the United States and interested in, or impacted by, restrictions on research, speech or writing you should check out the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Janice Fiamengo

    Janice Fiamengo

    Janice Fiamengo taught English at the University of Ottawa where she was a Professor of English for sixteen years. She is the creator of the Fiamengo File, a series of videos about academic feminism, freedom of speech, and men’s issues. 
    In 2018, she published Sons of Feminism: Men Have Their Say, a collection of personal essays by men about being male in a feminist culture. 
    She can be found on Twitter @JaniceFiamengo
    The Fiamengo File Season 1: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHt1Hh27h4Bs3gYpWa5qAu_kOChBKDIaw
    StudioBrule where all the Fiamengo Files can be found (in the Playlists section): https://www.youtube.com/user/StudioBrule/videos
    Her book Sons of Feminism: Men Have Their Say. Ottawa: Little Nightingale Press, 2018 can be bought via Amazon:
    https://www.amazon.ca/Sons-Feminism-Men-Have-Their/dp/1775081303
    https://www.amazon.com/Sons-Feminism-Men-Have-Their/dp/1775081303/

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Helen Pluckrose

    Helen Pluckrose

    Helen Pluckrose is a writer and editor with a background in the Humanities. She is the editor of Areo magazine. Helen, along with James Lindsay and Peter Boghossian, were the people behind the so called ‘Grievance Studies Project’ which exposed some of the problems in academia today. The three of them wrote a series of hoax academic papers which contained some fairly ludicrous ideas and then went on to get some of the papers published in academic journals.
    Since then, Helen has been working on the book Cynical Theories with James Lindsay. The book was published last month. It examines activist scholarship and the contemporary focus on race, gender, and identity, and the problems this causes both within academia and in the wider society.
    You can buy the book Cynical Theories here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cynical-Theories-Scholarship-Everything-Identity/dp/1634312023
    This is a link to a documentary video by Mike Nayna about the Grievance Studies project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVk9a5Jcd1k&t=13s
    Areo Magazine is here: https://areomagazine.com/

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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

8 Ratings

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Thomas McCarthy

Thanks for taking me back to the late seventies in UCC, where I was a contemporary of this fine Waterford poet. The podcast was so naturally done, Colette, you drew so much wisdom and warmth from Thomas, it would have been worth losing the muffler!

Title: Frankie Gaffney

Fascinating podcast, entertaining, honest and instructive. V interesting re social media homogenising language. And great advice on hunting the Joycean whale—now where did I hide my copy of Ulysses..

mammo ammo ,

A great listen

There is a lovely intimate feel to this podcast, like I was eavesdropping on a private conversation. Lots of food for thought too. Looking forward to the next one already.

juliestable ,

Spokes with Thomas McCarthy

Absolutely loved this. Journeyed with Colette and Thomas from start to finish. Sound and editing was spot on. Well done and look forward to hearing more.

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