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BrainBox takes listeners on a deep dive into history, literature, ethics, philosophy, and other humanities fields to give context to issues affecting American society.weblog

BrainBox Chris Carroll

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 14 Ratings

BrainBox takes listeners on a deep dive into history, literature, ethics, philosophy, and other humanities fields to give context to issues affecting American society.weblog

    Tribal Citizenship and Identity

    Tribal Citizenship and Identity

    What does it mean for half a million Oklahomans to be citizens of both the United States and of their tribal nations? We speak with Jay Hannah, who has served the Cherokee Nation as Secretary-Treasurer, Chairman of the 1999 Constitution Convention, and Chairman of all tribal enterprises, about the history and meaning of tribal citizenship within American democracy.



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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Why Do We Have the Electoral College?

    Why Do We Have the Electoral College?

    Why do we use this complicated 18th century invention to elect U.S. presidents? Where did the Electoral College come from, what problems and controversies has it caused, and what are its potential benefits for our election system? Our guests, Dr. Aaron Mason and Dr. Eric Schmaltz of Northwestern Oklahoma State University, discuss this hugely consequential quirk of our electoral system and how it has affected American democracy. 

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Using Philosophy in Everyday Life

    Using Philosophy in Everyday Life

    How can philosophical and ethical concepts help us navigate the challenges of our current world? We speak with Dr. Guy Crain, a professor of philosophy at Rose State College, about ways of understanding and using philosophy in our everyday lives. Dr. Crain discusses his particular interest in the ethics of violence, and we discuss the deep importance of the humanities and the concept of "intellectual humility" in dealing with the anxieties and problems of life in 2020. Dr. Crain also recommends some excellent resources, including his own open sourcebook, for further exploration into the world of philosophy.


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    New Ways of Seeing the World: The Value of Fantasy Literature

    New Ways of Seeing the World: The Value of Fantasy Literature

    “Fantasy literature makes you look at the world from a different perspective, it makes you look at humanity in a totally different light.”



    We’re looking at the value and deeper meanings of fantasy literature in this episode, featuring Dr. Joshua Grasso of East Central University. We discuss why humans need fantasy, some common themes like exile and reluctant heroes, and key examples of cultural diversity seen in fantasy literature. Dr. Grasso also recommends some lesser known works of fantasy, and we talk about how to deal with the legacies of authors whose beliefs or personal lives can be troubling to 21st century readers. 


     


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    • 1 hr
    From Lucy to Cersei: Portrayals of Women on Television

    From Lucy to Cersei: Portrayals of Women on Television

    “When you have shows that are centered on women, you allow for stories that finally give a platform to issues that women have been trying to put a spotlight on for years, whether it’s health care or sexual harassment or equal pay. Television is a perfect platform.”  

    We talk with Dr. Sunu Kodumthara, a professor of American History at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, about ways women have been portrayed on television and what those portrayals reveal about American society and culture. We discuss depictions of traditional #genderroles, programs that showed women in the workplace, representations of #womenofcolor, and finally some of the most significant female rebels on American television. For that last category, we are joined by Elizabeth Bass of the Oklahoma Historical Society for a free-flowing discussion of Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia – possibly the four most amazing (and golden) portrayals of women in the history of television. 

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    • 1 hr 34 min
    The 1970s and American Memory

    The 1970s and American Memory

    "Part of the story of the 1970s is the story of a decade that, at the time and for a couple of decades after, wasn't seen as being a very important decade. It is now seen as absolutely crucial." 
     
    We talk with Dr. Ben Alpers, a Professor of American Intellectual and Cultural History at the University of Oklahoma Honors College, about the 1970s and some of its most interesting cultural touchstones. We discuss how 1970s movies like American Graffiti, hit TV shows like Happy Days and Roots, and musical movements like punk rock help us understand both that remarkable decade and our own life and culture in the 2020s.    
     


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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

anne183 ,

Highly interesting and informative

I have listened to several episodes now and they are all engaging and facinating. I just finished "Oklahoma: The most punitive justice system in the world" and am astounded at what I heard-everyone should listen to this one!! Guest Ryan Gentzler was excellent and the host Chris Carroll is great every time. Keep up the good podcasting.

Pod'sNotDead ,

A podcast so well researched and discussed that you won’t believe it comes from Oklahoma

Not only is this podcast stimulating and interesting but it is presented impressively! The host has the perfect podcast voice.

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