Podcast by Dr. Eric Jones
Elephant Riders of the Burmese and Kachin Forestlands with Jacob Shell
Jacob Shell is an Associate Professor of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University. He received his PhD in Geography from Syracuse University. Shell arrived at his interest in Burma (Myanmar) through the topic of transportation: in particular transportation on animal-back. His first book, "Transportation and Revolt: Pigeons, Mules, Canals, and the Vanishing Geographies of Subversive Mobility," was published by MIT Press in 2015. Shell initially set out to write a book about elephants as a means of transportation in 2012, a research framing which directed his attention to the teak forests of central Burma, as well as to the forests of Kachin State and to Northeast India. His book about this topic, "Giants of the Monsoon Forest: Living and Working with Elephants," was published by WW Norton in 2019. Shell also draws maps.
ASEAN and the Regional Response to the Crisis in Myanmar
Eric Jones and Aarie Glas welcome Drs. Dylan Loh, Deepak Nair and Philips Vermonte to discuss the role and response of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to the upheavals in Myanmar
The Next Big Thing in Thai Music? Issan Experimental Musician Tontrakul
Tontrakul is a modern Isaan music project that began when Tontrakul Kaewyong wanted to create new sounds for Isaan music. He experiments with other musical genres like drum 'n' bass, future bass, ambient house and world beats but maintains the distinct accent of Thailand's northeast.
Sensational Savages: the Moro Village at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904 w/ Michael Hawkins
Dr. Eric Jones and Isabelle Squires sit down with Dr. Michael Hawkins to explore his research on the Moro Village exposition. In 1904, the United States government contracted to bring 88 Filipino Muslims to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition as live exhibits. These Moros were officially classified as “semi-civilized” subjects. This podcast explores efforts to market and promote the Moro exhibit to American patrons through themes of savagery, violence, colonial danger, and even cannibalism. It also takes special note of the ways that Moros negotiated, resisted, and actively collaborated with these themes.
Music in the Lives of Migrant Workers: An Interview with Dr Shzr Ee Tan
Dr. Jones interviews Dr. Shzr Ee Tan, author of Beyond Innocence and Gender in Chinese Music.
They discuss music, soundscapes, culture, religion and technology, and how migrant workers utilize these resources to strengthen their identities and create a place for themselves to find solace and a sense of community as they are working abroad.
Some links to Dr. Tan's work
International Art Espionage: An Interview with Dr. Richard Cooler
In this episode of Crossroads, Dr. Jones interviews Dr. Cooler about the repatriation of a thousand year old statue of the Buddha to Myanmar after being stolen in the mid 80s and then recovered later by Dr. Cooler. Come join us for the twists and turns as the Buddha travels from Myanmar, Bangkok, San Francisco, New York, Dekalb, France, and finally, back to Myanmar.
Excellent material - but needs more focus
I've been searching for more podcasts about Southeast Asia and I was happy to find the Crossroads podcast but it could benefit from a few small improvements.
-The discussions move at an uncomfortably slow pace...even while listening at 2x speed.
-Some discussions seem to lose focus and jump from broad topic to broad topic. Guests seem primed to provide generalizations of their work rather than describe key elements that lead them to their conclusions.
Hopefully I'll be giving this program 5 stars in the future.