UCTV's impressive archive of poetry readings, interviews and conversations with established and emerging poets is the perfect resource to bring the art of language to life.
UCTV's impressive archive of poetry readings, interviews and conversations with established and emerging poets is the perfect resource to bring the art of language to life.
Browse poems by contemporary and classic poets.
Rank #1: A Conversation with Eugene Peterson 2007.
Author, poet, pastor and professor Eugene Peterson charms his audience as he recalls his effort to translate the Bible into The Message, an interpretation geared for modern readers. The book has such wide appeal that U2’s Bono began quoting from it at concerts. But when told of this, Peterson’s response was “Who is Bono?” Peterson is joined host Dean Nelson in Part 2 of the 2007 Writers Symposium by the Sea, sponsored by Point Loma Nazarene University. Series: "Writer's Symposium By The Sea" [Humanities] [Show ID: 12227]
Rank #2: Jane Hirshfield - Lunch Poems.
Jane Hirshfield's eighth poetry book, The Beauty, appears from Knopf in early 2015, along with a new book of essays, Ten Windows. Previous books include Come, Thief (Knopf, 2011) and After (2006), named a best book of the year by The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Financial Times (UK). She has also written a book of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry and edited and co-translated four books of work by world poets of the past. Her honors include The Poetry Center Book Award, the California Book Award, finalist selection for the National Book Critics Circle Award, England's T. S. Eliot Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the Academy of American Poets, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A frequent presenter at universities and literary festivals both in the US and abroad, in 2012 she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Series: "Lunch Poems Reading Series" [Humanities] [Show ID: 29540]
From the neighborhood library of Gwendolyn Brooks, to the Union Stock Yards, where Chicago became Carl Sandburg’s “Hog Butcher for the World,” to the birthplace of slam poetry, the Chicago Poetry Tour explores the city’s history through its dynamic poets and poetry.
Rank #1: Art Institute of Chicago.
The Art Institute was surrounded by railyards when it was first built, emblematic of Chicago’s roots in industry and the arts. Stuart Dybek, Lisel Mueller, W.S. Di Piero, and others read.
Rank #2: Fine Arts Building.
Renovated in 1898 to create studios for musicians, artists, and writers, the Fine Arts Building was a hotbed of artistic activity, home to magazines such as the Dial and the Little Review, and the offices of Frank Lloyd Wright and Edgar Lee Masters.
Poetry is a delicate and intricate art form, practised by many people but rarely mastered. In this album, poets Jackie Kay, Paul Muldoon, W.N. Herbert and Jean Breeze talk about their respective approaches and attitudes to poetry. They explore many aspects of their craft, from the initial spark of inspiration and rewriting to more technical matters such as rhyme, using real speech and narrative poetry. This material forms part of the course A175, Writing poetry.
Rank #1: The Purpose of Poetry.
Poets Jackie Kay and W.N. Herbert talk about the importance and function of poetry, and read some of their own work to demonstrate their thoughts.
Rank #2: Getting Started.
Joined by Paul Muldoon, the poets take a look at methods of being inspired, the purpose of meaning in poetry and the importance of reading contemporary poetry.
In these lively and unedited interviews, distinguished men and women from all over the world talk about their lives and their work. Interviews span the globe and include discussion of political, economic, military, legal, cultural, and social issues shaping our world.
Rank #1: Anger and Mourning on the American Right with Arlie Hochschild - Conversations with History.
Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor Arlie Hochschild for a discussion of her book "Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right." Hochschild discusses formative influences shaping her intellectual journey, describes her pioneering work on the sociology of emotions, and traces the evolution of her methodology. She then explains the decision to pursue her study of the American right in Louisiana beginning in 2011; how she undertook an empathetic engagement with citizens devastated by pollution but committed to the oil and gas industry; and how she developed a deep story to explain the emotions motivating her subjects to support right wing perspectives despite the devastation of the environment which they appreciated and loved. She also discusses their attraction to the Trump phenomena. She concludes with the lessons learned and their implications for mending the divide that is tearing the country apart. Series: "Conversations with History" [Public Affairs] [Humanities] [Show ID: 32994]
Rank #2: Identity Values and the Conduct of US Foreign Policy with Elliot Abrams - Conversations with History.
Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Elliot Abrams former deputy National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush for a conversation on the values and interests that define U.S. foreign policy. Reflecting on his formative experiences, he recalls the influence of his parents, his education, and his work experiences under Senators Jackson and Moynihan. After discussing the skills and temperament necessary for the work of foreign policy, he analyzes the challenges of navigating the tensions between security and human rights. Reflecting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he offers his assessment of the preconditions for its resolution. He also discusses his analysis of Jewish support for Israel in the United States, and concludes with advice for students preparing for a future in international affairs. Series: "Conversations with History" [Public Affairs] [Show ID: 32358]
Live from St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery in Manhattan's East Village, The Poetry Project has promoted, fostered and inspired the reading and writing of contemporary poetry since 1966.
Rank #1: Reina Gossett - Nov. 12th, 2014.
Wednesday Reading SeriesReina Gossett is the membership director at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project as well as the 2014-2015 Activist-In-Residence at Barnard College’s Center for Research on Women. Reina is a filmmaker collaborating with Sasha Wortzel to write, direct and produce STAR PEOPLE ARE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, a film detailing the lives of Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P Johnson and Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries. The film builds upon the archival research and published writing she has done over the past decade about Sylvia Rivera and STAR , published in Captive Genders (AK Press, 2011), The Scholar and The Feminist Online and her personal blog: reinagossett.com. Reina was a 2009 Stonewall Community Foundation Honoree as well as a recipient of the George Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship by the Open Society Foundation to work with LGBT people navigating criminalization. During her fellowship she partnered with Critical Resistance to curtail the prison industrial complex by organizing low income LGBTGNC New Yorkers in a campaign that successfully stopped NYC’s Department of Corrections from building a $375 million new jail in the Bronx.
Rank #2: Elaine Kahn & Edgar J. Ulloa - April 11th, 2016.
Elaine Kahn is an artist, performer and poet. She is a founding member of the P.Splash Collective and the author of Women in Public (City Lights, 2015).Édgar J. Ulloa is a transdisciplinary artist and post-transborder poet from Ciudad Juárez, México. He maintains a blog (mijuaritos.wordpress.com) of aural, visual, virtual and performance poetry, that serves as a border trauma and memory reflection of his native city when it was one of the most dangerous in the world according to the media. In his work, he emerges as an explorer, producer of the aesthetic-historical, word-sign, word-symbol. He feels compelled to speak out through poetic performance action. His performances negotiate imperialist border politics, cultural memory, trauma and violence in addition to instigating audience and public participation. Ulloa earned his undergraduate degree in Language and Literature in Texas, and his master’s degree in Creative Writing in New York City.
UCTV delivers documentaries, faculty lectures, cutting-edge research symposiums and artistic performances from each of the ten UC campuses.
Rank #1: The Remarkable Learning Abilities of the Human Brain.
Humans have multiple learning systems that for the most part are functionally and anatomically distinct, evolved at different times for different purposes, and that learn in qualitatively different ways. Greg Ashby studies how people learn new categories of objects. This research has allowed the mapping the neural networks and has identified many important and surprising differences in how we learn. Series: "GRIT Talks" [Show ID: 32755]
Rank #2: Bites and Stings: The Venomous Truth.
In the wilderness there is an obvious danger of being bitten by snakes, insects and arthropods. Dr. Susanne Spano offers advice on what to do in case you meet are bitten by a venomous creature far from medical help. Series: "UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine presents Mini Medical School for the Public" [Show ID: 32546]
Interview with Poets about their New Books
Rank #1: Dorothea Lasky, “Rome” (Liveright, 2014).
Dorothea Lasky‘s Rome (Liveright, 2014) is a collection that will catch you off guard. Lasky lures the reader in with familiar language and imagery only to have them suddenly realize they’ve been brought to room where the walls wobble and collapse, eternally revealing darker passageways.She is undoubtedly a language poet but also one who sees language as a roadblock. The communication is in the sound. Just as with Hemingway, words are merely an entry point to meaning. Stripped of even punctuation, these lines hurl themselves at the reader.Do not take this economy of language as simplicity. Within it are the layers of desire, grief, betrayal, and rage. Lasky’s speakers embody everything that is human yet alien, familiar and foreign. Emboldened by their own savage humanity, they assert themselves into landscapes and consciousness.But this is not easily won– Lasky lets us into her process, revision, and search for obsession. If she cannot lose herself in the poem then she will not offer it up to the world.When at sixty it might hit youWhat you’ve given upWhen your sentimental heartMight let its hair down and seeThe sun for the first timeWhen you pick up this book, read the lines aloud, impose your will on them, and see where they take you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rank #2: Mary Ruefle, “Trances of the Blast” (Wave Books, 2013).
Mary Ruefle‘s newest book of poems Trances of the Blast (Wave Books, 2013) is brilliant. Her poems have the confidence of a poet who is utterly fearless, but wise enough to never come out and brag about it. Her poetry is honest, but dignified, thoughtful and bizarre, and with a fidelity to lived experience that is heartbreaking. During our chat we talk about childhood, the life and mind of the artist, her neighborhood in Vermont, and so much more. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Americans enjoy a multiplicity of religious traditions. Explore both traditional religions, and what it means to be spiritual in a rapidly changing and diversifying religious world.
Rank #1: An Evening with Karen Armstrong: Religion and Secularism.
One of the world’s leading commentators on religious affairs, Karen Armstrong discusses the intersection of religion and secularism in contemporary life. She explores the ideas that Islam, Judaism and Christianity have in common and their effect on world events. Series: "Ethics, Religion and Public Life: Walter H. Capps Center Series" [Humanities] [Show ID: 18580]
Rank #2: Lawrence H. Schiffman: Scholars Scrolls and Scandals - Judaism Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has revolutionized our picture of the early history of Judaism and of the Jewish background of early Christianity. With the completion of the publication of the entire scrolls collection, it is now possible to draw significant conclusions from this treasure trove of ancient documents. This illustrated lecture by Professor Lawrence Schiffman will discuss the discovery of the scrolls, the archaeology of Qumran where the scrolls were unearthed, the nature of the library, and its significance for the study of Judaism, Christianity and their common destiny. Series: "Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies" [Humanities] [Show ID: 7032]
Talk About Poetry, where several working poets get together to talk about poems they like, are interested in, engaged by, or are annoyed by. Totally unscripted so anything can be said -- and frequently is!
Rank #1: Gwendolyn Brooks - Part 2.
Close reading of several Gwendolyn Brooks poems by working poets Georgia Popoff, Stephen Kuusisto, and Bob Herz, and the last of Ms. Brooks' proteges, Quraysh Ali Lansana.
Rank #2: Marvin Bell on his Dead Man poems.
Discussion with Marvin Bell about his unique and brilliant Dead Man poems.
Talks given by notable scholars and critics on poets, poetry, and their intersections with other art forms. Features recordings from historic archives and live events.
Rank #1: William Carlos Williams.
William Carlos Williams speaks at Harvard University in 1951.
Rank #2: Edward Hirsch: American Perspectives.
Edward Hirsch examines the complex relationships between American poets and painters.
The worst D&D actual play podcast. Nothing I can write here will actually make the show stand out, it's just another D&D actual play podcast where I bank on the comedic value of my friends to sell a show to you. It's funny, I promise. Updates monthly!
Rank #1: Episode 1 - Stab It in the Zorak.
The worst D&D actual play podcast. And title is VERY subject to change! Schedule still uncertain, but we'll play it by ear don't worry about it. Have fun!
Rank #2: Bonus Episode - Lore Dump.
You can listen to this for a bunch of lore! Or you can skip it and roll with it! Or you can just read this: Long ago, there was the First Tree. From which, all forests, flowers, and plant life grew. From this, fruit was born, and from this fruit, other gods emerged. The first was a dryad known as the Allmother, creator of all dryadkind. She spoke to the tree, and asked her to introduce more life to the world, and so she did. Vyn, the archivist, recorded the history of the world as he created his chosen people: the illithids. The world was peaceful, but boring, so the First Tree then created Mahurabi, Prince of All. He went east, making promise after promise with the dryads in exchange for land. Ultimately his promises were delivered, but not in the way the dryads hoped, as he soon had a massive desert for his people, the efreet. Upset by this, the Allmother asked the First Tree for a champion to wage war with Mahurabi. She was generous, and gave her Vestas the Wise, an iron general who built many soldiers for himself. When their army approached the border to the desert, Mahurabi snuck away, back into the forst, and disguised himself as the Allmother. He tricked the First Tree into making something more worth fighting than himself, and into the great sea went the Eyeless One, source of storms. Vestas left the desert, searching the world for this opponent, unable to ever track it down. Eventually he came back to the First Tree, and begged her to give him better tools, better resources, for his massive army had fallen into disrepair. The First Tree sighed, and gave him Davryx the Bronze, a great dragon who would create more dragons, as well as the first forge. Vestas continued to wander, continued to wage this endless war on everything, and the gods grew tired. They pleaded with the First Tree to give them something that could stop him, and the First Tree ignored their pleas. Seeking to solve the problem herself, the Allmother contacted Mahurabi, despite everything. Mahurabi stole a fruit from the First Tree, and the Allmother used it to create Torvus, the first human, who in turn created humanity. Humans would serve the other races, the gods, and help them to eventually stop Vestas the Wise's massive army. Torvus, however, was greedy, and also deceitful, nearly as much as Mahurabi, and went to Darvyx the Bronze to have his great army outfitted with weapons and armor to fight the other gods. His betrayal was found out, however, Mahurabi has many eyes. He told the First Tree what had happened, and to protect itself, the First Tree created The Silver Warden and his army of celestials. They fought the humans, and eventually overcame them. As punishment, humanity was Humbled, forced to live as non-magical creatures of burden, in servitude to the other gods and the races they created. Torvus, their god, was ultimately beheaded by The Silver Warden, and became The Watchful, a giant ghost who wanders the land in penance for his sins, shepharding the lost souls of humanity.
Designed with the novice in mind, The Intro to Poetry podcast is a carefully selected series that will expose the listener to a broad range of poetic eras and styles. From Shakespeare and Byron to Eliot and Frost, this podcast is a great starting point for anyone interested in learning more about verse throughout the ages.
Rank #1: The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock.
The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot. For more audio you can learn from, please visit www.learnoutloud.com
Rank #2: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night.
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas. For more audio you can learn from, please visit www.learnoutloud.com
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Rank #1: Humanities as a Vocation: Career Paths Beyond the Blackboard.
Social entrepreneur, investor, and author Jessica Jackley explores what it took for her to pursue a career that fit her passions. She explains that studying the humanities gave her the perspective that allowed her to navigate the world of non-profit global entrepreneurism. Series: "Ethics, Religion and Public Life: Walter H. Capps Center Series" [Humanities] [Business] [Education] [Show ID: 33468]
Rank #2: Bruce Heavin Co-founder Lynda.com.
Bruce Heavin, co-founder Lynda.com, talks to UCSB student about taking the business from a garage to a $1.5B LinkedIn acquisition, and how he lives a fulfilled life, in spite of sudden, massive wealth. Series: "Innovator Stories: Creating Something from Nothing" [Business] [Show ID: 33055]
PoetryNow is a weekly four-minute radio series featuring some of today’s most accomplished and innovative poets who offer an acoustically rich and reflective look into a single poem.
Rank #1: Who’s That.
Ana Božičević explores the feelings and emotions of spring. Produced by Sarah Geis.
Rank #2: A poem from From A Winter Notebook.
Matei Yankelevich meditates on the nature of poetic language and lingers over events from his past. Produced by Katie Klocksin.
Listen to Donald Hall's selection of classic American poets reading from their work. These recordings are being made available as the result of a collaboration between US and UK poet laureates Donald Hall and Andrew Motion.
Rank #1: E.E. Cummings: Essential American Poets.
Archival recordings of poet E.E. Cummings, with an introduction to his life and work. Recorded at the YMHA Poetry Center New York, NY in 1959.
Rank #2: Wallace Stevens: Essential American Poets.
Archival recordings of the poet Wallace Stevens, with an introduction to his life and work. Recorded in 1954, YMHA Poetry Center, New York, NY.