By Shireen Hamza
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Each week, Ventricles introduces an interesting topic about science and technology, from the past, the present and sometimes (how we imagine) the future. Featuring interviews with scholars working at the intersection of science, religion and culture, Ventricles explores the many ways that people know and have known the world. Ventricles is a new podcast written and produced by Shireen Hamza for the Science, Religion and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School. We'd love to hear your thoughts -- write to us at email@example.com
||CleanJungle Laboratories||In our final episode of season one, Professor Gabriela Soto Laveaga explains the central role that Mexico played in the creation of the birth control pill -- a history that has often been told about a few people in the US. From Ernesto Miramontes, a Me||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCybernetic Revolutionaries||How are technologies shaped by political needs, and how do technologies enable new kinds of politics? In this episode, Professor Eden Medina tells the history of communications technologies in Chile, during the socialist government of Salvador Allende,||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy is There a History of Medicine?||If the human body has remained the same in the past few thousand years, why have our approaches to its treatment varied so much? How can an ailment exist in only one part of the world, and not another? Why have so many treatments in the history of West||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanImagining Iraq||What will Iraq be like, 100 years in the future? How are Muslim women imagined in the future? In this episode, Professor Ahmed Ragab explores literary imaginaries of the future of the Middle East. He starts by discussing the story, Kahramana, from the||10/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCanoes in Space||What can we learn about space exploration from Polynesian voyaging, or wayfinding? How does a frontier differ from a horizon? In this episode, Professor Eli Nelson explains the story of the Hokule‘a, a double-hulled voyaging canoe launched in 1975 to||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCoins, Medieval and Digital||What is money, and how is it changing? And what do bitcoins have in common with medieval coins? In this episode, Gili Vidan explains how the long history of coins can help us understand the history of digital currencies, something we perceive to be a ra||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVaidyas with Wristwatches||How do everyday technologies change our understanding of our own bodies? The pulse is a diagnostic tool common to many medical traditions, including Ayurveda, an ancient medicine of South Asia. In this episode, Professor Projit Mukharji tells us how the||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Pulse||The body has many rhythms, but the pulse is one that people have paid close attention to. Over the last two millennia, the pulse has been used as a diagnostic tool in both Greek and Chinese medicine. In this episode, Professor Shigehisa Kuriyama discuss||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTelling Time||How have humans kept track of time? What technologies have they developed to tell time, and how have they been influenced by religious and scientific cultures? In this episode, Dr. Sara Schechner, a historian of astronomy, speaks about the history of ti||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
This is so good!
I love the topics they talk about on this show. I can’t wait to see where they go next! Such interesting interviews with really smart people