WESTERN PHILOSOPHY – POLITICAL THEORY: “Hannah Arendt” / Philosophical Overdose ☮

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the political philosophy of Hannah Arendt in this BBC episode of In Our Time. Hannah Arendt developed many of her ideas in response to the rise of totalitarianism in the 20th century, partly informed by her own experience as a Jew in Nazi Germany before her escape to France and then America. She wanted to understand how politics had taken such a disastrous turn and, drawing on ideas of Greek philosophers as well as her peers, what might be done to create a better political life. Often unsettling, she wrote of ‘the banality of evil’ when covering the trial of Eichmann, one of the organisers of the Holocaust. The guests are Lyndsey Stonebridge, Professor of Modern Literature and History at the University of East Anglia; Frisbee Sheffield, Lecturer in Philosophy at Girton College, University of Cambridge; and Robert Eaglestone, Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought at Royal Holloway, University London.

UNITED NATIONS: “Bolivia Teaches The Empire a Lesson” / teleSUR English / Sacha Llorenti ☮

“It’s vital for us to remember what history teaches us, he said,” holding up a photo of former United States national security advisor Colin Powell during his “Weapons of Mass Destruction” speech that led to the US invasion of Iraq.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Nikhil Goyal: The Failing Education System” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses how to salvage the American education system with Nikhil Goyal, author of “Schools on Trial: How Freedom and Creativity Can Fix Our Educational Malpractice”. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil explores the regimentation of education spurred by the No Child Left Behind Act.