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From the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions

Long ago, in a place not far from here, intelligent, articulate people would occasionally get together and talk about the problems of the time, and their hopes for resolving them. And interested people were invited to listen in. The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI) in Santa Barbara was another source of programs heard on KRAB. The "(R)" at the end of the program description, means that it will be rebroadcast the next morning.

[Editors note: As a witness to the debate and "discourse" taking place at the beginning of the 21st century, I cannot help but ponder the loss of so much intellectual capital. What happened? Could the monetization of "intellectual capital" have resulted in greater value being attributed to the creation of commodities and lesser (or no) value to the pursuit of understanding what it is to be human? It is fortunate that the CSDI collection has been preserved by the University of California, Santa Barbara.]

These programs are listed in order of date broadcast first on KRAB.


The Politics of Ecology - Aldous Huxley speaking at the CSDI - KRAB Dec 8, 1963

An address by the late Aldous Huxley given under the auspices of The Center for Study of Democratic Institutions. Population growth, the problems of food, and other aspects of ecology.

Listen now - The Politics of Ecology - Aldous Huxley speaking at the CSDI - KRAB Dec 8, 1963 (44:30)

Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions Nov 30, 1962


Aldous Huxley - Tangents of Technology - KRAB May 24, 1965

The late Aldous Huxley leads a discussion of the ecological effects of technology, a lament that 'the birds and the bees' may be the tragic price we are paying for our conquest of nature; with Ritchie Calder & others (CSDI)(R).

This was one of a series of programs produced by the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions.

Listen now - Aldous Huxley speaking on Tangents of Technology - KRAB May 24, 1965 (40:17)

Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Mar 16, 1962


Peace-keeping Under the Rule of Law - KRAB Jul 14, 1965, Bastille Day

A discussion of national sovereignty and the prospects for an orderly world community by Justice Earl Warren, Kenzo Takayanagi, Chairman of the Japanese Cabinet Commission on the Constitution, Senator J. William Fulbright and others. (CSDI)(R)

 

Listen now - Peace-keeping Under the Rule of Law - KRAB Jul 14, 1965 (58:43)

Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Feb 1965


Toward a Neuter Gender - Dr Ralph Greenson talks with Elisabeth Mann Borghese - KRAB May 9, 1966

Elisabeth Mann Borgese, author of Ascent of Woman projects a future world in which, once woman is past child-bearing, she becomes a man and takes on a creative role in society. She tells all this to "love" man Ralph Greenson who is audibly shaken. CSDI

Elisabeth Mann Borghese, youngest daughter of Thomas Mann, had diverse interests: anthropology, music, political science (a staff member of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions), environmental law, and the oceans. When she died in Feb of 2002, the obituary in The Telegraph included the following:

One of her more outlandish achievements, at the end of her life, was to train an English setter to play piano duets with her. To this end she had a special piano made - with no legs and no black notes, and with keys twice as wide as normal.

A visitor wrote the following account of the performance: "Mrs Mann Borgese sat down on the floor at the left of the keyboard, and the dog took his place to the right of middle C. They performed two short duets, one by Schumann and the other by Mozart.

"Encouraged by praise, pats on the head and pieces of meat fed to him during unscored pauses, the dog mostly hit the right note at the right moment. Certainly he had a good sense of rhythm. He made a few mistakes, but she explained this by saying he'd gone for three weeks without practising while she was away."

Listen now - Toward a Neuter Gender - Dr Ralph Greenson talks with Elisabeth Mann Borghese - KRAB May 9, 1966 (27:44)

Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Mar 18, 1965


Arnold Toynbee: History and the Hippies - KRAB Jan 23, 1969

Jan 10, 1969: Arnold Toynbee: History and the Hippies - a talk recorded in Santa Barbara at CSDI

Jan 23, 1969: Arnold Toynbee: History and the Hippies - This did not arrive from CSDI in time for its scheduled appearance in the last guide, so here it is again -- unless, unless

The program starts with introductory comments from Toynbee, followed by discussion with CSDI staff members Raghavan Iyer, Scott Buchanan, and John R Seeley.

Listen now - Arnold Toynbee: History and the Hippies - KRAB Jan 23, 1969 (27:44)

Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, May 1, 1967


You Must Go Home Again - Norris Hart talks with John Cogley at CSDI - KRAB Dec 6, 1969

A taped discussion from the CSDI with Norris Hart, a young black school teacher from Corsicana, Texas who comments on himself, conditions of life for the rural Texas black community, working for justice there, the differences in the Civil Rights Movement in the North and South and rural and urban areas. Hart also appraises the Black Civil Rights Movement and renders his opinion of White America.

Listen now - You Must Go Home Again - Norris Hart talks with John Cogley at CSDI - KRAB Dec 6, 1969 (54:59)

Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions April 3, 1969


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