This is a post in a series to appear occasionally, setting out some articles, videos, podcasts and the like that contributors at Slaw are enjoying and that you might find interesting. The articles tend to be longer than blog posts and shorter than books, just right for that stolen half hour on the weekend. It’s also likely that most of them won’t be about law — just right for etc.
Please let us have your recommendations for what we and our readers might like.
The Guardian – Scott of the Antarctic: the lies that doomed his race to the pole – Robin McKie – "Far from being a heroic amateur as he's so often portrayed the explorer championed science and, as Robin McKie reveals, was a victim of cruel luck – and deception"
The Toronto Review of Books – Conversation: A Declining Art? – Katherine R. Larson – University of Toronto English professor talks on conversation in the Trinity Alumni Lecture Series in this 45 minute podcast.
The Chronicle of Higher Education – The Battle Over Zomia – Ruth Hammond – Scholars battle over whether this "anarchic region" in South-East Asia is real.
YouTube – BBC: Synth Britannia – This full-length documentary follows "a generation of musicians who took the synthesiser from the experimental fringes to the centre of the pop stage."
Scientific American Blog Network – Menstruation is just blood and tissue you ended up not using – Kate Clancy – A brief look by a scientist at the way science has regarded menstruation as dangerous.
World Carrot Museum – The Road to Domestication of cultivated carrots – This… unusual website charts the history of the carrot in seven parts. This is part five, which explains, among other things, how it is that carrots came to be orange.
Statistics Canada – Deaths: Table 1 Life expectancy at birth and at age 65 by sex, Canada, provinces and territories, 2006–2008 – The variability according to sex, location, and age is interesting. Best to be a 65-year-old woman in British Columbia.
Grantland – The Nets and NBA Economics – Malcolm Gladwell – "A man buys a basketball team as insurance on a real estate project, flips the franchise to a Russian billionaire when he wins the deal, and then — as both parties happily count their winnings — what lesson are we asked to draw?"
The New Yorker – Cartoons from the Issue of October 3rd, 2011 – Fifteen that will (surely) make you smile.
YouTube – Jean-Paul Gaultier Show Fall 2011 Paris – fashiontv – Glamour – once you're past the Cherios ad. Looks like the bouffant is back!?