Steven Galloway’s Take on All Hallows’ Eve

Canadian novelist, Steven Galloway, author of The Cellist of Sarajevo among other novels, discusses Halloween with the other Canadian novelist, Steven Hayward, author of Don’t Be Afraid among other novels. Galloway laments the disappearance of the trick in trick-or-treating and asserts that there’s too much carrot in Halloween these days and not enough stick. Listen [...]

Off Topic #16: DIY

If you want something done right, do it your there’s an app for that! With each passing day we draw nearer to the realization of Total Technological Convenience, to a time in the not so distant future when there is no problem that can’t be solved with the tap of a screen or the barking [...]

Episode 14: Reaping What We Sow: Food Politics and Policy in America

Whether we’re talking about banning extra large sodas a la Michael Bloomberg, eradicating high fructose corn syrup from our diets, choosing a box labeled organic or putting a greenhouse in our backyard and growing our own food, one thing is certain, food consciousness in America is reaching increasingly loftier heights each day. In this episode [...]

Episode 13: OFF TOPIC LIVE — Transformations of Higher Education in the 21st Century

As part of the back-to-school festivities at Colorado College, Off Topic was invited to stage a taping of the show before a live audience of Colorado College Faculty and Staff members. What better issue to explore in this context than the crisis (or crises) facing America’s colleges and universities? We spoke with critics, activists, professors, [...]

Episode 10: Discovery!

Progress–whether cultural, scientific, political or personal–is propelled by discovery. Or so we’re told. History sometimes seems like little more than a string of paradigm-shattering revelations, one leading to the next, each bringing us a bit closer to The Truth. It’s no surprise then that we mythologize groundbreaking discoveries¬†(and discoverers) to the extent that we do. [...]