Relevant Reading:Turkey and Russia: Enemies Again?
Sean McMeekinThe Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908 – 1923
Sean McMeekinInformation Overload or a Search for Meaning?
Frank FurediPower of Reading: From Socrates to Twitter
Good evening, listeners! We bring you an excellent pair of guests for the final show of 2015, as host Richard Aldous speaks with his Bard colleague Sean McMeekin about cooling Turkey-Russia relations, and then discusses information overload with Frank Furedi.First, Sean McMeekin, professor of history at Bard College, takes a look at worsening relations between Turkey and Russia, explaining how that relationship can have broader and longer-term implications for East-West relations. And, the world being what it is today, perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Donald Trump finds a way into the discussion.Then, emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent Frank Furedi joins Richard to discuss distractions in today’s world. He makes the case that (what we consider to be recent) fears of information overload have a long history and are not, in fact, anything new. He also warns of the dangers of relying too heavily on data and analytics, and not enough on the pursuit of ideas.Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and follow Frank Furedi @Furedibyte and our host Richard Aldous @RJAldous on Twitter.We’ll be taking next week off for the holidays, but we’ll bring you Episode 99 on January 5, 2016. From all of us here at the AI Podcast, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!