Schedule


[June 3, 2020 - WAWD?Radio's summer programming is on its way. Many of our DJs are still on the air, but during the transition not all shows will be broadcast according the the schedule listed below.]


Sunday


11am - Some Kind of Music Show with Isadora Dannin
2pm - The Daily Rind with Charlotte Matthai / cheese talk, cheese puns, cheese eating, cheese reading, cheese guests.
6pm - Club Quarantine with Nourey (Norhan Bayomi) / 1 hour of deep melodic house and progressive trance.
7pm - Sounds From Somewhere with Christopher Weaver / A selection of sounds and songs.
8pm - Life Psets with Alexa Jan / Bumbling through life problems and reveling in our shared humanity, intentionally unrelated to the current state of the world. unqualified. unsolicited. advice. let's go..
11pm - Midnight Snack: an ASMR Broadcast with Kailin Jones



Monday


10am - Radio Architecture Workshop / Live broadcasts of lectures and work sessions from an MIT summer course about making radio.
6pm - News from Nowhere with Jeff Landman / Building an impossible world with our ears.
9pm - Be My Quarantine? with Jacqueline Chen & Catherine Yang / Jacqueline and Catherine are two undergrads in architecture. Come join their various conversations that sometimes get lost in translation between (both language wise and logic wise). Featuring their studio friends, like Caleb.



Tuesday


9pm - The Open Practice Room with Demi Fang / A peek into some of the behind-the-scenes rigor in the practice room, the classical violinist's equivalent of "design iterations" in the architectural studio.
10pm - Welcome to the Gayborhood with dr. e and queer ai (Sam Seaman & Ai Bui) / Here you can find all things gay: a little queer, and definitely happy. Featuring music, conversations, and anonymous confessions from those in the SA+P community.
11pm - Friends, MIT, and Internet with Jackie Lin / Weekly discussions with friends from across the Institute to discuss WAWD?, [exiting] undergrad MIT education, and being on the internet.



Wednesday


8am - Morning Accounts with DJ BOIL (Ben Hoyle) / A show dedicated to recording minutiae of our unusual circumstances, so that we might remember what it feels like for the world to fall off its course.
3pm - Dangerous History with Dariel Cobb / Chats with HTC PhDs and others about architecture history and its ramifications for today.
4pm - Stories from the Ground Up with Cherie Abbanat / Stories from Cherie’s Work on the ground in Haiti (mostly), including building a maker library.
5pm - Power Hour Playlist with DJ Paul (Paul Gruber) / Join Paul for an hour of themed tunes to celebrate the halfway mark of the week!
6pm - The Paulcast: The Pop Culture Podcast with Paul Gruber / Join Paul as he talks about all things pop culture through fun lists, songs and lots of puns!
7pm - A Radio Show About Nothing with Jola Idowu
11pm - Selected ambient works 95-20 (ambient 2: music for being alone) with dj outside j (Julian Geltman) / Focus on long-form, ambient approaches to post-wtvr (ie post metal, post punk, post rock, blackgaze, funeral-y doom) and sometimes discussion on things to consider.



Thursday


8am - Disparitions with Eytan Levi / Interview-based investigations in what is going away and perhaps never coming back in our architectural educations.
10am - Radio Architecture Workshop / Live broadcasts of lectures and work sessions from an MIT summer course about making radio.
5pm - Museum Missives with Nushelle de Silva / Readings of comic letters from archival research as the basis for a discussion of different issues in museum practice.
7pm - Kelly and Eli Smiling Through the Apocalypse with Eli Keller & Kelly Main
8pm - Collecting the Unconscious with Emily Wissemann / Previously top-secret dream diaries go public with intermittent stream of consciousness music selections.
9pm - Kollective Karaoke with DJBYOB (Lee Moreau) / A 12-week lesson to help us sing together, separately: start with easy crowd pleasing sing alongs and anthems like Gloria Gaynor's classic "I Will Survive", ultimately building to absurd challenges like Adele's "Hello".



Friday


9am - Breakfast with Trees with Sheilak (Sheila Kennedy) / Readings, musings and occasional raw research-in-progress, discussions of artists’ works and global voices on the resiliency of trees and the ways in which plants - terrestrial and aquatic - invite us to reimagine the world.
5pm - Conversations on Care with the Critical Broadcasting Lab (Ana Miljacki)
7pm - Songs for Tomorrow with DJ Hazel Haze (Dariel Cobb) / A mix of indie and pop, focused on women and women-identified artists; alternating with theme episodes.
8pm - Cola Coca with DJ Dave (David White) / Some combo of Ethiopian Jazz and Zouk Love.
9pm - Journey Through Spotiland with DJ SPEY (Hugh Ebdy) / Kinda like Wikiracing, but in reverse, and it's Spotify.
10pm - NOO TROPICS: Free Jazz Friday with DJ NOOWAVE (Gerard Patawaran) / Free jazz and experimental noises.



Saturday


3pm - Sounds & Thoughts for Your 6' Walk with PuffPastryHoarder (Gabby Heffernan)
11pm - Music for Staying in with D + J (Dalma Foldesi and Jung Seo)

Dangerous History: Courtney Lesoon Part 1

Courtney Lesoon


My interview with Courtney Lesoon for Dangerous History began with a discussion of her masters thesis on the Damascus Room at the University of Pittsburgh before proceeding to her proposed dissertation and then, to points beyond! Courtney is delightful: funny and vivacious, outspoken and full of conviction. She’s also a loyal and devoted friend. I decided to share her extended thoughts on the use and misuse of history in an extended two-part interview. You can listen to part one here, and part two over here. This is the kind of interview I’ve been hoping to have with my colleagues, one that really probes the definition of history itself, and examines the implications of an under-written or misunderstood past for the culture of a nation like the Unites States. Courtney touches on topics such as “presentism,” writing Islamic history in the west, the seemingly inescapable tropes and traps of modernity, epistemic tautologies, and what it means to be a medievalist. 

Courtney Lesoon is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, in the History, Theory & Criticism Section of the Department of Architecture at MIT. Courtney earned her BA in the History of Art with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies from College of the Holy Cross and was a 2012-2013 U.S. Student Fulbright Grantee to the United Arab Emirates where her research concerned contemporary art and emerging cultural institutions in the UAE. Courtney earned her MA in Modern Middle Eastern & North African Studies from the University of Michigan where her thesis concerned an 18th-century Damascus Room and its acquisition as a collected interior in the United States. Before arriving at MIT, Courtney also worked as a Research Assistant in the Art of the Middle East Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Her current dissertation project is titled, “Learning and the City in the Early Islamic World: 632–1067 CE.”

Figures mentioned in Part One of our conversation:

  • Mika Natif, former visiting professor at Holy Cross, now at George Washington University 
  • Nizamiyya Madrassa, large educational institution established in Baghdad in 1067 
  • Nizam al-Mulk, scholar and Vizier, founder of Nizamiyya Madrassa
  • Halaqa learning, method for learning in small groups (“halaqa” means “circle” or “ring”)
  • Ruth Crawford Mitchell, administrator and coordinator of the National Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Nasser Rabbat, Professor, Director of the Aga Khan Program at MIT, architect and historian
  • Kristel Smentek, Associate Professor, Director of History, Theory and Criticism group at MIT, historian of art
  • Timothy Hyde, Associate Professor, historian of architecture at MIT
Proof sheet: archeological photographs of Mahdiyya, Tunisia, c. 1960. Fonds Alexandre Lezine, 
Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme, Médiathèque, Aix-en-Provence, France

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