View Full Version : Best diavlogs from past? (Take two...)

10-03-2009, 07:06 PM
I am interested in seeing the cream of the crop diavlogs from the past (I started with this site maybe a year ago), but am not interested in having to go through all of them.

I am not interested in any particular topics, but would like to stay away from the politics of the moment ones (which probably have a short shelf life).


10-03-2009, 08:38 PM
Non-political is a tough constraint, but maybe it makes things easier, actually.

i recommend(ed), as Twin did before, the first Achenbach. All, if you haven't seen them.

I also recommend(ed) (okay, I'll stop doing that now) the two-part Bob and Andrew Sullivan. It's a little political in parts, but not much.

Pretty much all SciSats, esp. any with Sean Carroll or Carl Zimmer. The one with George Johnson and linguist Christine Kenneally was quite good, too.

The first Jon Fine one was entertaining, as was the one with Bob and Stephen (Mickey's brother) Kaus.

The Althouse meltdown with Garance Franke-Ruta is a must-see, if you like trainwrecks.

One more, semi-political, but he's written two of my favorite books ever: Richard Rhodes.

Probably some more, so if you like most of those, ask again.

uncle ebeneezer
10-04-2009, 12:22 AM
+1 on the Achenbach mention

Some of my favorites:

Richard Preston and Carl Zimmer on self-cannibalism and other odd disorders

Dan Ariely on Predictably Irrational

Chris Mooney and Graham Burnett on the history of science (mainly for the pleasure of hearing Burnett's wonderful oratory.

Jay Rosen on the future of journalism

David Albert and Sean Carroll's second diavlog on quantum wierdness

And although it was definitely political, Josh Cohen and Glenn Loury on election night will always bring back fond memories for me.

10-04-2009, 12:40 AM
For entertainment value alone, go back to the very very early DVs between Bob and Mickey and watch exclusively those segments about Ann Coulter. Classic.

10-04-2009, 12:50 PM
Eric Alterman v. Christopher Hitchens (Iraq War, Bush, etc...)

Jane Hamsher's last diavlog, a book review of a conspiracy theorist (great example of underestimating the craziness of your interviewee, which in turn makes the interviewer look more crazy than supposed crazy person)

uncle ebeneezer
10-04-2009, 04:05 PM
I was going to mention Alterman/Hitchens but felt that it was pretty "political."

I would also add to the list:

Eli Lake's diavlog from Baghdad (I believe that was the one with Bob where they had the military guy come on.)

Spencer Ackerman's diavlog from Afghanistan

There were also a couple great ones with Rosa Brooks and Eli

David Plotz on the stories of the Bible

and Neil Shubin on his book "Your Inner Fish"

Oh yeah and the one with Rob Long and the psychiatrist lady was pretty funny.

10-04-2009, 04:36 PM
[...]I'd agree with pretty much every thing uncle eb said, except Shubin (don't remember anything about it) and Plotz (meh). I didn't mention most of the ones he did because of your "non-political" request, but if you change your mind about that, they are good recommendations.

The one where Rosa Brooks just tunes on Doughy for about an hour is hilarious, although if you're conservative enough, you may not agree.

The two Rob Long/Ellen Ladowsky ones are especially funny, too, although IIRC, they're fairly political, too.

10-05-2009, 08:59 AM
Mark Kleiman and Heather McDonald was a joy to behold.

Glenn Loury and Heather McDonald wasn't too shabby either.

Come to think of it, neither was Ross Douthat and Heather McDonald.

But if I have to recommend just one ....

check back to the old Free Will with Jim Holt - the one about jokes. That may have been my favorite DV of all time. (In fact, if memory serves, it was the diavlog that first got me to register as a commenter here.)

10-07-2009, 09:55 AM
Thanks for the suggestions, after the 23rd, I will have abit more time on my hands, and will definitely check some of these out.

01-31-2010, 10:26 AM
Both of the David Albert/Sean Carrols string theory, etc.

Wright/Roughgarden evopsych

Yudkowski/Lanier AI/conciousness

Hulsman/Kupchan future of the EU

Breyer/Heltzel charming Christmas Eve vlog between a buttoned-down Episcopal minister and a laid-back evangelical type

04-26-2011, 10:04 AM
Tyler Cowen and Peter Singer, where Cowen argues that Singer isn't really a utilitarian at heart, and pretty much gets him to agree (!)

Also, the one where John Horgan tells Eliezer Yudkowsky that he's wasting his life. And the one where Horgan interviews Bob Wright about his life was really interesting too:


04-27-2011, 05:06 PM
(post relocated (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=205921#post205921))

uncle ebeneezer
04-28-2011, 04:53 PM
Both of the Glenn Loury & Ross Levine diavlogs were excellent.

05-12-2011, 08:55 AM
Similarly, Glenn Loury and Sendhil Mullainathan's informal intro to behavioral economics is fascinating.

05-12-2011, 06:24 PM
One of my all time favorite diavlogs was the one between Ann Althouse and Doughy Pantload. I'll admit: for a long time after that I had a soft spot for her. I mean, I feel a little funny saying this, but let's face it: she's quite smart, and when she's in her Blue State mode (i.e., suppressing and concealing her inner wingnut), she can be quite charming. And I absolutely cheered her performance in that old diavlog, because she was such a powerful voice against racism, and the deranged aspects of libertarianism that are used to promote and defend racism.

The thing is, after that, I really thought there had to be something else redeeming in her, something else I could find in her body of work that I could agree with. And though I disagreed with her on virtually every other topic, I remained a daily reader of her blog.

That was actually one of the few times in her blog career when her venomous and deranged followers turned on her. In that diavlog she was indistinguishable from, say, Michael Moore or Al Sharpton, i.e., evil incarnate, as far as the lunatic GOP base (and her base) were concerned. And if you were to go back to the old threads on that topic, you could find a couple of comments I posted to thank her for her principled opposition to racism, even in the face of the overwhelming attacks from conservatives that were the result.

For a long time after that, I really wanted to believe her whole "I'm a liberal and a Democrat. Honest." routine. I'll grant, that's a tough line to sell when virtually everything else you say is straight out of GOP talking points. But we humans, we so want to believe people are being honest.

05-12-2011, 06:34 PM
Beavis and Butthead.

05-12-2011, 07:29 PM
Beavis and Butthead.

Here, I fixed your picture (http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/2336/kochbros.jpg).

The diavlog topic: Unfettered Plutocracy: Great System or Greatest System Ever?

(pic. source (http://www.salon.com/news/libertarianism/index.html?story=/politics/war_room/2011/05/12/buying_professors_kochs))

05-12-2011, 11:42 PM
Here, I fixed your picture (http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/2336/kochbros.jpg).

The diavlog topic: Unfettered Plutocracy: Great System or Greatest System Ever?

(pic. source (http://www.salon.com/news/libertarianism/index.html?story=/politics/war_room/2011/05/12/buying_professors_kochs))


Hey, I saw your recent post (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2011/05/we-turn-now-to-agreement-between.html).

More here (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=208726#post208726).

05-13-2011, 12:12 AM

Hey, I saw your recent post (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2011/05/we-turn-now-to-agreement-between.html).

Thanks! Follow-up here (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showpost.php?p=208704&postcount=38), if you're interested.

To the rest of your post, we should probably have it under one of the above links and not clutter up this thread with off-topic material any longer. Maybe you could repost?