Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010)

28 01 2010

Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010)was an American historian and professor emeritus in the Political Science Department at Boston University. He was the author of more than 20 books, including A People’s History of the United States (1980). Zinn died on January 27, 2010, of a heart attack at the age of 87 while traveling in Santa Monica, California. He is survived by his daughter Myla Kabat-Zinn.

Zinn was active in the civil rights, civil liberties and anti-war movements in the United States, and wrote extensively on all three subjects.


Empire or Humanity? What the Classroom Didn’t Teach Me about the American Empire

by Howard Zinn

Narrated by Viggo Mortensen

Art by Mike Konopacki

Video editing by Eric Wold.



UC Berkeley’s Harry Kreisler interviews Howard Zinn.

Series: Conversations with History


read A People’s History of the United States here

buy A People’s History of the United States here


A Brief History of Haiti & the US (Chomsky).

26 01 2010

History of Haiti MP3


Extract from Noam Chomsky’s talk ‘The Uses of Haiti.
Student Pugwash Northeast Regional Conference. February 22, 2002.

more Chomsky media:

Encounters at the End of the World

22 01 2010

Encounters at the End of the World is a documentary film by Werner Herzog completed in 2007. The film studies people and places in Antarctica. The film was released in North America on June 11, 2008, and distributed by THINKFilm.



PALAOA – Transmitting live from the Ocean below the Antarctic Ice

22 01 2010

Map of the PALAOA area

Overview PALAOA area

You can listen to the underwater sound of the Antarctic Ocean with a delay of a few seconds here.

  • MP3 audio stream
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Please note, this transmission is not optimized for easy listening, but for scientific research. It is highly compressed (24kBit Ogg-Vorbis), so sound quality is far from perfect. Additionally, animal voices may be very faint. Amplifier settings are a compromise between picking up distant animals and not overdriving the system by nearby calving icebergs. So you might need to pump up the volume – but beware of sudden extreamely loud events.

most recent spectrogram

Most Recent Spectrogram

Providing an acoustic live stream of the Antarctic underwater soundscape is a formidable challange. After all, more than 15000 km lie between Antarctica and our institute in Germany. Underwater sound is recorded by means of two hydrophones by PALAOA, an autonomous, wind and solar powered observatory located on the Ekström ice shelf (Boebel et al., 2006). The data stream is transmitted via wireless LAN from PALAOA to the German Neumayer Base. From there, a permanent satellite link transmits the data to the AWI in Germany.

A constant hiss pervading the signal is partly due to electronic noise as we push the hydrophone amplifiers to their limits, but also the natural ocean background noise made audible here through the use of ultra sensitive hydrophones. Additional broad band noise caused by wind, waves and currents adds to it on occasion. There a three sources of click-like interference: switching relais, electrostatic discharges caused by snow drift, and sferics produced by thunderstorms ten thousands of kilometers away. Due to the limited bandwith of the satellite link, jamming of the WLAN link due to storms, or energy shortage, the connection might temporarily be down or scrammed. In this case, please dial in later!

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