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The Quarantine Tapes

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“All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.“ - Blaise Pascal. The Quarantine Tapes: A week-day program from Onassis LA and dublab. Hosted by Paul Holdengräber, the series chronicles shifting paradigms in the age of social distancing. Each day, Paul calls a guest for a brief discussion about how they are experiencing the global pandemic.

“All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.“ - Blaise Pascal. The Quarantine Tapes: A week-day program from Onassis LA and dublab. Hosted by Paul Holdengräber, the series chronicles shifting paradigms in the age of social distancing. Each day, Paul calls a guest for a brief discussion about how they are experiencing the global pandemic.

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United States

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“All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.“ - Blaise Pascal. The Quarantine Tapes: A week-day program from Onassis LA and dublab. Hosted by Paul Holdengräber, the series chronicles shifting paradigms in the age of social distancing. Each day, Paul calls a guest for a brief discussion about how they are experiencing the global pandemic.

Language:

English


Episodes

The Quarantine Tapes 048: Maggie Nelson

5/29/2020
“I think about it a lot with dance and I think about it alot with the relationship between a body contributing something into space with others and how that relates to a life of the mind; in what ways do our words dance with each other…” On episode 048 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber is joined by acclaimed author Maggie Nelson. Maggie discusses the challenges of online teaching during the pandemic, and what it’s been like to work on her new book. Paul and Maggie also explore the...

Duration:00:29:59

The Quarantine Tapes 047: Patton Oswalt

5/28/2020
“It’s the experience of being in a room full of strangers and you are all surprised and amazed momentarily at something that you connected with that nobody thought you were going to connect with…you’ve definitely hooked into humanity, and if we lose that—that’s really dangerous” On episode 047 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber is joined by award-winning actor and comedian, Patton Oswalt. They discuss the challenge of creating comedy in this moment and how the survival of artists...

Duration:00:29:59

The Quarantine Tapes 046: Alex Ross

5/27/2020
“These memories of feeling at one with music, feeling overwhelmed, the memory of intensity can be so powerful…” On episode 046 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber is joined by New Yorker music critic Alex Ross. They discuss the powerful relationship between music and the listener, and what is lost in the now ubiquitous digital livestream experience. Paul and Alex also explore the impact that the pandemic is having on musicians of all kinds and what it means to support this facet of...

Duration:00:37:06

The Quarantine Tapes 045: Nik Hlady

5/26/2020
"The communal enjoyment of music and the joy and ecstasy it can bring”... On episode 045 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber is joined by Nik Hlady, co-founder of Los Angeles Nightlife Alliance (LANA), a grassroots volunteer-based organization. They discuss LANA's role in advocating for the independent nightlife community in Los Angeles, and its mission before, during, and after the pandemic.

Duration:00:29:59

The Quarantine Tapes 044: Imani Perry

5/22/2020
"We can only understand the world that was, after the moment of transformation.” On episode 044 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber is joined by professor and author Imani Perry. They discuss the notion of collective grief, what it means for artists and thinkers to speak out against injustice in this moment, and how humility can function as both a virtue and a form of submission. Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and the...

Duration:00:29:59

The Quarantine Tapes 043: Molly Crabapple

5/21/2020
On episode 043 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber sits down with artist and writer Molly Crabapple for a discussion on Jewish Identity and how art can be used as a means to draw closer to the people and places we love. Molly also shares her thoughts on the current state of New York City, where she lives, and what might become of it after the pandemic. Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. She is the author of two books, Drawing Blood and Brothers of the Gun, (with...

Duration:00:29:52

The Quarantine Tapes 042: Darren Walker

5/19/2020
On episode 042 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber speaks with Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation. They discuss collective interdependence, economic inequality, corporate responsibility, and how hope is crucial to our democracy. Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, a $13 billion international social justice philanthropy with offices in the U.S. and ten regions around the globe. For two decades, he has been a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic...

Duration:00:29:59

The Quarantine Tapes 041: Baz Dreisinger

5/18/2020
In this episode Baz and Paul discuss the implications of using language from the criminal justice system (i.e. “lockdown”) to describe conditions during the pandemic, the public health crisis occurring within the American prison system, and what it would look like to move toward a restorative justice model. Dr. Baz Dreisinger is a writer, producer, agitator and activist. She is the author of Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World; Executive Director of the...

Duration:00:29:55

The Quarantine Tapes 040: Edwin Schlossberg

5/15/2020
Paul Holdengräber is joined by designer, author, and artist Edwin Schlossberg on episode 040 of The Quarantine Tapes. They discuss the act of listening and collaborative problem solving. Edwin Arthur Schlossberg (born July 19, 1945) is an American designer, author, and artist. He specializes in designing interactive, participatory experiences, beginning in 1977 with the first hands-on learning environment in the U.S. for the Brooklyn Children's Museum. Schlossberg continues to work in the...

Duration:00:29:57

The Quarantine Tapes 039: Father Greg Boyle

5/14/2020
Today on episode 039 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber is joined by Father Greg Boyle. They discuss the importance of kinship and an equity-based economy. Gregory Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. A Jesuit priest, from 1986 to 1992 Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles that also had the highest...

Duration:00:29:59

The Quarantine Tapes 038: Kristy Edmunds

5/13/2020
Today on episode 038, Paul Holdengräber is joined by the Executive and Artistic Director of UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, Kristy Edmunds. Paul and Kristy discuss the solace found in the arts, and how we now have an opportunity, because of this pandemic, to think about how the arts can be supported, in the hopes that they might still exist for future generations to enjoy. Kristy Edmunds is an artist, curator, frequent keynote speaker and currently the Executive and Artistic...

Duration:00:29:59

The Quarantine Tapes 037: Kwame Dawes

5/12/2020
Paul Holdengräber is joined by author and educator Kwame Dawes on episode 037 of The Quarantine Tapes. They discuss the purpose of poetry and what it means to bear witness to life. Kwame Dawes is the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction, criticism, and essays. He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and teaches at the University of Nebraska and the Pacific MFA Program. Dawes is Director of the African Poetry Book Fund and Artistic Director of the Calabash International...

Duration:00:29:59

The Quarantine Tapes 036: Bill McKibben

5/11/2020
Paul Holdengräber is joined by author and environmentalist Bill McKibben on episode 036 of The Quarantine Tapes. They discuss the precarity of this moment in human history, where there might be room for hope when thinking about the future, and the importance of listening and giving voice to our youth. Bill also shares a few lessons that we can learn during this time, including: Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes...

Duration:00:29:59

The Quarantine Tapes 035: Davina Two Bears

5/8/2020
Paul Holdengräber is joined by Davina Two Bears on episode 035 of The Quarantine Tapes. They discuss the history of Native American boarding schools, decolonizing the fields of archaeology and anthropology, and how music can be used as a form of resistance. Davina Two Bears is Diné (Navajo) from Northern Arizona. She has a PhD in Anthropology from Indiana University – Bloomington and is currently a Anne Ray fellow at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Two Bears grew...

Duration:00:28:57

The Quarantine Tapes 034: Victor Brombert

5/7/2020
Paul Holdengräber is joined by literary scholar Victor Brombert on episode 034 of The Quarantine Tapes. They discuss literature as a sign of survival, the importance of humor, and more. Victor Henri Brombert is an American scholar of nineteenth and twentieth century literature, the Henry Putnam University Professor at Princeton University. Brombert’s work is primarily focused on 19th and 20th century French literature, and also on the history of ideas; the theory of literary criticism; and...

Duration:00:29:58

The Quarantine Tapes 033: Sandra Jackson Dumont

5/6/2020
Paul Holdengräber is joined by Sandra Jackson-Dumont, the director of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, on episode 033 of The Quarantine Tapes. They discuss the history of visual storytelling, the role of museums in our shifting world, and more. Sandra Jackson-Dumont has been appointed Museum Director and Chief Executive Officer at The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Tasked with leading the institution through its opening and beyond, Jackson-Dumont joined the Lucas Museum in January 2020....

Duration:00:29:58

The Quarantine Tapes 032: Bernie Krause

5/5/2020
Paul Holdengräber is joined by musician and soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause. Tune in as they discuss Krause’s career and how he arrived at soundscape ecology, the healing potential of natural soundscapes, and the importance in asking ourselves how we are acting toward the people and planet we love. Since 1968, Bernie Krause has traveled the world recording and archiving the sounds of creatures and environments large and small. Working at the research sites of Jane Goodall (Gombe,...

Duration:00:32:05

The Quarantine Tapes 031: Keanakay Scott

5/4/2020
Keanakay Scott spent her childhood living in and out of foster care. At age 18, she became homeless for more than a decade, despite having employment. Scott discusses with Holdengräber the correlation between foster care and homelessness. She details her experiences with the foster care system, and describes how important it is to teach basic life lessons, like how to find an apartment, budgeting, and paying rent. Scott discusses her experience with issues surrounding fostered youth and...

Duration:00:29:58

The Quarantine Tapes 030: Angel Bat Dawid

5/1/2020
Angel Bat Dawid describes her background as a classically trained musician in contrast to her experience with jazz in her home city of Chicago. These improvised jam sessions opened Bat Dawid’s eyes to a new way of playing. This combination of musical skill inspired Bat Dawid to compose her work “Requiem for Jazz,” a 12 part Requiem Mass celebrating life, death and Jazz. Bat Dawid discusses the importance of self care, and slowing down to experience life without anxiety. Bat Dawid describes...

Duration:00:29:59

The Quarantine Tapes 029: Amanda Vincelli

4/30/2020
Amanda Vincelli is co-founder and Program Director of Navel, a LA based nonprofit designed to foster collectivity and kinship through accessible public cultural programming, collaborative learning initiatives, and residency programs. In this episode, Vincelli and Holdengräber talk about the fundamentals of Navel as a non-profit organization, and how important physical space is to the mission and vision of Navel; through assemblies, events, workshops and artists residencies. Since the start...

Duration:00:29:59