In this week's episode, Derek and Tommy chat about application privacy on iOS and Android. New technologies such as the Samsung Galaxy, Pixel, and iPhone have become so heavily relied upon for communication that it is almost unfathomable to be fully 'disconnected' from the social world. But our phones are not simply communication devices - they are now repositories for a host of sensitive information about our lives, our bodies, and our desires. In this episode, the hosts break down what is at steak when we simultaneously treat our personal communication devices as such repositories without knowledge about how those data will be collected, used, stored, and shares. Do we simply not care about our data and privacy? Or are we just misinformed? Tune in for this heated debate between Tommy and Derek.

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Tommy is back! 

After a summer spent researching data privacy in Bochum, Germany (and traversing the Swiss alps with his newly-engaged parter), Tommy is back in studio to chat with Derek about his research project on visualizing data flows in smartphones. In many ways our cell phones are the most important communication tool in our daily lives. Not only are smart phones embedded into the fabric of social life, they also act as repositories for a host of personal and impersonal information about us. Applications collect, analyze, interpret, translate, and share data on their users in continuous flows. Yet, not much is known about how those flows operate - this is where Tommy's intervention comes in. Tune in for our discussion about the importance of visualizing the flow of data and its implications on accountability, privacy, and, ultimately, democracy. 

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The ASA annual meeting is almost upon us! In our final pre-ASA episode, Derek chats with one of his own mentors, Dr. Carla Pfeffer, Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina (Derek's alma mater!), about her book Queering Families: The Postmodern Partnerships of Cisgender Women and Transgender Men (Oxford University Press), teaching conversial topics and issues, and some of the problems with traditional approaches to peer-review. Nothing like a chat about peer-review before thousands of sociologists gather in Philly, huh?  

Carla's research lies at the intersections of sociological inquiry into contemporary families, genders, sexualities, and bodies considered marginal, as well as social actors' management of stigma and discrimination. Her book Queering Families, published in 2017, is one of the first deep explorations into the lives and partnerships of cisgender women married to transgender men. Her work has been widely published in the Archibes of Sexual Behavior, American Journal of SociologyGender & Society, Journal of Homosexuality, the Journal of Marriage and Family, and many other academic journals. Currently, Dr. Pfeffer is working as the United States co-Investigator on the projvect, "Trans Pregnancy: An International Exploration of Trans Male Experiences and Practices of Reproduction" (w/ Dr. Sally Hines, Leeds University), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. 

In addition to her great work, Dr. Pfeffer is wonderful person, mentor, and colleague. You can follow Carla on Twitter!

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting - August 11-14, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA.

2018 ASA Sexualities Preconference - August 9-10, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA.

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Welcome to the second episode of our little University of Toronto mini-series! As we ramp up for the ASA annual meeting this weekend in Philadelphia, Derek chats with Dr. Jooyoung Lee (PhD UCLA), Associate Professor in the Deparment of Sociology at the University of Toronto and faculty member at the Centre for the Study of the United States in the Munk School of Global Affairs. In this episode, we discuss Jooyoung's award-winning book Blowin' Up: Rap Dreams in South Central (University of Chicago Press), his current projects, academic twitter, gun control and mass shootings, and strategies for teaching ethnography in the classroom! 

He researches and writes about gun violence, health disparities, Hip Hop, and true crime. He is currently writing a new book, Ricochet: Gun Violence and Trauma in Killadelphia (under contract with University of Chicago Press). In addition to his academic work, Jooyoung is also a fantastic public speaker who frequently appears on TV as a news commentator and an award-winning teacher. His work is featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, VICE, Maclean's, and other notable media outlets. You can find Jooyoung on Twitter!

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Following a few weeks off, we are finally back in the groove in the leadup to the American Sociolocial Association's annual meeting in Philly!

In this week's episode, Derek sits down with a long time twitter-friend Dr. Neda Maghbouleh (PhD University of California), Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto, to chat about her book The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian-Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race (Stanford University Press), her current work with Syrian newcomers in the #6ix, and the role of social media in academic circles. Neda is an expert on racism and immigration, with a particular focus on groups from the Middle East - broadly conceived.

Some of her research currently on-the-go includes a SSHRC/IRCC-funded project on stress and the integration of Syrian newcomer mothers in Toronto and Peel regions (with Melissa Milkie and Ito Peng); a Connaught-funded project on boundaries and inequalities in local mothers' groups; and survey research on the "new U.S. racial and ethnic hierarchy" (with Ariela Schachter and René Flores). Dr. Maghbouleh frequently provides commentary to media outlets like CTV News, Global News, NPR Code Switch, Salon, Toronto Star, Vice, and Vox. She enjoys conducting research with UTM students and is running two undergrad ROP research teams, aligned with her SSHRC/IRCC- and Connaught-funded projects, in 2016-8. Not only all that, she is a totally rad person and her Twitter presence is awesome! You can find Neda on Twitter!

 

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In this long overdue episode, Tommy and Derek finally reunite to reflect upon the podcast's first episodes while chatting about the past, present, and future direction of What's That Noise. We also have some REALLY, REALLY BIG NEWS to share about @thomasncooke's personal life! Tune in as we discuss the confusion and noisiness surrounding the production your own podcast while sharing a bit about what is to come over the next few months. We cannot wait to share the next bunch of episodes with you all while returning to our regular production schedule :)

Tune in over the next two weeks as we sit down with Dr. Neda Maghbouleh (@nedasoc), Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, and Dr. Jooyoung Lee (@theyoungjoo), Associate Professor at U of T, to chat about their wonderful books The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race, and Blowin' Up: Rap Dreams in South Central! 

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In our second episode from Germany, co-host @thomasncooke planned to chat with a new friend and colleague about her summer research project at the Centre for Advanced Internet Studies (@CAIS). That will have to wait, as our guest @julirone - a recent Social and Political Sciences PhD graduate of the European University Institute, Florence, Italy - shares numerous complex and thought-provoking perspectives that challenge many of @Thomasncooke's ideas and assumptions about European culture, politics, and research agendas. 

Beginning with a quick lesson on how to properly pronounce Dr. Rone's name, today's episode moves through a wide range of topics and themes that activate many curiousities for our co-host. As @thomasncooke and @julirone discover, the differences in their backgrounds, training, and analytical orientation set the table for an open chat about themes, concepts, and notions that our co-host may have otherwise taken for granted: east vs west, theory-praxis, the legacies of communism upon the Eastern Bloc, and something about cultural self-colonization. There is a little bit of everything in store for any listener. So grab your favourite German beer or a fistful of spargle, sit back, and enjoy!

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Over the past few years we have experienced the notable reemergence of a white nationalist movement within the public sphere. From the Emanuel AME shooting to Charlottesville, VA and beyond, white nationalism seems to be undergoing a rebranding of sorts - moving out of the darkness of the internet and into the limelight of public discourse. While many political leaders continue to condemn activities of these so-called "alt-right" - or alternative right - groups, others have provided those who feel that they have been treated unfairly by years of social policy with a sense of legitimacy and authority for their grievances. Indeed, it is clear that while white nationalism has never fully gone away, it is perhaps more powerful and pervasive today than in recent memory. 

In this week's episode, Derek has a chat with three experts working on various issues related to the emergence of the alt-right, reemergence of white supremacist hate groups, and political violence more generally. Guests of the show include Dr. Ryan Scrivens, a HORIZON Postdoctoral Fellow at Concordia University and expert in right-wing extremism online and in public, Dr. Amarnath Amarasingam, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Waterloo who has published numerous articles and reports on engagement in and disengagement from extremist groups, and Bradley Galloway, former leader of BC's Volksfront skinhead organization who was part of the Canadian white supremacist movement for 13 years who is now studying criminology at the University of Fraser Valley. Brad is also the focus of a CBC documentary called "Skinhead," which traces the Canadian white nationalist movement over the past several decades. Special thanks to @UOIT @UOITCrim and the International Network for Hate Studies for putting on such a wonderful biennial conference for hate studies at which this episode was recorded. Please feel free to follow the network for more information!

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Volume 11 marks the beginning of a unique side series for @WTNcast, as Tommy conducts numerous interviews during his summerlong Fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) in Bochum, Germany. In this episode, Tommy sits Max Brenker to learn about life growing up, working in, and navigating around the state of North-Rhein Westfalia. In his capacity as Project Officer at CAIS, Max shares some fascinating insights about what it takes for a research centre to thrive in a burgeoning intellectual landscape that takes very seriously the ramifications and promises of the Internet and digitization upon emergent regional and international issues. As we will find out, interdisciplinarity is key for scholastic growth in these areas - a pursuit that is not without its challenges. Whether you are interested in culture, geography, or abridging academic inquiry across the social and hard sciences, this episode has lots in store for you. 

Whether an early or seasoned academic, we highly encourage you to pursue a Fellowship by visiting CAIS here. Don't hesitate to get in touch with them on twitter and be sure to give our new friend Max Brenker a follow, too.

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On this week's episode, Derek chats with Dr. Jeff Preston, Assistant Professor of disability studies at King's University College, to discuss his work on representations of disability in popular culture. From Jimmy Brooks (a.k.a. Drake) in Degrassi to Artie Abrams (Kevin McHale) in Glee, mass media tends to paint a relatively simple and uniform picture of what it means to be disabled in the world. Jeff's research aims to challenge these simplistic representations by flipping the script and investigating how images of disability in pop culture reveal just as much about nondisabled producers as they do of disabled bodies. His work highlights how such representations illustrate the perpetual anxiety of the nondisabled about an imagined world of disability, and challenges us to think about the ways in which our cultural understandings of disability might be not only inaccurate, but also part of a broader fantasy of disability. 

You definitely don't want to miss this one! Follow @jeffpreston on Twitter!

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In another very special episde, Derek travels to Winnipeg to sit down with Dr. Jeffrey Monaghan, Assistant Professor in the Institute for Criminology and Criminal Justice at Carleton University, and Fahad Ahmad, PhD candidate in public policy at Carleton, to discuss their work on radicalization and some of the challenges with so-called "radicalization studies." In something of a different episode, we get into some of the overlaps between criminological theory and research and issues related to radicalization leading to political violence. You definitely don't want to miss this one! Follow Jeff @monaghanjeffrey and Fahad @atlast_atweet!

We would like to thank the Department of Criminal Justice and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Justice Studies at the University of Winnipeg for helping us record this podcast! Please follow the Institute on Twitter!

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In today's very special episode, Derek travels to Winnipeg to sit down with Dr. Kevin Walby, Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Winnipeg, and Alex Luscombe, PhD student in the Centre for Criminology at the University of Toronto, to discuss their work using Access to Information (ATI) and Freedom of Information (FOI) requests as data sources in their research. Tune in for a really interesting discussion of some of the benefits and pitfalls of using this type of data to make the backstage of government a little bit more visible! 

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In this special episode, Tommy and Derek sit down with long-time high school teacher Danny Clarke to discuss neoliberalism and education, bureaucracy, standardization, and the utility of metrics. Tune in for our discussion of Education, Inc. and some of the problems with "juking the stats" in our efforts to 'educate' our youth.

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In a slightly different episode, Tommy and Derek sit down with radio personality and voice of the London Knights Mike Stubbs of AM980 Global News Radio to chat about the radio industry, the future of news in the age of social media, and the emergence of so-called "PC" culture and challenges to his industry. Tune in as Mike schools us on how to be a great radio personality! You can follow Mike on Twitter @Stubbs980

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In this episode, Tommy and Derek sit down with Dr. Ben Muller, Associate Professor of Political Science at King's University College, to chat about his research, critical security studies, problems with academic conferences and scholarly associations, and the digital and aesthetic evolution of borderlands.

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In this episode, Derek and Tommy sit down to chat about Tesla, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and some of the problems associated with the diffusion of computer algorithms in social life. 

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In this episode, Derek sits down with Jordan Zalis to talk about his research in ethnomusicology, Drake, the Toronto Raptors, and the influence of sound on Northern culture. They seek to provide some clarity to key questions of cultural appropriation, power, political economy, and the often underestimated role of sound in sport.

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May 13, 2018

Volume 2: The NCAA

In this episode, Tommy and Derek talk about the NCAA and question whether or not collegiate-athletes should be paid.

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In the very first volume of What's That Noise? Tommy and Derek discuss Cambridge Analytica and question the future of surveillance studies in Canada and elsewhere.

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