• Episode 06a – “Ecology, Freedom, Equity – What is Social Ecology, how does it influence our lives and what makes it important?”

    With climate change and Covid, times might look bleak but there is hope out there. According Murray Bookchin’s text The Ecology of Freedom the origin social and ecological problems are intertwined and cannot be solved by ignoring one party they are also equally rooted in the attempt to dominate everyone and everything. In this episode Bernadette and Tim will introduce you to the concept of Social Ecology, is it a possible solution to our problems or an outdated concept?


    Bookchin, M. (1982). The ecology of freedom (p. 232). New Dimensions Foundation

    You can find an online version of the text here

    Time cues

    00:09 Introduction

    00:37 The Status Quo

    01:19 Introduction to Social Ecology

    02:56 Ecology vs. Environmentalism

    03:52 The aims of Social Ecology

    04:10 First Nature, Second Nature, Third Nature

    05:07 What is “wholeness”?

    06:24 Social Ecology, Nature and Hierarchies

    10:43 Interview with Blair Taylor from the Institute for Social Ecology

    16:38 Definition 1 (of Social Ecology)

    17:43 Definition 2 (of Social Ecology)

    18:58 The Relevance of Social Ecology today

    20:25 Social Ecology in our everyday life

    21:39 Farewell

    22:12 Outro/Quote


    Blair Taylor https://social-ecology.org/wp/author/blair-taylor/)

    Links and ressources

    Institute for social ecology https://social-ecology.org/wp

    The Text https://libcom.org/files/Murray_Bookchin_The_Ecology_of_Freedom_1982.pdf

    Democratic Confederalism Beyond the Frontlines – The Building of the democratic system in North and East Syria https://rojavainformationcenter.com/storage/2021/06/Beyond-the-frontlines-The-building-of-the-democratic-system-in-North-and-East-Syria-Report-Rojava-Information-Center-December-2019-Web-version.pdf

    Solar Punk Explanation https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SolarPunk

    Mutual Aid – A Factor of Evolution https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/petrkropotkin-mutual-aid-a-factor-of-evolution


    Cover art: Anna Mahendra

    Music: ZakharValaha https://pixabay.com/music/jingles-piano-cassical-brand-motive-logo-9997/

    Felix Spieß

    22m - Jan 24, 2022
  • Episode 05 - Introducing Multidimensional poverty

    In episode 05-Introducing Multidimensional poverty Fabian Schmidl and Miriam El Agha talk about the multidimensional poverty index and the progress of countries, which have managed to reduce multidimensional poverty. The hosts address the following questions: When are households considered to be multidimensionally poor? Is there a threshold? What impact does Covid-19 have on multidimensional poverty? The text this episode is based on is “The global Multidimensional Poverty Index” in: Global MPI 2020 – Charting pathways out of multidimensional poverty: Achieving the SDGs. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI).2-12.


    “The global Multidimensional Poverty Index” in: Global MPI 2020 – Charting pathways out of multidimensional poverty: Achieving the SDGs. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI).2-12.

    Time Cues

    00:06 –1:01 Self imposed poverty

    1:04 –3:05 1.Introducing multidimensional poverty 2. Overview 3.Third semester 4.Poverty and inequality

    3:06 – 05:38 1.Multidimensional poverty Index 2.Degree of deprivation 3.Dimensions 4. Indicators

    05:39 –08:00 1.Multidimensional poverty reduction 2. Progress 3. SDG division 4. Multidimensional poverty

    08:01 – 09:45 1.Sir Tony Atkinsons 2. A clearer picture of poverty 3. A different perspective

    09:50 –12:46 1.Covid 19 influence 2. Restriction of school attendance 3. Exclusion 4.Malnourishment

    Guests and Sound bites

    1. Anastasia (guest wants to stay anonymous)

    2. Jens Völksen

    (Anastasia and Jens Völksen provided sound bites for the podcast. They expressed their opinion, explaining which of the following poverty dimensions they consider important for a good life: Poverty dimensions: 1. Health 2. Education 3. Standard of living).

    Links and terms

    Global multidimensional poverty Index: 

    „The global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) is an international measure of acute multidimensional poverty covering over 100 developing countries. It complements traditional monetary poverty measures by capturing the acute deprivations in health, education, and living standards that a person faces simultaneously“(Global Multidimensional Poverty Index, 2018, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative).

    Definition cited from this webpage: OPHI (2018) .https://ophi.org.uk/gmpi-2018/



    Cover art: Anna Mahendra


    Fabian Schmidl

    01:00 – 03:04 Welcome

    03:05 – 09:48 Sorry Plight

    09:51 – 14:57 Astonishment

    Jingle: Felix Spieß

    14m - Jan 24, 2022
  • Introducing talking texts Season 02

    In episode 0-introducing Talking Texts season 02 you will hear about what topics are covered in this season why you should listen and what the hosts like so much about the episodes.

    Time cues

    00:23.1             01:06.2             What is talking texts

    01:06.2             02:8.7              The single episodes in the season

    02:08.7             03:19.4             Question 1:What are the episodes


    03:19.4             05:06.1             Question 2: How will the listener


    05:06.1             07:01.8             Question 3: What do the hosts like

    best about their episode?

    07:01.8             08:40.1             Is there anything that needs to be


    08:40.1             09:08.2             0utro and jingle






    Cover art: Anna Mahendra

    Music: Felix Spieß



    9m - Jan 24, 2022
  • Episdode 06b - Full length interview with Blair Taylor from the Institute for Social Ecology

    In this Interview Tim and Blair discuss Social Ecology, what it is and how it can help tackle the crieses of today. Blair talks about his background in environmental and social activism and provides examples where the concept has already been sucessfully applied and how it can give hope to everyone.

    Time cues

    00:00.0 00:18.7 Preliminaries

    00:18.7 03:50.0 Introduction

    03:50.0 06:12.0 Why is Social Ecology still relevant today?

    06:12.0 10:28.4 How does Social Ecology influence our everyday lives?

    10:28.4 12:39.6 Which field of academia would profit the most from integrating Social Ecology?

    12:39.6 18:49.2 Which role will Social Ecology play in the future?

    18:49.2 20:02.0 Outro


    Institute for social ecology https://social-ecology.org/wp

    The Text https://libcom.org/files/Murray_Bookchin_The_Ecology_of_Freedom_1982.pdf


    Cover art: Anna Mahendra

    Felix Spieß

    20m - Jan 24, 2022
  • Ep. 4b Inferential statistics - mind the gap

    In episode 4b we, Karina and Bernadette, explain some of the notions of error and statistical concepts. We then discuss one of the tasks from the text and present our solutions .

    Time cues episode 4b

    00:00:39 Part 3: different concepts in inferential statistics

    00:01:09 Inferential and descriptive statistics

    00:02:18 Error in studies

    00:03:20 Errors of observation

    00:04:58 Errors of non-observation

    00:07:58 Part V: Discussion of Task from: Inference and Error in Surveys

    00:08:26 Information before starting

    00:09:19 What are the important parameters of the study?

    00:10:37Discussion of task 1a)

    00:11:24 Discussion of task 1b) and 1c)

    00:15:49 Summary

    Links and resources


    GROVES, Robert M., et al. “Inference and error in surveys” in: Survey methodology. John Wiley & Sons, 2011. 39-67.


    17m - Feb 5, 2021
  • Ep. 4a Inferential statistics - mind the gap

    In episode 4a of talking texts inferential statistics – mind the gap We, Karina and Bernadette,discuss the text: “Inference and error in surveys” in: Survey Methodology by Groves et al. We explain the meaning of the words inference and error, summarize the text and talk about why it is relevant. In addition, we talk about Sherlock Holmes and how statistics can make the world a better place.

    Time cues

    These time cues will help you find the topics we discussed or resume where you stopped listening.


    00:00:00 Introduction of hosts, topic and text

    00.02.34 Part 1

    00.02.34 What does inference mean?

    00:03:58 What is error in statistics?

    00:04.36 How seeing error from a statistician's point of view might improve our lives

    00:05:43 Part 2 What is the text about and why does it matter?

    00:05:59 Features of the text we found difficult

    00:06:54 Summary of the text

    00:08:50 Why is the text relevant

    Links and resources

    link to episode page



    Cover art: Anna Mahendra

    Music Bela Bartok, Irene Damert, Felix Spieß

    14m - Feb 5, 2021
  • Ep. 3 Skipping class – Is attendance, the solution for good grades?


    Welcome to episode 3 of the podcast “talking texts”. In this episode “skipping class – Is attendance, the solution for good grades?”, Jimmy and Luisa explain the main results of the scientific paper “Skipping class in college and exam performance: Evidence from a regression discontinuity classroom” and discuss their own experiences with skipping.


    Time cues

    00:00 Introduction

    00:45 Opener for episode

    01:50 Study design and facts

    04:22 Results

    05:40 Conclusion and own experiences

    08:01 Closing words

    09:45 Outro



    Celina Depiereux

    Christopher Klemmer

    Resources and links

    Dobkin, C., Gil, R., & Marion, J. (2010). Skipping class in college and exam performance: Evidence from a regression discontinuity classroom experiment. Economics of Education Review, 29(4), 566-575. link

    Link to website https://talkingtexts.de/episode-3/

    Word list

    Midterms – important exams in the middle of an academic year

    Attendance rate – percentage of how many students actually visited the class in average.

    Mandatory – a class is mandatory when you have to attend all the classes dates of a course.

    Regression discontinuity – scientific tool to compare pretest and posttest performance after implementing a specific policy


    Cover art: Anna Mahendra

    Music Bela Bartok, Irene Damert, Felix Spieß

    10m - Feb 5, 2021
  • Ep. 2 Is abortion a crime ?

    This is the podcast Talking Texts: the podcast about important texts from your degree program. In episode 2 – Is abortion a crime? the hosts Marzia and Marlow will talk about the text “Abortion regimes of the OECD countries and their determining factors by comparison” by Edith Gindulis. This text deals with the issue of abortion and its criminalization. It also discusses which countries have questionable abortion rights.


    Time cues

    00:01 introduction

    01:24 opener

    01:26 topic of the text

    02:45 statistical background

    05:28 conclusion

    06:58 discussion

    10:37 outro


    Links and resources

    Gindulis, Edith. Die Abtreibungsregime der OECD-Länder und ihre Bestimmungsfaktoren im Vergleich. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 2002, 31. Jg., Nr. 3, S. 315-336.

    Link to the text: https://www.ssoar.info/ssoar/handle/document/6004

    Link to website https://talkingtexts.de/episode-2/



    Cover art: Anna Mahendra

    Music: Felix Spieß

    11m - Feb 5, 2021
  • Ep. 1 You just got nudged!

    In today's episode of Talking Texts, the hosts Christoph and Rick explain the economic use of Nudging in everyday live and how the number of organ donations can be increased using nudging techniques. While giving several examples of how Nudging can affect any of us, their episode is based on the award-winning bestseller book: “Nudge: Improving-Decisions-Health-Happiness” from Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein.

    Time cues

    00:00 Opener

    00:51 Intro

    01:08 What is Nudging? Examples.

    05:32 Nudging and Organ Donation

    10:18 Discussion                                         

    16:00 Outro   


    Verhaltensökonomik is behavioural economics in English

    Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA). This translates as federal center for health education. The task of this centre is to inform citizens about health and important measurements. For more information go to their webpage.

    "REWE" is the name of a supermarket-chain in Germany. REWE is short for "Revisionsverband der Westkauf-Genossenschaften" (Audit union for Westkauf-Cooperatives).

    Links and Resources                                     

    German Version: Nudge. Wie man kluge Entscheidungen anstößt (übersetzt von Christoph Bausum). Econ, Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-430-20081-3

    Thaler, R. H., & Sunstein, C. R.. Nudge: Improving decisions about health, wealth, and happiness. Penguin. 2009.

    Link to website https://talkingtexts.de/episode-1/

    Link to BZgA https://www.bzga.de/home/bzga/


    Cover art: Anna Mahendra

    Music Bela Bartok, Irene Damert, Felix Spieß

    17m - Feb 5, 2021
  • Ep. 0 Introducing talking texts

    This episode of talking texts introduces the hosts and single episodes of the first season. We will talk about the purpose and aim of the podcast as well as how it can help you with difficult texts from your degree program.

    Here is the link to the webpage: https://talkingtexts.de

    You’ll find the single episodes by clicking on the respective links:

    Ep. 0 https://talkingtexts.de/episode-0/

    Ep. 1 https://talkingtexts.de/episode-1/

    Ep. 2 https://talkingtexts.de/episode-2/

    Ep. 3 https://talkingtexts.de/episode-3/

    Ep. 4 https://talkingtexts.de/episode-4/

    10m - Feb 2, 2021
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