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The House of DelVento is an independent podcast that's all about discussion. "Meta" topics: history, culture, religion, politics, science ... sure! Hosted by John D, and a variety of guests, conversations can range from casual to crisis. Come on in!
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#9 - Dr. Ahmet Kuru

#9 - Dr. Ahmet Kuru

2021-01-1801:04:50

Ahmet T. Kuru (PhD, University of Washington) is a Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University. His recent book, "Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison" (2019) aims to offer a fresh perspective as to why Muslim-majority countries exhibit high levels of authoritarianism and low levels of socio-economic development in comparison to world averages.  Colonialism?  Religion?  War?  Most answers to this question have tended to see things from these lens; while Dr. Kuru pins it on what he calls an "ulema-state alliance".  The discussion centers on these main ideas from his book.  This was a prerecorded episode.
#8 - Dr. Eviane Leidig

#8 - Dr. Eviane Leidig

2021-01-1556:07

Dr. Eviane Leidig is a postdoc on the INTERSECT (Intersecting Flows of Islamophobia) project, and an affiliate at the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo. Her current research compares the role of women in the far right in India and North America. She looks in particular at influencers on social media who promote Hindu nationalist and alt-right narratives, respectively, and the transnational connections between these movements. Our discussion centered around her paper "Hindutva as a Variant of Right Wing Extremism"; and recent occurrences of right wing radicalization in the US.  What does it all mean?  Dr. Leidig's research goes a long way at trying to put it all together! This was a prerecorded episode.
Who's the guy behind the podcast?  Is he a secret agent?  What's his SSN?  Is he married?  Where did he come from?  This should answer all those pressing questions for you.
#6 - Caralisa Monteiro

#6 - Caralisa Monteiro

2020-11-2639:40

A vocalist with a heart of gold, Caralisa Monteiro has been in the music circuit for over a decade. Often referred to as "The Jingle Queen", Caralisa has lent her voice to over 7,000 ad jingles for several well-known brands.  She also actively raises funds for cancer patients through her NGO Angel in Disguise and helped compose an anthem for the Rape Roko movement.  In this discussion we talk about Caralisa's early influences, career moves, activism, advice for young artists, and more!  This was a prerecorded episode.
#5 - Jada Bernard

#5 - Jada Bernard

2020-10-3001:52:32

We talk with Jada Bernard about RSS-affiliates and the "Sangh" in the US, Hindu Supremacy vs White Supremacy, and some 2020 election issues.  Jada is highly vocal about these issues and has participated in several anti-fascism protests, videos, interviews, and more.  Livechat questions were answered throughout the episode.
#4 - Sanjukta Basu

#4 - Sanjukta Basu

2020-10-0902:13:44

Sanjukta Basu is an Indian writer, photographer, lawyer, and feminist scholar. She is currently a Columnist for print and online media and writes on women, politics, minority rights, and social issues.  She is pursuing her PhD in Gender and Women's Studies and has grown increasingly vocal during the Modi era.  In this discussion we talk about the urban/rural gender divide in India, growth of Hindutva, online trolling wing, Congressional Opposition, Islamic appeasement, and more!  This was a prerecorded episode. 
Dr. Audrey Truschke's teaching and research interests focus on the cultural, imperial, and intellectual history of early modern and modern India (c. 1500-present).  Her second book, "Aurangzeb: The Life and Legacy of India's Most Controversial King", is a historical reassessment of one of the most hated kings in South Asian history.  In this podcast we talk about her book, the controversy, and some of the various critiques of her work.  This was a prerecorded episode.
#2 - Michael Botzaropoulos

#2 - Michael Botzaropoulos

2020-09-1102:20:34

Michael Botzaropoulos is a music composer from Wales, UK whose credits include American Pickers, Grey's Anatomy, Dancing With The Stars, and more!  He works closely with John on a regular basis.  We talk music projects, careers, work-life balance, technology, and a few live questions from listeners.
#1 - Haseeb Qureshi

#1 - Haseeb Qureshi

2020-08-2502:29:39

Haseeb Qureshi is pursuing his PhD in embryology with further specialties in neuroscience and genetics.  He has several focuses inside his field as well as research interests outside it.  We talk religion, culture, big questions, "pseudoscience", and more.  Recorded live with viewer questions. 
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