Making Sense and Making Music Amidst Catastrophes

Shahir Masri, an environmental scientist, who identifies as a Lebanese American, uses his science and grass roots sensibilities to address the human public health catastrophe in Gaza. In the second segment (approx. minute 41:05), cellist extraordinaire Matt Haimovitz speaks about the possibilities and power of his musical instrument, especially in times like these.

Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa – album; De Hartmann Cello Concerto Op 57 I Andante con brio, performed by Matt Haimovitz with Leipzig Symphony Orchestra; Cello Concerto Op 57 III Allegro ma non troppo, performed by Matt Haimovitz with Leipzig Symphony Orchestra.

An extension of Matt’s interview is available in this separate sound file, recorded on the same day; thus making the interview whole.

Israeli Palestinian Confederation Waves The White Flag

Josef Avesar, founder of the Israeli Palestinian Confederation, which advocates for a mutual third government for Israelis and Palestinians, offers nuance which is in short supply in the Arab Israeli conflict. He has been building simulations of the confederation process, with an impressive roster of commentators, in IPC’s virtual meetings this fall. Listeners are welcome to view previous recordings as well as partake in live demonstrations. During this interview Mr. Avesar takes stock of the contributions of the late Ruth Shapin who helped build this process. Submissions for the Ruth Shapin Essay Competition are due 8/30/21. More details about this and the ambitious simulation roster are available at:

Music credits: The Comet is Coming, “New Age,” Channel The Spirits album; and Horace Silver, “Peace,” Blowin’ The Blues Away – album.