[NetBehaviour] Walter Benjamin's radio broadcasts

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu Oct 30 14:20:44 CET 2014

Walter Benjamin's radio broadcasts,
brought together for the first time

Radio Benjamin -- Walter Benjamin was fascinated by the impact of new 
technology on culture, an interest that extended beyond his renowned 
critical essays. From 1927 to ’33, he wrote and presented something in 
the region of eighty broadcasts using the new medium of radio. Radio 
Benjamin gathers the surviving transcripts, which appear here for the 
first time in English. This eclectic collection demonstrates the range 
of Benjamin’s thinking and his enthusiasm for popular sensibilities. His 
celebrated “Enlightenment for Children” youth programs, his plays, 
readings, book reviews, and fiction reveal Benjamin in a creative, 
rather than critical, mode. They flesh out ideas elucidated in his 
essays, some of which are also represented here, where they cover topics 
as varied as getting a raise and the history of natural disasters, 
subjects chosen for broad appeal and examined with passion and acuity.


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