Susskind and Cole on C-Span2

I just happened (while flicking channels to try to avoid the naked mud-wrestling, oops, women’s beach volleyball*) to run into a broadcast of the Los Angeles Public Library conversation between KC Cole and Lenny Susskind about the amusingly titled “Black Hole War” between him and Stephen Hawking and the circle of ideas and theories connected with all of that wonderful area of physics. (I blogged about it here and here.) It looks like it was really good (I just caught some of the questions and answer session). I checked, and it’ll air again later tonight. It’s on the program Book TV on C-Span2, and will be on again tonight at 10:30pm. Set your recording devices!



(*I like women in bikinis as much as the next person, but how come the women are virtually naked while the guys are wearing regular shirts and shorts?)

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7 Responses to Susskind and Cole on C-Span2

  1. Newton says:

    Thank you!

  2. Heather says:

    As a volleyballer I really dislike this feature of women’s sports. Some fellow players claim it is just more comfortable for them – as some guys claim playing shirtless is more comfortable for them.

    I really think it is more about trying to get butts in the seats for long enough to prove that women can play just as hard as men can.

    Or, and this is my biggest hope, it is just about some of the better players on real beaches wearing bikinis so they could catch waves after a match (when the sport began) so it became a tradition (like pinstripes on baseball uniforms).

  3. JustAnotherGradStudent says:

    I heard someone on BBC radio the other day talking about women’s beach volleyball. Aparently there’s a _maximum_ size for the bikinis in women’s beach volleyball? One of the commentators seemed to think that it was a shameless ploy for ratings in the Los Angeles games that stuck around.

    Either way, I’d love to see Saudi Arabia field a team in London 🙂

  4. Clifford says:

    Really!? Wow… that’s just amazing, if so.


  5. JustAnotherGradStudent says:

    Ok, here we go. A few minutes of googling turns up this:

    “Olympic female beach volleyball players wear a top closely fitted to the body and briefs with a side width no greater than 7cm, or a one-piece uniform closely fitted. ”


  6. Clifford says:

    Huh…. turned out it is much worse than I thought… Wow.

    Any regulation for the male players, who all seem to be wearing regular t-shirts and shorts (and are hence not subject to lots of ogling remarks by the sports announcers)?