Author and Academic Adventurer
People call me to ask my opinion on a variety of subjects; this is of course flattering--they think (usually) that I have something profound to say. That said, of late, I have become much more reluctant to speak into just any-old microphone stuck in my mouth. As a former reporter used to sticking his own naive microphone (as it were) in the mouth of an expert interlocutor about the subject of the day, I have sympathy with the news profession, but little for idiocy. Anyway, here are a couple of interviews with me conducted by both excellent question-askers, as well as run-of-the-mill types. I will spare all readers from the queries coming from the lower life-forms, namely, those who had no idea of what they were asking--only that they had been told 'to ask.'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwzPaqYAw-Y (Conversations with History/Berkeley, 2008)
http://english.ohmynews.com/articleview/article_view.asp?at_code=437727 (General Caucasus, 2010)
http://www.visions.az/history,321/ (Goltz hagiography, 2011)
http://johnbatchelorshow.com/podcasts/2013/04/20/author (Chechens and Boston, April 2013; potential links to Turkish Uprising, Istanbul, June 2013)