Co-hosts Emmet and John plumb the depths of history, culture, and philosophy to understand why it is that despite calamities and rapid change nothing feels possible anymore. Guests include artists, scholars, and thinkers from all over the world.
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Episode 56: This Film Is Dedicated to the Brave Mujahideen Fighters of Afghanistan ft. Phil Cunliffe
September 14th, 2021 | 58 mins 48 secs
9/11, afghanistan, bush, islam, neoliberalism, terrorism, war on terror
Emmet talks with author and cohost of Aufhebunga Bunga Phil Cunliffe about the bungled evac of Kabul, the Afghanistan War's aimlessness, historical amnesia, and more!
September 7th, 2021 | 1 hr 22 mins
To celebrate ex.haust's one year anniversary, Emmet and John respond to listener questions.
September 6th, 2021 | 3 mins 31 secs
In this one, Emmet and Mike discuss cultural narcissism, Mike's MILF Hitler theory, the societal threat unguided young men pose, Sheller's abortive USMC protest videos about the Afghanistan exit, the officer corps as a societal bellwether, and more!
August 31st, 2021 | 1 hr 9 mins
culture, fashion, gen x, gen z, milennials, tiktok, zoomers
Emmet sits down with Alexi and Sam from the fashion and culture podcast Nymphet Alumni to talk about how culture does or doesn't get handed down, our contextless existence, the state of fashion, the absolute state of zoomers, and more!
August 24th, 2021 | 1 hr 19 mins
chesa boudin, christopher lasch, cold war, gop, history, leftism, progress, progressivism, republican
Emmet and John begin their series on Lasch's book The True and Only Heaven: Progress and Its Critics."
August 17th, 2021 | 1 hr 12 mins
america, american history, apocalypse, dystopian, ellison, fiction, horror, lovecraft, weird, weird fiction
Canada Mike, Emmet, and John discuss HP Lovecraft's "Call of Cthulu" and Harlan Ellison's "I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream."
August 15th, 2021 | 3 mins 32 secs
In our final installment of the After Virtue series, we provide an overview of MacIntyre's closing arguments, pose complicating rebuttals, and consider the power of viewing life as a narrative among other things.
August 10th, 2021 | 1 hr 11 mins
dave tate, jim wendler, mark rippetoe, powerlifting, starting strength, strength, weightlifting, westside barbell
Strength coach and powerlifter Bill Coyne joins Emmet to talk about his pilgrimage to Westside Barbell, the strongest gym in the world, the history of weight lifting, getting strong as an antidote to despair, and more!
August 3rd, 2021 | 1 hr 2 mins
agamben, cold war, covid, darpa, fauci, foucault, logistics, pfizer, plato, vaccine
Emmet and Canada Mike return to their bread and butter: vaccine supply chains.
August 1st, 2021 | 1 min 16 secs
In this one, talk through a Ranciere essay and a Platonic dialog, both deal with epistemology and politics. We had a lot of fun considering and juxtaposing these.
Episode 49: The DENNIS System for Death Cults: Degrowth, Consumerism, and the Environmental Movement ft. Space Commune
July 27th, 2021 | 1 hr 8 mins
capitalism, consumerism, degrowth, environmentalism, neofeudalism, peter buffet
Alex and Fox (a return guest) from Space Commune join Emmet to talk about their new documentary--Consumerism: Can We Buy a Better World?
July 20th, 2021 | 56 mins 36 secs
america, american history, aquinas, aristotle, christianity, conservatism, cs lewis, empire, plutarch, politics
Emmet sits down with Micah Meadowcroft, an editor at The American Conservative, to talk about some of his recent writing, a view of the right from the right, what conservatism should mean, and much more!
July 18th, 2021 | 4 mins 27 secs
John and I are back with another canon ep by request. This one's about one of our favorite short stories. We talk through the story, then ruminate on the connections between O'Connor and McCarthy, and then close with a meditation on life in flyover country.
July 13th, 2021 | 57 mins 19 secs
art, flat design, history, image comics, matisse, recycling, spawn, theory, william burroughs
Emmet sits down with comic book artist Sterling Bartlett to talk about his comics "How Did We Get Here?" and "Kali, Yuga, Eschaton."
July 6th, 2021 | 1 hr 24 mins
ecology, malthus, population, science, statistical modeling, taleb
Canada Mike returns to talk about the theoretical basics of statistical modeling, which turns into a discussion of discourse, democracy, expertise, sophistry, and history.
July 4th, 2021 | 4 mins 22 secs
In our second to last installment on After Virtue we look at Aristotle's impact and the origins and extension of virtue ethics from Homer to the Middle Ages. This one was a fun deep dive and very in our wheelhouses in different ways.