Episode Archive

129 episodes of ex.haust since the first episode, which aired on September 6th, 2020.


    January 28th, 2023  |  1 hr 22 mins

    John returns and they finish out the show by finishing Fukuyama's book and reflecting on the experience of working on the show.

    Thanks to all of our listeners! It was a great run and we were overjoyed to have you with us.

  • Episode 96: [UNLOCKED] The End of History and the Last Man: Our Pessimism

    January 28th, 2023  |  1 hr 13 mins

    Emmet and John begin their series on Fukuyama's seminal The End of History and the Last Man. They talk through its context, Fukuyama's background, trouble some of his assumptions, and kick the tires of his liberal triumphalism in the opening 50 pages.

  • Episode 97: [UNLOCKED] The End of History and the Last Man pt. II: The Old Age of Mankind

    January 28th, 2023  |  1 hr 38 mins

    Matt Kelly rejoins the boys to talk about Fukuyama's weird liberalism, econ theory, the triumphalism of the 90s, Fukuyama as an OG anti-Islamic type, and more!

  • Episode 95: [UNLOCKED] Sanctions and Self-Interest ft. Phil Cunliffe

    January 20th, 2023  |  59 mins 49 secs
    britain, electricity, energy, energy crisis, gas, natural gas, neoliberalism, oil, putin, sanctions, ukraine, united kingdom

    Phil Cunliffe joins Emmet to talk about his opposition to the UK's sanctions against Russia, the politics of self-interest, what happened to the nation-state, and more.

  • Episode 94: Engineering Engineers ft. Mark Nelson

    December 11th, 2022  |  1 hr 21 mins

    Mark Nelson returns to the pod to talk with Emmet about becoming an engineer. They talk about the history of the profession in America, how engineers think, what they study, and how they look at the world.

  • [teaser] Leo Strauss and the Three Waves of Modernity ft. Alex Priou

    November 26th, 2022  |  20 mins 1 sec
    america, american history, carl schmitt, leo strauss, liberal, liberalism, modernity, political philosophy, politics

    Alex Pirou from the New Thinkery podcast sits down with Emmet to talk about Leo Strauss and his posthumously published lecture "The Three Waves of Modernity. They talk about the split between the ancients and the moderns, what Strauss was really after, the tasks modernity presents us with today, whether or not we can recover lessons from the ancients, and more!

  • Episode 92: The Dirties ft. PsyOp Cinema

    November 18th, 2022  |  1 hr 23 mins
    cinema, columbine, film, programming, psyop, school shooter, social engineering

    Brett and Thomas from PsyOp cinema join Emmet to talk about the school shooter movie The Dirties (2013). They talk about Columbine, the role media plays in "traumatizing" its audiences, social engineering, media saturation as grand social atomizer, and more!

  • [teaser] Latour and the Problem of Science ft. Jacob Shell

    October 28th, 2022  |  15 mins 3 secs
    bruno latour, climate change, covid, philosophy, postmodernism, science

    Geographer and author Jacob Shell joined me to talk about his obituary of the late Bruno Latour who rose to prominence critiquing science and then turned his back on his most influential works of critical theory in 2004. We discuss the postmodern turn, science as ideology, the problem of critical theory, epistemic authority, "trusting the science," and more!

  • [teaser]Democratic Pluralism ft. Michael Lind

    October 22nd, 2022  |  20 mins 10 secs
    american history, degrowth, democracy, economics, economy, industry, managerialism, new deal, political economy

    Author Michael Lind joins Emmet to talk about his research speech on democratic pluralism in the 21st century. They discuss regime type, managerialism and technocracy, sector bargaining, the beauty of big, dumb, and simple, his forthcoming book on labor called Hell to Pay, and more.

  • Episode 89: The Agony of the New Left ft. Leighton Woodhouse

    October 14th, 2022  |  1 hr 21 mins
    american history, history, libertarianism, new left, nihilism, progressivism, san francisco, woke, woke ideology, wokeness

    Journalist Leighton Woodhouse joins Emmet to talk about the New Left of the 1960s and the values of the managerial class. They talk about progressive libertarianism, the difference between the old managerial order of the immediate postwar era and the post-70s era, cultural path dependency, the Port Huron statement, and more.

  • [teaser] Millennial Canon: Napoleon Dynamite, Juno, and Scott Pilgrim

    September 30th, 2022  |  15 mins 7 secs

    Kat Dee joins Emmet to talk about movies they couldn't stop texting each other about which they think define, in part, the millennial vibe. They talk about movies that give a shit that you're watching them, what happened to music as part of identity formation, the sexual weirdness of all three movies, being awkward as an early millennial meme, what millennials did to language, and more!

  • [teaser] Shock of the New: The Future That War

    September 26th, 2022  |  15 mins 9 secs

    Emmet and Josh wrap up their series on the Shock of the New.

    They discuss the modern art museum, Hughes's sick burns on everyone and everything, Superbowl Commericals as art appreciation ritual, Don Draper, and mourning the death of painting.

  • Episode 88: Oceania Has Always Been At Culture War With Eastasia ft. Michael Cuenco

    September 23rd, 2022  |  1 hr 13 mins
    conspiracy theory, culture war, end of history, marshall mccluhan, neoliberalism, oligarchy, populism, trump

    Essayist Michael Cuenco joins Emmet to talk about the totalizing permanence of the culture war. They talk about Ross Perot, Pat Buchanan, liberty, republicanism, oligarchy, living in a post-literate tribal world, and more!

  • [teaser] Shock of the New: From Munch to Warhol

    September 5th, 2022  |  50 mins 14 secs

    Josh and Emmet talk over episodes 6 and 7 of Robert Hughes's The Shock of the New. They get into Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Rothko, and the dawn of the Weak Universal Forms.

    They discuss art as a window into the past and the schizo-world of television. And if painting can't matter in the way it used to, why did Hughes bother with the series?

  • Episode 87: The King and the Duke: So Long, Vince McMahon ft. Oliver Bateman

    August 19th, 2022  |  58 mins 11 secs
    con artist, huck finn, kayfabe, pro wrestling, scandal, trump, vince mcmahon, wrestling, wwe

    King of The Work and co-host of What's Left, Oliver Bateman joins Emmet to talk about the illustrious career of pro-wrestling mogul Vince McMahon after he stepped down from WWE. They talk about the hustler and con man as American architects, the intimacy of kayfabe, what people get wrong about their stale "politics as pro wrestling" takes, and more!

  • [teaser] The End of History and the Last Man: The Old Age of Mankind

    August 15th, 2022  |  1 hr 41 mins

    Matt Kelly rejoins the boys to talk about Fukuyama's weird liberalism, econ theory, the triumphalism of the 90s, Fukuyama as an OG anti-Islamic type, and more!