Episode Archive

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

  • [teaser] After Virtue IV: The Tradition of Virtue

    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.

  • Episode 45: I Make An Honest Living!: Pain & Gain, Wolf of Wall Street, and the Financial Crash

    June 29th, 2021  |  1 hr 17 mins
    2008, american history, culture, film, financial crash, martin scorsese, michael bay, movies, politics

    Josh Bregman comes back on the pod to talk with Emmet about two movies that came out in the same summer that sought to capture post-crash America: Pain & Gain and Wolf of Wall Street.

  • Episode 44: Astroturfing the Thunderdome ft. Fox Green

    June 22nd, 2021  |  1 hr 16 mins
    fandom, george soros, marvel, mcu, new york, ngo, non-profits, peter buffer, politics, warren buffet

    Emmet sits down with Fox Green of Space Commune to talk about how his town is being astroturfed by billionaire-funded NGOs, political fandom, the revolt against adulthood, and much, much more.

  • [teaser] Visions of Heaven and Hell - 1994

    June 20th, 2021  |  3 mins 17 secs

    John and I watched a forgotten Channel 4 documentary on the early internet from 1994. It's a very weird message in a bottle. This is a wide-ranging discussion. We hope you like it.

  • Episode 43: American Hardball: Scorsese's GoodFellas and McKay's Vice

    June 15th, 2021  |  1 hr 2 mins
    american politics, culture, dick cheney, film, goodfellas, history, iraq war, martin scorsese, politics, the big short, wall street

    Emmet and John talk about America's delight in self-serving, cruel narcissists via the movies Vice and GoodFellas in addition to an essay by Jim Shepard.

  • Episode 42: "It All Ends in Pizza": Brazilianization and Life in the Undeveloping World ft. Alex Hochuli

    June 8th, 2021  |  1 hr 4 mins
    bolsonaro, brazil, development, history, lula, modernism, neoliberalism, socialism, zizek

    Writer and co-host of the Aufhebungabunga podcast Alex Hochuli joins Emmet and John to talk about his latest article in American Affairs: "The Brazilianization of the World."

  • [teaser] After Virtue III: WTF Is a Fact?

    June 6th, 2021  |  3 mins 30 secs

    John and Emmet talk about facts, bureaucracy, science as a social process, the social telos of internet moderation as a culture, and more.

  • Episode 41: A Brief History of the American Electricity Grid From the 1920s to Closure of Indian Point ft. Edgardo Sepulveda

    June 1st, 2021  |  1 hr 7 mins
    american history, electricity grid, electricity markets, indian point, infrastructure, monetarism, neoliberalism, new deal, nuclear energy

    Emmet sits down with Edgardo Sepulveda to talk about the history of the electrical grid in America and why certain infrastructure projects no longer feel possible anymore.

  • Episode 40: "We all saw that idea come home": The Imperial Vampire Castle and Its Fixed Ideas

    May 25th, 2021  |  1 hr 6 mins
    911, afghanistan, cancel culture, cia, cold war, empire, iraq war, joan didion, liberalism, mark fisher, mujahideen, neoconservatism, woke

    Emmet and John use three articles to talk about our woke empire and how much it feels like the neocon heyday of the early 2000s.

  • Episode 39: Energiewendon't and the Nordstream Connection ft. Mark Nelson

    May 18th, 2021  |  1 hr 4 mins
    angela merkel, biden, carbon emissions, climate change, cold war, eu, european union, france, fukushima, germany, ipcc, nordstream, nuclear energy, renewable energy, russia

    Mark Nelson returns to the pod to explain Germany's Energiwende policy and its dependence on Nordstream 2 pipeline from Russia.

  • [teaser] Life and Death at Jasper Mall

    May 16th, 2021  |  2 mins 12 secs

    We discuss the movie Jasper Mall, which follows the small-town Alabama mall's decline over the course of a year. This is a teaser for the full Patreon episode.

  • Episode 38: The Culture of Confession ft. Default Friend

    May 11th, 2021  |  1 hr 3 mins
    alt lit, cancel culture, millennial culture, myspace, paris hilton, sjw, tao lin, tumblr, woke, xo jane, zoomers

    Emmet sits down with Default Friend to talk about the culture of confession, the emotional history of the internet, millenial blues, and more.

  • Episode 37: Based and Nukepilled ft. Madison Czerwinski

    May 4th, 2021  |  54 mins 13 secs
    aoc, bernie sanders, byron, climate change, diablo canyon, dresden, electrical grid, environmentalism, green new deal, green nuclear deal, indian point, indisutrial policy, nrdc, nuclear energy, renewable energy, sierra club, texas

    Founder of the Campaign for a Green Nuclear Deal, Madison Czerwinski, sits down with Emmet to talk about the closure of the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York, the status of the US nuclear fleet, and what a nuclear future could look like.

  • [teaser] American Canon: TS Eliot's "Tradition and Individual Talent"

    May 2nd, 2021  |  2 mins 19 secs

    Emmet and John talk about Eliot's essay on what it means for a writer to fit into a tradition.

  • Episode 36: I Went Down to the Piraeus Yesterday with Robert Downey Jr.: Watching RDJ's Cocaine '92 Election Doc ft. Josh Bregman

    April 27th, 2021  |  1 hr 37 mins
    american politics, bill clinton, clinton, culture, democratic party, george bush, history, hollywood, mike ruppert, oliver stone, pat buchanan, politics, rdj, robert downey jr

    Token Gen-Xer Josh Bregman joins Emmet to discuss Robert Downey Jr.'s documentary about the '92 election, The Last Party. They discuss what has and hasn't changed in the last thirty years.

  • Episode 35: Two-Piece: Gentry Elites, Dead WASPs, and the End of Fair Play Culture

    April 20th, 2021  |  1 hr 9 mins
    america, american politics, elites, political history, politics, populism, wasp culture

    Emmet and John discuss two articles and try to fine-tune their understanding of who the American elites are and how they've changed over time.