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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.