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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 18th, 2021 | 3 mins 48 secs
Canada Mike swings by the pod to talk about decadence, decline, and the aesthetic education of the soul. This is a brief clip from the episode.
April 14th, 2021 | 1 hr 29 mins
1980s, body horror, cold war, david cronenberg, leo strauss, marshall mcluhan, media theory, neoconservatism, paranoia, parapolitics, peter thiel, videodrome, viderodrome
Emmet and Geoff Shullenberger talk about a mutual favorite film: Cronenberg's Videodrome. They talk about how it presaged our fractured digital lives and the inscrutable, parapolitical world we inhabit.
Episode 33: Shorting the Grid: The Hidden Fragility of the American Electric Grid ft. Meredith Angwin
April 6th, 2021 | 1 hr 7 mins
Emmet and John sit down to speak with Meredith Angwin about her new book on America's fragile electric grid.
April 4th, 2021 | 5 mins 3 secs
John and Emmet discuss the failure of the Enlightenment's ethical project and highlight MacIntyre's skepticism of human rights.
March 30th, 2021 | 1 hr 6 mins
christopher lasch, cia, cold war, congress for cultural freedom, cultural cold war, korean war, mccarthyism, nixon, psyop
Emmet and John discuss Christopher Lasch's essay, "The Cultural Cold War: A Short History of the Congress for Cultural Freedom."
March 23rd, 2021 | 53 mins 49 secs
capitalism, covid, democracy, freedom, happiness, knowledge class, marx, plato, social distancing, socialism, the elightenment, therapy
Emmet sits down with Ashley Frawley to talk about her work on the semiotics of happiness, the knowledge class, and the how to think about freedom.
March 16th, 2021 | 1 hr 17 mins
alex lee moyer, altright, charlottesville, incel, kantbot, loneliness, media criticism, tfw no gf
Emmet and John review Alex Lee Moyer's documentary TFW NO GF.
March 14th, 2021 | 4 mins 27 secs
cia, cold war, cybersec, cybersecurity, fsb, national defense, national security, natsec, nsa, russia, solarwinds, supply chains
For our second Patreon episode, Emmet talks with a cybersecurity expert about the SolarWinds attack.
March 9th, 2021 | 1 hr 17 mins
after virtue, alisdair macintyre, christopher lasch, communitarianism, cultural decay, culture, ethics, marx, marxism, politics
Emmet and John begin their reading series on Alisdair MacIntyre's classic work After Virtue.