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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March 2nd, 2021 | 1 hr 6 mins
climate change, coal, electrical grid, energy markets, energy twitter, free markets, gas, nuclear power, oil, renewables, rick perry, solar power, texas, the grid, wind power
Emmet talks with energy analyst Mark Nelson about how the Texas grid almost completely collapsed and what that means for our future.
Episode 27: [teaser] Vax Traxx III: Medical Nihilism, mRNA Production Rundown, and the Downfall of the CDC ft. Canada Mike
February 28th, 2021 | 3 mins 15 secs
bayesian statistics, corona, corona virus, coronavirus, covid19, logistics, pfizer, supply chains, vaccine
A teaser for our first Patreon episode.
February 23rd, 2021 | 1 hr 13 mins
chamath, deepfuckingvalue, economics, elon musk, finance, free markets, gamestop, populism, the big short, wall street bets, wire card
Matt Stonks joins the lads to talk through financial fundamentals, what happened with GameStop, and what the whole kerfuffle might mean for the future.
February 16th, 2021 | 1 hr 11 secs
athens, democracy, frank furedi, hamilton, philosophy, plato, politics, psychology, technocracy, woke
Emmet sits down with Frank Furedi to discuss his latest book, Democracy Under Siege: Don't Let Them Lock It Down!
February 9th, 2021 | 1 hr 20 mins
altright, borges, capitol riots, conspiracy theory, heidegger, incel, leo strauss, nihilism, philosophy, politics, qanon, yukio mishima
We talk through three pieces: Strauss's lecture on German Nihilism, Bradley Troemel's video essay on QAnon, and Boris Groys's essay Self-Design and Aesthetic Responsibility to understand the current state of American Nihilism.
February 2nd, 2021 | 1 hr 7 mins
america, american history, christopher lasch, corona, corona virus, coronavirus, covid19, ivan ilich, logistics, pfizer, supply chains, vaccine
Canada Mike joins us to talk about why America's vaccine rollout plan doesn't make sense and why it's not going well.
January 26th, 2021 | 1 hr 8 mins
19th century history, america, american canon, emerson, german philosophy, national identity, nationalism, philosophy, poe
We conclude (for now) our readings of Poe and Emerson by taking a look at how they conceived of American literary nationalism.
January 19th, 2021 | 1 hr 4 mins
1/6, anger, capitol building, justice, neostoicism, politics, ryan holiday, stoicism, taleb
Emmet and John discuss two different articles that take on stoicism and anger.
January 12th, 2021 | 1 hr 10 mins
cancel culture, facebook, flash animation, joshua harris, social media, tristan harris, twitter
We offer a brief obit for Flash animation and then discuss two documentaries that deal with the problem of social media.
January 5th, 2021 | 1 hr 16 mins
covid, fight island, music, nba, nba bubble, ufc
In our first episode of 2021, we speak with Ian Corey about his series of articles on art and entertainment in the age of COVID.
December 29th, 2020 | 1 hr 19 mins
coronavirus, covid19, kanban, logistics, pfizer, supply chains, vaccine
In our end of year recap, we discuss how vaccines are made, how that's changed, and what that will mean for COVID vaccine distribution.
December 22nd, 2020 | 1 hr 41 secs
carl schmitt, cold war, democracy, hayek, kyong-min son, neoliberalism, randcorp
We speak with scholar Kyong-Min Son about his book The Eclipse of the Demos: The Cold War and the Crisis of Democracy before Neoliberalism.
December 15th, 2020 | 1 hr 2 mins
19th century, american history, borges, edgar allan poe, literature, poe, simpsons
In the second installment in our American canon series, we look at our beloved, gothic failson Edgar Allan Poe.
December 8th, 2020 | 51 mins 6 secs
christianity, conservatism, culture, george bush, jesus, liberalism, narcissism, politics
We revisit the 2006 documentary Jesus Camp to re-evaluate their perspective on the movie and to understand our current political moment.
December 1st, 2020 | 1 hr 1 min
flyover country, foxconn, kentucky, trump, wisconsin
We read two articles: one about a failed jobs program in coal country and another about a bad deal with Foxconn in Wisconsin.
November 24th, 2020 | 52 mins 37 secs
american canon, culture, emerson, history, religion, self-reliance, theology
We begin our American Canon series with Emerson's famous essay, "Self-Reliance."