About the show

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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  • Episode 54: "My Hand Is A Fleshgun": Culture Without Context Ft. Alexi and Sam from Nymphet Alumni

    August 31st, 2021  |  1 hr 9 mins
    culture, fashion, gen x, gen z, milennials, tiktok, zoomers

    Emmet sits down with Alexi and Sam from the fashion and culture podcast Nymphet Alumni to talk about how culture does or doesn't get handed down, our contextless existence, the state of fashion, the absolute state of zoomers, and more!

  • Episode 53: The Lasch Files: The True and Only Heaven pt. I

    August 24th, 2021  |  1 hr 19 mins
    chesa boudin, christopher lasch, cold war, gop, history, leftism, progress, progressivism, republican

    Emmet and John begin their series on Lasch's book The True and Only Heaven: Progress and Its Critics."

  • Episode 52: American Canon: HP Lovecraft and Harlan Ellison ft. Canada Mike

    August 17th, 2021  |  1 hr 12 mins
    america, american history, apocalypse, dystopian, ellison, fiction, horror, lovecraft, weird, weird fiction

    Canada Mike, Emmet, and John discuss HP Lovecraft's "Call of Cthulu" and Harlan Ellison's "I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream."

  • [teaser] After Virtue: The Final Episode

    August 15th, 2021  |  3 mins 32 secs

    In our final installment of the After Virtue series, we provide an overview of MacIntyre's closing arguments, pose complicating rebuttals, and consider the power of viewing life as a narrative among other things.

  • Episode 51: Strength Is Never a Weakness ft. Bill Coyne

    August 10th, 2021  |  1 hr 11 mins
    dave tate, jim wendler, mark rippetoe, powerlifting, starting strength, strength, weightlifting, westside barbell

    Strength coach and powerlifter Bill Coyne joins Emmet to talk about his pilgrimage to Westside Barbell, the strongest gym in the world, the history of weight lifting, getting strong as an antidote to despair, and more!

  • Episode 50: Real Eyes Realize Real Pfize Ft. Canada Mike

    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.

  • [teaser] Two Piece: Ranciere's Emancipated Spectator and Plato's Meno

    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?

  • Episode 48: What We Talk About When We Talk About Conservatism ft. Micah Meadowcroft

    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!

  • [teaser] American Canon: Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find"

    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.

  • Episode 47: How Did We Get Here? Ft. Sterling Bartlett

    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."

  • Episode 46: Map v Territory, or, Statistical Modeling for Poets ft. Canada Mike

    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.

  • [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.