February 1st, 2022 | 1 hr 2 mins
90s, cancel culture, culture, cyberpunk, history, internet, internet culture, metaverse, metoo, rape, second life
Default Friend returns to talk with Emmet about Julian Dibbel's famous essay, A Rape in Cybserpace, which presaged our digital social experience back in 1993. DF and Emmet talk about etiquette, digital governance, the weirdness of online life, the "distributed self," what it would mean to take the internet seriously, and more!
December 7th, 2021 | 1 hr 25 secs
cancel culture, covid, culture, fear, feminism, free speech, porn, pornography, privacy, social media
Contributing editor at Unherd Mary Harrington joins Emmet to talk about why everything feels like porn, the smooth hell of life online, the culture of fear in the time of COVID, how women get forgotten, and more!
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!
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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."
October 13th, 2020 | 1 hr 10 mins
adam neumann, culture, elizabeth holmes, entrepreneur, narcissism, paris hilton, politics, psychology, steve jobs
John and Emmet have a sprawling conversation about narcissism, how efficiency maximization can encourage pleasure obsession, and more.