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Published: Sat, 02 Sep 2017 10:10:57 -0800

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"It's definitely a tokenization."

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 10:10:57 -0800

"Even after World War II, a conflict we typically characterize as an unambiguous moral necessity, veterans disrupted an emerging nationalist, anti-communist consensus. Robert Saxe, the author of Settling Down: World War II Veterans' Challenge to the Post-War Consensus, told the New Republic, "A lot of World War II veterans came back and had some pretty significant critiques of America." Those critiques ranged from dissatisfaction with the military itself, where the divide between officers and enlisted men reflected broader class tensions, and with civilians, who benefited from a wartime economic boom without risking their lives in battle." The Invisible Veterans Of The Left Related : What A Hell Of A Way To Die a podcast by leftist veterans. Example episode : So What Does A Socialist Utopia Do With A Standing Army?

Big Oil Has Never Been Cheaper, Lets Buy It

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:26:22 -0800

So, you want to nationalize the US oil industry? Bill Humphrey and Nate at Arsenal For Democracy provide a beginner's guide to a pragmatic government purchase of the US oil and gas industry to wind-down fossil fuel production rapidly in the global public interest (Audio, 51:00) Notes, outline, and sources. (PFD)

But you don't get to take their words for it

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:36:33 -0800

'Reading Rainbow taught a generation of kids that they could (a) go twice as high as a butterfly, (b) go anywhere, and (c) be anything. Unfortunately, if you chose to be "LeVar Burton using his classic Reading Rainbow catchphrase," the place you will go might be court. According to The Hollywood Reporter, WNED-TV Buffalo, New York, is suing the children's show host in part over his continued use of the tagline "But you don't have to take my word for it" on his podcast LeVar Burton Reads.' The podcast, where "in each episode, host LeVar Burton hand-picks a different piece of short fiction, and reads it to you," is really quite lovely, so if WNED's true mission was to promote reading by driving the entire outraged internet to the soothing embrace of LeVar Burton's voice, then they seem to be succeeding.

Nick, this changes everything.

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:42:31 -0800 games journalist Nick Robinson, best known for his work with the irrepressible Griffin McElroy on such acclaimed projects as Car Boys, Touch the Skyrim, and gamestorming podcast CoolGames Inc, has by proxy developed a "soft boy" image of friendly inclusivity and innocent, goofy charm. So it came as a shock this weekend when a Twitter spat over a glitch snowballed into the outing of Robinson as one of the industry's more notorious missing stairs, with multiple colleagues and even young fans accusing him of sexual harassment. Reaction was swift: longtime friends broke ties, Griffin expressed shocked anger and pushed back on calls for proof, and Polygon suspended Robinson pending inquiry. Vice Media's Waypoint podcast sums up the situation with a frank discussion (starting @32:54) of sexism in the gaming industry, power dynamics in a world of personality-driven social media fandom, the difference between legal and social transgression, and how to deal when a favorite artist betrays your trust. Twitter summation: "The whole internet loves Nick Robinson, a lovely Car Boy! *5 seconds later* We regret to inform you Nick Robinson is a sexual predator." (See also the Milkshake Duck phenomenon.) One of Robinson's targets posts her story to the /r/CoolGamesInc community and gets a broadly supportive reaction. She had previously shared some of his uncomfortable overtures on Twitter, though these exchanges were apparently only the tip of the iceberg compared to other behavior that had been confirmed privately. Somewhat ironically, Griffin and his sister Rachel's Bachelor(ette)-themed podcast Rose Buddies had an episode in June all about that show's recent sexual misconduct scandal where they discuss their feelings of shame and complicity just for hosting a podcast about it. It's tough to listen to but offers a telling glimpse of Griffin's unfiltered reaction to such news outside his own circle, perhaps shedding some light on why he didn't jump to Nick's defense, question the provenance of the accusations, or even go radio silent as friends/colleagues tend to do in similar situations. A 2015 blog post contrasting the dark side of the "soft boy" image with the more popularly known "fuckboy" epithet The Daily Dot's 2014 story on a similar scandal involving YouTuber Alex Day is quite relevant: Just one day after Day posted publicly about the dangers of the power imbalance between YouTube creators and their fans, several women came forward to say that he'd treated them in a way that fit a pattern of manipulative behaviour towards his female friends and fans. For those who felt that they knew Day through his social media presence, this type of accusation was difficult to believe. But as YouTuber Anthony D'Angelo pointed out in a video, watching someone's videos and interacting with them as a fan is not the same as knowing them on a personal level. Their online persona is their professional brand, and 10 minutes of edited YouTube footage per week is not a window into the soul. [...]

Bob's Docs Episode One: Manipulation

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 12:56:03 -0800

For the month of August [On The Media will] be running a series of interviews Bob [Garfield] has done over the years with documentary filmmakers. In the OTM office, the producers have been referring to the collection as "Bob's Docs." Over the next few weeks we'll go through some tropes of documentary film-making, from prurience to access to the personal journey. Episode one is about the deadly sin of manipulation. [audio, downloadable, 23m] I didn't find a link to a transcript, sorry.

Aww Josh! What is that?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:21:27 -0800

We've talked about Justin Trudeau. We've talked about The West Wing Weekly. But have we talked about Justin Trudeau on The West Wing Weekly? [JT segment starts at 45:04] PS. Justin Trudeau is also in Rolling Stone this week.

Not your usual Getting Things Done.

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:55:27 -0800

Interested in productivity but can't relate to the dry managerialness of GTD or the saccharineness of the planner decoration world? Want advice and insight from nerdy, salty, artist types? Check out Productivity Alchemy, a podcast by sysadmin and media producer Kevin Sonney featuring his wife, author, illustrator, and Wombat Test Subject Ursula Vernon, as well as interviews with people from all walks of life who are all convinced that they are not as organised as people think they are.

A show where an interviewer interviews interviewers about interviewing

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 12:06:08 -0800

The Turnaround with Jesse Thorn is a limited-run podcast that interviews world class interviewers about how they do what they do. Running throughout this summer, it has already featured Ira Glass, Susan Orlean, Audie Cornish, Marc Maron, and Larry King, with more to come including Werner Herzog, Anna Sale, Katie Couric, and Terry Gross. The podcast is a co-production with the Columbia Journalism Review, where you can find edited transcripts of each episode. (And yes, Jesse is mefi's own YoungAmerican.)

Podcast to the head!

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:39:20 -0800

Venerable Canadian comedy troupe The Frantics have pored over their entire CBC radio archive for a (planned) 50-part Best Of Frantic Times podcast. Perhaps better known outside Canada for their relatively short-lived TV sketch show Four On The Floor, The Frantics were a four-man comedy troupe most famous for Mister Canoehead, the ubiquitous-for-Doctor-Demento sketch and song Ti Kwan Leep and Boot to the Head, and a fairly well-received Star Trek sketch in the early days of the Just For Laughs comedy festival. Some of the material is... anachronistic is the charitable description; "sexist as hell" is the more accurate label. But for Canadians of a Certain Age, this was the cornerstone of our pre-KiTH comedic development.

The Boy from the Black Sea

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:09:39 -0800

'Shadows: The Val Lewton Story' - part one of a series in which the The Secret History of Hollywood podcasts tells the story of film producer and screenplay writer Val Lewton, with prologues by Mark Gatiss.

Friday night's alright for wrestling (or lots of great podcasts)

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 04:30:30 -0800

HCW Championship Wrestling, 'which has often been called , quite correctly, the worst wrestling ever seen on anyone's TV screen'. To balance that out, lots of great podcasts, starting with Jim Smallman's Tuesday Night Jaw, popular and well liked wrestling podcast on the Distraction Pieces network. HCW Wrestling is shown on Ben TV (Wikipedia) at 12:30am Friday night/Saturday morning. Jim Smallman's website iTunes podcast list for Tuesday Night Jaw Other great podcasts from Distraction Pieces: Dr Suzie Gage - Say Why to Drugs (iTunes only, sorry) Scroobius Pip - Distraction Pieces interviews Youtube channel for HCW Championship wrestling

The return of Dr. Katz, now in SquiggleSound!

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 04:38:26 -0800

After over 15 years, the beloved series Dr. Katz has gotten revived thanks to Audible. Jonathan Katz and Laura Silverman reprise their roles and are joined by a cavalcade of your favorite comedy folks including Sarah Silverman, Dana Gould, Eddie Pepitone, Weird Al Yankovic, Maria Bamford, Emo Philips, Ron Funches, and much more in a possibly more addicting format as an audio series, Dr. Katz: The Audio Files. [h/t] (Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist previously 1, 2.) "For a limited time," the first three episodes of Dr. Katz: The Audio Files, featuring Andy Kindler, Ray Romano, and Sarah Silverman are free on Prime members can also listen via a free 30-day Audible trial via Amazon. Bonus: SquiggleVision: An Animation Technique That Rocked the World [NSFW]

A half-hour dose of science, technology and inexhaustible energy.

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 06:46:04 -0800

On May 15th, NPR launched their first podcast for kids: Wow in the World. Hosted by Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas, the show is aimed at kids ages 5-12 and explores the "wonders of science, technology, discovery and inventions." Reviews/Interviews * Review from The Guardian * Zooglobble: All About Wow in the World, NPR's First Podcast for Kids and Families Where to Find It * NPR * RSS * iTunes But Wait, There's More! * Stefan Shepherd of Zooglobble also keeps an updated list of podcasts for kids, categorized by subject.

Dig This

Wed, 31 May 2017 18:43:14 -0800

Daniel Denvir, a socialist journalist once described by Philadelphia Magazine as "a self-righteous pain-in-the-ass, an unabashed class warrior," hosts The Dig, a podcast from Jacobin magazine "discussing the politics of American class warfare." Denvir's work has been published in Salon, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Nation, Vox, The New Republic, The Guardian, Al Jazeera America, Vice, and others.

Guests have included Liza Featherstone, Dean Baker, Corey Robin, Matt Bruenig, Diane Ravitch, Glenn Greenwald, and Charlene Carruthers. Here are a few choice episodes: Mark Blyth: How Austerity brought us Donald Trump Sarah Jones: What's the matter with Appalachia? Capitalism Dave Weigel: What the media doesn't get about the left The Democratic Socialists of America and the fight against Trump Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on Black Liberation and Socialism Americans in Revolt: Sarah Jaffe on social movements

"Today we are talking with Sid Meier, who needs no introduction ♪♫♩♬♪♫"

Mon, 08 May 2017 00:30:23 -0800

The Designer Notes podcast just completed a four part interview with game designer Sid Meier. Part one is about how he got into computer games and his early career. Part two is about the games that made him famous, focusing on Civilization. Part three continues into the founding and success of his company Firaxis. Part four brings us to the present day, as well as going into some other matters at the end. If you're interested enough in game design to listen to a seven hour interview with Sid Meier, dipping into the Designer Notes archive might be worth your time. It's hosted by Adam Saltsman, best known for making Canabalt, and Soren Johnson, designer of Civilization IV and other strategy games, who interviews Meier.

The dummy is a trifle. It is nothing.

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:25:11 -0800

Twenty Simple Steps To Ventriloquism A surprisingly creepy story (slPseudopod) by author, voice actor, Thomas Ligotti scholar, and lapsed ventriloquist Jon Padgett.

My dad wrote a porno--and I turned it into a podcast

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 13:12:12 -0800

On retirement, [Jamie Morton's] dad decided he was going to write a novel, along the lines of "50 Colours of Grey," as he called it. When his son Jamie realized the draft chapter of Belinda Blinked that his dad had sent him was actually erotica, he decided to read bits of it out loud to friends at a Christmas lunch. This eventually evolved into the popular UK comedy podcast My Dad Wrote A Porno, where Jamie and his friends Alice Levine and James Cooper read a chapter a week and provide commentary. So far the trio have had over 18 million downloads on iTunes, hosted fellow fans and guest stars Elijah Wood and Star Wars' Daisy Ridley, and been featured in a live show at the Edinburgh Fringe. Later this year they will tour Australia and New Zealand. Some listeners have expressed concern for Morton's dad, or "Rocky Flintstone" (his nom de plume). However, according to Morton, his father and his three sisters are enjoying the show. His mother, while less enthusiastic, supports her husband's right to be creative as long as he writes in the garden shed rather than the house.

The Shipping News: Containers (Podcast)

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:18:03 -0800

Oakland, California. The war in Vietnam. Global trade. Logistics, then and now. The thread that links them over time and space? Containers, the subject of an 8-part audio documentary hosted by Alexis Madrigal. "Throughout the documentary, Alexis uses a collection of anecdotes to explore how global trade has transformed the economy and ourselves. In doing so, he provides an insightful, in-depth perspective regarding the role that global trade has had in shaping capitalism, ushering in the world of commerce as we know it today."

We came from somewhere out there.

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:00:49 -0800

Our grandparents and their grandparents were born in Kentucky, and my brother and I grew up in Louisville. Like many black people from the south, my family has been unable to trace our lineage beyond slavery, so we don't know where in Africa our ancestors from. Just that we came from somewhere out there. All we had to go on was an oral family history that maintained that we were, in the words of my grandmother, Tootsie, "black, white, and (American) Indian." This is the case for a lot of black families; the idea that we have "Indian in our family" is a bit of a cultural meme in black America at this point, and I've always wanted to examine how true that actually is.

bizarre true stories from the footnotes of history

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:18:40 -0800

Have you ever wondered what would happen if the President made his dog a cabinet secretary? Or if a famous scientist tried to summon a god? What about if Virginia Woolf wore blackface and pranked the Royal Navy? There's no need to wonder. It all happened.

Something True is the most recent podcast from the Idle Thumbs podcast network, written by Duncan Fyfe and narrated by Alex Ashby.

"John B McLemore lives in Shit Town, Alabama."

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:36:11 -0800

How The Best Podcast Of The Year Was Made. McLemore is a late-middle-age clock restorer, hedge-maze maker, acid-reflux sufferer, and all-around gadfly. The hook for S-Town is that he says he's heard talk of a murder in Woodstock, but the listener quickly gets the sense that what McLemore says is less the point than how he says it. The tapes of his conversations with Reed are glorious, darkly comic linguistic sculptures, filigreed with vulgarity, custom slang, and scientific names for plants. S-Town Is a Well-Crafted Monument to Empathy. Counterpoint: S-Town is a stunning podcast. It probably shouldn't have been made. Why John B.'s Climate Change Obsession in S-Town Is So Unsettling Bonus: The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant The Renegade by Shirley Jackson A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner This is the S-Town Podcast. Previously. Main FanFare post. **ASSUME SPOILERS THROUGHOUT**

Roots and Branches and Wind-Borne Seeds

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 06:26:20 -0800

Yes - a woman falls from a cliff, but the important moment is just before that, when she, at age 51 (after two unhappy marriages) discovers a passion for botany - and just after that, when she continues her research and collections.