The Future Is A Mixtape
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The Future Is a Mixtape is a podcast that hopes to move away from the postmodern and morbid condition of constantly poking at the corpse of capitalism and our dystopian landscape, and instead aims to open up discussion on actual solutions to the overwhelming problems facing our dying Earth.
||Explicit021: The North Star of Human Decency||Beyond Blade Runners and Replicants, there must be a place “Over the Rainbow” for us to exist in solidarity and equanimity. And certainly, the 21st Century hovering above us should be a cause for hope, not despair; yet even with this new century...||11/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit020: More Bleak Than Bleak||For this episode of The Future Is A Mixtape, Jesse & Matt discuss the slow, spiral reckoning of Ridley Scott’s much-celebrated and increasingly influential film Blade Runner, whose long and winding road lead to a sequel, Blade Runner 2049. While...||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit019: Fake Plastic World||For this episode of The Future Is A Mixtape, Jesse & Matt explore the paranoid dread and narcotic pull of Adam Curtis’ most recent documentary of political-noir, HyperNormalisation. In 2 hours and 40 minutes, it charts the globe-hopping travails...||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit018: Putting the ‘Think’ Into Think Tanks||For this episode of The Future Is A Mixtape, Jesse & Matt have a discussion with Matt Bruenig--a lawyer, blogger, political analyst and Twitter-dynamo who’s got your back when you’re kettled by Roaming Hillbots and Randian Regressives. More...||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit017: Imagining Democracy In The Workplace||What would democracy look like if it first existed at the workplace rather than in the woesome consignment of America’s party-politics, which renders our dreams for The Golden Square into Squalid S**t-mash? For this episode of The Future Is A...||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit016: DSA-Curious? #TrySocialism||On this episode, Matt & Jesse have a discussion with Kelsey Goldberg (@KelseyFGold) and Jack Suria Linares (@SuriaLinares213) from DSA-Los Angeles chapter about the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Kelsey and Jack explore their childhood...||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit015: They Owe Us a Living, Of Course||For this episode of The Future Is A Mixtape, Jesse & Matt have a discussion with Frantz Pierre--a community activist and organizer who’s leading a revolutionary project to educate Los Angeles residents about the benefits of Universal Basic...||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit014: A World Without Work||On this episode of The Future Is A Mixtape, Matt & Jesse explore the most exceptional work of utopian thinking since the days of Occupy Wall Street: Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams’ Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work...||8/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit013: The Slingshot Seven||On this episode, Jesse & Matt discuss their fraught and less than ambivalent feelings about their first time at Southern California’s Politicon, and provide a discerning look at how it represents the shallow conceptions of what politics so often...||8/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit012: #$hitsStillFuckedUpAndBullshit||On this episode of The Future Is A Mixtape, Matthew & Jesse go beyond Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next and his apt citations of policy successes in other societies found outside the U.S., and will instead grapple with the stasis of the Left...||8/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit011: Picking the Flowers, Not the Weeds||Beyond just talking about rabbits shitting outside their cages, in this episode of The Future Is A Mixtape, Jesse & Matt will provide a sustained analysis on Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next. Not only was this the finest documentary released...||8/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit010: Squaring the Golden Square: Education||On this episode of The Future Is A Mixtape, Jesse & Matt finally shoot off some long-stored Roman Candles, letting their fireworks rain down on an area of community life they’ve spent an inordinate amount of time living inside of: the looking...||7/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit009: An Apple A Day . . .||On this episode, Jesse & Matt discuss the third most important element of The Golden Square which is so simple and obvious, that it’s remarkable this idea is even contested as a human right in the Yankee-lands of Ol’ Red, White and Blue: the...||7/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit008: Gimme Shelter||Gentrification. Housing Bubbles. Developers & Their “Pay 2 Play” Campaign Donations (Bribes) to City Council Members. And then there’s the needless cruelty of permanent homelessness. On this episode, Jesse & Matt ratchet-up their...||7/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit007: Grammars of the Palate||For this week’s episode, Matt & Jesse transition away from talking about which man-made myths must be stripped out from the the mixtape for the future (“The Poison Pyramid”) or what should just be ignored while they haplessly spiral in the...||7/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit006: ‘Ye Are Many – They Are Few!’||In the sixth episode of The Future Is a Mixtape, Jesse & Matt break out of their self-imposed duo-igloo and bring forth two friends far more adept at exploring the miraculous and shocking rise of Jeremy Corbyn in British politics: 1) Alex...||6/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit005: Captain Picard - “Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.”||In this fifth episode of The Future Is A Mixtape, Matt & Jesse discuss Peter Frase’s diaphanous, compact and idea-drenched work of “Social Science Fiction,” which revs up & rides out to the sweet page-count of 150 pages, and contains far...||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit004: TDS - Terminal Dystopia Syndrome||On this episode, Jesse & Matt discuss the mucky-malarkey of Dave Eggers’ 2013 “satire” (?) of Silicon Valley: The Circle. While this podcast will focus on Eggers’ conscious intentions and unconscious outcomes of his novel, some discussion...||6/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit003: Star-F*****s||On this episode, Jesse makes the case that the third point of “The Poison Pyramid,” which should be readily designated for the dumpster, is the worship of the Celebrity. Matthew makes the case that this is just a shiny, distracting feather to...||6/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit002: The Invisible Hand||This week, Matt & Jesse discuss the second point on “The Poison Pyramid” -- namely the horror-show of Capitalism, and why it’s an awful idea that we should refuse to carry with us into our much-deserved future. Mentioned In This...||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit001: The Desire For Certainty||For the debut episode of The Future Is A Mixtape, Matt & Jesse introduce the concept of “The Poison Pyramid” -- an idea-shape composed of three very bad ideas that shouldn’t be part of humanity’s shared future. The discussion tackles the...||5/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Thought-Provoking and Entertaining
I met Jesse at a local book club, and wanted to check out his podcast. I've gotten hooked, and have listened to all the episodes currently available. I enjoy being a fly on the wall for Matt & Jesse's conversation - it's the sort of dialogue one would like to have more often, but is typically stymied by lack of time or, more commonly, lack of a sufficiently-prepared and engaged interlocutor. Matt and Jesse lay out the problems with our civilization, provide useful terms and frames of analysis, and inspire you to think past small tweaks to the our current system and out to what might truly be possible in a perfect, future world.
Mental Oxygen for Idea-Hungry Lungs
If you’re sick of political venues that discuss current events following a 24-hour news cycle that never goes beyond the narrowly topical or inanely trivial, The Future is a Mixtape is your antidote. Matt and Jesse talk about big ideas—from environmental ethics to capitalist failures to socialist futures—and they talk about them with enthusiasm, humor, and infectious hope. I listen to the podcast during my daily dint of exercise, and after a half hour of Matt and Jesse in my ear I end up feeling enlightened and excited about ideas. I want to talk to people the way Matt and Jesse talk to each other!
Mixtape’s one minor weakness is its lack of intellectual rigor, at least when it comes to engaging with opposing points of view. Often, perspectives outside the far-Left of Matt and Jesse’s ideology are ridiculed or dismissed out of hand. For instance, if free markets are given a voice at all, it’s the recorded voice of a silly bit of propagandist 50s-era boosterism. Also, world problems are at times too easily solved by a wave of the magic wand of FREE. “Food,” Matt insists, “should be as free as air.” Really? But no one has to grow, cultivate, process, package, and deliver my air. I assume Matt and Jesse have done their homework and figured out who will be tasked with making the food and homes (presumably not Matt or Jesse) the hosts declare as rights. But without going into the details about who gets the right to which house in which part of the country, and who has to grow the food for whom, the show leaves the dirty work of bringing ideas to fruition largely to the listener’s imagination. For these reasons, it’s hard to imagine a listener not already comfortably at home in the far Left of the political spectrum being turned on by the podcast. I’d love to see what would happen if a genuinely intelligent guest were invited to engage the like-minded hosts.
But for those of us with an open mind, a taste for collective solutions to global problems, and a willingness to embrace the unpredictable future in all its robotic, universal-basic-income beauty, The Future is a Mixtape is an intoxicating cocktail of ideas. It elevates pressing conversations to a higher, more colorful place in our imagination, where the tomorrow that could be or might be possible is able to be described and discussed and, maybe, just maybe, achievable—if we try hard enough to make it happen. Adding to the hosts’ impressive knowledge of social structures is their invigorating repartee, Jesse and Matt both equally capable of shifting from reverence when it’s appropriate to irreverence when it isn’t. Not to mention, the hosts make themselves vulnerable with personal stories about struggles with mental health or just trying to get by in the world, their personal accounts always compelling and often emotionally affecting. All of which makes for a very, very satisfying listening experience.
My Favorite Podcast
I listen to like 30 podcasts regularly, and this one is my favorite by far. Matt and Jesse really know their stuff, do a great job of informing their listeners while trying as hard as the Srsly Wrong guys to be fair, and acknowledge dark corners of the world despite the general good feeling I get from their attempts to describe a utopian future. The anxiety and depression I get from finally having the time to understand the way the world works is reduced immensely by this show, which is somehow just as uplifting as it is informative. Beautiful work, you two. Keep it up!