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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with guests about culture in all its forms—pop, high, and low—and American society in general.
||CleanThe Dissident Right (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Dave Donovan)||Dave's place on the "dissident right" ... Aryeh denies being a leftist ... Explaining "NPC," the hot new political insult ... Jordan Peterson and social alienation ... Housing is expensive and consumer goods are cheap ... Why do conservatives dominate political YouTube? ... Going extreme on YouTube: bloodsports and superchat ... Are liberals hypocrites on climate change, college admissions, and privilege? ... The appeal of Tucker Carlson to the far right ...||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMillennials, Generation X, Baby Boomers, and Star Wars (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Daniel Kaufman)||What ever happened to Generation X? ... Cataloging what made Millennials the way they are ... The secret connection between Boomers and Millennials ... Dan explains why Gen X is more apolitical ... Bad Millennials vs. Good Millennials ... Assessing the state of Star Wars ... The surprising reason why Dan came to like The Last Jedi ... Aryeh argues in favor of the democratization of the Force ... The many sins of Solo ...||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStan Lee: The Myth and the Man (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Jeet Heer)||Jeet narrates the largely forgotten prehistory of Marvel Comics ... Does Stan Lee or Jack Kirby deserve more credit for creating the Marvel Universe? ... Lee's real skills: editing, branding, and marketing ... The link between Spider-Man and Ayn Rand ... Lee's foresight in working to make Marvel movies ... How Judaism influenced Lee and Kirby ... Is it crazy to rank Lee/Kirby alongside Shakespeare? ...||11/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Science of Animal Training (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Rebecca Lohnes)||Rebecca's path from the Ivy League to an animal shelter ... The science of animal training ... The many reasons why you shouldn't try to be your dog's "alpha" ... What we know about animal personality ... What goes on inside an animal shelter? ... Is there such a thing as a "bad dog"? ... What's actually happening when your pet looks ashamed ... Aryeh and Rebecca debate whether their dog loves them ...||11/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAsk a F*ck-Up (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Brandy Jensen)||How Brandy came to write an advice column called "Ask a F*ck-Up" ... Young people's problems: depression, alienation, loneliness ... Brandy's central theme: the responsibilities we bear to each other ... Can "bad men" change? ... The different questions men and women ask ... Brandy: A "sex strike" would never work ... In defense of being in your own Twitter bubble ... Why are there so many depressed people on Twitter? ...||11/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHuman Clickbait (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Max Read)||Viewing the Trump-Kanye meeting through the lens of mental illness ... The shared traits that make Trump and Kanye irresistible to the media ... How online news and social media created the "attention economy" ... Did reality TV remake reality? ... Jake and Logan Paul: brothers, YouTube superstars, and possible sociopaths ... How social media helps people with mental illness ...||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPolitical Debate and Political Entertainment (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & David Ottlinger)||When did watching debate become a pastime? ... The blurring of news and entertainment ... Journalists who think they're comedians ... Joe Rogan, Contrapoints, and YouTuber politics ... Aryeh sees historical parallels in the Lincoln-Douglas debates and the Yellow Press ... Is Jordan Peterson an intellectual, an entertainer, or something else? ... Trump's merging of politics and entertainment ... BhTV's place in the debate-o-sphere ... David: Liberals need to have a positive moral idiom and vision ...||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Social Media Is Doing to Us (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Lauren Oyler)||What is it about social media that's so depressing? ... Twitter, the unpopular website that elites love ... Is what happens on social media real or fake? ... Is @laurenoyler the same as Lauren Oyler? ... How everything in life became "toxic" ... Do all online communities eventually become toxic? ... The moral challenge of social media ...||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Many Faces of Kavanaugh (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Cathy Young)||Should we believe Kavanaugh? Ford? Both? ... Kavanaugh the choir boy vs. Kavanaugh the party boy ... Aryeh recounts his brush with DKE, Kavanaugh's Yale frat ... Cathy is concerned about the plight of the wrongly accused ... Remembering the child abuse sex panic of the 1980s ... Jezebel reported that a journalist is a very bad boyfriend. Then he lost his job. ... Should the article have even been written? ...||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOur Homebodies, Ourselves (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Kaitlyn Tiffany)||The hot new trend of being a homebody ... Social, economic, and technological reasons young people are staying in ... The surprisingly controversial topic of skincare ... Millennials using apps to order food delivered by Millennials ... Netflix and chill and take Instagram selfies wearing sheet masks ... Is being a homebody the modern way to go to Walden Pond? ...||9/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Crisis in the Catholic Church (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Christopher White)||The new sex abuse crisis enveloping the Catholic Church ... An explosive letter claims Pope Francis helped a known abuser ... The allegations against the powerful Archbishop McCarrick ... What does #MeToo reveal about the Church? ... Assessing Archbishop Viganò's accusations against Francis ... Can Francis implement real reforms? ...||9/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Beauty Suit (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Lauren Shields)||Lauren's new book on her experiment with dressing modestly, The Beauty Suit ... Lauren's unusual path to the seminary ... Alternative readings of Quranic verses on female modesty ... Christianity, conspicuous consumption, and the Amish ... Jewish women who cover their hair with wigs that look just like their hair ... Makeup trends that only look good on social media ... Why cultural appropriation is often rooted in misogyny ... Lauren's advice for men ...||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Is It Like to Be a Man? (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Philip Christman)||Phil's essay, "What Is It Like to Be a Man?" ... Modern male stereotypes: Homer Simpson vs. Harvey Weinstein ... Proud Boys, Jordan Peterson, and the crisis of masculinity ... The trans challenge to gender norms ... Phil explains why his Christian faith doesn't provide him with certainty ... Contrasting certainty in Judaism and Christianity ...||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow the 1990s Shaped #MeToo (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Eve Fairbanks)||Eve's essay on how the 1990s shaped #MeToo ... Fear and possibility in a '90s childhood ... The decade when testing took over ... What '90s kids did and didn't learn about sex ... Being a cool girl vs. being a good girl ... When Eve wanted to say no but felt she couldn't ... How #MeToo has recast women's understanding of old relationships ... Are men capable of being better? ...||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAll about the Democratic Socialists of America (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & James Martin Cole)||James explains the Democratic Socialists of America ... What does DSA member Ocasio-Cortez’s win portend for the Democrats? ... Was it smart for DSA members to disrupt the Homeland Security Secretary's dinner? ... Why Medicare for All is the DSA’s flagship policy issue ... The effect of Twitter culture and Chapo Trap House on DSA ... James’s essay on DSA’s future electoral strategy ...||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJordan Peterson and Detransitioning (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Katie Herzog)||What Katie saw at the Jordan Peterson roadshow ... Is Peterson peddling bunkum? ... Katie defends Peterson against charges of racism ... Peterson's views on gender: traditionalist, sexist, or misogynist? ... Peterson as a holy fool ... Jesse Singal's controversial Atlantic cover story on detransitioning ... Is the media telling the wrong stories about trans people? ...||7/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTyrant: Shakespeare on Politics (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Stephen Greenblatt)||Stephen's new book, Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics ... The Henry VI trilogy: Making England Great Again ... Why Shakespeare understood demagogues so well ... Shakespeare's distrust of democracy and the mob ... How do you stop a tyrant? ... The mad kings in Lear and The Winter's Tale ... Richard III and Trump, fusing comedy and malice ...||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDebating Trump and Russia (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Michael Tracey)||Michael: The liberal narrative about Trump is contradictory ... Michael: Trump's worst acts were also done by past presidents ... Aryeh: Trump doesn't care about politics ... Do pundits accomplish anything by constantly psychoanalyzing Trump? ... Does Trump have a non-interventionist instinct? ... Why Michael doesn't buy the Russia narrative ... Aryeh: The hacked emails hurt Hillary, but not in the way you think ... Michael: Democrats should focus on Trump's corruption in office ... Why are so many leftists skeptics of Russiagate? ...||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRight-Wing Conspiracy Theories! (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Will Sommer)||Will reports on the Roe v. Wade movie and becomes part of the story ... Down the rabbit hole of the QAnon conspiracy theory ... What draws people to conspiracy theories? ... Are the latest Mueller indictments the end of Seth Rich conspiracizing? ... Ben Garrison, the leading pro-Trump political cartoonist ... How does the alt-right view antifa? ... Meet Jacob Wohl, Trump's #1 Twitter fanboy ...||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAll About NXIVM (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Vanessa Grigoriadis)||Vanessa's NYT Magazine piece on NXIVM, an alleged "sex cult" ... Why so many women rose to the top of the group ... The Hollywood actress who became a NXIVM leader ... The real story of the infamous branding of women's skin ... Is the group guilty of sex trafficking? ... Is NXIVM a sex cult? ...||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Intellectual candy. Interesting and amusing. Best podcast around
Intellectual candy. Interesting and amusing. Best podcast around
Brilliant! Ingenious! I'm the host!
Since I host this podcast I may be biased, but I think it is pretty good.