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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.

Customer Reviews

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!

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