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Matt Christman and Daniel Bessner, "Hinge Points: A Podcast About Historical Contingency"

New Books in Critical Theory

How do we balance the importance of individual human agency with our understanding of larger socio-economic structures? How do we explore crucial “what ifs” in history? How do we make this stuff accessible to a wider audience? These are the questions central to Daniel Bessner and Matt Christman’s new podcast mini-series “Hinge Points”. In this conversation we talk historical turning points, history podcasting, and Marx. Indeed, the conversation seemed to be guided by the famous line from “The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon”: “Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past.” The same could be said for history podcasts. “Hinge Points” can be found on the “Chapo Trap House” Patreon page and other podcast sites.Matt Christman is best known for his work on “Chapo Trap House”, a political humor podcast. He also posts almost daily vlogs where he reflects on history. He co-authored the Chapo Guide to Revolution with his fellow Chapo Trap House hosts. Matt and I chatted about that book previously on the New Books Network.Daniel Bessner, an intellectual historian of U.S. foreign relations, is the author of Democracy in Exile: Hans Speier and the Rise of the Defense Intellectual (Cornell, 2018) and co-editor, with Nicolas Guilhot, of The Decisionist Imagination: Sovereignty, Social Science, and Democracy in the Twentieth Century (Berghahn, 2019). He currently holds the Joff Hanauer Honors Professorship in Western Civilization at the University of Washington. He is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and a Contributing Editor at Jacobin. In 2019-2020, he served as a foreign policy advisor to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. In addition to his scholarly articles, he has published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and other venues. Daniel Bessner also co-hosts the “American Prestige” podcast with Derek Davison.Michael G. Vann is a professor of world history at California State University, Sacramento. A specialist in imperialism and the Cold War in Southeast Asia, he is the author of The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt: Empires, Disease, and Modernity in French Colonial Vietnam (Oxford University Press, 2018). When he’s not reading or talking about new books with smart people, Mike can be found surfing in Santa Cruz, California. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/critical-theory

55mins

23 Nov 2021

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Matt Christman and Daniel Bessner, "Hinge Points: A Podcast About Historical Contingency"

New Books in History

How do we balance the importance of individual human agency with our understanding of larger socio-economic structures? How do we explore crucial “what ifs” in history? How do we make this stuff accessible to a wider audience? These are the questions central to Daniel Bessner and Matt Christman’s new podcast mini-series “Hinge Points”. In this conversation we talk historical turning points, history podcasting, and Marx. Indeed, the conversation seemed to be guided by the famous line from “The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon”: “Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past.” The same could be said for history podcasts. “Hinge Points” can be found on the “Chapo Trap House” Patreon page and other podcast sites.Matt Christman is best known for his work on “Chapo Trap House”, a political humor podcast. He also posts almost daily vlogs where he reflects on history. He co-authored the Chapo Guide to Revolution with his fellow Chapo Trap House hosts. Matt and I chatted about that book previously on the New Books Network.Daniel Bessner, an intellectual historian of U.S. foreign relations, is the author of Democracy in Exile: Hans Speier and the Rise of the Defense Intellectual (Cornell, 2018) and co-editor, with Nicolas Guilhot, of The Decisionist Imagination: Sovereignty, Social Science, and Democracy in the Twentieth Century (Berghahn, 2019). He currently holds the Joff Hanauer Honors Professorship in Western Civilization at the University of Washington. He is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and a Contributing Editor at Jacobin. In 2019-2020, he served as a foreign policy advisor to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. In addition to his scholarly articles, he has published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and other venues. Daniel Bessner also co-hosts the “American Prestige” podcast with Derek Davison.Michael G. Vann is a professor of world history at California State University, Sacramento. A specialist in imperialism and the Cold War in Southeast Asia, he is the author of The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt: Empires, Disease, and Modernity in French Colonial Vietnam (Oxford University Press, 2018). When he’s not reading or talking about new books with smart people, Mike can be found surfing in Santa Cruz, California. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/history

55mins

23 Nov 2021

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The Ballad of Ugly John ft. Matt Christman

The Bottlemen

Matt Christman returns to talk about great Canadians of history, and reflect on the economic and social circumstances surrounded the formation of Canada and America. This time, we talk about the drunkard with the controversial statues: John A Macdonald! Check out our patreon, at www.patreon.com/dabottlemen 

1hr 3mins

14 Oct 2021

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UNLOCKED: Diary of a Wimpy Prime Minister ft. Matt Christman

The Bottlemen

We've unlocked an episode because Riley went on holiday! Enjoy! Chapo Trap House's Matt Christman joins Dan and Riley to look at the strange, occult life of William Lyon Mackenzie King - Canada's most spiritual Prime Minister. Come learn of Astor the Greek ghost, his seances, and propensity for asking the ghost of his mother what he should do as PM.Check out our Patreon, www.patreon.com/dabottlemen

1hr 1min

11 Sep 2021

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Matt Christman of Chapo Trap House (In Conversation)

Upstream

What are the material conditions which underpin much of the bizarre phenomena taking place during this strange era that we’re in? What unites the conspiracy theories surrounding COVID vaccines with, say, the fanatical obsession with Russian election meddling? How does capitalism — and our economic, material relations within it — lead to a sense of powerlessness that manifests in attempts to explain the world that range from QAnon to Russiagate? In this conversation, we speak with Matt Christman, co-host of Chapo Trap House, one of our favorite podcasts, which was founded in 2016 and hosted by Matt, along with Will Menaker and Felix Biederman. The conversation includes many of the themes and topics mentioned above and discussed on Chapo, but begins with a conversation around Matt’s new podcast, Hell of Presidents, which he just launched with Chapo producer Chris Wade. The podcast tells the story of American history through a materialist, political-economic examination of the institution of the presidency. It might sound a bit wonky, but through this specific history Matt and Chris explore a wide range of topics, from the evolution of waged-labor to the many contradictions that this country was founded on and which we continue to experience today. Hell of Presidents is available through Stitcher Premium, but you can listen to the first episode anywhere you can hear Chapo Trap House. Upstream theme music is composed by Robert RaymondIntermission music is “...And We Thought Nation States Were a Bad Idea” by Propagandhi.Upstream is a labor of love — we couldn't keep this project going without the generosity of our listeners and fans. Please consider chipping in a one-time or recurring donation at www.upstreampodcast.org/supportFor more from Upstream, visit www.upstreampodcast.org and follow us on social media:facebook.com/upstreampodcast twitter.com/upstreampodcast instagram.com/upstreampodcastYou can also subscribe to us on Apple Podcast and Spotify:Apple Podcast: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/upst…am/id1082594532Spotify: spoti.fi/2AryXHs

51mins

17 Aug 2021

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ReAir TMBS Ep. 8 : When Fascism Wins & the Resistance Fails ft. Matt Christman & Corey Pein

The Michael Brooks Show

Since so many people are just now discovering Michael's work we are re-airing every episode of TMBS (The Michael Brooks Show). New re-aired episodes will come out every Tuesday here on your podcast app and The Michael Brooks Show Channel. This program has been put together by The Michael Brooks Legacy Project. To learn more and to support us visit https://www.patreon.com/TMBS TMBS Episode 8 first aired on September 26th 2017

1hr 33mins

3 Aug 2021

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Part 45 with Matt Christman

Infinite Cast

Chris and Molly (and Matt) read Infinite Jest. Part 45. Eschaton part 2, Evan Ingersoll becomes the Joker. Discussion starts around 37:40.

59mins

24 Jul 2021

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E2 - To Hell and Back w/ Matt Christman

American Prestige

In this episode, Danny and Derek talk with Matt Christman, co-host of Chapo Trap House and the new podcast Hell of Presidents. The gang explores the institution of the presidency and how it changed over time, asking the age-old question: “Presidents: good or bad?”

54mins

16 Jul 2021

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Talking Simpsons - Bart Gets Hit By A Car With Matt Christman

Talking Simpsons

We welcome back our pal Matt Christman from Chapo Trap House for our return to a landmark episode of The Simpsons! As the total suggests, Bart is injured, he goes to Hell, and then returns to sue Mr. Burns. All of this with the help of the debuting Lionel Hutz and Nick Riviera, making this a very important episode. Listen now before Burns crushes you like a paper cup! Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! Check out our new shirts on TeePublic! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

1hr 27mins

30 Jun 2021

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Constitution and Class Struggle in the Early American Republic with Matt Christman

Cosmopod

Parker and Christian join Matt Christman for a discussion on the class dynamics of the founding of the US, using Charles Beard's book An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States as a jumping off point. They cover the main idea of the book: how the Founding Fathers designed the Constitution and the federal institutions to ensure their class interests after the Independence War. They also discuss how other events of the time such as Shay's Rebellion showed the limits of the Constitution, how it managed to survive even the Civil War, and what it means to call for a constitutional convention in the present.

55mins

21 Jun 2021

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