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Aaron Ross Powell Show

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Interesting conversations with interesting people about interesting things.

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Interesting conversations with interesting people about interesting things.

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Terrific First Episode

By Rplmd - Sep 22 2017
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Very well done. Aaron reviews the classic justifications for governmental authority and debunks them all.

Off to a Great Start

By chriscangiano - Sep 21 2017
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As a fan of The Free Thoughts podcast, I was interested to check out Aaron's solo podcast and it did not disappoint. The first episode was an interesting philosophical investigation of whether we have an obligation to obey the State. We also get a brief digression to the planet Kashyyyk for Aaron to use Woookie customs to demonstrate one of his points. It looks like the show will be a great mix of philosophy, libertarian politics and pop culture references. Looking forward to future episodes.

iTunes Ratings

6 Ratings
Average Ratings
6
0
0
0
0

Terrific First Episode

By Rplmd - Sep 22 2017
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Very well done. Aaron reviews the classic justifications for governmental authority and debunks them all.

Off to a Great Start

By chriscangiano - Sep 21 2017
Read more
As a fan of The Free Thoughts podcast, I was interested to check out Aaron's solo podcast and it did not disappoint. The first episode was an interesting philosophical investigation of whether we have an obligation to obey the State. We also get a brief digression to the planet Kashyyyk for Aaron to use Woookie customs to demonstrate one of his points. It looks like the show will be a great mix of philosophy, libertarian politics and pop culture references. Looking forward to future episodes.
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Aaron Ross Powell Show

Latest release on Jul 13, 2020

All 11 episodes from oldest to newest

Talking about the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Lee Herrige

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The movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe set records with their popularity. But are they any good?

My feelings about the movies have always been lukewarm. They’re fun, competently made, and consistent. But none of them have wowed me, and while I’ve enjoyed every Marvel movie I’ve seen, I haven’t felt a desire to watch any of them a second time.

My friend Lee Herridge disagrees and offered to come on the show to explain to me how I’ve gone wrong in evaluating the MCU. We talked about the quality of the films, the scope of the project Marvel undertook, how these movies compare to others in the genre, and were the MCU should go from here.

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Jul 13 2020

51mins

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Talking about Star Wars with Paul Crider

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I didn’t much like the Last Jedi. And I rather love the Rise of Skywalker. Which puts me at odds with a lot of Star Wars fans, including my guest today.

Paul Crider is an editor at Liberal Currents, with interests in political philosophy and social justice, as well as Star Wars. He lives with his family in Silicon Valley and daylights as a semiconductor engineer.

On today’s episode, we discuss all things a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, including our assessments of the new films, Disney’s stumbles with the franchise, and the evolving politics of Star Wars.

And, as always, if you enjoy this show, please take a moment to rate and review it on Apple Podcasts.

Jun 11 2020

1hr 9mins

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Talking about Batman with Cory Massimino

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You can make a strong case that Batman is the most famous western fictional character of all time. He's also pretty clearly the coolest.

On today's episode, I'm joined by Cory Massimino. He's the Students for Liberty Academics Coordinator and a fellow at the Center for a Stateless Society. But what matters most for our purposes here is that he's thought a lot about Batman, and has a ton of interesting things to say about him.

If you enjoyed our conversation, or any of the conversations I've had on this podcast, and want to hear more from me, take a moment to sign up for my very infrequent newsletter, where I talk about what I'm working on, reading, and thinking about. You can find it at http://aaronrosspowell.com/newsletter

May 15 2020

1hr 10mins

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Talking about Tabletop Games with PJ Hambrick

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Social distancing is an odd time for tabletop games. On the one hand, these are by nature social, in-person activities, the players sitting around the table pushing cardboard and dice. On the other, a great many of us suddenly have a lot of time on our hands to play them. So we're making do, with Zoom and Tabletop Simulator, but it's not the same.

On today's episode, I talk with my friend PJ Hambrick, who I met through our shared love for tabletop games, about why these things are so great.

If you enjoyed our conversation, or any of the conversations I've had on this podcast, and want to hear more from me, take a moment to sign up for my very infrequent newsletter, where I talk about what I'm working on, reading, and thinking about. You can find it at http://aaronrosspowell.com/newsletter

May 12 2020

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Talking about Narrating Audiobooks with Scott Feighner

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I grew up listening to my dad play to audiobooks on road trips, and I've always loved what a good narrator can do with a good text. But the process--how you actually go about bringing a story to life in audio form--has been mostly unknown to me. And I'm sure to a lot of us. All I know is it must be more complicated than "Read it out loud."

Which is why today it's my pleasure to talk with not just a good narrator, but a great one. Scott F. Feighner has narrated dozens of books, mostly in the horror genre. I know Scott because I had the honor of having him narrate one of my own, my short story collection, Animus.

Scott and I talk about what makes audiobooks so magical and how he does what he does, from picking material to inventing the voices of characters to putting it all together into the final book. 

And if you stick around to the end, you'll get to hear Scott narrate one of my own stories, a twisted little tale called "Snowed In."


Some of Scott's work:

Strangewood by Christopher Golden

https://www.audible.com/pd/Strangewood-Audiobook/B073ZJQJ8F

Whispered Echoes by Paul F Olson

https://www.audible.com/pd/Whispered-Echoes-Audiobook/B07QD24ZR9

Animus by Aaron Ross Powell

https://www.audible.com/pd/Animus-Audiobook/B00TUHXREA

Apr 21 2020

1hr 58mins

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Talking about Ancient Literature with Brian Wilson and Paul Meany

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Today Brian Wilson, host of Combat & Classics, and Paul Meany, host of Portraits of Liberty, join me to talk about the value and appeal of ancient philosophy and literature.

Combat & Classics
http://combatandclassics.org/

Portraits of Liberty
https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/portraits-liberty

Apr 13 2020

57mins

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Talking about Video Games with Adam Bates

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On today's show, I'm joined by my friend Adam Bates. Each of us made a list of our top five video games of all time--and there's only a couple of points of agreement.

Apr 02 2020

1hr 21mins

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Talking about Authority and the State

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Welcome to the very first episode of my show! I kick things off with a discussion of one of my favorite topics: the remarkable difficult question of whether we’re obligation to obey the law. Plus, I manage to work in a Star Wars reference.

Apr 02 2020

47mins

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Talking about Postmodernism with Akiva Malamet

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It feels like nobody knows what postmodernism is, yet everyone has an opinion about it. Today’s conversation with Akiva Malamet is an effort to bring some clarity to an unclear topic. We explore the basic ideas of postmodernism and then move on to their implications for culture, society, politics, and individuals.

About my guest:

Akiva Malamet is completing his degree in Government at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel, where he was a long-time senior member of the RRIS Debate Society. He is a contributor to the sites Liberal Currents and Sweet Talk Conversation. His paper “Spontaneous Order as Social Construction: A Social Analysis of Emergent Institutions” was a co-recipient of the 2018 Carl Menger Award from the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics.

Some stuff we mention during the conversation:

Akiva’s essay introducing postmodernism
https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/postmodernism-libertarian-introduction

Jay Garfield interview about Buddhist philosophy
https://wisdomexperience.org/wisdom-podcast/jay-garfield/

Adrian Vermeule’s call for Catholic fascism
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/common-good-constitutionalism/609037/

“Gender as Art” by Jason Kuznicki
https://www.liberalcurrents.com/gender-as-art/

Jean-Francois Lyotard, “The Postmodern Condition”
https://amzn.to/3dKc0Rj

Apr 01 2020

55mins

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Talking about Science Fiction with Will Duffield

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Today I'm joined by my friend Will Duffield. We discuss our favorite science fiction novels.

Apr 01 2020

1hr 2mins

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