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The Partially Examined Life

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The Partially Examined Life is a philosophy podcast by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it. Each episode, we pick a short text and chat about it with some balance between insight and flippancy. You don't have to know any philosophy, or even to have read the text we're talking about to (mostly) follow and (hopefully) enjoy the discussion. For links to the texts we discuss and other info, check out www.partiallyexaminedlife.com.We also feature episodes from other podcasts by our hosts to round out your partially examined life, including Pretty Much Pop (prettymuchpop.com, covering all media), Nakedly Examined Music (nakedlyexaminedmusic.com, deconstructing songs), and (sub)Text (lit, film, psychoanalysis). Learn about more network podcasts at partiallyexaminedlife.com.

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The Partially Examined Life is a philosophy podcast by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it. Each episode, we pick a short text and chat about it with some balance between insight and flippancy. You don't have to know any philosophy, or even to have read the text we're talking about to (mostly) follow and (hopefully) enjoy the discussion. For links to the texts we discuss and other info, check out www.partiallyexaminedlife.com.We also feature episodes from other podcasts by our hosts to round out your partially examined life, including Pretty Much Pop (prettymuchpop.com, covering all media), Nakedly Examined Music (nakedlyexaminedmusic.com, deconstructing songs), and (sub)Text (lit, film, psychoanalysis). Learn about more network podcasts at partiallyexaminedlife.com.

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Really gone downhill

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2 stars still because Seth at least has continued to grow. But only 2 stars because the others, Wes especially, have become stuck in a self-satisfied and pro-status-quo laziness.

Really nice

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I appreciate the discussion, great way to build information.

iTunes Ratings

1583 Ratings
Average Ratings
1330
98
67
42
46

Really gone downhill

By Orininc - Dec 30 2019
Read more
2 stars still because Seth at least has continued to grow. But only 2 stars because the others, Wes especially, have become stuck in a self-satisfied and pro-status-quo laziness.

Really nice

By TrentonNZ - Oct 29 2018
Read more
I appreciate the discussion, great way to build information.
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The Partially Examined Life

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The Partially Examined Life is a philosophy podcast by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it. Each episode, we pick a short text and chat about it with some balance between insight and flippancy. You don't have to know any philosophy, or even to have read the text we're talking about to (mostly) follow and (hopefully) enjoy the discussion. For links to the texts we discuss and other info, check out www.partiallyexaminedlife.com.We also feature episodes from other podcasts by our hosts to round out your partially examined life, including Pretty Much Pop (prettymuchpop.com, covering all media), Nakedly Examined Music (nakedlyexaminedmusic.com, deconstructing songs), and (sub)Text (lit, film, psychoanalysis). Learn about more network podcasts at partiallyexaminedlife.com.

Rank #1: Episode 119: Nietzsche on Tragedy and the Psychology of Art

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On Friedrich Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy (1872). Nietzsche thought that you could tell how vital or decadent a civilization was by its art, and said that ancient Greek tragedy was so great because it was a perfect synthesis of something highly formal/orderly/beautiful with the intuitive/unconscious/chaotic. But then Socrates ruined everything! With guest John Castro.

Includes a preview of the Aftershow feat. Greg Sadler.

End song: "Some Act" by Mark Lint and the Fake from "So Whaddaya Think?" (2000).

Jul 06 2015

2hr 46mins

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Rank #2: Ep. 229: Descartes's Rules for Thinking (Part One)

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On René Descartes's Rules for Direction of the Mind (1628).

Is there a careful way to approach problems that will ensure that you'll always be right? What if you just never assert anything you can't be sure of? This is Descartes's strategy, modeled on mathematics. We likewise carefully move step-by-step through this text.

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Nov 04 2019

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Rank #3: Ep. 224: Kierkegaard Critiques The Present Age (Part One)

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On Soren Kierkegaard's essay "The Present Age" (1846) and Hubert Dreyfus’s "Nihilism on the Information Highway: Anonymity vs. Commitment in the Present Age" (2004).

What's wrong with our society? Kierkegaard saw the advent of the press and gossip culture as engendering a systematic passivity and shallowness in his fellows, and Dreyfus thinks this is an even more apt description of the Internet Age. With guest John Ganz.

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Aug 26 2019

48mins

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Rank #4: Episode 213: Nietzsche's Zarathustra (Part One)

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On Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, books 1 and 2 (1883).

What is wisdom? In this text whose style parodies the Bible, we get pithy advice and allegorical imagery to guide us away from self-defeating, life-denying attitudes and orient us towards creative self-overcoming (i.e. exertion of the Will to Power). The Last Man who no longer knows how to give birth to a dancing star is a rotten egg!

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Apr 15 2019

55mins

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Rank #5: Ep. 232: Simone De Beauvoir's "The Second Sex" (Part One)

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On Simone De Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (1949): the intro, conclusion, “Woman’s Situation and Character” and parts of “Lived Experience," with guest Jennifer Hansen.

According to Beauvoir, Woman is historically conceived of by society (and herself) as "Other," as not a Subject who creates and makes decisions. Her life is pre-determined, revolving around marriage and child-bearing, and is so deformed by this situation.

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Dec 23 2019

57mins

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Rank #6: Ep. 218: The Hard Problem of Consciousness (Chalmers et al) (Part One)

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On "Consciousness and Its Place in Nature" by David Chalmers (2003), with special guest Gregory Miller from the Panpsycast Philosophy Podcast.

Can we explain human experience using the terms of brain physiology? Chalmers thinks not, and lays out the arguments against this and the range of positions philosophers have taken in response to these objections. 

Continues on part two, or get the full, ad-free Citizen Edition now. Please support PEL!

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Jun 17 2019

56mins

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Rank #7: PREVIEW-Episode 32: Heidegger: What is “Being?”

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Discussing Martin Heidegger's Being and Time (1927), mostly the intro and ch. 1 and 2 of Part 1.

Feb 08 2011

32mins

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Rank #8: Episode 124: The Stoic Life with Epictetus

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On the Manual of Epictetus, aka The Enchiridion (135 CE). What's a wise strategy for life? Stoicism says that the secret is mastering yourself. Nothing external can break your spirit unless you let it. So, how weird and misguided is that advice? With guest Alex Fossella.

End song: "But I Won't" by Mark Lint from Spanish Armada: Songs of Love and Related Neuroses (1993).

Sep 21 2015

2hr 8mins

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Rank #9: PREVIEW-Episode 61: Nietzsche on Truth and Skepticism

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On Friedrich Nietzsche's "On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense" (1873). What is truth? This essay, written early in Nietzsche's career, is taken by many to make the extreme claim that there is no truth, that all of the "truths" we tell each other are just agreements by social convention. WIth guest Jessica Berry, who argues that that Nietzsche is a skeptic: our "truths" don't correspond with the world beyond our human conceptions; all knowledge is laden with human interests. Get the full discussion at partiallyexaminedlife.com.

Aug 15 2012

31mins

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Rank #10: Episode 116: Freud on Dreams

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On Sigmund Freud's On Dreams (1902) and other stuff. Are dreams just random, or our best key to understanding the mind?

After you listen to this, check out the Aftershow.

End song: "Sleep" by Mark Lint. Read about it.

May 25 2015

2hr 25mins

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Rank #11: Episode 192: "The Closing of the American Mind": Allan Bloom on Education (Part One)

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On Allan Bloom's 1987 best-selleing polemic. What is the role of the university in our democracy? Bloom thinks that today's students are conformist, relativistic, and nihilistic, and that great books and thinking for thinking's sake are the cure.

Continued on part 2, or get the unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition plus an exclusive follow-up discussion. Please support PEL!

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Jun 11 2018

53mins

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Rank #12: Episode 178: Nietzsche as Social Critic: "Twilight of the Idols" (Part One)

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On Friedrich Nieztsche's 1888 book summarizing his thought and critiquing the founding myths of his society. He defends "spiritualized" instinct and frenzied creativity, but also Napoleon and war. We try to figure out what kind of social critic he'd be today. Would we actually like him?

Dec 04 2017

55mins

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Rank #13: Episode 201: Marcus Aurelius's Stoicism with Ryan Holiday (Part One)

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On The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (ca. 180 C.E.) plus Ryan's The Daily Stoic (2016).

What does Stoicism look like in practice, in both ancient and modern contexts? You might think that eschewing the shallow, out-of-our-control trappings of fame and wealth in favor of personal cultivation would make one unambitious, but Ryan uses Marcus as a prime example of how to be a Stoic while trying to accomplish great things.

Continue on part 2, or get the full, ad-free Citizen Edition now along with the Citizen-only follow-up discussion getting more into the text of Marcus. Please support PEL!

Oct 22 2018

59mins

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Rank #14: Episode 164: Dostoyevsky’s “The Idiot” on Perfection (Part One)

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On Fyodor Dostoyevsky's philosophical novel from 1869. Could a morally perfect person survive in the modern world? Is all this "modernity," which so efficiently computes our desires and provides mechanisms to fulfill them, actually suited to achieve human flourishing? Dostoyevsky's Russian existentialism says no! Visit Talkspace.com/examined; use code "EXAMINED" for 30% off your first month of online therapy. Donate to the Turtle Island Research Cooperative at partiallyexaminedlife.com/turtle.

May 15 2017

59mins

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Rank #15: Episode 170: Guy Debord's "Society of the Spectacle" (Part One)

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What is culture? In modern capitalism, Debord’s 1967 book describes it as all about the economy. It’s not just our jobs that keep us trapped, but our life outside of working hours is also demanded by “the system” via our activity as consumers, and this commoditization infiltrates every corner of our lives. Debord wants us to WAKE UP, break our chains, and live lives of immediacy, vitality, and authenticity.

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Aug 14 2017

55mins

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Rank #16: PREVIEW-Episode 70: Marx on the Human Condition

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On Karl Marx's The German Ideology, Part I, an early, unpublished work from 1846. What is human nature? What drives history? How can we improve our situation? Marx thought that fundamentally, you are what you do: you are your job, your means of subsistence. All the rest, this culture, this religion, this philosophy, is just a thin layer over our basic situation. Ideas are not primarily what changes the world; it's economics. Get the full discussion at partiallyexaminedlife.com.

Jan 30 2013

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Rank #17: Episode 171: Buddhism vs. Evolution with Guest Robert Wright (Part One)

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Bob joins the PEL four to discuss his new book Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment.

Bob applies his expertise in evolutionary psychology to corroborate Buddhism's claims that we are deluded: about our desires, emotions, the unity of our selves, and the "essences" we project on things and people. And he thinks meditation can instill in the diligent the ability to see things more clearly. But does it really?

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Sep 04 2017

55mins

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Rank #18: Episode 189: Authorial Intent (Barthes, Foucault, Beardsley, et al) (Part One)

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On four essays about how to interpret artworks: “The Intentional Fallacy” by W. K. Wimsatt and Monroe Beardsley (1946), "The Death of the Author" by Roland Barthes (1967), "What is an Author?" by Michel Foucault (1969), and “Against Theory” by Steven Knapp and Walter Benn Michaels (1982). When you're trying to figure out what, say, a poem means, isn't the best way to do that to just ask the author? Most of these guys say no, and that's supposed to reveal something about the nature of meaning.

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May 07 2018

57mins

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Rank #19: Episode 187: The Limits of Free Speech (Part One)

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A free-form discussion drawing on Stanley Fish's “There’s No Such Thing as Free Speech, and It’s a Good Thing, Too” (1994), Joel Feinberg’s “Limits to the Free Expression of Opinion” (1975), and other sources.

What are the legitimate limits on free speech? Feinberg delves into the harm and offense principles. Fish argues that every claim to free speech has ideological assumptions actually favoring some types of speech baked into it. A lively back and forth ensues!

Mar 29 2018

58mins

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Rank #20: Episode 204: The Bhagavad Gita's Hindu Theology (Part One)

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On the classic Hindu text (ca. the 3rd century B.C.E.), part of the Indian Epic poem Mahabharata, attributed to Vyasa, using Keya Maitra's 2018 translation/commentary.

What is it to live wisely? What grounds duty? Listen as the supreme God Krishna convinces archer hero Arjuna that it's OK for him to kill his relatives because, you know, reincarnation and determinism and caste-related duties. Lots of metaphysical complications! With guest Shaan Amin.

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Dec 03 2018

59mins

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Ep. 234: Beauvoir on Romance in "The Second Sex" (Part One)

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On Simone De Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (1949): "The Woman in Love" and "Myths" with guest Jennifer Hansen. What is love under patriarchy? We all want to achieve solidity in another's eyes, but the Othered woman wants to live through the man, and the man sees the woman as his rejected corporeal character. Party time!

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Jan 20 2020

52mins

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Pretty Much Pop #27: For the Love of Star Wars

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Mark, Erica, and Brian talk about the unique place these films have in the brains of people of a certain age, how we grappled with the prequels, and why we feel the need to fill in and argue about the details. We focus primarily on The Mandalorian and The Rise of Skywalker.

For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop.

This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life network and is curated by openculture.com.

Jan 15 2020

47mins

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Ep. 233: Plato's "Protagoras" on Virtue (Part Two)

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Continuing on the dialogue, where Socrates argues that Protagoras doesn't actually know what virtue is, because he thinks that the various virtues (especially courage) are distinct, a claim that Socrates refutes in several (logically suspect) ways.

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End song: "Make It Clear" by Feelies; hear Glenn Mercer on Nakedly Examined Music #41.

Jan 13 2020

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Pretty Much Pop #26: We Watch "Watchmen" w/ David Pizarro (Very Bad Wizards)

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Covering Alan Moore's 1986 graphic novel, the new HBO series and the 2009 film.

Mark, Erica, and Brian are joined by David, psych prof at Cornell and host of Very Bad Wizards. How does Moore's style translate to the screen? How well did the show handle politics? Should there be a second season?

For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop.

This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life network and is curated by openculture.com.

Jan 08 2020

56mins

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Ep. 233: Plato's "Protagoras" on Virtue (Part One)

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On the Platonic dialogue written around 380 BCE about an encounter between Socrates and one of the leading Sophists of his day.

What is virtue ("the political art" according to Protagoras), and can it be taught? What are the relations of the various virtues to each other? Do they really amount ultimately to one and the same thing, i.e. wisdom? In this entertaining dialogue, Socrates and Protagoras swap positions, and Socrates seems to parody the Sophists' style.

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Jan 06 2020

53mins

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Pretty Much Pop #25: Sports as Pop w/ Sportscaster Dave Revsine

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How is spectator sports different from other types of entertainment? Dave (lead studio host for the Big Ten Network and former ESPN anchor) joins Mark, Erica, and Brian to discuss the various sources of appeal, team identification, existing in a sports-filled world as a non-fan, watching vs. playing, human interest stories, sports films, and more.

For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop.

This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life network and is curated by openculture.com.

Jan 02 2020

52mins

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Ep. 232: Simone De Beauvoir's "The Second Sex" (Part Two)

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Continuing Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (1949) with guest Jennifer Hansen.

How does one become a Subject and how do women traditionally get shut out of this process? We get into Vol. 2, "Lived Experience" where Beauvoir details how this drama unfolds in various stages of life. Also, religion, logic, the relation of biology to situation, and more. How do we modernize Beauvoir's critique given the evolution in women's positions since the book was written?

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End song: "Wrong Side of Gone" by Beth Kille as discussed on Nakedly Examined Music #13.

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Dec 29 2019

1hr 4mins

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Ep. 232: Simone De Beauvoir's "The Second Sex" (Part One)

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On Simone De Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (1949): the intro, conclusion, “Woman’s Situation and Character” and parts of “Lived Experience," with guest Jennifer Hansen.

According to Beauvoir, Woman is historically conceived of by society (and herself) as "Other," as not a Subject who creates and makes decisions. Her life is pre-determined, revolving around marriage and child-bearing, and is so deformed by this situation.

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Dec 23 2019

57mins

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Pretty Much Pop #24: Christmas Viewing: What's Canon?

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Join Mark, Erica, and Brian for a special "snake draft," where we take turns picking the holiday films and TV specials that we think are (or should be) part of America's yearly viewing traditions. Compare your intuitions about what is classic or seminal or over-rated with ours!

For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop.

This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life network and is curated by openculture.com.

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Dec 21 2019

54mins

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NEM#112: Radney Foster Finds His Voice

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Radney started as a Nashville songwriter and performed in the 80s with Foster & Lloyd. has released about a dozen albums since '91 that increasingly break away from country music standards into something more personal.

We discuss two recordings from For You to See the Stars (2017) that have accompanying short stories (written when he literally lost his voice): "Sycamore Creek" and "Raining on Sunday," plus "Nobody Wins" from Del Rio , TX 1959 (1992). End song: "Godspeed (Dulce Sueños)." Intro: "Crazy Over You" by Foster & Lloyd from their eponymous album (1987).

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Dec 20 2019

1hr 11mins

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Pretty Much Pop #23: The Singer Not the Song w/ Ken Stringfellow

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Do you just embrace the pure sound of music or does context matter to you, i.e. the artist's intentions and body of work?

Ken Stringfellow (Posies, R.E.M., Big Star) joins Mark, Erica, and Brian to talk about what grabs us about music, it it gets to your ears, singers vs. songwriters, the concept "genius," and how this attitude towards music translates to our intake of other media (e.g. favorite film directors).

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Dec 17 2019

45mins

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Ep. 231: Descartes's "Discourse" on Wisdom and Certainty (Part Two)

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Continuing on Descartes’s Discourse on Method, looking closely at part 4 (his proto-Meditations) and his "provisional" Stoic ethics.

Listen to part one first or get the full, ad-free Citizen Edition. Please support PEL!

End song: "My Real Fantasy" By Joe Louis Walker, as interviewed on Nakedly Examined Music #110.

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Dec 16 2019

1hr 10mins

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Pretty Much Pop #22: Untangling Time Travel

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Time travel rules in The Terminator franchise are notoriously inconsistent. Can we change the future or not?

Mark, Erica, and Brian are joined by Ken Gerber to talk through time travel rules and plots, covering the randomness of Dr. Who, being your own grandfather, time travel comedies, time loops, freezing time, historical tourism, and more. 

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Dec 10 2019

46mins

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Ep. 231: Descartes's "Discourse" on Wisdom and Certainty (Part One)

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On René Descartes’s Discourse on Method (1637), an overview of his work that distills his method, outlines his famous Meditations, presents a provisional (Stoic) ethics, and considers whether he wants to be a public intellectual. This is all meant as a preface to scientific publications on geometry, optics, and meteors.

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Dec 09 2019

45mins

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(sub)Text: A Discussion of Todd Phillips' Film "Joker"

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Wes Alwan and William Sharp (psychoanalyst and professor at Northeastern) discuss the film at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis

Why has this film done so well? It offers no spectacle, and good doesn't triumph. It is psychologically true and expertly performed. The audience can enjoy tragedy and identify deeply with a social outcast and villain. The film successfully exploits the relationship between humor and violence, and comedy and tragedy.

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Dec 06 2019

1hr 13mins

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Pretty Much Pop #21: Role-Playing Video Games

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What constitutes a video RPG? Is there any actual role-playing involved? Our editor Tyler Hislop rejoins Mark, Erica, and Brian to discuss those video games that are supposed to make you feel like your choices matter, with comparisons to MMO RPGs, table-top role-playing, and more.

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Dec 03 2019

50mins

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Ep. 230: Bruno Latour on Science, Culture, and Modernity (Part Two)

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Continuing on Latour's We Have Never Been Modern (1993) with guest Lynda Olman.

Latour rejects the idea of objective truth totally apart from perceivers, so is he an idealist? We lay out the "Constitution" of modernity that keeps science and politics separate, how it makes it difficult for us to address issues like climate change, and what Latour thinks should replace it.

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End song: "Mono No Aware" by Guy Sigsworth, as discussed on Nakedly Examined Music #109.

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Dec 02 2019

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Ep. 230: Bruno Latour on Science, Culture, and Modernity (Part One)

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On Latour's We Have Never Been Modern (1993) with guest Lynda Olman.

What's the "modern" ideology of science, and is there something we should critique about it? Latour wants us to think about science not abstractly through the eternal truths it supposedly discovers, but through the concrete practices of scientists. He investigates the Modern Constitution by which science and politics are kept conceptually separate, a myth that he claims we've never fully bought into.

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Nov 25 2019

49mins

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Pretty Much Pop #20: Improv Comedy w/ Tim Sniffen

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What role does improv comedy play in popular culture? It's deployed by certain film directors (e.g. Christopher Guest), in some of the TV work of Larry David, Robin Williams, et al. But only a rare show like "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" makes it obvious. Is this art form doomed to live on the fringes of entertainment?

Mark, Erica, and Brian are joined by Tim Sniffen to discuss different types of improv, how it relates to other arts, its self-help angle, Second City, and more.

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Nov 19 2019

52mins

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Ep. 229: Descartes's Rules for Thinking (Part Three)

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Concluding René Descartes's Rules for Direction of the Mind (1628).

We finish rule 12 through the end, talking about simples, the faculties of intuition and judgment, perception and imagination, necessary vs. contingent truths, and how to do Cartesian science, including what constitutes a "perfectly understood problem."

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End song: "Perfect Design" by Ian Moore, as interviewed on Nakedly Examined Music #94.

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Nov 18 2019

57mins

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Really gone downhill

By Orininc - Dec 30 2019
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2 stars still because Seth at least has continued to grow. But only 2 stars because the others, Wes especially, have become stuck in a self-satisfied and pro-status-quo laziness.

Really nice

By TrentonNZ - Oct 29 2018
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I appreciate the discussion, great way to build information.