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Clever Creature with Jason Gots
72 minutes | 3 months ago
8. SIEGE (w/Jerry Craft)
Season 1 finale. A father besieged in his videogame-obsessed son's bedroom. Graphic novelist Jerry Craft on race, class, and middle school. And a genre-defying barn-burner of a rock tune.
60 minutes | 4 months ago
7. FAIL (w/Mary-Louise Parker)
Could this be the most uplifting episode yet? A dung beetle risks everything for a life beyond drudgery. Actress and writer Mary-Louise Parker on risking failure and ignoring ridicule for those perfect moments when everything works. And a pop-rock tune to get you through tough times.
52 minutes | 4 months ago
6. PRECEDENT (w/David Sedaris)
David Sedaris joins Jason from lockdown to talk about creative risks that might get him cancelled. In this week's fiction story, a tuba zealot begs his brother not to go electric. And an acoustic tune about brunch inside the neutral zone, with ennui and avocado toast.
65 minutes | 5 months ago
5. CONVICT (w/Etgar Keret)
Mushrooms, love, and anarchy on an alien prison colony. Etgar Keret on taking your art too seriously. And a beat-driven tribal-futurist tune about life in the substrate.
68 minutes | 5 months ago
4. LACE (w/Françoise Bourzat)
The word of the episode—"Lace"—plants a seed that grows into a trip-hop tune about cognitive biases, an existential weird-fiction detective story, and a deep dive with Consciousness Medicine author Françoise Bourzat on psychedelics and psychological healing.
60 minutes | 6 months ago
3. RALLY (w/Shima Oliaee)
An imaginary city with a feral pig problem. Radiolab's Shima Oliaee on rallying yourself through the twists and turns of a creative career.
48 minutes | 6 months ago
2. CHURCH (w/Gish Jen)
Deeper and darker. A Northwestern Gothic coming-of-age tale. An elemental steampunk blues. Novelist and thinker Gish Jen on losing religion, finding art, and taking creative risks.
40 minutes | 7 months ago
1. DESERT (w/Emre Gots)
A lost man converses with his gut flora. A song about deserts real and imaginary. Jason and his son discuss the Ice Cream Desert and its denizens.
2 minutes | 9 months ago
Season 1 trailer: a creative leap of faith
Coming 5/12/20, with David Sedaris, Mary-Louise Parker, and other guests: a different kind of variety show: a story, a song, and a conversation, all inspired by one random word.
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