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36 minutes | Nov 6, 2016
Potter Politics Part Two
On this week’s podcast: Potter Politics Part Two: Magic Accomplished, Travis and Jon continues the discussion of the question, What can Adult Harry Potter Fandom tell us about our culture? After stumbling through the magic door into our colonial past, and fighting their way through 200 years of land wars in Asia, our heroes disassemble their way to the truth!
66 minutes | Nov 6, 2016
Potter Politics Part One
On this week’s podcast: Potter Politics Part One: Perception Bewitchment, Travis and Jon ask the question, What can Adult Harry Potter Fandom tell us about our culture? In a world where fantasy changes the public perception of reality, distorting politics, causing mass confusion and dissatisfaction with the status quo, our heroes disassemble their way to the truth!
53 minutes | Oct 6, 2016
The Art of the Reboot
On this week’s podcast: The Art of the Reboot, Travis and Jon ask the question, ‘Will we ever escape reboot media culture?’ Battling the forces of Disney, JJ Abrams and his Maniacal Memberberries, and the looming threat of a reboot of The Cold War (with new nuclear characters fresh for season 2), our heroes disassemble their way to the truth!
35 minutes | Jul 23, 2016
On this week’s podcast: Disassembled Education, Travis and Jon dive into the changing world of public education and how complex social and economic factors have driven education to its current fragmented state. Like the dramatic changes observed during the creation of public education, we are seeing similar rapid advancement in today’s educational marketplace in response to public outcry over funding and cultural integration. With private schools, public schools, vocational schools, charter schools, religious schools and homeschooling all vying for public interest and funding, how will our nation choose what is best for the educational needs of a more difficult future?
32 minutes | May 31, 2016
Birth of a New Arms Culture
On this week’s Disassembled Podcast: The Rise of A New Arms Culture, Travis and Jon dive into the changing world of military armaments and how global security alliances are built around modern weapons platforms. Like the dramatic changes observed during the transition from Bronze age weapons to the Iron Age or the preindustrial world into the World Wars era, we are seeing similar rapid advancement and change in today’s world. Powered by oil, modern metallurgy and robotics, automation and guided weapons have changed the way in which warfare is fought. Additionally, recent advances in oil extraction techniques have allowed the United States and Russia to become self sufficient in oil production, reducing the dependency on foreign oil that dictated much of geopolitics since the 1973 oil crisis. How will these factors unravel the regional balance of power in the Middle East and other conflict areas today?
9 minutes | May 4, 2016
Distraction of the Week: Dumping European Factionalism
On today’s episode we begin by discussing the upcoming dump of new “Panama Papers” and their impact on a Eurozone weakened by almost a decade of financial crisis. As broader divisions of Europe begin to clash, the potential for economic and cultural integration of post-Soviet Eastern Europe into the Western system is also coming into doubt. Meanwhile, the EU is also in a major state of demographic change as the refugee crisis continues with no end in sight, causing some member states to rethink both the Schengen Agreement and EU membership. As Europe continues to weaken, will this push more fringe parties to call for anti-EU referendum like the Brexit next month?
28 minutes | Apr 19, 2016
This American Future: ISIS Abroad
On this episode of the Disassembled Podcast, we delve into the global expansion of ISIS both geographically and rhetorically. ISIS claimed responsibility for a recent attack in the Philippines and this has continued to blur the lines, leading us to question whom was really responsible and what was, if any, their connection to so-called ISIS? Are they rebels, or has the name ISIS become a code word? Listen to our discussion covering Total Warfare, American Bases Abroad and the ever changing definition of ISIS and the War on Terror.
8 minutes | Apr 11, 2016
Deconstructing the RNC
The Republican Party looks poised to have a brokered convention in Cleveland this July. If the state primaries do not produce a simple majority for one of the three remaining candidates, then convention delegates will be free to vote as they personally choose. Does that mean Ted Cruz or another party leader could be picked over forerunner Donald Trump? Enjoy Part 1 of our coverage of the upcoming convention and subsequent riots in Cleveland.
9 minutes | Apr 5, 2016
Why Do Opera Houses Matter So Much?
We discuss the history and politics of Opera and question the place of the art form in our modern world.
73 minutes | Feb 20, 2016
This American Future: Peak Inequality
We discuss inequalities we have observed in the coverage and audiences of recent Democrat debates, and how the wealthy and powerful often have a morally positive association among much of the American electorate.
15 minutes | Feb 13, 2016
Ghost Story: From Russia With Radiation
On the first Disassembled Ghost Story, we resurrect a figure from a past media narrative: The Mysterious death of Alexander Litvinenko. Litvinenko was a former KGB/FSB agent who fled Russia to the UK in 2001. In 2006, he died of radiation poisoning under mysterious circumstances. It was suspected to be an assassination carried out by Russian agents and has gone to trial in the UK. We discuss the dangers that this stealthy hit has revealed in the post Cold War world.
78 minutes | Feb 6, 2016
This American Future: Making Party Politics Great Again
We discuss the outcome of the Iowa Caucuses, the surviving candidates for the rest of the primaries and how these candidates are narratively linked to previous political figures
46 minutes | Jan 21, 2016
This American Future: The Next Generation of Health Care
We break out the tin foil, make our hats, and discuss the future of health care and the medical insurance industry
3 minutes | Jan 6, 2016
2015 in Review: Hipsters
In this segment we review a notable event or trend from 2015. We discuss the twilight of the hipsters
3 minutes | Jan 5, 2016
2015 in Review: Movies
In this segment we review a notable event or trend from 2015. Jon discusses the 2015 cinema experience and Travis admits he's become a hermit
2 minutes | Jan 3, 2016
2015 in Review: Cuba
In this segment we review a notable event or trend from 2015. We discuss Cuba and the surprising turnaround of American foreign policy
4 minutes | Jan 2, 2016
2015 in Review: Rap Music
In this segment we review a notable event or trend from 2015. We discuss rap music, heart attacks, and the persecution of rappers in our culture.
2 minutes | Jan 1, 2016
2015 in Review: Obama
In this segment we review a notable event or trend from 2015.We discuss President Obama and our thoughts on the penultimate year of his administration.
20 minutes | Dec 19, 2015
Distraction of the Week: Syrian Passports
In this episode we play Distraction of the Week, A game where we crown the newscycle’s best media distraction. We feature a news story or trend that intends to distract and exploit the public through fear mongering, censorship, and shameless sponsored content. Here we take off the blinders and present the comedy of errors created by the current media climate. From Syria to California, Passport control has come to the forefront of media attention as Syria refugees pour into southern Europe. After months of infighting in the EU, the November 13th Paris attacks shifted the focus onto fake passports originating from Turkey.
16 minutes | Dec 12, 2015
Distraction of the Week: Trump Is Disqualified!
In this episode we play Distraction of the Week, A game where we crown the newscycle’s best media distraction. We feature a news story or trend that intends to distract and exploit the public through fear mongering, censorship, and shameless sponsored content. Here we take off the blinders and present the comedy of errors created by the current media climate. In this segment we discuss recent controversial comments by Republican presidential nomination hopeful @realDonaldTrump and the legal requirements for a candidate to stand for election, including implications of the Espionage Act on the @HillaryClinton campaign for the Democratic nomination.
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