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76 minutes | 15 hours ago
Julius Caesar in Movies Part 2
In our second episode about the depictions of Julius Caesar in movies and shows, we go over the most compelling episodes of his life - the conquests, the incursions, the ingenuity, the civil war - and the dramatic assassination.
60 minutes | 8 days ago
Julius Caesar in Movies Part 1
Julius Caesar might be the most iconic historical figure of all time, yet since he was such a complex and interesting man of flesh and blood, each movie or TV version of him depicts him in a different way, emphasizing one or several sides of him.
50 minutes | 15 days ago
How To Train Your Dragon vs Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
How the animated fantasy children's movie How To Train Your Dragon accurately reflects the views of white privileged liberals who are living in an intractable conflict. Guest appearance: Omri Cohen.
32 minutes | 18 days ago
The Expanse Episode 6 Review: Tribalism
Episode 6 of The Expanse season 5 had a lot of tribalism in it.
55 minutes | 22 days ago
The Americans (FX) and The Immigrant Experience in the US
The Americans is ostensibly a spy thriller set during the Cold War, but it is also a story of the struggles of immigration to the US, and negotiating your old and new identities. Linguist Mallory Aler joins Gil to talk languages.
35 minutes | 25 days ago
The Expanse S05E05: Post Colonialism
In The Expanse season 5 episode 5 there are many storylines that scream of post colonial thinking. Can the oppressors resent the violence perpetuated by the oppressed? Can they judge the struggle for freedom and self-determination? We discuss.
71 minutes | a month ago
Classic Academy: Jesus in Movies
Reposting the episode from Christmas 2019: To mark Christmas, we look at movies depicting the life and times of perhaps the most controversial rabbi of the Second Temple period: Jesus of Nazareth. We rewatch the Life of Brian and are reminded of Empire and of the brutality with which the Romans imposed their will homogenously across enormous swathes of land, ironically setting up the environment in which the ideology of the guy they executed could spread. We then go over the odious Passion of the Christ, which features prosthetic noses and blood curses, and wrap it up with the interesting but slow-moving Last Temptation of Christ. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and everything else!
32 minutes | a month ago
The Expanse S05E04 Review: Science and History
In episode 4 of season 5 of The Expanse, space Bin Laden/space Alexander The Great deals earth a potentially debilitating blow.
43 minutes | a month ago
The Expanse Season 5 Kicks Off
The Expanse is back on Amazon for its fifth season. We go back to the sci-fi show to explore its rich historical themes and its Solar System geopolitics to talk about those, as well as science. This is a review for episodes 1 through 3 (that were dropped together), but from this coming Thursday, we'll post on Thursdays episode reviews for the new episode aired on Wednesdays. Those will be on top of our regular content.
66 minutes | a month ago
The Rise of Rome
In our first episode on Rome in antiquity, we look at the rise of the eternal city from an insignificant hamlet ruled by petty kings to an empire spanning much of the known world. Gil and Rutger watch The First King (2019, about the founders Romulus and Remus; Coriolanus (2011), on the warfare between city-states during the early republican era; and Hannibal (2006), where Rome defeats its last existential threat. We wrap up with an early look at I, Claudius (1976), at the dawn of the imperial age.
72 minutes | 2 months ago
Downfall of the U.S. in Movies: Lincoln is Obamaesque
In our fourth installment in the series, we review the 2012 Steven Spielberg movie Lincoln and its portrayal of America's most iconic president. But is it actually a movie about Lincoln? Or is it a movie about Barack Obama? Gil and Rutger dive in.
67 minutes | 2 months ago
The Downfall of the US in Movies: Gone With The Wind
In our third instalment of The Downfall of the U.S. in Movies, we go back to the most iconic Hollywood movie ever made: Gone With The Wind. How does the highest-grossing movie in history (adjusted for inflation) tell the story of the American Civil War and the following Reconstruction? Gil and Rutger dive in.
31 minutes | 2 months ago
The Downfall of the US in Movies: The Birth of the Nation
In our second installment of The Downfall of the U.S. in Movies, we go back to the official and popular stories of the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, which led to the formation of a new nation. The movie we chose for that dramatic event is A More Perfect Union (1989), with a sprinkle of Hamilton the musical (2015).
52 minutes | 2 months ago
Social Resistance in Movies: Psychoanalysis
In so many countries and societies around the world, social unrest is flowing out from homes social media into the streets. In this episode, Dr Noga Ariel Galor joins Gil Kidron to break down the psychoanalytical perspective of this very tense moment in history, through a wide array of movies depicting fictional and real civil unrests and revolts.
54 minutes | 3 months ago
The Downfall of the U.S. in Movies: The Creation Story
We launch a new series of episodes titled The Downfall of the U.S. in Movies to draw a line from American history - and more importantly, their depiction of American history - to the political, social, and economic crisis it is living through now. The first episode is about America's creation story - its War of Independence. Its so-called Revolutionary War. The movie we chose for that momentous occasion is The Patriot (2000), starring Mel Gibson, encapsulating all that is wrong in the way Americans think of their beginnings.
49 minutes | 3 months ago
U.S. Elections: Global and Historical Analysis
The 2020 elections in the United States have rocked the nation and the world. How do these recent events inform us about the world's empire? Should we look differently at its history and meteoric rise to world superpower status? Gil and Rutger rant, scream and cry.
38 minutes | 3 months ago
Pod Academy 100th Episode: A Celebration of Democracy
One of the largest scheduled events in the world is set to take place this week, and so are the US elections. Gil and Rutger give the inside scoop and talk baseball. Inside baseball. Attention: this is not the only episode for the week, we will record another one on Wednesday.
54 minutes | 3 months ago
War in Nagorno-Karabakh
A month ago, Azerbaijan attacked the Armenian-populated enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh in its territory. This is at least the fourth war over this area and is among a number of recent wars in the wider Caucasus region. The conflicts are fed by the gradual decline of Russian influence being replaced by Westernization on the one hand and Islamization and rising Turkish influence on the other. In this special episode, Rutger Vos summarizes the events over the course of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries and analyzes what might happen next.
76 minutes | 3 months ago
U.S. Elections in Movies
To prepare for the upcoming presidential elections in the United States, we tackle movies that depict elections, from the 1970s all the way to this past decade. What can we learn about the way the Americans hold this process? About the lead characters? In this episode, Rutger and Gil start with the most recent movie, and then move back in time: The Ides of March (2011), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Primary Colors (1998), Bulworth (1998), Wag The Dog (1997) and Being There (1979).
49 minutes | 3 months ago
The Boys Season 2 Eviscerates America
Amazon's The Boys season 2 picks up right where season 1 left off and takes it up a notch: portraying America as a capitalist empire that will cooperate with Nazis to make a buck, and corrupt ideas such as feminism, racial equality and gay right to sell more merchandise and movie tickets. Writer Dana Schweppe joins Gil Kidron for a very enthusiastic review.
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