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44 minutes | May 26, 2021
Episode 63 - "Dadland Is Temporal"
Life updates: Brian's new son is making him tired and Lenny is part of the solution not the problem in Colombia. Brian talking about fatherhood: "I need a longer refractory period." Time capsule pt. 4: At covid's end, the libs begin to eat themselves (6m) Three times we got an accidental window into how the world is run - Substack (21m) - CIA's generalized anxiety (28m) - The Super League (38m)
44 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
Episode 62 - "The Chickens Have Run Out of Feed"
Trumpism is not going away — which begs the question, what exactly is Trumpism? We debate the issue and take stock of what the sunsetting era will mean for future charlatans. We also remember the highs and lows of the Trump years and celebrate a moment in history in which everyone was convinced they could achieve anything while knowing nothing.
47 minutes | Sep 6, 2020
Episode 61 - "Halftime in America"
The wheels are coming off and the IL boys are here to mumble about it. Covid at the (emotional) halfway point — Labor Day Weekend 2020 — social dissolution, and left's rightful subsuming of sports.
46 minutes | Mar 21, 2020
Episode 60 - "Down With The Sickness"
Quarantine life begins with a remotely-conducted podcast talking about the current crisis, the shitty Dem race that basically ended before it began, and eating each other. Sicko Mode > Somebody I Used To Know get it.
49 minutes | Oct 9, 2019
Episode 59 - “Urbanismo” w/ Ayanthi Gunawardana
IL is taking a long walk off a too-short, badly planned sidewalk into the realm of urban planning. Hear why cars are bad, how a certain Brooklyn moped company is free to operate, and the one time an urban planner ever got angry at a bicyclist.
60 minutes | Jun 19, 2019
Episode 58 - “Fashion Left” w/ Griffin Sharps
What's the role of identity and demagoguery in politics? Should we be capitalists? How important is representation in art? Can three white guys talk about this stuff intelligently and not sound pretentious? Let's find out. Join us as we set the Left as straight as we are on these questions and more. Our spirit guide in this discussion is Griffin Sharps, someone who over the last decade has moved from being a dogmatic Communist to a mainstream, capitalism-loving Democrat.
60 minutes | Apr 2, 2019
Episode 57 - “The Year Of No Buying” w/ Allison Kooser
Allison Kooser (ig: @alkooser) travels around the world telling stories for nonprofits, she gets up at 5:28 every morning, and for one full year, she endeavored to not buy anything she didn’t need. She joins us here for a conversation on the nature and state of nonprofit work, conscious consumerism, and why gifting is a Baby Boomer fetish.
37 minutes | Mar 6, 2019
Episode 56 - "Zen and The Art of Going Viral" w/ Matt Buechele
The New York Times called him the "low rent Bo Burnham" but we think he's more of a "overpriced condo Stephen Lynch." Our friend Matt Buechele (BOO-shell) joins us to talk about comedy and life on the information superhighway. Matt tells us how it feels to "go viral" and shares strategies for being extremely online while maintaining your sanity. Check out his work on Twitter (https://twitter.com/mattbooshell) and his music on Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/artist/1gFHHF3QyQxjbbKXV3qLu9)
56 minutes | Feb 25, 2019
Episode 55 - “Technical Debt”
Dive into life as a software engineer with undercover correspondent Dick Reckerd, a developer who has interviewed at Google, Amazon, and tons of startups. Are they really the smartest people on earth?
70 minutes | Jan 15, 2019
Episode 54 - “Syria, nah” w/ Hart Uhl
The US withdrawal from Syria is possibly the ultimate Trump maneuver: overdue yet radically impulsive, populist yet prosecuted by the worst elites in the country. Joined by Mid-East expert Hart Uhl, we walk through the American presence in Syria and discuss the pros and cons of sunsetting the era of unfettered adventure in Middle Eastern regime change. 6m: Trump / GOP willingness to fight in the Middle East 15m: Hart’s experience in Cairo in 2011, the US influence 21m: Comparing the failure of the Arab Spring to the failed dream of Web 2.0 29m: Why did General Mattis quit? 34m: Exactly what promise to the Kurds are we reneging on? 46: Why this is the ultimate Trump maneuver 52m: A series of super-easy quick fire questions about American proxy power in the Middle East Intro / Outro: Buzzcocks - "Why Can't I Touch It?"
66 minutes | Jan 8, 2019
Episode 53 - “We’re Building The Bridge”
One year from now, the Democratic presidential field of 275,000 will be narrowed down to about half that. To lead off the year, we sit down with politics crank Benji Kantrillion to survey the field and make predictions about who, if anyone, will be left standing to take on Trump. (Michael Moore audio via the 11/14/18 episode of “Intercepted”with Jeremy Scahill.) Intro / Outro: “S’Cooled" by Blood Orange
49 minutes | Nov 21, 2018
Episode 52 - "Prime Time in the Big Apple"
The License bois take on a certain TRILLION dollar company walking into their backyard. They are visited by the recently reelected and renamed Governor of New York and have some fresh takes on life in Jefe Besos' future home (or at least part time home). Buckle up for a convo about New York area infrastructure folks! Also, Lenny reports back from his time on the west coast where he got to see a lot of people participating in the latest urban trend...involuntarily sleeping on the street!
40 minutes | Sep 16, 2018
Episode 51 - “Dude, No Cuomo”
As NY primary results roll in, we talk about where the Democratic Party, and the left is supposed to go after a resounding victory for the status Cuomo.
23 minutes | Sep 10, 2018
Infinity License - The one where they get a brief interview with Cynthia Nixon
The New York State primary election for governor is on Thursday, September 13th, 2018. Our colleague, Azeem Haider, was able to lock down a short interview with Cynthia Nixon (actress, turned activist, turned political candidate for NY State Governor). We have spent a good portion of this podcast following Cynthia's campaign and debating whether she can defeat the incumbent governor Andrew Cuomo with one of the most progressive policy platforms in the nation. Universal Healthcare for all New Yorkers, a functioning MTA, and well funded public schools. We can't tell you who to vote for, but for those that will be voting on Thursday all we can say is... vote for what you think the people of the great state of New York deserve. Also, if you see anything that could be construed as voter suppression...post about it and report it. Cheers.
60 minutes | Aug 28, 2018
Infinity License L - "Take the L: the 50th episode, LIVE!"
We did it. We made 50 episodes of a podcast in about a year and this is the final one. Recorded live at Bluebird in Brooklyn... in Uncle Karl's Sleaze Pit aka "the Nest." Please enjoy this episode where we reminisce about the journey to 50 episodes with our closest friends. We share our hottest and coldest takes, invite close family & friends on stage to roast us, and cap it all off with a drinking game. We hope you have enjoyed this audio experience with us. This is the end of the podcast for now, but we might add some content to this channel at a later date. This is the end of an era for the OG Infinity License crew. If you've enjoyed this, please shower us with compliments from your favorite social media platform OR in person...the original social media platform.
60 minutes | Aug 16, 2018
Episode 49 - “Payable On Death Cast” w/ Cat Green
Culture vulture Cat Green joins us for the second-to-last episode of Infinity License, which is a Very Special Episode as we all get addicted to huffing, the drug of the 90s. Cat is about to start her own podcast, which offers us a poignant vantage from which to offer our own reminiscences of the project. Plus we talk about this other stuff: 6m - Cat’s childhood fascination with “Twister" 10m - Would you rather live Ron Goldman’s life (not death) or your own? 22m - Lenny hates that InfoWars got kicked off Facebook 37m - Bill O’Reilly and the problem of contards 45m - A preview of Cat’s forthcoming podcast about the most fun thing of all: fear.
54 minutes | Aug 11, 2018
Episode 48 - “Raw Dog” w/ George Gordon
The penultimate-penultimate episode of the License features Brooklyn comedian George Gordon, whose upcoming album “You’re A Good Friend” will drop at 2:47pm on September 16, and who will be performing at our live event next Saturday.
51 minutes | Aug 3, 2018
Episode 47 - “Bailing Forward” w/ Rachel Foran
Pre-trial cash bail predates pretty much every legal convention in our system, and yet persists because Americans love punishing each other and have even less creativity than empathy. Rachel Foran, Managing Director at the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, takes us through the crisis that is the cash bail system, and introduces us to the term “abolition” as referring to the ultimate end of our prison system.
47 minutes | Jul 28, 2018
Episode 46 - “Uncle Karl’s Sleaze Pit” w/ Karl Bernholtz
We announce Infinity License L in conversation with Karl Bernholtz, owner/janitor of The Nest, where we’re holding the event. Karl’s done a lot in his life, from getting naked in Florida bands to watching murders in New York bands. No murders here tho.
46 minutes | Jul 20, 2018
Episode 45 - “Eat Tabs, Not Too Musk"
Psychedelics, space, and baseball: there is no better combination so don’t even try. Brian reviews “How To Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan, which leads to a conversation about droogs. Then we talk Elon Musk, and why Lenny is still a fan even as Elon does everything possible to show how much a boring bonehead nerd-ass weirdo he is. 3m - Psychedelics, microdosing, Ram Dass, transcendence 25m - Elon Musk’s extremely online self-owning
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