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54 minutes | Dec 4, 2022
64: World Cup
The World Cup is currently being played in Qatar, a country completely undeserving to host the event given that a reported 6,000 migrant workers died to build its stadiums. Also, they criminalized homosexuality. Also, they are terrible at soccer. And yet, here we are with the most important tournament being held in Doha. In this episode, we discuss Team USA's performance in the group stage and against Netherlands in the round of 16. We discuss the courage of the Iranian players as they demonstrated solidarity with protesters in Iran. And we speculate about the future of USA soccer as we look ahead to 2026...
70 minutes | Nov 14, 2022
63: 'The Banshees of Inisherin' PLUS 'Andor'
What's that? You couldn't wait for Morgan and Eddie to break down the new Martin McDonagh flick? Well you are in luck, mister! And we threw in a littel 'Andor' because it's the best thing to grace the small screen since 'Succession.' Morgan and Eddie descend into a civil war of friendship set on a remote Irish island. Will we leave with our hands? Will Morgan want to quit our friendship to focus more on his arty obsessions? It remains to be seen. At the end of the episode, we chat about the new Star Wars series 'Andor' which can best be described as 'kickass.' It's about the genesis of a rebellion and you need to watch it.
42 minutes | Oct 18, 2022
Qatar is hosting the World Cup next month, human rights abuses be damned. In this episode, we discuss how human atrocities can happen in broad daylight as the Qatari regime bribed their way to hosting the 2022 World Cup. We discuss the term "sportswashing" and how authoritarian governments use a beloved sporting event to promote themselves, attract investors, or bury a negative reputation. We cover these two Guardian articles in this episode: Qatar World Cup accused of imposing ‘chilling’ restrictions on media Forget ‘sportswashing’: Qatar 2022 is about military might and hard sports power
36 minutes | Sep 19, 2022
61: Formula 1 Check-in
We're about midway through the Formula 1 season. You must be wondering what's going on. You must be wondering what Morgan and I make of the Red Bull dominance and the Mercedes acquiescence. The Ferrari blunders and the Danny Ric/McLaren situation. Well, we touch on each of these in a crisp 35 minutes. Enjoy.
38 minutes | Jul 26, 2022
60: Nuclear Energy
In 2025, Diablo Canyon Power Plant on the central coast of California is scheduled to go off-line. Have we given up too soon on nuclear energy? We debate the dividends and drawbacks of nuclear power as a means of combatting climate change and kicking that nasty fossil fuel habit once and for all! In this episode, we discuss this insightful article by Ivan Penn: Nuclear Power Gets New Push in U.S., Winning Converts We also discuss this helpful video from Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell: Do we Need Nuclear Energy to Stop Climate Change?
41 minutes | Jun 8, 2022
59: The Big Lebowski
Vietnam vets. German Nihilists. White Russians. Dance quintets. Kidnap. Ransom. Gulf War. The 1998 Coen Brothers' film "The Big Lebowski" has it all. This is one of the greatest American films ever made (but that's just, like, my opinion man). We analyze this absurdly entertaining film through the lens of the Gulf War, which is frequently referenced throughout the film, though often in the background. With this episode, we offer our humble contribution to the burgeoning field of Lebowski Studies (a.k.a. The Dude Studies or TDS). We hope you enjoy.
44 minutes | May 6, 2022
58: Formula 1
Fast cars. Big money. International locations. Netflix. No, I am not talking about my personal life, I am talking about the competitive motorsport Formula 1. In this episode, we break down what this sport is and why you should watch it. We talk "Drive to Survive" and discuss all the recent drama. We make predictions and speculate. Join the fun.
43 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
57: Twilight Zone
[Read the following sentences in the iconic tone of Twilight Zone narrator Rod Serling]: Are you aware of the fifth dimension? That of imagination? The place where 'The Twilight Zone' resides? In this episode, we discuss "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street," an episode from the first season of 'The Twilight Zone,' an episode where aliens invade and need to only cut the lights for a few hours for families on a quiet suburban street to turn into violent factions.
70 minutes | Apr 11, 2022
If you had control of the world’s most powerful force, how would you use it? In this literary escapade, Morgan and Eddie discuss Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “Report on the Barnhouse Effect.” It’s a story about a “superweapon with a conscience.” Does it have espionage? Yes it does. Dynamopsychism? You bet. Bored thesis advisors? Sure thing. On this episode we ask the big questions. Here's a link to the letter Kurt Vonnegut wrote to his family, which is mentioned in the episode: Vonnegut Letter
53 minutes | Mar 17, 2022
55: The End of History?
Is history linear? Are we making incremental improvements that are bettering humankind? Or are we repeating the same mistakes in an unending cycle? Morgan and Eddie answer all the big questions once and for all in this definitive episode. Listen to these young lads discuss Francis Fukuyama's theory of the "End of History" as well as what the great works of literature have to say on this question. Some background that was helpful for the hosts in framing this idea: History as a linear or a cyclic process : Herodotus, Khaldun and Augustine
69 minutes | Feb 27, 2022
Ukraine is being invaded by Russia under Vladimir Putin's dictatorship. We invited Dr. Allyson Edwards, Teaching Fellow at Warwick University, to discuss Putin's rise to power, the formation of Russian democracy in the 1990s, it's dissolution under Putin, and the historic myth-making of Russia's military that led to this moment. We cover the resilience of the Ukrainian people and mention several important voices to follow who are reporting on this war. The Guardian's reporting on Ukraine was cited in the episode: Ukraine crisis live Consider following these people on Twitter: @DrJMankoff @ksvarnon @CreativeCorazon @NKuhrt @jgmaber @jeff_hawn @irgarner @ntrickett16 @DrJadeMcGlynn @IAPonomarenko @terrelljstarr
48 minutes | Feb 21, 2022
53: In Bruges
In 2008, British playwright Martin McDonagh released his first feature-length film ... and the world was never the same. Or, at least, Morgan and Eddie's world was never the same. Listen to an episode where they recount their favorite movie, one that chronicles the time two hitmen spent a Christmas weekend hiding out in Bruges, Belgium, waiting for the wrath of their boss and the atonement for their crimes.
49 minutes | Feb 10, 2022
What's the Enneagram, you ask? Well, it's a method for interpreting human personality. And it tracks (in my opinion, Eddie speaking here). In this episode, we give the rundown of the nine Enneagram "types" and the attributes of each, while doing a deep dive on Types 3, 4, and 5. Maybe you have that weird uncle who always starts conflicts and no one knows why and you just think he's crazy. Or maybe he's an unhealthy Type 8 and gets energy from conflict. Listen to learn more.... Here are some Enneagram resources we reference in the episode: Your Enneagram Coach Enneagram Institute Enneagram Wikipedia
43 minutes | Dec 11, 2021
51: German Election
In this episode, Dr. Niko Switek joins us to discuss the transition of power Germany is currently experiencing. After 16 years of Angela Merkel as German Chancellor, there's a new sheriff in town, Olaf Scholz, with a new coalition government. Dr. Switek is an expert in Germany's green party and gives us some background on what this election means for the future of Germany. So grab your nearest Schnitzel or Bratwurst or Käsespätzle and settle in for a scholarly discussion.
50 minutes | Nov 11, 2021
In this episode, Morgan and Eddie discuss Facebook's rebrand as "Meta" a company that is seeking to create the next iteration of the internet, which they call the "metaverse." If you're as scared about Mark Zuckerberg being on the frontlines of the next wave of tech innovation, then you're in good company. We discuss the implications of what this means for society and for technology. We read and referenced the following article, which gives a good recap of what Meta is and what this could portend: NY Times - The Metaverse is Mark Zuckerberg's Escape Hatch
79 minutes | Sep 18, 2021
49: The Silk Road
Drawing off an excellent article from Joshuah Bearman, Eddie and Morgan welcome special guest Carson Wack onto the podcast to discuss the trials and tribulations involved in Ross Ulbricht's development of the Silk Road. Along they way they touch on details about libertarianism, morality on the internet, and ... Solyndra?
46 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
48: "America Has a Drinking Problem"
Is drinking heavily an American phenomenon? No. Is drinking alone an American phenomenon? Perhaps. Morgan and Eddie discuss The Atlantic article titled "America Has a Drinking Problem", an essay that walks us through the historical use of alcohol as a socialization tool. They also discuss the 2020 Academy Award-nominated Danish film "Another Round", a movie with a fascinating premise where four middle-aged friends test out a Norwegian philosopher's theory that mankind was born with a BAC that is too low. Here are the links to the sources we discuss: The Atlantic - America Has a Drinking Problem Another Round - Trailer
29 minutes | May 21, 2021
47: John Rabe
Musician and composer Jonny Pickett joins the podcast to tell the story behind his new album "Made in China." During the episode he tells the story behind the last song on the album, "John Rabe", named for a Nazi living in China during WWII who saved approximately 200,000 lives during a massacre by the Japanese army. Listen to the song here: John Rabe You can support Jonny's music here: Patreon
65 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Morgan and Eddie speak with special guest and Portland resident/aficionado Tyler Green about gentrification and its impact on parks, businesses, and the local community.
53 minutes | Jan 31, 2021
45: Future of American Politics
Morgan and Eddie reflect on Trumpism and political activism and the implications this holds for American democracy moving forward.
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