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The Problem with Reading
91 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
311 The Problem with..."STAR WARS, Again" (Special Episode ft. Jensen and Kellen)
It's Star Wars Special Time, now with twice as many special guests! Kellen and Jensen join Brevin and Stephen to trench run through the recent past, present, and future of Star Wars in its many media forms. Kellen doesn't buy ReyLo, Jensen hates EA's dominance of SW games, Stephen thinks Chewie is overrated, and Brevin wants a return to the wild space west of early novelization. Also, games! Star Wars Trivia (see how well you do!) and the main event, Star Wars Superlatives! What's the best lightsaber? Worst character in the sequels? Character most likely to vote for Bernie Sanders? Listen and find out! DRINK THE GREEN MILK
2 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Chopper, Ruler Of The Galaxy (TPWR 311 Teaser)
Kellen describes why Chopper would rule the Galaxy atop a mountain of bodies.
75 minutes | Jun 26, 2021
310 The Problem with… “Speaking like Zarathustra and Sociology”
It's finally the end of the Master and His Emissary. As they finish up the final chapter, the boys reflect on a long journey well spent, as well as critique a few gaps in the book's conclusion. Also, firebombing freemasons, sinophillic sociologists, Covid nonsense, and comic sans psychopathy. Have a listen!
61 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
309 The Problem with... "Modernism and Bad Neighbors"
It's the homestretch as the Master and His Emissary stares at modernism and postmodernism. There's plenty more about why modern art is bad--what's not to like!? Also, Brevin brings an article about kickstarter board game bloat, Sam laments self-inviting relatives, and Stephen goes on an expectative-laced rant against innocent car enthusiasts. Have a listen!
68 minutes | May 31, 2021
308 The Problem with “Romanticism and Blood Marys”
While this podcast is supposed to be about the industrial revolution's creation of a dystopian hellscape, the Master and His Emissary sort of breezes by the topic, and the boys do too. Instead they talk about who to vote for in 2020, how many whole fried chickens one can stuff into a Bloody Mary, and even a mask/vaccine politics. Have a listen!
74 minutes | May 16, 2021
307 The Problem with..."McGilchrist, the Replication Crisis, and RPG Novels" ft. Nik
We're back at it with the Master and His Emissary Chapter 10, and we've brought a special guest to throw water on our enthusiasm! Nik has some choice words to say about McGilchrist's analysis of the Enlightenment (and everything else), Brevin is ready to go to war with birds, and Stephen takes the controversial position of disliking group projects. Have a listen!
76 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
306 The Problem with..."Online PE Classes and a Secular Age" ft. Ben
Special Guest Ben arrives on the program to give a succinct summary of Charles Taylor's "Secular Age" and saves the boys several months of reading. Stephen's main man David Foster Wallace makes an angst-filled return. Sam steals several of Brevin's transitions, and everyone successfully passes the All Souls College Entrance Exam. Have a Listen!
1 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
It Loops Back Around to Being Stupid (TPWR 306 Teaser)
It Loops Back Around to Being Stupid (TPWR 306 Teaser) by The Problem with Reading
1 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
The Worst Kind Of Doctor (TPWR 306 Teaser)
The Worst Kind Of Doctor (TPWR 306 Teaser) by The Problem with Reading
33 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
305 The Problem with… “Heretical Pokémon and Jelly Beans”
It’s a special, content-lite episode for the Problem with Reading crew. Tune in for highlights from inside the Trump Hotel, Stephen's Pokémon or Heretic Quiz in which Brevin embarrasses himself, and rants that span the spectrum from bitter to confused to almost entirely wholesome. Also, Sam knows the secret of rightwing jellybeans. Have a listen!
59 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
304 The Problem with… “The Tea Farm”
It is time to fix the Renaissance and the Reformation, and the boys manage to do so in just under an hour. Brevin tries to convince everyone the Martin Luther was the biggest mistake in history, spies don’t care about you, and Covid is changing how we do friendships. Also, Stephen hates physicists approximating equations badly, Sam welcomed the Superbowl’s uncontroversial commercials, and Brevin proposes a tea farm. Have a listen!
1 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Cut that out please (TPWR 304 Teaser)
The Tea Farm.
54 minutes | Feb 7, 2021
303 The Problem with... "Whining and Chest Theory"
The fellas tackle another full chapter of the Master and His Emissary, grapple with our helplessness in the face of our idiot ruling class, and invent Gerbil Theory (NSA grant pending). Also, Sam stages a coup against Stephen, Brevin reads a poem, and Christianity may have killed the Roman Empire. Have a listen!
1 minutes | Feb 7, 2021
Metamorphoses (TPWR 303 Teaser)
Metamorphoses (TPWR 303 Teaser) by The Problem with Reading
62 minutes | Jan 16, 2021
302 The Problem with… “Cultural Genes and Hating the People of the World”
We’re on to part two of the Master and His Emissary with Chapter 7! The boys tighten up their summarizing skills (hopefully) and talk through cultural memes and left-hemisphere feedback loops. Also, imitation is good for the soul, boots will save our civilization, and a look into the inner priesthood of right-wing ideology today. Finally, listen to Stephen hating on the news and tune in next week to see if his rant backfires!
29 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
301 The Problem with..."Season Openers and Trivia"
A New Year and a New Season of the Problem with Reading! The three boys are reunited and talk through all the excitement on the way in season 3. Also, Brevin puts his co-hosts on the spot with a Sam vs Stephen TPWR trivia deathmatch!
85 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
222 The Problem with... "Metroid Prime and Cold Soup" ft. Zach + Special Guest (Season 2 Finale)
The boys gather once more before the new year to retrospect over the first half of The Master and His Emissary. Joining them is the lord sponsor of the reading series and M+E evangelist Zach, who brings spicy takes, a dramatic voice, and archaic video game references. After that, the pod shifts into words about screens and seeing, cold soup and brunch, and the first of men. Also, four (4) rants from Stephen, Brevin, Zach and a secret guest to close out the season. Have a listen!
3 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
Schoolhouse Rock and Children Eating Alone ft. Zach (Season 2 Finale Outtake)
Schoolhouse Rock and Children Eating Alone ft. Zach (Season 2 Finale Outtake) by The Problem with Reading
3 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
Zach on the Problem with Video Games (Season 2 Finale Teaser)
Zach reflects on video games and re-presentation to the haunting tones of Metroid Prime.
58 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
221 The Problem with…“Replicants and Hemisphere Asymmetries”
Stephen and Brevin finish up Part 1 of the Master and His Emissary to great fanfare. Also--White House tree planting traditions are opaque, Blade Runner 2049 has surprisingly good bioethics, and cookies are mmm.
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