Holy cats, you're going to go out into this mess again? Trump is off limits, yes? Are we suffering from Trump overload in the media? Haven't you guys made fools of yourselves by talking about Trump? Yes to all of them! But this isn't your normal show lambasting or spoofing the president. It is (hopefully) a sober approach to what might really matter with our current president
The college experience for young adults in America is becoming an assumed right. Whether at a prestigious school or local junior college, everyone seems to be going, at least in certain parts of the country, and way more parts of the country that didn't used to be college crazy. So, you have to go, right? College grads make more than people with no degree, right? It is "good" debt, right?
Sometimes, we feel the need to defend great artifacts and contributors to culture. But why not let them speak for themselves, whatever the critics may think? We return to some reflections on a Father John Misty concert, discuss the cultural significance of Saturday Night live, explore the importance of a sixteenth century painter who's wilder than Dali.
You either know, or you don't know. Perhaps, you downloaded this show thinking, finally a show that is pure comedy. No bummers or hackneyed jokes. Pure Comedy. Or, you thought, finally a show that is pure comedy. No cussing or inappropriate jokes. This show has nothing to do with comedy or purity. It's a show about some ideas a guy has, and how he has delivered those to us.
Wow. The picture looks demeaning to the poor dutch. And on todays show we point out that they go cheap on dates (as the colloquial phrase has taught us). I'm sorry. And I mean "I'm". You see, this is Dan. I do the write ups for the shows every week and picking on the dutch is not what I care to do on a podcast that goes across the globe (Hi New Zealand, China and Croatia!). Check out my last name (and the lower case v, as it is a preposition making the proper way to alphabetize according to the VO). I'm one of those clogging, curiously on the continent but seems like we should be next to Sweden, windmill loving dutchmen. What else is shocking, and I mean SHOCKING on this week's show?
Over the past month or so, as we have delved into some deep water regarding a few political questions as well as episodes regarding authority and power, we have been getting a number of questions in our inbox. While a call in show is a possibility we are playing with, we had enough questions to try answering a few. But beware...
"Suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature" This is Edward Munch on his famous painting "The Scream". On this week's show we talk about this painting with one of our favorite guests, nay favorite people, Dr. Dan Siedell. As always, he brings his soothing voice and engaging personality and encyclopedic knowledge to talk about art to those of us who might know nothing about it
So. The news, huh? I was on Facebook and people were totally talking about the news, and politics and stuff. Crazy. Apparently, there are issues with people coming to America? And The new President, the guy that sold his own steaks, and was on TV and ruined New Jersey (just kidding, it kinda sucked already). Well, our old pal Joe Laughon came on this show to break down some of the jibber jabber that everyone has been shouting and emoji-ing about.
"No one man should have all that power/The Clock’s ticking, I just count off the hours"- Kanye West.
Yeah, we dropped Kanye in this show. I did it in the cold open without thinking about it. But, well, we're talking about power. And I like that song. On today's show do we get a little personal? Yes. But that doesn't minimize or localize the bigger issue... Power, fear, false authority and real authority- how do we recognize it when it is real, when it is false and when we should follow and oppose...
It all erased. Seriously. AGAIN. I can't tell you how good the copy was for this description of the show. it exhausted me. It was rich and full of character. it was a mix of Dostoyevsky and Fitzgerald. I cried whilst writing and then had a reinvigorated passion for life.
No. it was just me telling you about how Jeff has been sick and how I ate an entire box of Starbucks cranberry bliss bars.
Two Words. Gustavo Arellano. Boom! (ok, that's three).
But, really, stop what you are doing and listen to this show. I'm not kidding. Driving? Pull over. Breastfeeding? Get a pacifier. Just sitting and looking at the computer screen because some link brought you here? Stop reading this and listen to the show. Gustavo is a dude I've been reading for a decade and am super stoked he joined us for today's show.