Best Paskin podcasts we could find (Updated January 2019)
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Decoder Ring
Monthly
 
Decoder Ring is the show about cracking cultural mysteries. In each episode, host Willa Paskin takes a cultural question, object, or habit; examines its history; and tries to figure out what it means and why it matters.
 
On Slate's Spoiler Specials, Slate critics, such as Dana Stevens and Willa Paskin, discuss new movies and TV shows in spoiler-filled detail. We dissect twist endings, plot holes, and other secrets you won't read in reviews.WARNING: This podcast contains spoilers (duh).
 
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Decoder Ring
Monthly
 
Decoder Ring is the show about cracking cultural mysteries. In each episode, host Willa Paskin takes a cultural question, object, or habit; examines its history; and tries to figure out what it means and why it matters.
 
A Philosophy Podcast and Philosophy Blog
 
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The Downside
Weekly
 
Stand up comedian Sam Menzies trades stories with other comedians, and fascinating people.https://www.facebook.com/TheDownsidePodcast/
 
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On Johann Gottfried von Herder's “The Causes of Sunken Taste among the Different Peoples in Whom It Once Blossomed” (1775), “On the Influence of the Belles Lettres on the Higher Sciences” (1781), “Does Painting or Music Have a Greater Effect? A Divine Colloquy” (1785), and some of Critical Forests: Fourth Grove (written 1769). With guest rock g ...…
 
Mark and Wes go into more textual detail re. Lucretius’s take on atomism and the metaphysical and epistemological problems it entails. Start with Part one. This is a preview; become a PEL Citizen or $5 Patreon supporter to get the full, 50 minute conversation.By Mark Linsenmayer.
 
This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams and Vulture staff writer Kathryn Van Arendonk discuss the new Black Mirror interactive episode “Bandersnatch”. Do we really want interactive content from Netflix? Is there a base version of “Bandersnatch”? Does Black Mirror have to always assume the worst possible outcome? Make the decision and listen to ...…
 
More on Lucretius’s poem about Epicurean science: On the Nature of Things from the first century BCE. We talk more about how macroscopic phenomena are supposed to come out of the interaction of atoms, including mind and its processes of knowledge and illusion, including the illusion of love. One conclusion: life after death is not possible. Can ...…
 
On Lucretius’s poem about Epicurean science: On the Nature of Things aka De Rerum Natura from the first century BCE. How does the world work? Lucretius presents a system that is surprisingly modern, and raises philosophical issues that are still on point today: What are the basic building blocks of the universe? How could these give rise to min ...…
 
Mark and Wes discuss Durkheim's Suicide (1897), getting into more of the details of his account and exploring comparative modes of explanation: Are there really "sociological facts" distinct from mere generalizations about psychological facts? Get the full discussion as a PEL Citizen or $5 Patreon supporter!…
 
This week on Spoiler Specials, Dan Kois and TV editor at the New York Times, Aisha Harris, discuss Mary Poppins Returns. How does the film stack up to the original? How bad is Lin Manuel-Miranda’s cockney accent? Is there a bigger conspiracy behind Julie Andrews declining to cameo? Listen to them discuss! Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. ...…
 
More on philosophical and psychological interpretations of and judgments about suicide with guest Drew Pinsky. Is suicide an epidemic or a choice? Could it be both? Socrates didn't fear death and inspired Stoics and others to see suicide in some circumstances as brave. Or is it always cowardly? Does meaninglessness motivate suicide? Listen to p ...…
 
We open with an audio production of "Kill Switch," cover story of Constellary Tales Issue #1, narrated by Mark Linsenmayer. Then we go behind the scenes in an interview with the story's author, Henry Szabranski. Get more Constellary Tales podcasts, and read original sf in the magazine at constellary.com.…
 
We are rejoined by Drew Pinsky to discuss philosophical and psychological readings by Seneca, Arthur Schopenhauer, Sigmund Freud, Emile Durkheim, Albert Camus, plus two 2017 survey papers on predictors of suicide. Is suicide ever morally permissible? If it's a symptom of mental illness rather than a chosen behavior, is it even appropriate to mo ...…
 
This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens discusses The Favourite with Washington Post columnist, Alexandra Petri. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Slack, the collaboration hub for work. Learn more at Slack.com. Helix, a new kind of DNA testing. Try today for a deep discount a ...…
 
More on this classic text by (perhaps) Vyasa, with guest Shaan Amin. Should we acquire good karma or behave "beyond good and evil"? How can everything be Krishna while Krishna is also the an element of virtue we're supposed to pursue? How does this compare with Stoicism? Plus, behold Krishna unveiled and be freaked out! Listen to part one first ...…
 
On the classic Hindu text (ca. the third century BCE), part of the Indian Epic poem Mahabharata, attributed to Vyasa, using Keya Maitra's 2018 translation/commentary. What is it to live wisely? What grounds duty? Listen as the supreme God Krishna convinces archer hero Arjuna that it's OK for him to kill his relatives because, you know, reincarn ...…
 
Jennifer Aniston’s story had it all: Heartbreak, secrecy, sex, betrayal. But what it also had was a new kind of tabloid: Us Weekly and its copycats. Brad Pitt leaving Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jolie would have been a huge Hollywood scandal no matter when it happened, but it became an even bigger one because it was turbocharged by these tabl ...…
 
Jennifer Aniston’s story had it all: Heartbreak, secrecy, sex, betrayal. But what it also had was a new kind of tabloid: Us Weekly and its copycats. Brad Pitt leaving Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jolie would have been a huge Hollywood scandal no matter when it happened, but it became an even bigger one because it was turbocharged by these tabl ...…
 
This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams discusses The Ballad of Buster Scruggs with the author of The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together, Adam Nayman. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: I Travel For, a new podcast that explores what inspires us to travel. Lis ...…
 
Concluding on Julia Kristeva's Powers of Horror (1980) and focusing on H.P. Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu" (1928). Does Lovecraft's presentation of nameless terror capture (or improve upon) what Kristeva means by "abjection"? End song: "The Other" by Mark Lint feat. Lucy Lawless. Read about it and support the project. Listen to part one firs ...…
 
A smart house outlasts humanity in Ray Bradbury's 1950 short story "There Will Come Soft Rains." Also: Tex Thompson describes the annual "experience camp" for authors, Writers in the Field. Get more Constellary Tales podcasts, and read original sf in the magazine (Issue no. 1 is now online) at constellary.com.…
 
More on Julia Kristeva's Powers of Horror (1980) plus H.P. Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu" (1928). What is the object of fear? Mark, Seth, and Dylan get clearer on Kristeva's view of the establishment and loss of the integrity of the self, what the "object" of abjection is, and what this all might have to do with feminism. Most of the Lovecra ...…
 
Hear the new Mark Lint song featuring your favorite PEL guest on lead vocals. …And other witty and pleasurable tunes! Support the effort and earn a full hour chatting directly about philosophy with your practically human PEL host!By Mark Linsenmayer.
 
Mark takes a very close look at pages 1–4 of the first chapter of On Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection (1980) as a supplement to episode 202. Get the full, 55-minute experience as a PEL Citizen, or get it by supporting us on Patreon for a mere $1!By Mark Linsenmayer.
 
This week on Spoiler Specials, Dan Kois and Jeffrey Bloomer discuss the second installment of Fantastic Beasts franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Slack, the collaboration hub for work. Learn more at Slack.com. I Travel For, a ...…
 
Continuing on Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection, ch. 1 and 2. We try to get clearer on Kristeva's talk of "object," the relationship between language and abjection, how Kristeva is advancing on Freud, how to be a mom that allows a kid to separate in a healthy way, and how abjection plays into religion and writing. Listen to part one first ...…
 
On Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection (1980), ch. 1 and 2. Kristeva writes about "abjection," where we violently reject things like corpses, bodily wastes and other fluids, and the Lovecraftian unnameable that lurks at the edge of our awareness. Her book is also all about the self, suggesting modifications to Freud's Oedipal complex and La ...…
 
Mark and Seth get further into the specifics of Marcus's metaphysics and how this is supposed to relate to behavior. Can his directives really come solely "from reason" as he claims? How does this interact with the behaviors that we pursue "by nature," i.e., without conscious deliberation required? Seth is concerned with how individualistic the ...…
 
This week on Spoiler Specials Dana Stevens and Sam Adams discuss Luca Guadagnino's remake of Suspiria. Podcast Production by Danielle Hewitt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
 
In a special bonus Halloween episode of Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams, Jeffrey Bloomer and Christina Cauterucci discuss the 11th installment in the Halloween franchise. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
 
More on The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (ca. 180 CE) plus Ryan's The Daily Stoic (2016). We talk Stoicism as "pre-mourning," love of fate, the divine plan, political ethics, ethical models, and overwriting your brain with the Stoic operating system. Hear part 1 first, or get the full, unbroken Citizen Edition, as well as the follow-up discus ...…
 
Ong's Hat, or The Incunabula Papers, is a conspiracy theory that arose on the early internet. Combining cutting edge science, mysticism, and obvious hokum, it intrigued thousands of people who tried to find out what it all meant. Today we uncover the secrets of Ong's Hat, the man behind it, and the new art form it inadvertently birthed. Check o ...…
 
Ong's Hat, or The Incunabula Papers, is a conspiracy theory that arose on the early internet. Combining cutting edge science, mysticism, and obvious hokum, it intrigued thousands of people who tried to find out what it all meant. Today we uncover the secrets of Ong's Hat, the man behind it, and the new art form it inadvertently birthed. Check o ...…
 
Please wander over to patreon.com/marklint to help support the new album!By Mark Linsenmayer.
 
On The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (ca. 180 C.E.) plus Ryan's The Daily Stoic (2016). What does Stoicism look like in practice, in both ancient and modern contexts? You might think that eschewing the shallow, out-of-our-control trappings of fame and wealth in favor of personal cultivation would make one unambitious, but Ryan uses Marcus as a ...…
 
This week on Spoiler Specials, Assistant Editor Marissa Martinelli, Editorial Assistant Rachelle Hampton and Culture writer Inkoo Kang discuss The Hate U Give, the movie starring Amandla Stenberg based on the best selling novel by Angie Thomas. This episode is brought to you by I Travel For, a new podcast that explores what inspires us to trave ...…
 
Continuing on "What Is Enlightenment" by Immanuel Kant (1784), "On Enlightening the Mind" by Moses Mendelssohn (1784), and "What Is Enlightenment" by Michael Foucault (1984). We finish up Kant (the courage to know!) and lay out the Mendelssohn (cultivation vs. enlightenment) and Foucault (ironically heroize the present!). Will this conversation ...…
 
Octavia Butler's "Bloodchild" is (among other things) a successful example of a certain kind of pregnancy story. Also: Brian puts Ken to the test about films nominated both for the Hugo and the Oscar, and some spoiler-free recommendations. Get more Constellary Tales podcasts, and read original sf in the magazine (issue no. 1 coming in November) ...…
 
On "What Is Enlightenment" by Immanuel Kant (1784), "On Enlightening the Mind" by Moses Mendelssohn (1784), and "What Is Enlightenment" by Michael Foucault (1984). At the end of the historical period known as The Enlightenment, a Berlin newspaper asked what exactly that is, and Kant and Mendelssohn responded. Both were concerned with whether to ...…
 
Wes Alwan is joined by Tracy Morgan and Louis Scuderi to discuss Freud's classic 1917 essay. Note: Part two will NOT be appearing on this feed. Become a PEL Citizen to get the full discussion. Visit partiallyexaminedlife.com/support to learn how. Listen to more (sub)Text.By Mark Linsenmayer.
 
This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens chats with Rachel Syme about Bradley Cooper's remake of A Star is Born. Produced by Danielle Hewitt. Production assistant provided by Cameron Drews. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
 
Mark, Wes, Seth, and Dylan continue to discuss “What Is the Point of Equality?” (1999) and how it lays foundations for Private Government (2017). What is democratic equality, and can a Rawlsian/liberal/neutral-with-regard-to-defining-the-good state consistently advocate for this ideal? Our interview with Liz starts in Part One. You can get all ...…
 
Hotel Art used to be one of the ultimate symbols of bad taste, it was often ugly, kitschy, and strange. Today, the art you find in a hotel is far less likely to be the result of one individual's poor taste, and much more likely to have passed through an entire industry designed to help place art into hotels. Hotel art is now almost universally ...…
 
Hotel Art used to be one of the ultimate symbols of bad taste, it was often ugly, kitschy, and strange. Today, the art you find in a hotel is far less likely to be the result of one individual's poor taste, and much more likely to have passed through an entire industry designed to help place art into hotels. Hotel art is now almost universally ...…
 
Continuing on Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (2017) and “What Is the Point of Equality?” (1999). Should the amount of respect that a worker gets be proportional to his or her market value? Our guest tells us more about how all citizens have the right to have their interests considered and what this means for how the relationsh ...…
 
In this week's Slate senior editor Jeffrey Bloomer, Slate critic Inkoo Kang and assistant editor Marissa Martinelli discuss the Paul Feig mystery-thriller A Simple Favor. Which suit did Blake Lively wear best? Is the answer all of them? Were there even other people in this movie? All that and more on Slate's Spoiler Specials. Learn more about y ...…
 
The U. of Michigan prof joins us to discuss Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk about It) (2017) and "What Is the Point of Equality?" (1999). What is a government? Liz argues that this includes companies, and that we should thus apply political science concepts in evaluating their power. Her egalitarianism in ...…
 
We get down to the specific questions considered in this perplexing Platonic dialogue: Are there Forms for all adjectives? Does the Form of a property itself have that property? How do Forms connect with particulars? How can we mortals have any connection to heavenly Forms anyway? Listen to part one first or get the full, ad-free Citizen Editio ...…
 
Todays podcast was a taster and a promo for jamal and saed's respective upcoming fringe shows. gonna keep this short and sweet. heres the links to get tickets. mwah! jamal at www.jamalabdul.com/fringe-show/ and sayed at http://sydneyfringe.com/buy-tickets?e=MTU4ODU buy stagcandles ya fucks
 
Daniel Schroeder, June Thomas and Vox culture writer Constance Grady spoil Insatiable. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
 
A new podcast for the Partially Examined Life podcast network! Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron" turns up in unusual places, plus two film adaptations. Brian quizzes Ken on writing advice from famous authors.By Brian Hirt.
 
On the most peculiar Platonic dialogue, from ca. 350 BCE. Are properties real things in the world, or just in the mind? Plato is known for claiming that these "Forms" are real, though otherworldly. Here, though, using Parmenides as a character talking to a young Socrates, Plato seems to provide objections here to his own theory. What's the deal ...…
 
Wes discusses the film with philosophy professor David Kyle Johnson. What is there to fear in artificial intelligence? How does this shed light on what it means to be fully human? Note: Part two will NOT be appearing on this feed. Become a PEL Citizen to get the full discussion. Visit partiallyexaminedlife.com/support to learn how.…
 
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