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On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s senior editor Allegra Frank is joined by Slate staff writer Rachelle Hampton to spoil Coming 2 America, the sequel to the 1988 hit comedy, Coming to America. Set in the ro…
 
Within and without the world of the film, can one consider Don Corleone a great man? Or does his moral code, like his favor, always hide a transaction? Wes & Erin give their analysis of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 film, “The Godfather.” The post (sub)Text: Business Gets Personal in “The Godfather” first appeared on The Partially Examined Life Philo…
 
On the later Platonic dialogue from around 360 BCE. How is nature put together? Plato speaks through the fictional Timaeus (not Socrates) to give a "likely story" about the universe, physics, and biology involving a Craftsman (Demi-Urge) who created everything based on a pre-existing perfect model (the Forms!). Timaeus derives his whole story from …
 
Subscribe to get Part 2 of this episode. Listen to a preview. Hear this part ad-free. On the later Platonic dialogue from around 360 BCE. How is nature put together? Plato speaks through the fictional Timaeus (not Socrates) to give a "likely story" about the universe, physics, and biology involving a Craftsman (Demi-Urge) who created everything bas…
 
David talks with journalist Piya Sinha-Roy about the recent controversy at Reply All. Support me on Patreon! Links: Reply All's The Case of the Missing Hit Reply All's Test Kitchen Series (part 1 and part 2) LATimes: How an email sparked a scandal at Reply All NYTimes: Reply All host takes leave of absence NYTimes: Reply All is put on pause Vulture…
 
Jason was music director at KRCW, the LA NPR station, is also a DJ with a lot of experienced interviewing musicians, and now hosts a new podcast, The Backstory. He joins Mark and Erica to discuss the creative and business possibilities of podcasting in comparison to radio, what their futures may hold, and his own journey between the two media. For …
 
Out of the darkness of the opening frames comes a supplicant— Buonasera the undertaker. He pleads for the justice that the American legal system denied him. As the camera draws back, we see the outline of a face, a hand... Don Corleone holds court at the confluence of loyalty and duress, generosity and calculation, power and fragility. It is not mo…
 
Mark-san, Erica-san, and Brian-san survey the new Karate Kid revival show Cobra Kai and all the original films starting with the 1984 classic for nonsensical plotting, villain motivation, questionable acting, and more. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop. The post Pretty Much Pop #82: …
 
Continuing on Warspeak: Nietzsche's Victory Over Nihilism with guests Jeff Black and Michael Grenke. To hear this second part, you'll need to go sign up at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support. The post PREVIEW-Ep. 263: Lise Van Boxel’s “Warspeak” on Strategies for Valuing (Part Two) first appeared on The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast.…
 
On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Slate features editor Jeffrey Bloomer and New York Times correspondent Ruth Graham to spoil Saint Maud, the feature film debut from …
 
David chats with Scott Wampler about snowstorm that crippled Texas this week. Support me on Patreon! Links: Texas power grid crumples under the cold Texans see no end to winter storm What went wrong with Texas power grid Blame and questions mount How to help and get help in Texas How to help feed people in need Follow Scott Wampler on Twitter Subsc…
 
While Annie’s patient, quirky fatalism does not prevent her from outgrowing Alvy and leaving him behind, the nostalgic and wistful frame of Allen’s film does have something to say about what helps keep love alive, and people connected. The post (sub)Text: Love and Nostalgia in Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” first appeared on The Partially Examined Life…
 
Jason was music director at KRCW, the LA NPR station, is also a DJ with a lot of experienced interviewing musicians, and now hosts a new podcast, The Backstory. He joins Mark and Erica to discuss the creative and business possibilities of podcasting in comparison to radio, what their futures may hold, and his own journey between the two media. For …
 
On Warspeak: Nietzsche's Victory Over Nihilism (2020) with Dylan, Seth, and guests Michael Grenke and Jeff Black. What's a viable counter-ideal to the asceticism that Nietzsche thought is so pervasive? Lise's book works out strategies for re-valuing that emphasize Nietzsche's positive comments about the feminine and the power of words. Part two of …
 
Subscribe to get Part 2 of this episode. Listen to a preview. Hear this part ad-free. On Warspeak: Nietzsche's Victory Over Nihilism (2020) with Dylan, Seth, and guests Michael Grenke and Jeff Black. What's a viable counter-ideal to the asceticism that Nietzsche thought is so pervasive? Lise's book works out strategies for re-valuing that emphasize…
 
David speak with writer May-Lee Chai about the anti-Asian violence that is sweeping parts of the country right now, as well as its causes and solutions. Support me on Patreon! Links: Read May-Lee Chai's viral Twitter thread Read May-Lee Chai's book, Useful Phrases for Immigrants Learn more about May-Lee Chai Our Asian neighbors are suffering. We ne…
 
Alvy Singer is not, he tells us, a depressive character. It’s just that as a child he always worried that the expanding universe would one day break apart; and as an adult that romantic relationships must always fall apart. With Annie Hall, he thought he had finally found something that would last, in part because she could -- like the audiences of…
 
Happy Groundhog Day! The '93 film has had dozens of imitators spanning various genres in recent years, but the idea goes back more than a century. Mark, Erica, Brian, and guest Ken Gerber touch on popular and obscure examples examples from film and TV to explore the philosophical themes and storytelling techniques. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com…
 
More on essay three of Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals on the meaning of ascetic ideals. How does asceticism fit into N's overall morality, and how does he use it to critique scientists? To hear this second part, you'll need to go sign up at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support. The post PREVIEW-Ep. 262: Nietzsche on Self-Denial (Part Two) first appea…
 
On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s TV critic Willa Paskin is joined by Slate writer and podcast host Nichole Perkins to spoil Bridgerton, the new period drama series on Netflix, produced by Shonda Rhimes. I…
 
To what extent is every ambition an imaginative act—and perhaps a form of prophecy? Wes & Erin discuss the Scottish Play: Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, "Macbeth." The post (sub)Text: Yielding to Suggestion in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” first appeared on The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast.By Wes Alwan
 
David chats with 'Garbage Day' newsletter author Ryan Broderick about WallStreetBets and how internet culture has taken over the world. Support me on Patreon! Links: Ryan's piece in The Nation on the paradoxical politics of the GameStop Pump Twitter is a mall Follow Ryan on Twitter Subscribe to Ryan's podcast The Content Mines Subscribe to Ryan's n…
 
On the darkly comic '96 film and the 4-season crime show. Mark, Erica, Brian, and Tamler from VBW consider its style, "tundra western" setting, "Minnesota nice", gender issues, stunt casting, absurdism, and more. Yes, there are spoilers, but it barely matters. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/pre…
 
On Friedrich Nietzsche's The Genealogy of Morals (1887), "Third essay: what do ascetic ideals mean?" Self-regulation, where we tamp down certain aspects of our personality, is necessary for disciplined action, but it can clearly go too far. Nietzsche uses this concept of asceticism to analyze both geniuses and the masses. It is a chief tool of the …
 
On Friedrich Nietzsche's The Genealogy of Morals (1887), "Third essay: what do ascetic ideals mean?" Self-denial is necessary for disciplined action but can clearly go too far. N uses this concept of asceticism to analyze both geniuses and the masses. It's a chief tool of the will to power, dangerous to human flourishing but also helping us to evol…
 
On the moors of medieval Scotland, three witches hail the nobleman Macbeth as the future king—despite the fact that King Duncan is very much alive, and Macbeth is not in line to the throne. At the suggestion of power, Macbeth’s mind leaps to murder. Later, he fancies he sees a floating dagger leading him to Duncan, and after more bloodshed, believe…
 
David chats with Dallas Taylor about creating the hit podcast 'Twenty Thousand Hertz' and why he's passionate about educating people about the world of sound. Support me on Patreon! Links: Listen to Twenty Thousand Hertz The episode about Siri The episode about the NBC chimes The episode about Dies Irae The episode about Star Wars blasters Watch Da…
 
Larry has appeared on 20+ albums since co-founding Magraw Gap in 1990 and then becoming bandleader on '97. He's known for his lightning flat picking and has more recently added a good dose of social commentary and fundamental questioning to his songwriting. We discuss "Mars’ Cry" (and listen to "Try") from American Dream (2020), "Crocodile Man" fro…
 
In this episode we discuss EM Forster’s novel Howard’s End as well as take a look at the 1992 movie of the novel starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. “Death destroys a man, but the idea of death saves him—” --Howard’s End The story revolves around three families: the Schlegels–– half-German siblings Margaret, Helen, and Tibby whose cultural …
 
In light of The Queen's Gambit, chess expert J.J. joins Mark, Erica, and Brian to look at chess media, culture, and personalities. We consider gender, genius, and other issues in Gambit, plus Pawn Sacrifice, Searching for Bobby Fisher, The Luzhin Defense, and The Coldest Game. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode a…
 
On the darkly comic '96 film and the 4-season crime show. Mark, Erica, Brian, and Tamler from VBW consider its style, "tundra western" setting, "Minnesota nice", gender issues, stunt casting, absurdism, and more. Yes, there are spoilers, but it barely matters. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/pre…
 
More on Parfit's Reasons and Persons (1984), ch. 10-13. In this preview, we consider how Parfit deals with Bernard Williams' materialist thought experiment to show that the whole concept of personal identity doesn't make sense. Also, split brains! To hear this second part, you'll need to go sign up at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support. The post PRE…
 
More on Parfit's Reasons and Persons (1984), ch. 10-13. In this preview, we consider how Parfit deals with Bernard Williams' materialist thought experiment to show that the whole concept of personal identity doesn't make sense. Also, split brains! To hear this second part, you'll need to go sign up at partiallyexaminedlife.com/support.…
 
On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Slate staff writer Karen Han to spoil Promising Young Woman, the feature film debut from writer and director Emerald Fennell. In thi…
 
David and @joyofnapping discuss their thoughts on the inauguration of Joe Biden and how they're feeling in the aftermath of the Trump administration. Support me on Patreon! Links: Joe Biden's inauguration speech Joe Biden's speech about COVID Q Some Q followers lose hope Diehard Q followers left adrift Biden's 17 executive orders Maggie Haberman Fr…
 
What's the post-COVID future of movie theaters? Mark, Erica, and Brian compare past moviegoing habits and reflect on the big-screen vs. small-screen decision. How would we optimize the theatrical experience? We consider films affected like Tenet, Soul, etc. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/pretty…
 
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