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Daft Punk is the most influential music group of the last quarter century. Two crate-diving music nerds melded disco, funk, glam pop and rock into a dizzying array of driving French Touch house music with sleek robot imagery and a unique vocoder sound, and changed the course of the music industry forever. Please follow us on this journey, as we delve into the history of Daft Punk, from their earliest days as best friends in eighth grade to their chart-topping fame as the world's most importa ...
 
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Minna Salami's book Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone (Amistad/HarperCollins, 2021) is a collection of thought provoking essays that explore questions central to how we see ourselves, our history, and our world. -What does it mean to be oppressed? -What does it mean to be liberated? -Why do women choose to follow authority …
 
What's it like to cover Donald Trump? In this episode, veteran American journalist Allen Salkin explains. For over three decades, Salkin has written about many things for many high-profile publications, including The New York Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic and others. He is also the author of a number of well-received…
 
Public disenchantment with and distrust of American government is at an all-time high and who can blame them? In the face of widespread challenges--everything from record levels of personal and national debt and the sky high cost of education, to gun violence, racial discrimination, an immigration crisis, overpriced pharmaceuticals, and much more--…
 
Random Access Television is pleased to introduce our first guest: the talented Jamie! Join Zach, Nas, and our special guest as we converse about one of TVs longest running soap operas: One Life to Live. Soap operas were always outrageous, but they’ve gone through some changes over the years. Amnesia? Anagrams that reveal secrets? Crazy dreams? A gu…
 
Despite, or perhaps because of, the fact that an enormous proportion of medical care worldwide is provided under the auspices of religious organizations, there has been a sustained and systematic campaign to drive out those with religious worldviews from the field of bioethics and indeed, from medicine itself. Obviously, this constitutes blatant di…
 
We live in strange times. Politics around the world seem to be transforming into something new and often frightening. But this process has a history. In 1989, the bi-polar certainties of the Cold War gave way to a neo-liberal consensus, what Francis Fukuyama termed “the End of History”. Yet with BREXIT and Trump in 2016, the End of History seemed t…
 
Until the recent political shift pushed workers back into the media spotlight, the mainstream media had largely ignored this significant part of American society in favor of the moneyed upscale consumer for more than four decades. Christopher R. Martin now reveals why and how the media lost sight of the American working class and the effects of it …
 
The controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) made headlines around the world in 2016. Supporters called the pipeline key to safely transporting American oil from the Bakken oil fields of the northern plains to markets nationwide, essential to both national security and prosperity. Native activists named it the "black snake," referring to an anci…
 
There are two problems that are typically siloed in the era of #MeToo and mass incarceration: sexual and gender violence, on the one hand, and the state’s unjust, ineffective, and soul-destroying response to it on the other. Is it possible to confront the culture of abuse? Is it possible to hold harm-doers accountable without recourse to a criminal…
 
In Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women (Penguin Random House, 2021), Cornell philosopher Kate Manne offers a radical new framework for understanding misogyny. Ranging widely across the culture, from Harvey Weinstein and the Brett Kavanaugh hearings to “Cat Person” and the political misfortunes of Elizabeth Warren, Manne’s book shows how privil…
 
This week, Alive 2021: A Daft Punk Podcast is back with an incredible interview with music journalist Ben Cardew, whose new book "Daft Punk's Discovery: The Future Unfurled" is available for preorder now. Ben and the boys discuss everyone's favorite French robots in depth. ORDER BEN'S BOOK HERE! - BOOK LINK WE HAVE T-SHIRTS! Order your "TWO FRENCH …
 
Can new language reshape our understanding of the past and expand the possibilities of the future? The Crime Without a Name: Combatting Ethnocide and the Erasure of Culture in America (Counterpoint, 2021) follows Pitner’s journey to identify and remedy the linguistic void in how we discuss race and culture in the United States. Ethnocide, first coi…
 
Why We Lost the Sex Wars: Sexual Freedom in the #MeToo Era (University of Minnesota Press, 2021) helps us to understand not only the history of the “sex wars” in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, but it also helps to guide our understanding of the contemporary #MeToo Movement and the complexity of critiques about sex positivity in historical and current…
 
“Religious liberty” is a phrase that we often hear, particularly in news stories revolving around Supreme Court decisions. But what is religious liberty and why is it often referred to as “the first liberty?” These are among the questions addressed in Kenneth Starr’s 2021 book, Religious Liberty in Crisis: Exercising Your Faith in an Age of Uncerta…
 
Throughout American history to the twenty-first century, regardless of the laws, court decisions, and changing political environment, the Second Amendment has consistently meant this: That the second a Black person exercises this right, the second they pick up a gun to protect themselves (or the second that they don't), their life--as surely as Phi…
 
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is widely considered one of the greatest shows to ever exist. As a sitcom spanning over seven seasons, Moore delighted audiences with hilarious skits and progressive plotlines. So where does one go after such a smashing success? Join Zach and Nas as they discuss Moore’s follow-up endevor: The Mary Tyler Moore Hour. Come fo…
 
David Freedlander is a veteran New York City-based journalist. He writes long-form features about politics and the arts, people and ideas, and has appeared in New York Magazine, Bloomberg, Rolling Stone, ArtNews, The Daily Beast, Newsweek and a host of other publications. In this episode, we are talking about his coverage of New York Politics – the…
 
Children have the right to be raised by both their mother and father. That used to be a noncontroversial idea. But no longer. In their eye-opening 2021 book, Them Before Us: Why We Need a Global Children's Rights Movement (Post Hill Press, 2021), Katy Faust and Stacy Manning examine how children have been damaged by such developments as no-fault di…
 
Spinoffs, spinoffs, spinoffs! Would this 80s era Cheers offshoot be as successful as its sister show, Frasier? Zach and Nas discuss the pitfalls and minor successes of this strange sitcom starring Nick Tortelli, estranged husband of Carla from Cheers. Travel with us to a Las Vegas suburb to join everyone’s least favorite TV repairman and his sad ad…
 
We said we were done. We said the show was over — and we were right for one whole week! ALIVE 2021: A Daft Punk Podcast is back this week with a special EMERGENCY EPISODE! Society Magazine posted a bombshell article, talking about the ins-and-outs of the Robots' breakup. We skim through the article, touching on the most interesting information we l…
 
The D-d-d-d-discord's got threads! Are conferences a thing we're ready for? How was Dave's experience working on a Windows PC? Help Dave figure out his monitor issue on Mac. Are people writing websites without a build step? And what is a good CSS technique for displaying images that could be either horizontal or vertical?…
 
We have finally come to an end. Over the course of the show, we have talked about Daft Punk for more than two full days, and now we recap what we have learned. We talk about how much Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo have meant and how much fun it has been to celebrate our two favorite French robots these last four months. We also ra…
 
The Marxist philosopher Theodor Adorno once quipped that much of his work was written without practical applications in mind, and that the constant demand for immediate practical relevance felt like being asked by occupied forces to present one’s papers. While hyperbolic, the frustration is real among many progressive activists and intellectuals, a…
 
Is Pete Rose going to break the 44 consecutive hit streak world record? Find out during this New York versus Philadelphia classic! You might notice that “Charlie Hustle” didn’t play for the Mets or Phillies in 1978, and you’d be right! Nas and Zach grab some popcorn and a hot dog, settle on for the seventh inning stretch, and discuss baseball’s TV …
 
Elite white women have branded feminism, promising an apolitical individual empowerment along with sexual liberation and satisfaction, LGBTQ inclusion, and racial solidarity. As Rafia Zakaria expertly argues in Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption (W. W. Norton, 2021), those promises have been proven empty and white feminists have leant on t…
 
We're chatting with Ian Frost who swapped out his meteorologist career to become a web developer alongside his brother Brad Frost. We talk about getting started learning HTML / CSS, and then Javscript, writing code as a team, navigating the front and back end in 2021, dictating tech stacks to clients, and dealing with turnover and tech changes with…
 
Gramsci’s concept of hegemony is often invoked, but usually as a means of cultural critique and analysis. However, my guest Lorenzo Fusaro argues in his recent book Crises and Hegemonic Transitions: From Gramsci's Quaderni to the Contemporary World Economy (Haymarket Books, 2020) that Gramsci’s work is permeated by Marx’s economic critique and his …
 
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