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Machines in Between

John and Libby Modern

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MACHINES IN BETWEEN is a variety show of sound, story, and spectacle inviting you to reimagine what you love when you love your machine. Featuring an eclectic and world-renowned cast of over 100 scholars, musicians, filmmakers, and artists, hosts John and Libby Modern guide the listener through a scintillating sonic landscape—an accumulation of bent stories, surprising cultural analysis, historical reflection, lush soundscapes, and beats sampled from obscure religious records. And along the ...
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In the season finale of Machines in Between, we find John and Libby getting used to life without the Rosary 1653. As they contemplate whether it is ever possible to be at home in this techno-mediated world, they receive word that Kelvin Trinsel will be stopping by the studio to offer his hearty congratulations. John and Libby spin segments on gluco…
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In this episode of the Infinity 88 Listening Hour you will hear about the ends, means, and limits of communication in this noisy, noisy world. Kelvin starts things off by explaining himself and his company to you. Libby and John then spin a few songs about sending and receiving. Folks trying to talk to each other through Google translate, others tr…
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Featuring drops from such luminaries as Craig Calhoun, Philip Butler, Jon Rubin, Joseph Del Pesco, Susannah Crockford, and Alexis Wells-Oghoghomeh, the penultimate episode of Machines in Between asks big questions and entertains small conspiracies about our future-driven and memory-laden present. At the beginning of Episode 7 we find co-hosts and J…
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As a spin off of Machines in Between, the Infinity 88 Listening Hour is on the road less traveled. It knows where you need to go and how to get you there. On Infinity 88 Listening Hour 100, you’ll be exposed to an exquisite piece from Johanna Gosse and Kevin Hamilton on spectacle, the atomic bomb, and the limits of human perception. You will also h…
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On this installment of Machines in Between, John and Libby await the last update for the Rosary 1653. We soon learn, however, that its arrival has been delayed because of corporate complications. In its stead, Kelvin Trinsel sends along “Day 88,” an episode-length and expertly produced docu-drama about Infinity 88’s Third Eye Wisdom Program. Across…
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Episode 11 of the Infinity 88 Listening Hour features two pieces, chosen for their persuasion profile and affinity with Infinity 88. First up, anthropologists Charles Hirschkind and Stefania Pandolfo present their lush segment on the Granadan intellectual Angel Ganivet and the “ideofono.” Next, genealogists Alison Renna and Lukey Ellsberg take an i…
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On this episode of the Infinity 88 Listening Hour two different machines share the spotlight—the Sensorium and the Hammond Organ. Hosts Libby and John are joined by Jessica Johnson and Ashon Crawley in considering the vibrations of transcendence emanating from our machine surround. As a spin-off of Machines in Between, the Infinity 88 Listening Hou…
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Episode 5 of Machines in Between is about the immediate processes of absorption that mediate us. All those tools and devices that facilitate memory and forgetting both—how do they make us who we are? What is the value of history when all is becoming a matter of predictive processing? What happens to the past amidst so many technologies of the virtu…
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As a spin-off of Machines in Between, the Infinity 88 Listening Hour takes you where you need to be. It gives you an opportunity to slow it down. To sit back and relax. And to listen deeply to things you might not otherwise. On this episode of the Infinity 88 Listening Hour, hosts Libby and John present a collaborative piece by the artist Krista Dr…
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As a spin off of Machines in Between, the Infinity 88 Listening Hour is off the beaten track. But also on point. For it gives you an opportunity to slow it down. To sit back and relax. And to listen deeply to things you might not otherwise. The Infinity 88 Listening Hour creates moments that move people and serve them where they live—whether it be …
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Who are you and who are we in this age of mechanical reproduction? In Episode 4: Binary Spirituality, co-hosts John and Libby get down to business as they ask big questions and entertain small conspiracies. Libby presses John about their sponsor Infinity 88 and its elusive CEO Kelvin Trinsel while John reveals disturbing new facts about the Rosary …
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In Episode 3: Push Button People, hosts John and Libby Modern consider the scene of Lancaster, PA and reflect upon their encounter with the Amish encounter with machines. Who are we in this push button age? Honing in on the devices of domestic bliss and the algorithms of religious tradition, this episode features segments on the trade in raw milk b…
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Episode 2 revolves around a question of what do you love when you love your machine? Joined by an all-star cast of musicians and collaborators, hosts John and Libby Modern explore the mechanics and metaphysics of technophilia in these viral times. All manner of machines are held up for loving appreciation: Beautiful glitches and block chain deities…
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In the first episode of this off-kilter variety show, the listener is treated to a lush array of samples, original beats, and eclectic stories that take up the question of what is happening now. What is to be done as we grow entangled with machines, their pleasures, their economies, and their conditions of possibility? Smart devices. Sex toys. Robo…
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Located in Lancaster, PA, THE VINYL CHURCH is an interactive installation where visitors can bear witness to the machines in between. The Vinyl Church is a sacred space of saturation. Walls covered with records chosen for their insistence upon another world; chosen for their intensities, desperate demands, and surplus of feeling; chosen for their l…
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Welcome to Machines in Between. This is a little preview of what is to come. The first (of eleven episodes) drops on November 5th. With over a 100 collaborators from around the world, you will soon experience psychic and sonic disturbances that will shake you to your foundations. You will transcend the obstacles. You will encounter the between. You…
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There are people with real life super powers. Savants can read faster, have perfect recollection, and show other amazing abilities beyond normal people. Rain man is based on a few real life savants that Dustin Hoffman met. They say Genius is close to Madness, the Boys put that to the test and see just how close it is.…
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One of the inspirations for Indiana Jones lives a life that the three of us will never see. The founder of an antivirus software company has the craziest life ever. The GoPro is a hallmark of modern adventurers, what kinds of crazy situations have they been used in?By Research and Destroy Podcast
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Why do some people deserve redemption, but not others? Are certain people redemption-worthy? In a time when so much inexcusable behavior is being brought to light, it's more important than ever to understand why we feel the way we do about people who have "gone too far"...By Research and Destroy Podcast
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Nellie Bly faked being insane and spent tend days in a lunatic asylum to expose the terrible treatment of the patients inside. Harrison Okene was trapped in pocket of air in a capsized tugboat at the bottom of the ocean for 3 days. Juliane Koepcke was the sole survivor of a plane crash and survived 11 days in the amazon jungle.…
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Dave Matthews Band's Crash Into Me would have been the story of two mangled corpses if it weren't for Lawrence Patrick's work on crash test dummies. If action is what you're after, blast off with the father of modern rocketry, Jack Parsons. Have a little nightcap with us as we delve into the eccentric life and times of the real Jurassic Park guy, W…
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Not so long ago, snake oil was sold as a remedy for any ailment. Good thing the FDA and PETA weren't around to prevent people from wringing out their snakes. Animals aside, what if we used people in our experiments instead? Leave it to the Third Reich to cross all moral boundaries and put our mortal bodies to the test. We'll wrap up this episode ex…
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Is it true that phobias and anxiety are closely related? The link is much closer than you may think. Adam breaks down how phobias have been studied and categorized across history. Justin covers a variety of celebrities with aversions ranging from clowns to mirrors. Meanwhile, Jon gives us some of the wackiest fears out there!…
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If another country tried to influence our minds here at home, would that be surprising? What if it was in the form of a pop song? Russian propaganda has been all over the news within the past few years. It turns out that it goes much further back than that... This leads us to the question we're all thinking: "Is the USA pulling these same tricks on…
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Is the role of Superman cursed? Many of the actors that portrayed the Man of Steel have had suffered mysterious deaths or unfortunate accidents. People with bad luck often claim they are cursed, but maybe they just walked under a ladder or got off on the 13th floor. Is it just bad luck? or did someone curse them, find out how that curse probably, d…
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Just hearing the word ‘scandal’ probably makes you think of something dramatic and juicy. Bill Clinton, Watergate, and OJ Simpson top the popular lists of the biggest scandals of our generation, but what about some of the others? It may surprise you to hear that John Lennon falls into the category of scandal-maker. How could we forget the insanity …
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Have you ever wondered about what happens after you die? If you’re a schmuck in this life are you recycled into an measly animal of prey? Maybe at the brink of death you’ll be pulled back, after catching a glimpse into a sweet existence beyond this world. Or, maybe, a winged woman clad in armor will swoop down to gather up your things and escort yo…
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It all comes full circle as our friends discuss the absurd, the wacky, and the spooky within this coming “home” episode about Florida. Jon reminds us what truly constitutes a Florida man: a Lego-man raft full of meth and a sprinkling of bath salts. Within Adam’s tale, we learn a bit about the weird-woods location of Solomon’s Castle. Apparently, th…
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You’ve probably heard of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, but what about a Bunyip? To venture into the world of cryptozoology, Justin elevates the conversation by taking us to the Himalayas while discussing the origin story of the Yeti. Benjamin Franklin throws copious amount of shade at some colonial Americans in Adam’s tale of the Jersey Devil.…
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Face palm along with the boys, as they discuss some of the dumbest criminals in recorded history. If you’ve ever thought about committing a crime for more than five minutes, you’re probably miles ahead of these people. Justin provides the rundown of the infamous Shatford v. Cockram diamond heist. (Real names have been used because they are hilariou…
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In this episode, Research and Destroy will learn the secret handshake and knock three times as they enter the mysterious underworld of Secret Societies. The black hood is pulled away, as Adam discusses the origins of our favorite online vigilantes, Anonymous. Justin dissects the “exclusive” and sexy Freemason spin-off organization, Ordo Templi Orie…
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Join the boys for a discussion about the paranormal. In this spoooooooky episode, Jon reminds us about what makes a truly memorable ghost story: tap dancing horses in 80s jumpsuits. Adam takes us back to the time and place of crumpets, planes, and breath-sucking monsters as we discover the origin of Gremlins. Justin brings it all home with a deligh…
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In this episode, the boys research some mysterious and unusual deaths. Adam chooses Kendrick Johnson’s mysterious death in a high school gymnasium. Then, Justin chooses Ken Rex McElroy who was shot dead in the center of a small Missouri town in 1981 in broad daylight. Jon, Adam, and Justin dive in and destroy these topic as you knew they would. Enj…
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