Michael and Us: Artificial Intelligence
We mark the 20th anniversary of the Iraq War by revisiting some of the classic clips from our cowed and deferential news media circa 2003. PLUS: What is artificial intelligence and what does it mean for the future? Pulitzer-winning columnist Thomas Friedman doesn't know, but that didn't stop him from writing about it.
Michael and Us is a podcast about political cinema and our crumbling world hosted by Will Sloan and Luke Savage.
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Michael and Us: Motern and Us
For over two decades, a pair of New England-based independent filmmakers have created a cinematic universe out with their friends, family, and as little money as possible. Cohost Will finally brings his well-documented obsession with Matt Farley and Charlie Roxburgh to the Michael & Us podcast with a discussion of their recent MAGIC SPOT (2022), and what it says about the democratic potential of cinema. PLUS: What is it with British celebrities and politics? We discuss three well-known U.K. citizens. Watch MAGIC SPOT - vimeo.com/ondemand/magicspotWatch LOCAL LEGENDS - vimeo.com/ondemand/locallegends"Motern on Motern: Conversations with Matt Farley and Charles Roxburgh" by Will Sloan and Justin Decloux - www.amazon.com/Motern-Conversati…gh/dp/B08KHRR4WR/"The liberal complacency of Martin Amis" by Terry Eagleton - unherd.com/2023/05/the-liberal…ncy-of-martin-amis/Michael and Us is a podcast about political cinema and our crumbling world hosted by Will Sloan and Luke Savage.
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Behind the News: Sea Change w/ Tina Gerhardt
Tina Gerhardt, author of Sea Change, talks about the effects rising oceans are having on small island nations. Quinn Slobodian, author of Crack-Up Capitalism, compares libertarian enclaves insulated from democracy.Behind the News, hosted by Doug Henwood, covers the worlds of economics and politics and their complex interactions, from the local to the global. Find the archive here.
Sunday, May 28, 2023
Jacobin Radio: Utopia Postponed? w/ Marc Cooper
Marc Cooper and Pablo Abufom join Suzi in a conversation about Marc's Dig “Chile's Utopia Has Been Postponed," The Truthdig original series compares dramatic political events in Chile over recent years to the Popular Unity period between 1970 and 1973. Marc and Pablo integrate the legacy of the military coup 50 years ago with a discussion of the present challenges for the leftist government of Gabriel Boric. Just a year in power, the Boric presidency suffered a huge defeat in the May 7 election, when right-wing parties won a majority to draft a new constitution. This marks the death knell for a progressive constitution in Chile and the emergence of a powerful far right. We ask Pablo what happened to the energy from October 2019, and we get Marc and Pablo’s account of how a political agenda that began with a focus on environmental, economic, and social justice got ensnared in debates about crime, immigration, and inflation.Jacobin Radio with Suzi Weissman features conversations with leading thinkers and activists, with a focus on labor, the economy, and protest movements.
Sunday, May 28, 2023
Michael and Us: iPhone, Therefore I Am
As Canadians, we simply couldn't pass up a movie about our greatest national export. Matt Johnson's BLACKBERRY (2023) puts a darkly comic spin on the rise and fall of "the phone you had before your iPhone." We discuss the ways that this very funny film is both similar to and crucially different from such recent boardroom dramas as AIR. PLUS: the return of Pete Buttigieg, and a weekend with the world's most prolific songwriter.If you watch only one movie on Will's recommendation in your life, make it LOCAL LEGENDS - https://vimeo.com/ondemand/locallegends"BlackBerryIs a Movie That Portrays Tech Dreams Honestly—Finally" by John Semley - https://www.wired.com/story/blackberry-movie-review/Michael and Us is a podcast about political cinema and our crumbling world hosted by Will Sloan and Luke Savage.
Saturday, May 27, 2023
Dig Presents: Transmissions from Jonestown
A sonic memorial to the Black women of the Peoples Temple.Produced and reported by Babette Thomas. Edited by Liza Yeager and Mitchell Johnson, with editorial oversight from Daniel Denvir and Alex Lewis. Support The Dig at Patreon.com/TheDigSubscribe to The Dig Presents to find all of our documentary stories on one feed.
Thursday, May 25, 2023
Long Reads: Mussolini to Meloni w/ David Broder (Part 1)
Italy’s liberation during the Second World War was meant to have consigned fascism to history. But eight decades later, the country has a prime minister from the far-right tradition; Giorgia Meloni’s party is directly descended from the diehard supporters of Benito Mussolini who reorganized after the war.David Broder, Europe editor for Jacobin and the author of Mussolini’s Grandchildren, discusses Italy’s far right from the fall of Mussolini until the point when Giorgia Meloni entered the political stage. This is the first part of a two-part interview. You can hear the second part of David’s interview about Meloni’s rise to power in our next episode.Long Reads is a Jacobin podcast looking in-depth at political topics and thinkers, both contemporary and historical, with the magazine’s longform writers. Hosted by features editor Daniel Finn. Produced by Conor Gillies, music by Knxwledge.
Monday, May 22, 2023
Behind the News: A Slow Civil War w/ Jeff Sharlet
Jeff Sharlet talks about his new book, The Undertow, essays on the increasingly violent and authoritarian politics on the right unleashed by Trump. Claire Dunning, author of Nonprofit Neighborhoods, discusses urban governance by philanthropists.Behind the News, hosted by Doug Henwood, covers the worlds of economics and politics and their complex interactions, from the local to the global. Find the archive here.
Saturday, May 20, 2023
Dig: Crack-Up Capitalism w/ Quinn Slobodian
Featuring Quinn Slobodian on Crack-Up Capitalism: Market Radicals and the Dream of a World Without Democracy. Radical libertarians, including anarcho-capitalists like Murray Rothbard, envision a world of micro-polities governed by private property and contract. In fact, we already live in their world, a world of zones—places where special rules tailor-made for capitalists prevail over the ordinary laws of the nation-state.Support The Dig at Patreon.com/TheDigListen to Quinn's interview on Globalists thedigradio.com/podcast/a-history-of-neoliberalism-with-quinn-slobodianBuy Angela Davis: An Autobiography haymarketbooks.org/books/2001-angela-davisBuy Let This Radicalize You by Mariame Kaba and Kelly Hayes haymarketbooks.org/books/1922-let-this-radicalize-you
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Michael and Us: By Grapthar's Hammer
We begin with a rundown of recent events, from the Coronation to the CNN Trump town hall to the Liberal Party of Canada's recent convention, before discussing the beloved comedy GALAXY QUEST (1999). We situate the film's satire in the context of 1999-era fan culture, and hash over our own respective histories with the Star Trek franchise. PLUS: a dive into a young Tucker Carlson's journalism.Michael and Us is a podcast about political cinema and our crumbling world hosted by Will Sloan and Luke Savage.