Episode 102: Venkatesh Rao



In the Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles, famous as the shooting location for science fiction films set in the future, I talked with the author and public intellectual Venkatesh Rao about his mind-bending and time-bending project on the history and possible future of temporality.

For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/102/


Episode 101: Midori



In the heart of America’s historical capital of sex rebels, I spoke with sex educator and performance artist Midori about the very different sexual norms of the United States and Japan, San Francisco’s queer and kinky history, and what it’s like to be a social outsider who possesses the most intimate knowledge of a society.

For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/101/


Episode 98: Kamasi Hill



In his Chicago apartment that also serves as a gallery of contemporary African-American art, I spoke with Kamasi Hill about his childhood in a family of black nationalist radicals in Detroit, the history of black radical movements in the United States, and his career as a renegade high-school history teacher.

For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/98/


Episode 97: Deirdre McCloskey



I spoke with Deirdre McCloskey, the leading historian of “bourgeois virtues” and the author of a memoir about transitioning from a man to a woman, about the relationship between virtue and personal freedom and about whether my thesis that capitalism produces contradictory cultural impulses is nonsense.

For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/97/