Monthly Archives: January 2020

Episode 103: Elliott Gorn

In a grand tour of the renegade history of the 20th-century U.S., the great social historian Elliott Gorn and I talk about street fighting vs. state violence, examine the significance of John Dillinger’s penis, question the legacy of Muhammad Ali, and argue about whether racism is eternal.

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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.

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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.

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