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In a lot of ways 1999 was the year that changed movies. From “The Matrix” and “The Blair Witch Project” to “American Beauty” and “The Sixth Sense”, the last year of the millennium was transformative for Hollywood. Through "Podcast Like It's 1999" writers Phillip Iscove (co-creator of FOX's Sleepy Hollow) and Kenny Neibart (Entourage, Hindsight) examine this apex of Cinema, before television took over, before Reality TV, before TMZ and Twitter but also after the internet, after Clinton, after ...
 
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Cosmopod is the official podcast of Cosmonaut Magazine, a project dedicated to expanding the project of scientific socialism in the 21st Century. In our feed we have a combination of podcast episodes and audio articles from our website.
 
A lawyer is leaving his office on the top floor of an office building. He sees the shadows of two men fighting through the clouded glass of an office door followed by a shot from the office across the hall. He goes to investigate. He finds no sign of either victim or assailant despite the fact that no one could have passed him in the hallway without being seen. A murder has been committed, that of the banker. Who is the murderer? A business associate, the banker’s beautiful ward, or a myster ...
 
The AF Canyon Run Against Cancer Podcast is 13 interviews with inspiring people, describing their connection with an inspiring 13-mile race. The AF Canyon Run Against Cancer — powered by 97th Floor — is one of the most beautiful races in the state. It's also one of the greatest causes. Our goal is to help patients in our community who are fighting cancer, with 100% of race proceeds from the race benefitting cancer patients who cannot afford care.
 
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This week, we are joined by our SJW (Senior Jewish Correspondent) Toby Herman to discuss Liberty Heights, the fourth and final entry in Barry Levinson's 'Baltimore Films'. Although Liberty Heights is the primary focus, we take on the entirety of Levinson's semi-autobiographical tetralogy (Diner, Tin Men, and Avalon) to discuss what works, what does…
 
Amelia Davenport joins Samuel Bowles for a short discussion on his life-long research on global poverty and education. They discuss Bowles's history and how this led to his orientation, his work on education "Schooling in Capitalist America", including what he has changed his mind on, his thoughts about markets, incentives, central planning and cap…
 
This is a narration of the first chapter of Lars Lih's excellent book Lenin Rediscovered: What Is to Be Done? In Context. In this chapter, Lih explains how the legacy of figures like Marx, Engels, Lassalle, Kautsky, and others influenced Lenin. There's also a wonderful exploration of how the pre-war SPD served as the original model for the "vanguar…
 
Critic Darren Franich (Entertainment Weekly) joins us to take on David O. Russell's critically acclaimed war satire Three Kings. Lauded at the time of release, Three Kings is nowhere close to being the household name that other 1999 films have become. We try to suss out the truth behind the wild production stories (of which there are many) surround…
 
Rudy joins Zama and Jonathan from Amazonians United to discuss their shop floor alternative which has organized walkouts in Chicago, and started a national fight for PTO. They discuss the way they bond with co-workers on the shop floor, what their next steps are, and how different their organizing looks like to that of RWDSU which organized the Bes…
 
Destructive cults are usually considered the domain of religious movements. The Left, however, has its own track record of cults. Gus Breslauer sympathetically examines this history in search of the political questions that produce such groups, how they operate, and how to overcome them. Robert Fish reads the article out loud.…
 
This week, we travel back in time to Patrice Leconte's black and white vision of Paris to cover Girl on the Bridge with David Ehrlich (Indiewire). Through this movie's intense view of passion, we discuss the importance of being horny on main, how this movie affected David at a young age (and how Kenny thinks it would have changed his life), and how…
 
Roger and Rudy join Frank Bardacke, author of Trampling out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers for a discussion on the UFW, its history, its tactics, its structure and its slow loss of relevance. We focus on the boycott as a tactic: how the UFW pioneered the use of boycotts, how winning the 1965-70 Delano grape c…
 
For the final episode of this miniseries, we invited award winning critic Emily Nussbaum onto the show for an extended conversation on the second season of Sex and the city. We discuss staying friends with your exes, the way the show was cut down and for content issues when airing on E, and the contrast between the characters that fuels the charm o…
 
This is a narration of the 37-page introduction to Lars Lih's excellent book Lenin Rediscovered: What Is to Be Done? In Context. Going against conventional wisdom, Lih presents a detailed study that paints Lenin as an optimist inspired by the capacity of the working class and determined to guide them to carry out their historic mission. Furthermore…
 
With Godzilla tearing up the box office (and our small screens) for the first time in three years, we thought it was the perfect time to cover Godzilla 2000, Toho's response to the critically panned american outing, with screenwriter, and all around Godzilla expert, Anupam Nigam. As the second reboot, and 23rd overall production by Toho, Godzilla 2…
 
Parker and Matthew sit down with sociologist and labor activist Yueran Zhang to discuss workers' struggles in contemporary China. Topics discussed include public memory of Tiananmen Square, the Chongqing model, trade unionism and labor activism in the Pearl River Delta, the Jasic workers' struggle, and prospects for the revolutionary left. ------ C…
 
Phil sits down with writer Molly Lambert to discuss the role age plays in Sex and the City through the season 2 episode "Twenty-Something Girls vs. Thirty-Something women". In this episode, we compare and contrast SatC to other shows that deal with similar themes of youth vs. age (Summer House, Real Housewives of New York, Below Deck). We also try …
 
Zetus lapetus, it's about time we covered one of the EIGHT Disney Channel Original movies that came out in '99, and who better to do it with than someone who auditioned to be in Zenon: Z3, actress Jennifer Lauren DiBella? While movies like The Matrix and The Blair Witch project were redefining cinema as we know it at the local megaplex, DCOMs were …
 
Alex, Rudy and Christian sit down to discuss the history of the German Democratic Republic from its foundation atop the ruins of WW2 to the prelude of reunification. They discuss the challenges of building socialism in the fourth of ruined country, the challenges of brain drain, the economy before and after the Wall was built, the intelligentsia/wo…
 
For this week's episode of Sex and the City Saturdays, we take a brief break from our season two rewatch to sit down with Sex and the City writer Liz Tuccillo to talk about her time working on the show, her excitement about SatC returning to the small screen, and how unique the SatC writers room was at the time. Find Liz at: twitter.com/theliztucci…
 
Writer/Director (And our go-to guest for subpar movies) Jessica Ellis is back on the show this week to talk about a movie that reaches for the stars, and barely hits the clouds; the embarrassingly executed sci-fi thriller THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR. We talk about all the ways this movie fails to live up to its promising premise, and the few ways it manag…
 
Sam and Rudy join Ian Scott Horst, author of Like Ho Chi Minh! Like Che Guevara! The Revolutionary Left in Ethiopia, 1969–1979 (Foreign Languages Press) for a discussion on the 1974 revolution in Ethiopia and the relationship to the Ethiopian present, as well as what we can learn and apply from it for today's world. We talk about the questions of E…
 
Writer David Iserson (Mr. Robot, Mad Men) joins us to watch season 2, episode 16: Was It Good For You? David shares what lessons about writing he learned from the show, and his thoughts on why this episode might feel a bit off. Meanwhile, in the epsiode, Charlotte signs the crew up for a sex class after her lover falls asleep in the sack, Samantha …
 
Karen Han (Writer @ Slate) makes her triumphant return to the podcast with Mike Leigh's musical period drama TOPSY TURVY. Things get contentious on the show as Karen and Phil ride hard for the movie's masterpiece status, and Kenny tries his darndest to understand where they heck they're coming from. We pick apart the history, performances, and top-…
 
NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist, Jesse Irizarry, shares how developing the pelvic floor and proper breathing exercises will stabilize and strengthen your trunk, resulting in the ability to lift heavier, in a safer manner. Jesse has over 30 years of experience, working with NFL players and has developed multiple strength programs…
 
Lydia and Anne sit down with Daria Dyakonova to discuss the often neglected history of the Communist Women's Movement (1920-22). They talk about the origins of the movement, its most important figures, the debates around what the base of the CWM would be, and what would be the main issues it tackled, its changing relationship to the Comintern and i…
 
Carrie Courogen (Editor at Bright Wall/Dark Room) make an appearance to talk about season 2, episode 15 "Shortcomings" ie. one of Phil's favorite episodes. In this episode we explore the theme of family through Miranda's experience dating a man with a rascal son, Carrie's feeling as though she is dating an entire family, and Samantha getting overly…
 
Sugar Ray, David Spade, Jar Jar made the cover page, Backstreet Boys, Beastie Boys, Austin Powers yo! This week we're going on an odyssey through every single '99 cover of Rolling Stone Magazine with fellow podcaster Tori Bravetti and writer Emma Frasier. With the rise of paparazzi and celebrity gossip, magazines became a go-to source of informatio…
 
Amelia, Jake, Steve and Rudy sit down for a discussion of what experiences in organizing brought them to be interested in Cybernetics and Beer's viable system model, and how they try to think through the structures of the organizations they currently are members of in Beerian terms. They discuss the dichotomies of centralization/de-centralization a…
 
Writer Emmy Potter (Bright Wall, Dark Room/IFC) is on the show this week talking about season 2, episode 14: THE FUCK BUDDY. We discuss Miranda's unfortunate throughline of dating abusive men, our apprehension toward double dating (and how it ends poorly for Charlotte), and how the show brought "scandalous" sex practices like "fuck buddies" into th…
 
Kenny joins forces with former WWE writer Dave Schilling to take Phil on a journey BEYOND THE MAT. With a culture based around violence, god-like personas, and bitter rivalries, it's easy to forget the real life people behind this larger than life form of entertainment. Through Barry W. Blaustein's critically acclaimed and intimate documentary abou…
 
Lydia, Isaac and Rudy join Emmanuel Farjoun from Matzpen for a discussion on his 1983 piece Class divisions in Israeli society and how the divisions have changed in the present day. We discuss the changing strength of the Palestinians inside Israel and how that is reflected in their changing political aims, the differences between whiteness in the …
 
Hillary Busis (Senior Editor - Vanity Fair) sits down to talk about a low ranking episode of Sex and the City: Games People Play. Carrie runs into a suprising cameo (BON JOVI?!) while attempting therapy, Samantha tries her hand at picking up men at a sports bar (This part was almost definitely written by a man), and Miranda gets duped by a hunk in …
 
Matt Strupp reads aloud the a reprint of the mission statement of Marxist Unity Slate, a set of proposals for the 2021 DSA convention with the aim of fostering democratic discipline and principled election campaigns, as well as uniting Marxists in DSA around a vision of a mass socialist party. The proposals can be read and signed here, 100 signatur…
 
Few directors have been able to reach the heights AND depths that film veteran Clint Eastwood has in his 60 years of filmmaking, and we brought on writer Norm Wilner (NOW Toronto) to discuss every up, and every down, via Eastwood's painfully tepid mystery/drama TRUE CRIME. We discuss Eastwood's endless history of being torn apart by critics, only t…
 
Donald and Rudy sit down with Wayne Au, author of A Marxist Education. They discuss his experiences on providing a critical education, how education in the US currently stands and how Covid has just brought to the forefront issues faced by students. They discuss the Au's work on Paulo Freire and Lev Vygotsky, and end up envisioning how a socialist …
 
Producer Hailey Wierengo and talent agent Alex Amin are on the show this week discussing Sex and the City season 2, episode 12: La Douleur Exquise! On this episode, featuring S&M restaurants, shoe fetishes, and a strange desire to be caught in the act, Phil and our guests discuss how the show was poorly recieved by men, how it could be so easily di…
 
Writer Tom Lorenzo joins us to tear apart Universal Soldier: The Return, a sequel that never should have been made. After an alright first film, and two made-for-television disasters, the Universal Soldier franchise seemed to be dead in the water. So why was 45 million dollars thrown at a sequel? Must have been a pretty great script, right? Wrong. …
 
Social media guru Jarett Wieselman is on the show this week to talk about s2, e11: EVOLUTION. Jarett shares his personal connections to, and thoughts on, the show, including his take on why Carrie is the most sexually repressed character on an otherwise sexually open show, and a shocking story involving his own nose. (Can YOU guess what prop Jarett…
 
Documentarian/Producer Kirk Fraser (The Life of Rayful Edmund, American Gangster) joins Phil and Kenny to discuss the controversial 1999 documentary AMERICAN PIMP. Interviewing both legal and illegal pimps from all across the country, the Hughes Brothers create an unbiased portrait of the way life is within a subculture most of us are too uncomfort…
 
Ian and Donald join William Clare Roberts (@MarxInHell), author of Marx's Inferno for a discussion on the wider themes of his book: republicanism, non-domination, theories of freedom, the early communist movement, and how to read capital both politically and scientifically.
 
On this week's Sex and the City Saturdays, we're covering one of the more forgettable episodes of the show; THE CASTE SYSTEM. To Phil and Writer/Producer/Guest Corinn Stikeman's delight, even the lesser episodes of SatC tend breed great conversation. From Samantha's less than couth storyline involving a rich man and his servant, to Miranda and Stev…
 
Welcome to Woodycast, where we talk about all things Woody Harrelson! Wait....this is a Frasier episode?! With over 100 Primetime Emmy nominations, 37 wins, and a 20 year stint from Kelsey Grammer as the titular pompous radio host, we all knew a Frasiercast was inevitable. Alongside Writer/Critic Carrie Wittmer, Phil taps into season 6 episode 13 "…
 
Isaac and Rudy join Moshé Machover, one of the four founding members of the Israeli Socialist Organization, better known as Matzpen after the name of their publication for a discussion on the group's origins, how their anti-zionist consciousness originated and developed, their marginalization by Israeli society during the 1967 war and how Arab/Jewi…
 
This week's SatC rewatch tests our limits, as Phil sits down with filmmaker Chandler Levack to discuss season 2, episode 9: OLD DOGS, NEW DICKS. From schedule flexibility, to sexual rediscovery, this episode is all about change. How much is too much? How far is too far? Phil and Chandler dive deep into the wild premise, its twists and turns, and th…
 
Writer/Producer Corinne Stikeman stops by to talk about the romantic drama that critics called "competent but forgettable", "Terrible", and "A crime against humanity": AT FIRST SIGHT. Can Val Kilmer pull off a charming leading man performance, while representing a disability with any level of authenticity or respect? Does director Irwin Winkler fin…
 
Parker and Alex have a conversation with the editor and translator of Karl Kautsky on Democracy and Republicanism (Haymarket, 2020) on the legacy of Karl Kautsky before he turned renegade. They discuss the convergence of various conflicting political views, from 'Leninists' to Social Democrats and Cold War Warriors, into what Ben Lewis calls in his…
 
This week, return guest and writer/producer Stacy Traub (Black-ish, The Real O'Neals) joins us to talk about the penultimate episode of Sex and The City's Second Season and 1999 run, "The Man, The Myth, The Viagra". Carrie tries to get Mr. Big to meet the rest of her friends and struggles, Samantha dates an extremely wealthy and much older man, Mir…
 
With family abolition a controversial topic in the current-day leftist discourse, Alyson Escalante argues for a more nuanced and sensitive approach to the topic by looking at the works of Karl Marx and Alexandra Kollontai while exploring the relation of colonialism to the family. Sam Wiles reads the article aloud.…
 
This week, Katie Donahoe talks to us about the surprisingly long lasting LAW AND ORDER: Special Victims Unit. We wonder how it has lasted this long (surprisingly outlasting flagship Law and Order), go through Dick Wolf's career in television, discuss the cast and some of our favorite performances (Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T), and w…
 
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