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Public Intellectual

Nov 11, 2019

Jessa talks to Brandon Scott, currently the City Council President and hopefully the next mayor of Baltimore, to talk about how the language of politics can become the language of exclusion. We discuss how to treat gun violence as a public health issue, why we should lower the voting age to 16, and how to think about...


Nov 4, 2019

With the revelations about the abuses of Harvey Weinstein and others like him came a scramble to uncover the misdeeds of other powerful men. Some people did this for noble reasons. Others wanted to make a name for themselves. In this episode, Jessa talks with Laura La Rosa, a Darug and Calabrian writer in...


Oct 28, 2019

What makes a feminist artist feminist? Is it just by being a woman and political? Is it something to do with the art itself, must it carry a specific feminist message? Jessa speaks with artist Jen May about how her politics align -- and don't -- with her collages, and how her political development coincided with...


Oct 21, 2019

Before DNA testing, the father was, ultimately, a question mark. Because paternity was always in question, there were legal, familial, societal, and national interest in finding ways either to definitely prove paternity or to disprove it. Nara Milanich joins Jessa to discuss how while patriarchy is dependent on the...


Oct 16, 2019

Jessa speaks with Nathalie Olah about her new book, Steal As Much As You Can and the bland cultural landscape, created by upper classes and dominated by middle class taste. They talk about the rising power of the university, the growing hostility of the alt-right toward art, and the how the new culture wars...