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Public Intellectual

Mar 23, 2020

Jim Behrle reports from the tumbleweeds of Time Square to discuss eco-fascism, why the bees should just take over, how to get through this sheltering-in-place with arts and crafts, and the respective strengths of our wills to live.

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Mar 16, 2020

Joe Kennedy, author of Authentocrats: Culture, Politics and the New Seriousness, swings by to talk about the parallels between the UK and US elections, how everyone loves to be pandered to, why the "forgotten" white working class voter is more complex than the politician pretending to be one, why American...

Mar 12, 2020

We're releasing this bonus episode from the Patreon vaults. Come subscribe to our Patreon and get content like this all the time! (Or, you know, on a semi-regular basis, we have jobs and so on.) Regular bonus episode co-host Margaret Howie joins Jessa to talk about the outspoken career of Sinead O'Connor, and how she...

Mar 9, 2020

Why are celebrity crushes so embarrassing? Critic and editor Jennifer Hodgson joins Jessa to overintellectualize their shared crush on Bill Hader, to think about female desire, how celebrity crushes are labor, and why we suddenly find ourselves attracted to a middle aged father of three from the American midwest. 

Mar 2, 2020

JoAnn Wypijewski joins Jessa to discuss the Weinstein trial and conviction, after writing about it for the Nation. We discuss how trials for sexual violence have changed rapidly over the last few years, how the media gave a misleading account of how the trial was going, and why the sexual predator has such a fairy...