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Public Intellectual

Sep 21, 2020

We continue our series on the stress the pandemic is putting on domestic spaces. Jen Howard, the author of the new book Clutter, talks to Jessa about pandemic hoarding, why Marie Kondo drives some (mostly white upper class people) absolutely insane, how we imbue the material world with meaning it doesn't actually...


Sep 14, 2020

Mark Arax (The Dreamt Land) is one of our finest chroniclers of the American West, and he joins Jessa to discuss the wildfires, the mismanagement of resources like water, soil, and timber, and why California is our land of extremes. 

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Aug 31, 2020

Now that Samuel Beckett's "Fail Better" is a motivational poster in some Silicon Valley bro's office, what is the value of art in the neoliberal age? And is it possible to still create art -- rather than just Content -- with the pressures of branding, the anxiety of audience, and the crippling of the industry? Jessa...


Aug 17, 2020

What is hiding behind your Instagram photos of perfectly baked sourdough bread? First of all, all of the labor and time and knowledge it took to create it. Second, the strained and in some places broken food supply chain during the pandemic. And third, all of the money and countertop space that some have but most do...


Aug 12, 2020

Natalie Alford, a singer songwriter out of Chicago, started to feel sick in the spring. Now four months later, she's still sick. As a part of our conversation about the how health care in this country is going to have to change post-pandemic, I thought a one-on-one with someone hit with debilitating and longterm...