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Moral Philosophy on TV? Pretty Much Pop #32 Judges The Good Place

http://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_032_2-3-20.mp3 Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt discuss Michael Schur's NBC TV show. Is it good? (Yes, or we wouldn't be covering it?) Is it actually a sit-com? Does it effectively teach philosophy? What did having actual philosophers on the staff (after season one) contribute, and was that enough? We talk TV finales, the dramatic impact of the show's convoluted structure, the puzzle of heaven bein...
Tags: Google, Television, College, Philosophy, Michael Schur, Facebook Twitter, Schur, Sam Adams, Todd May, NBC TV, Sophie Gilbert, Spiegel Im Spiegel, Jeremy Bearimy, Pretty Much Pop, Mark Linsenmayer Erica Spyres, Brian Hirt


Robin Williams’ Celebrity Struggles: A Discussion with Dave Itzkoff by Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast (ep. 31)

http://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_031_12-16-19.mp3 New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff joins your hosts Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt to consider issues raised by Dave's 2018 biography Robin: How do we make sense of our strange relation to celebrities, and what are strategies that celebrities use to deal with their asymmetric relationship to the world? While Robin Williams tried, in gratitude, to share himself with his ...
Tags: Google, Hbo, Podcasts, College, Robin Williams, Dave, New York Times, Joaquin Phoenix, Robin, Facebook Twitter, Bret Easton Ellis, Dave Itzkoff, Pretty Much Pop, Mark Linsenmayer Erica Spyres, Brian Hirt, Robin Dave


Why Every Nominated Film Will Win the 2020 Oscar: A Pretty Much Pop Podcast Debate (ep. 30)

http://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_030_1-27-20.mp3 The 2020 Academy Awards are nearly upon us! Realistically, most of you will find this episode well after the winners have already been announced, but seriously, that should not affect your enjoyment of this discussion. Your intrepid non-film-critic Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast hosts have each been randomly assigned three of the best picture nominees to argue for either for why it should wit...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Podcasts, Film, College, Ford, Academy Awards, Joaquin Phoenix, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Mark, Facebook Twitter, Erica, Matt Murray, Richard Brody, Oscar nominees, Erica Spyres


Scorsese’s The Irishman in the Context of his Oeuvre–Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #29 Featuring Colin Marshall

http://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_029_1-16-20.mp3 What distinguishes the highly lauded 2019 film The Irishman within director Martin Scorsese's body of work? Frequent Open Culture contributor Colin Marshall joins Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt to talk about what we do and don't connect with in Scorsese's work and how these films qualify as "art films" despite their watchability, not to mention the big budgets and stars. We cover ...
Tags: Google, New York, Podcasts, Film, College, Scorsese, Nicolas Cage, Martin Scorsese, Facebook Twitter, Peter Boyle, Dave Itzkoff, Colin Marshall, Jimmy Hoffa, Pretty Much Pop, Mark Linsenmayer Erica Spyres, Brian Hirt


Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #27 Discusses the Impact and Aesthetics of Star Wars

http://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_027_1-3-20.mp3 Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt grasp the low-hanging fruit in pop culture to talk about Star Wars: The unique place that these films have in the brains of people of a certain age, how we grappled with the prequels, and why we feel the need to fill in and argue about the details. We primarily focus on the two most recent emanations of this beast, The Mandalorian and Rise of Skywalke...
Tags: Google, Star Wars, Science Fiction, Television, Film, College, Sci Fi, Don, Facebook Twitter, Skywalker, Rob Bricken, Richard Brody, Dan Brooks, Alison Herman, Mandalorian, Brandon Katz


Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #26 Discusses Alan Moore’s Watchmen Comic and the HBO Show with Cornell Psychology Professor David Pizarro

http://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_026_12-20-19.mp3 Perhaps the most lauded graphic novel has been sequelized for HBO, and amazingly, it turned out pretty darn well (with a 96% Rotten Tomatoes rating!). Your hosts Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt are joined by the Cornell's David Pizarro, host of the popular Very Bad Wizards podcast. We consider Alan Moore’s 1986 graphic novel, the 2009 Zack Snyder film, and of course mostly the rec...
Tags: Google, Hbo, Television, Podcasts, Film, College, Alan Moore, Graphic Novels, Cornell, Damon Lindelof, Facebook Twitter, Moore, Zack Snyder, Matt Miller, Lindelof, David Pizarro


Sportscaster Dave Revsine (Big 10 Network) Joins Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast to Discuss the Role of Sports in Pop Culture

http://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_025_12-9-19.mp3 How is spectator sports different from other types of entertainment? Dave Revsine (lead studio host for the Big Ten Network and former ESPN anchor) joins your hosts Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt to discuss the various sources of appeal, team identification, existing in a sports-filled world as a non-fan, watching vs. playing, human interest stories, sports films, and more.Some o...
Tags: Google, Washington Post, College, America, Dave, Espn, Christine, Facebook Twitter, Dan Steinberg, Jason Bailey, Logan Rhoades, Dave Revsine, Mark Linsenmayer Erica Spyres, Brian Hirt, Marco Iacoboni, Carolyn Canetti


Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #24 Considers Holiday Viewing: What’s Canon?

http://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_024_12-2-19.mp3 Join Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt for a special "snake draft," where we take turns picking the holiday films and TV specials that we think are (or should be) part of America's yearly viewing traditions. Were I to list all the shows and films we mention, that would give away our picks now, wouldn't it? Compare your intuitions about what is classic or seminal or over-rated with ou...
Tags: Google, Television, Podcasts, Film, College, Christmas, America, Brian, Imdb, George Lucas, Canon, Rudolph, Mark, Daniel, Facebook Twitter, Franklin


The Singer or the Song? Ken Stringfellow (Posies, R.E.M., Big Star) and Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #23 Discuss

http://podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_023_11-14-19.mp3 What's your relationship to music? Do you just embrace the pure sound, or do you care about who made that sound? One way of seeing where you fall on this issue is whether you care more for singles or to whole albums or careers by artists. Ken Stringfellow, who co-fronts The Posies and was a member of R.E.M. and Big Star, joins Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt to talk about ...
Tags: Google, Music, Podcasts, College, Bbc, Madonna, Britney Spears, Lou Reed, Quincy Jones, Mark, Ken, Facebook Twitter, Ken Stringfellow, Damien Rice, Posies, Ric Ocasek


Pretty Much Pop #22 Untangles Time-Travel Scenarios in the Terminator Franchise and Other Media

https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_022_11-21-19.mp3 Time-travel rules in The Terminator franchise are notoriously inconsistent. Is it possible for someone from the future to travel backwards to change events, given the paradox that with a changed future, the traveler wouldn't then have had the problem to try to come back and fix? Neither the closed-loop series of events in the first Terminator film nor the changed (postponed) future in the ...
Tags: Google, Science Fiction, Television, Film, College, Sci Fi, Brian, Time Travel, The Terminator, Darren Orf, Ken, Facebook Twitter, Nick Bostrom, Gleick, Angela Watercutter, Simon Worrall


Pretty Much Pop #19 Discusses Race and the Target Audience w/ Rodney Ramsey

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_019_10-27-19.mp3 We’ve all felt at various points (maybe at most points) that some media creation has reached us by mistake, that we are not the target audience. 20th century American TV was aimed largely at a white majority, with a parallel, underfunded channel of content aimed at people of color. So how have things changed? There still seem to be “black shows,” but how do they fit in to a landscape where i...
Tags: Google, Television, Film, College, Jesus, Facebook Twitter, Hannah Giorgis, Andre Seewood, White People Black, Pretty Much Pop, Mark Linsenmayer Erica Spyres, Brian Hirt, Rodney Ramsey, Watchmen Atlanta, BlacKkKlansman Tyler Perry Dear, James Strerngold


Pretty Much Pop #18 Discusses Stephen King’s Media Empire

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_018_10-20-19.mp3 Is the most popular writer of our time actually a good writer? Or maybe he used to be good but has long since run out of inspiration? What are the most effective ways to adapt these very readable short stories and novels? Does showing us the evil in a film lessen its impact? While you've been thinking about those questions, King has already written another book. Mark Linsenmayer, Eri...
Tags: Google, Television, Podcasts, Film, College, Stephen King, Literature, King, Buick, Facebook Twitter, Horror fiction, Pretty Much Pop, Mark Linsenmayer Erica Spyres, Brian Hirt, Aja Romano Is Stephen King, Jane Ciabattari Stephen King


Are Stand-Up Comedians Our Modern Day Philosophers? Pretty Much Pop #17 Considers

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_017_10-11-19.mp3 In an age where the average person can't name a living academic philosopher, it's been claimed that the social role of an individual orating to the masses and getting them to think about fundamental questions is actually not performed by academics at all, and certainly not by politicians and religious figures who need to keep on message in one way or other, but by stand-up comedians. This is...
Tags: Google, Comedy, Podcasts, College, Npr, Daniel, Facebook Twitter, Danny, Erica Spyres, Stand-up Comedy, Mark Linsenmayer, Pretty Much Pop, Brian Hirt, Culture Podcast, Comedians As Philosophers, Daniel Lobell


Pretty Much Pop #16 Considers the Sitcom “Friends” 25 Years Later

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_016_10-4-19.mp3 Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt examine the conventions, techniques, and staying power of the beloved ’90s sitcom. Are we supposed to identify with, or idolize, or merely like these people? What makes the formula work, did it sustain itself over its 10-year run, was it successfully replicated (like by How I Met Your Mother or by Chuck Lorre?), and what parts haven’t aged well? ...
Tags: Google, TV, Television, College, Friends, Andrew Dalton, Wesley Morris, Margaret Lyons, Monica, Facebook Twitter, Chuck Lorre, Sitcoms, Nick Levine, J T, Scaachi Koul, Pretty Much Pop


The Appeal of UFO Narratives: Investigative Journalist Paul Beban Visits Pretty Much Pop #14

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_014_9-20-19.mp3 TV news reporter Paul Beban (ABC, Al Jazeera, Yahoo, and now featured on the Discovery Network's Contact) joins your hosts Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt to discuss the public fascination with UFOs, both at the peak of their popularity in the 50s and in the current resurgence. Do accounts of sightings necessarily make for good TV? Do you have to believe to be entertained? Is ...
Tags: Google, Television, Podcasts, Navy, College, US, America, Sci Fi, Brian, Michael, Gallup, PAUL, Facebook Twitter, Kucinich, Kayla Epstein, Rich Cohen