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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 169: Gaming the Future w/ Mike Pearl

The Nostalgia Trap

Release Date: 11/14/2019

Nostalgia Trap - Episode 197: Where the Wave Broke w/ Ken Layne show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 197: Where the Wave Broke w/ Ken Layne

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Ken Layne is the creator of Desert Oracle, a magazine and radio show/podcast all about the strange inhabitants and culture of the Mojave Desert. Layne’s trajectory through the world of alternative media winds through the 1990s and 2000s, when he was present at the creation of the Gawker media empire and subsequently took the reins of their influential politics outlet Wonkette.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 195: Or Does It Explode? w/ Justin Rogers-Cooper show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 195: Or Does It Explode? w/ Justin Rogers-Cooper

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Our series on the rapidly evolving politics of COVID-19 continues this week, with Justin Rogers-Cooper warning that the logic of finance capital may force a premature “re-opening” on the American public in the summer of 2020. In this conversation we talk about recent armed anti-lockdown protests, the movie Parasite as a window into the cultural zeitgeist around class inequality, and the potential for social violence as America plunges into an unprecedented depression.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 193: Toward a Global Left w/ Arash Azizi show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 193: Toward a Global Left w/ Arash Azizi

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Arash Azizi is a writer and scholar currently completing a Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies at NYU; his work focuses on the left in Iran and in the wider Islamic world. In this conversation, making frequent reference to cinema and pop culture, he discusses the global dimensions of anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist movements, tracing a narrative from the Cold War to the 21st century.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 192: Cinema in Transition w/ Drew Morton show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 192: Cinema in Transition w/ Drew Morton

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Drew Morton is an Assistant Professor of Mass Communication at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. He is the co-editor and co-founder of [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies, the first peer-reviewed academic journal focused on the visual essay, drawn from a wide range of scholars (including Drew himself). In this conversation he describes his education in film, both as a casual viewer and fan and later as a graduate student in Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 191: Aping Revolution w/ Yasmin Nair show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 191: Aping Revolution w/ Yasmin Nair

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Yasmin Nair returns to the Trap for a deep dive into the film Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), a conversation that helps us frame ideas about prison abolition, animal rights, environmentalism, pandemics, and the tactical elements of a grassroots revolution.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 189: Thank You for Your Service w/ Justin Rogers-Cooper show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 189: Thank You for Your Service w/ Justin Rogers-Cooper

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As we continue our series on the politics of COVID-19, Justin Rogers-Cooper takes aim at the absurd ideology of “sacrifice,” as we explore how American sentimental mythology allows us to justify capitalism’s indifference to deaths of its "essential" workers.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 188: Under the Heel w/ Mistress Snow, Ph.D. show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 188: Under the Heel w/ Mistress Snow, Ph.D.

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Mistress Snow, Ph.D. is an academic in the humanities who was abruptly rejected by her mentor after coming out to her as a working dominatrix, an experience she documents in a recent Chronicle piece. In this conversation, she explains how her story connects with larger issues of class in academia, from the collapse of the job market and the humiliations of the adjunct hustle to the student loan nightmare and endless financial precarity.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 186: Bodies and Power w/ Yasmin Nair show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 186: Bodies and Power w/ Yasmin Nair

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Yasmin Nair is a writer and activist who always says what’s on her mind, and the results are consistently some of the most refreshing and challenging takes on modern American politics and culture. In this conversation, we talk about her most recent work, her outlook on the 2020 Democratic primary, the carceral politics of #MeToo, and why the U.S. left is often so hopelessly lost on issues of sex, race, and class.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 185: Ask Any Buddy w/ Evan Purchell show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 185: Ask Any Buddy w/ Evan Purchell

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Evan Purchell is a film historian and archivist whose latest film project, Ask Any Buddy, presents excerpted bits from 126 different gay male “adult” films from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. The effect is an uncanny journey into a lost world of urban gay culture, depicting a kind of imagninative fantasy of gay life before the AIDS crisis.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 184: History Accelerates w/ Justin Rogers-Cooper show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 184: History Accelerates w/ Justin Rogers-Cooper

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With a nation in quarantine, Justin Rogers-Cooper joins us for a deep dive into the political opportunities presented by the COVID-19 moment, as we track the rapid evolution of capitalism in crisis. Now that the energy of apocalypse has been released into the discourse, where does it go? What new futures can we imagine as the old world shapeshifts before our eyes?

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Mike Pearl is a writer and self-described “apocalypse expert” whose new book The Day It Finally Happens explores the increasingly bizarre scenarios that threaten to totally ruin our collective future. From internet blackouts and antibiotic-resistant superviruses to collapsing governments and mass extinction events, Mike tracks the actual probability of these nightmares coming true as a way of helping us navigate an anxious present. In this conversation, we game out some of the more insane ideas from his book while asking the question of our age: How bad is it gonna get?