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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 180: Vibe Check w/ KJ Shepherd and Bill Black

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Release Date: 02/24/2020

Nostalgia Trap - Episode 206: Dying to Serve You w/ Sean Lawrence show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 206: Dying to Serve You w/ Sean Lawrence

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Sean Lawrence works as a bartender and manager at a couple of the most popular eating and drinking establishments in downtown Ventura, California. In this conversation, he shares amazing stories from the world of restaurants and bars during the pandemic, from fights with MAGA trolls and the anti-mask crowd, to the agony of layoffs and closings, to the continued suffocating fear of catching COVID, we shine a light on a rough but undeniably clarifying moment for workers in the food service industry.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 205: Onward Christian Soldiers w/ Kristin Kobes Du Mez show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 205: Onward Christian Soldiers w/ Kristin Kobes Du Mez

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Kristin Kobes Du Mez is a professor of history at Calvin University whose work focuses on the intersection of religion, gender, and politics in American life. Her new book Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation traces the development of a white, militant, patriarchal Christian culture in the decades since the 1960s, when the rise of feminism and the civil rights movement triggered an evangelical backlash that led directly to the Trump era.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 204: Eating Ass and Martial Law w/ Eddie Pepitone show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 204: Eating Ass and Martial Law w/ Eddie Pepitone

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Eddie Pepitone is an actor and comedian whose latest standup special "For the Masses" captures the visceral hell of life in late capitalism. In this conversation, he talks about his path in comedy, the development of a “working class” voice, why he avoids trite topics like dating and pizza, and how his left-wing politics and Eastern spirituality find their way into his material.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 202: No Place Like Home w/ Yasmin Nair show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 202: No Place Like Home w/ Yasmin Nair

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How does the way we live reflect all the traps of American ideology? This week, one of our favorites, writer and activist Yasmin Nair, joins us for a wide-ranging conversation on the historical, social, and economic dimensions of U.S. housing policy. From current debates around gentrification and rent strikes to the romanticized image of suburban nuclear families in pop culture, we explore how ideas of home ownership are at the core of the national-imperial project.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 201: Educating the Ruling Class w/ Nathan Tankus show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 201: Educating the Ruling Class w/ Nathan Tankus

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Since his first appearance on the Nostalgia Trap in 2016, Nathan Tankus has gained a devoted following for his ideas on politics, economics, and global finance. His newsletter, Notes on the Crises, is closely watched by journalists, politicians, and economists, particularly after publishing a remarkable set of pieces on COVID-19 and the Federal Reserve in early 2020.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 200: Wild Card w/ Justin Rogers-Cooper show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 200: Wild Card w/ Justin Rogers-Cooper

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This week Justin Rogers-Cooper joins us to celebrate our 200th episode with a deep dive into the political, economic, and cultural significance of the “Joker” character. What are the origins of the Joker image and mythology? How has the character evolved over time? And what does this archetype’s ubiquitous presence tell us about our historical moment? This episode is dedicated in loving, living memory of Laszlo Scott Kehoe. 

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 199: We Cannot Live Without Our Lives w/ Asad Haider show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 199: We Cannot Live Without Our Lives w/ Asad Haider

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Asad Haider is a founding editor at Viewpoint Magazine and the author of Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump. In this conversation he explains how the history of anti-racist struggle in the United States provides a compelling set of ideas for a dynamic, anti-capitalist emancipatory practice. Along the way, we discuss the value of reading Marx in 2020, our distorted view of 1960s and 1970s radicalism, the significance of the Black Lives Matter moment, and much more.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 198: Most Wanted w/ Paul Renfro show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 198: Most Wanted w/ Paul Renfro

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Paul Renfro is a professor of history at Florida State University and the author of Stranger Danger: Family Values, Childhood, and the American Carceral State. In this conversation he explains how fears of child abduction fueled a hysterical campaign in the 1970s and 1980s that produced a wave of new laws, structures of punishment, and ideas about family, security, and sexuality that continue to haunt American life.

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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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Trap favorites KJ Shepherd and Bill Black return for a much-needed election year vibe check, in which we discuss our individual and collective moods in the context of Bernie Sanders’ continued success in the Democratic primary. From online battles with Marc Maron and other toxic centrist dorks to the wider view of academic work in a collapsing humanities job market, KJ and Bill bring their characteristically refreshing perspectives to an increasingly chaotic historical moment. 

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