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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 134: Posting is Praxis w/ @CapitlsmDislikr

The Nostalgia Trap

Release Date: 02/18/2019

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

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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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Alice Bag is a punk icon, the lead singer of legendary 1970s L.A. punk band The Bags, and now a writer, educator, and feminist archivist. In this conversation, she tells her story of overcoming a childhood in East L.A. wracked by poverty and domestic abuse, finding an outlet for her personal and political rage in the burgeoning Hollywood punk scene.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 177: This Land is Your Land w/ Rick Paulas show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 177: This Land is Your Land w/ Rick Paulas

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Rick Paulas is a journalist covering issues of housing and homelessness; his recent piece on Moms 4 Housing details what happened when a group of Black mothers occupied a vacant house in Oakland, California. In this conversation, we talk about America’s housing crisis in the context of neoliberal capitalism, and explore the revolutionary political, social, and cultural implications of a more activist homeless population.

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Tom DePaola is a Ph.D. candidate studying higher ed and academic labor at USC, and co-author (along with Adrianna J. Kezar and Daniel T. Scott) of the new book The Gig Academy: Mapping Labor in the Neoliberal University. He joins us to discuss the increasing precarity felt by academics and other workers at colleges across the country, and to explore the longer history of neoliberalism’s devastating attack on both the ideological underpinnings and practical operation of American higher education.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 175: The Blackademic Life w/ Lavelle Porter show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 175: The Blackademic Life w/ Lavelle Porter

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Lavelle Porter is a writer and professor of English at CUNY’s New York City College of Technology. He joins us to discuss his new book The Blackademic Life: Academic Fiction, Higher Education, and the Black Intellectual, which explores representations of black intellectual life from the Reconstruction Era to today.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 174: Engineering Addiction w/ Sarah Milov show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 174: Engineering Addiction w/ Sarah Milov

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Sarah Milov is a professor of history at the University of Virginia and the author of The Cigarette: A Political History. In this conversation, she describes how the intersection of private capital and state power combined (with astounding success) to promote the consumption of cigarettes to the American public, and how activists engaged ideas around public space, health, and consent to fight back.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 173: The Farmer is the Man w/ Sarah Taber show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 173: The Farmer is the Man w/ Sarah Taber

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Sarah Taber is a crop scientist and ex-farmworker with a wide knowledge of agricultural history and practice, which you can hear in action on her excellently-named podcast Farm to Taber.  In this conversation, we talk about the role of the “farmer” in the American imagination and survey some of the most critical moments in the development of American food and farming policy.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 172: Empire of Cruelty w/ Luke O'Neil show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 172: Empire of Cruelty w/ Luke O'Neil

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Luke O’Neil is a writer whose work chronicles the dark edges of 21st century America, capturing the horrific tenor of our age on his incredible blog and in his latest book, Welcome to Hell World: Dispatches from the American Dystopia. From murderous cops and fascist dads to suicidal veterans and imprisoned children, O’Neil connects the dots of the American nightmare in a voice that’s compelling and authentic and genuinely enraging.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 170: The Extraterrestrial Left w/ A.M. Gittlitz show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 170: The Extraterrestrial Left w/ A.M. Gittlitz

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A.M. Gittlitz is a writer on radical politics, counterculture, and the paranormal, and the producer of a wonderful podcast called The Antifada. In this conversation, he catches us up on the worldwide UFO phenomenon, detailing how the U.S. government is pouring resources into investigating alien spacecraft, with big corporations (and the guy from Blink-182!) getting in on the action.

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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.

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The online culture of memes, shitposting, and irony found on Twitter and other places is deeply entwined with the rise of millennial socialism and the larger landscape of 21st century politics. On this episode we explore the twisted path of the extremely online, as guest @CapitlsmDislikr shows us a world of grad school dead ends, crushing student loan debt, thankless adjunct teaching, satanic institutional bureaucracies and, of course, relentless irony posting on Twitter. Looking back on a ghastly past and even ghastlier future, our conversation sees millennials inhabiting a kind of endless present, with capitalism trapping an entire generation in a state of suspended animation.