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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 136: Seizing the Means of (Porn) Production

The Nostalgia Trap

Release Date: 03/05/2019

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

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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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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 168: Fight Club, But Woke w/ Sam Yang show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 168: Fight Club, But Woke w/ Sam Yang

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Sam Yang is the host of Southpaw, a podcast about the intersection of leftist politics and combat sports. Yang is on a mission to reclaim fighting culture, forging connections between physicality, spirituality, and a more humane engagement with the planet and each other. In this conversation he discusses his background in martial arts, explaining how ethical ideas embedded in his combat training inform his political perspectives.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 167: Monster Mash w/ KJ Shepherd and Bill Black show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 167: Monster Mash w/ KJ Shepherd and Bill Black

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Bill Black and KJ Shepherd return to the Trap for a special Halloween episode, in which we reflect upon the public fears and personal phobias that plagued our childhoods. Together we explore all sorts of spooky stuff, including the hellish visions invoked by Chick tracts, the 1980s crusade against obscenity in pop music, the weird national obsession with children dying in abandoned refrigerators, and the varieties of erotic experience available at your local Barnes and Noble.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 166: Showing the Receipts w/ Kevin Kruse show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 166: Showing the Receipts w/ Kevin Kruse

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Kevin Kruse is a historian at Princeton University and the author of a number of important books about race, class, and politics in 20th century America. In this conversation, we talk about his unexpected rise to Twitter fame, his beef with right-wing propagandist Dinesh D’Souza, the many pleasures of archival research, and his connection to the wider community of historians and other scholars who are more actively engaging the public during a chaotic political moment. 

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Episode 165: Today is Tomorrow w/ Justin Rogers-Cooper (BONUS) show art Episode 165: Today is Tomorrow w/ Justin Rogers-Cooper (BONUS)

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Justin Rogers-Cooper returns to explore the 1993 Bill Murray comedy Groundhog Day, a deceptively straightforward film that pulses with dark insights on political economy, American history, human psychology, and everyday life in late capitalism. 

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 164: School's Out Forever w/ Brendan O'Malley show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 164: School's Out Forever w/ Brendan O'Malley

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Brendan O’Malley is a historian and teacher whose experience with his school’s abrupt closure was the subject of a fascinating, wrenching piece in Contingent Magazine this summer. He joins us to discuss his background in history, earning his Ph.D. at the CUNY Graduate Center, and his particular path through a rapidly collapsing academic job market.

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Heather Berg is a writer and researcher who maps the intersections of socialism, feminism, and radical culture. Her upcoming book Porn Work locates porn workers as “experts on labor in late capitalism,” and in this conversation we explore how sex work in general and porn work in particular offers a critical site of anti-capitalist resistance.