This episode features a clip from Episode 5: 1933-1939 of Ken Burns' phenomenal The Roosevelts: An Intimate Portrait on PBS. In the clip they enumerate just a handful of FDR's accomplishments from the beginning of his first of four elected terms. At the end he warns people against being taken in by timid people afraid of progress who will call his actions all sorts of silly names, all which still sound quite familiar today. I also played a clip (in, alas, poor audio quality) of one of my favorite FDR quotes, where he details who hates him, and then welcomes their hatred.
This episode features a short, somewhat edited, clip from a great interview on Inquiring Minds with science historian Naomi Oreskes. Along with Erik Conway, she wrote a new book called The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future. The book is set 400 years in the future and tells the story of a Chinese historian looking back what happened after humanity failed to act on global warming.
This episode features the audio from a hilarious pharmaceutical-style ad parody for "Vaccines" by Strange Meal, as well as an excerpt of Louis CK on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross recounting a time when he lost the crowd at a benefit show. Also, don't forget to check out the killer new movie Blue Ruin!
This episode features clips from a fun segment from NPR's All Things Considered tracing the origins of William Onyeabor, as well as from the new Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, where in episode 2 Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how every living thing is related, and this is revealed through DNA.
This episode features a clip of David Edelstein's review of Wes Anderson's new film The Grand Budapest Hotel from NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. She also interviewed Wes Anderson about the movie, and it's a great listen! I also talked over nothing but music from the movie's wonderful score (iTunes, Amazon, eMusic) by Alexandre Desplat.
This episode features clips from HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher where Bill's New Rule is about income inequality and all of the poor little billionaires tired of being persecuted.
This episode features clips from NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. First, an excerpt of David Edelstein's review of Spike Jonze's awesome film Her. Second an excerpt of David Bianculli's review of the new HBO series True Detective.