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Ep. 33 - Shallow Banquet

EAre we further apart? Are we being fooled? This is an episode about our phantom selves, how we're doing right now, and the feeling that something important has gone wrong. SOURCES: - "Ep. 27: The Wreckage," The Relentless Picnic (Feb. '18): bit.ly/2GhA6CW ; - "How Do We Write Now?" by Patricia Lockwood, Tin House (Apr. '18): bit.ly/2Gfyj1p ; - "In the Age of A.I., Is Seeing Still Believing?" by Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker (Nov. '18): bit.ly/2zwnggK ; - "Brain-Eating Amoeba Lurk in U.S. Lakes. But Should You Worry?" PBS NewsHour (Aug. '11): to.pbs.org/2IviXbF ; - If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem, by Wm. Faulker (1939) ; - music from the episode: bit.ly/2UFK6QM (ft. "All Fires" by Moonface, from Spencer Krug: patreon.com/spencerkrug ). - Image: Hundertacht House, Bonn-Kessenich, North Rhine-Westphalia, 2007, Uwe Schröder Architekten. Photo: Stefan Müller

123 MINAPR 12
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Ep. 33 - Shallow Banquet

Ep. 32 - Passage Potluck

EThe world is a snakepit of competing takes and diverging minds. How is anybody supposed to live? In this episode, we play a game called Passage Potluck to straighten it all out. We assembled a packet of short excerpted texts, and forced ourselves to connect dots between, through, and around them, at random. The passages we wound up discussing are assembled for listeners here: bit.ly/peoplespacket ; but the full packet we had in front of us is for our Patreon supporters here: bit.ly/patreonpacket . Music from the episode: https://bit.ly/2B7rUnc ; Image credit: Thomas Prior.

118 MINJAN 27
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Ep. 32 - Passage Potluck

Ep. 31 - Just Citizens

EThe confidence we’ve always had as a people isn’t simply some romantic dream, or a proverb in a dusty book we read just on the Fourth of July. In this episode we’re talking democracy and consumerism through those American specters John Dewey, the thirty-ninth President James Earl Carter, and the citizen-reviewers of Amazon dot com. SOURCES: - Jimmy Carter, Address to the Nation on Energy (Nov. 8, 1977): bit.ly/2R3bFNo ; - John Dewey, The Public and Its Problems (1927): a.co/d/aRa9JvB ; - John Dewey, The Quest for Certainty (1929) ; - WaPo "Presidential" podcast, "Jimmy Carter: Keeping the Faith." transcript: wapo.st/2POYTlk ; - Peanuts to the Presidency: the Jimmy Carter Campaign (1978): youtu.be/kHgMS2xVyJY ; - American Experience: Jimmy Carter, PBS Films (2002): youtu.be/FXyeIklDDEI ; - footage from "The Made-for-TV Election 1980" film, dir. William Brandon Shanley, starring Martin Sheen (1986): youtu.be/LeJxuOVXEm8 ; - Jimmy Carter, "Crisis of Confidence" speech (July 14, 1979...

122 MIN2018 OCT 22
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Ep. 31 - Just Citizens

Ep. 30 - The Mandala

ELet's talk about movies. How would you talk about a movie if it wants you to shut up? Climb aboard for a one-way trip down the river of striking images, dream-like sequences, and too many meaningful looks. From the ridiculous to the sacred, we examine the examinations of the unspeakable silence at the heart of life. SOURCES: - 2001: A Space Odyssey, dir. Stanley Kubrick (1968) ; - Plato, Republic (514a & ff.) ; - Song to Song, dir. Terence Malick (2017) ; - Paul Schraeder's review of Song to Song: bit.ly/2vqghom ; - Paul Schraeder, Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer, with new introduction, "Rethinking Transcendental Style" (2018): a.co/eiNRfRh ; - Stalker, dir. Andrei Tarkovsky (1979) ; - Late Spring, dir. Yasujirô Ozu (1949) ; - Five Dedicated to Ozu, dir. Abbas Kiarostami (2003) ; - cover image: Lucas Samaras, 1975 - music from the episode: bit.ly/2AN40zL .

108 MIN2018 AUG 6
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Ep. 30 - The Mandala

Ep. 29 - The Swarm

EThis week it’s fourteen conversations about one thing. We do a little research on the symptoms of fascism and begin to feel like an expendable character in the first act of a horror film. Plus: TED talks are blindfolds at the museum, why you must laminate the best parts of your body, and the moral arc of the universe bends toward destruction, but also hope? Q.E.D., friends. SOURCES: - Umberto Eco, "Ur-Fascism" (NYRB, June 1995): https://bit.ly/1mXBPS6 ; - Plato's Meno, 72a ; - "How we can build AI to help humans, not hurt us," a TED talk by Margaret Mitchell (03/12/2018): https://youtu.be/twWkGt33X_k ; - "How to win at evolution and survive a mass extinction," a TED talk by Lauren Sallan (11/21/2017): https://youtu.be/rtcrqLWZr_0 ; - "Capitalism isn't an ideology -- it's an operating system," a TED talk by Bhu Srinivasan (03/06/2018): https://youtu.be/Y0UB6g8Rsyw ; - clip from George Carlin, "Doin' it Again" (1990): https://youtu.be/hNd_x3w-yNo ; - Masha Gessen, "Autocracy: Rules f...

124 MIN2018 MAY 4
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Ep. 29 - The Swarm

Ep. 28 - Ragnarok

EIt’s time to talk about America. We’re looking at ways to deal with what’s coming, from that bug-out bag full of spare magazines, to terrifying self-sacrifice on South Carolina’s spiritual battlefield, to Hollywood’s last-ditch play for immortality with the forces of global capital. Join us on the beach to watch the blood-dimmed tide roll in. BONUS SCENE for our patreon supporters: https://bit.ly/2v5yF8x ; SOURCES: - "In A Dark Time" by Theodore Roethke (1963): https://bit.ly/2wYW33A ; - "Preppers are Crazy" by SensiblePrepper (03/2012): https://youtu.be/6_AJljHYww8 ; - "7 Worst Rookie Prepper Mistakes and How to Avoid Them" by SNO Multimedia (09/2014): https://youtu.be/byKqaGUiaFM ; - from Melville, Moby Dick: chapter XCIII, The Castaway ; - "I'm the Girl Who Clawed Her Own Eyes Out. This Is My Story: Twenty-year old Kaylee Muthart speaks out for the first time since the incident that made national news," by Kaylee Muthart as told to Elizabeth Narins, in Cosmo (Mar. 9, 2018): ...

131 MIN2018 APR 3
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Ep. 28 - Ragnarok

Ep. 27 - The Wreckage

EHow did this happen? What went wrong? We obsess over the brokenness and try to eyeball the true nature of intimacy: fading, faded, and yet-to-fade. ft. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jordan Catalano, Don Draper, the miserable modern self, someone you once genuinely loved, and other dangerous creatures of the heart. SOURCES: - "How Friendships Change Over Time" by Julie Beck in The Atlantic (June 2015): http://theatln.tc/2mDBQxK ; - "Mimi O'Donnell Reflects on the Loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman and the Devastation of Addiction," as told to Adam Green, Vogue (Dec. 13, 2017): http://bit.ly/2j1DUx6 ; - 'litost', Collins Dictionary: http://bit.ly/2ELkp8w ; - Episode image: “Pulse” by Jessica Lloyd-Jones, 2008 ; - music from the episode: http://bit.ly/2CmDokx .

111 MIN2018 FEB 15
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Ep. 27 - The Wreckage

Ep. 26 - This Is Marketplace

ELike I always say, if the markets are a-singin', you better know how to make 'em dance. Today on the program, it's a deep dive in the shallow pond that is NPR's Marketplace. We'll ask the question: are there Nazis in-studio forcing them to be like this? Or is there a more covert kind of fascism within the neoliberal soul? I'm Kai Ryssdal, and this sinking ship is called Marketplace. SOURCES: - "Buying 450 Million Ripple? - $1Billion Ripple XRP Buy - XRP Ripple CryptoCurrency," by the right reputable Crypto Coin News: https://youtu.be/_TGELnePogs ; - "Is Amazon finally poised for a complete retail takeover?" (Oct. 27, 2017): http://bit.ly/2Dd9mku ; - "Why accountants can't wait for the new tax bill" (Oct. 30, 2017): http://bit.ly/2DJqfEw ; - "Does trickle-down economics make any sense?" (Nov. 7, 2017): http://bit.ly/2EOQiJP ; - "F is For Future: How to Think About Public Media's Next 50 Years" a Knight Foundation whitepaper by Melody Kramer and Betsy Odonovan (2017): http://kng.ht/2A...

109 MIN2018 JAN 17
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Ep. 26 - This Is Marketplace

Ep. 25 - Drench the Spark

ETo die, to sleep — perchance to be judged no longer viable in society and sentenced to burn alive from within. Who is truly avenged by our cocktails of untested heartstoppers? Justices: why did we stop, then start, doing this again? Join us at the top of the scaffold of lies we tell ourselves, where we countenance barbarisms and watch the clock till it runs all the way out. SOURCES: - Michel Foucault, Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison (1975): http://a.co/eerXzt2 ; - 60 Minutes, "The Execution of Joseph Wood" (Nov. 29, 2015): http://bit.ly/2kgmw8Z ; - Oklahoma's KFOR-TV on Clayton Lockett's botched execution (Apr. 29, 2014); reporter Courtney Francisco, eyewitnessing: https://youtu.be/d06awQ1L2TM ; - Furman v. Georgia (1972): http://bit.ly/2kIZ6bH ; - news clips on the decision in Furman v. Georgia: https://youtu.be/yeOykQHeRlY?t=2m23s ; - Gregg v. Georgia (1976): http://bit.ly/2kfGh0d ; - a cartoon on the case, produced (amazingly) by the Georgia State Bar: https://youtu...

111 MIN2017 DEC 18
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Ep. 25 - Drench the Spark

PATREON: The Announcement

EThere's a new channel for hot audio content from The Relentless Picnic. It's on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/relentlesspicnic Our episodes will still be released for free, and in the same way as always. But, as a Patron, you'll receive weekly "treats" from us, delivered to you via the Patreon. Among the "treats" you might expect from us each week are: ️ interviews, conversations, and informal chats with intriguing guests ️ question & answer sessions where the Picnic responds to your queries ️ special live-streaming shows ️ excerpts from in-progress dramatic works/short operas ️ recipes from @georgelazenby's personal stash ️ plus: cut scenes, discourse, conversation, and curated audio delights in our usual style. If you want to support what we’ve been doing, pledge a fin, and scoop up your weekly treats. https://www.patreon.com/relentlesspicnic

21 MIN2017 NOV 22
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PATREON: The Announcement

Latest Episodes

Ep. 33 - Shallow Banquet

EAre we further apart? Are we being fooled? This is an episode about our phantom selves, how we're doing right now, and the feeling that something important has gone wrong. SOURCES: - "Ep. 27: The Wreckage," The Relentless Picnic (Feb. '18): bit.ly/2GhA6CW ; - "How Do We Write Now?" by Patricia Lockwood, Tin House (Apr. '18): bit.ly/2Gfyj1p ; - "In the Age of A.I., Is Seeing Still Believing?" by Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker (Nov. '18): bit.ly/2zwnggK ; - "Brain-Eating Amoeba Lurk in U.S. Lakes. But Should You Worry?" PBS NewsHour (Aug. '11): to.pbs.org/2IviXbF ; - If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem, by Wm. Faulker (1939) ; - music from the episode: bit.ly/2UFK6QM (ft. "All Fires" by Moonface, from Spencer Krug: patreon.com/spencerkrug ). - Image: Hundertacht House, Bonn-Kessenich, North Rhine-Westphalia, 2007, Uwe Schröder Architekten. Photo: Stefan Müller

123 MINAPR 12
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Ep. 33 - Shallow Banquet

Ep. 32 - Passage Potluck

EThe world is a snakepit of competing takes and diverging minds. How is anybody supposed to live? In this episode, we play a game called Passage Potluck to straighten it all out. We assembled a packet of short excerpted texts, and forced ourselves to connect dots between, through, and around them, at random. The passages we wound up discussing are assembled for listeners here: bit.ly/peoplespacket ; but the full packet we had in front of us is for our Patreon supporters here: bit.ly/patreonpacket . Music from the episode: https://bit.ly/2B7rUnc ; Image credit: Thomas Prior.

118 MINJAN 27
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Ep. 32 - Passage Potluck

Ep. 31 - Just Citizens

EThe confidence we’ve always had as a people isn’t simply some romantic dream, or a proverb in a dusty book we read just on the Fourth of July. In this episode we’re talking democracy and consumerism through those American specters John Dewey, the thirty-ninth President James Earl Carter, and the citizen-reviewers of Amazon dot com. SOURCES: - Jimmy Carter, Address to the Nation on Energy (Nov. 8, 1977): bit.ly/2R3bFNo ; - John Dewey, The Public and Its Problems (1927): a.co/d/aRa9JvB ; - John Dewey, The Quest for Certainty (1929) ; - WaPo "Presidential" podcast, "Jimmy Carter: Keeping the Faith." transcript: wapo.st/2POYTlk ; - Peanuts to the Presidency: the Jimmy Carter Campaign (1978): youtu.be/kHgMS2xVyJY ; - American Experience: Jimmy Carter, PBS Films (2002): youtu.be/FXyeIklDDEI ; - footage from "The Made-for-TV Election 1980" film, dir. William Brandon Shanley, starring Martin Sheen (1986): youtu.be/LeJxuOVXEm8 ; - Jimmy Carter, "Crisis of Confidence" speech (July 14, 1979...

122 MIN2018 OCT 22
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Ep. 31 - Just Citizens

Ep. 30 - The Mandala

ELet's talk about movies. How would you talk about a movie if it wants you to shut up? Climb aboard for a one-way trip down the river of striking images, dream-like sequences, and too many meaningful looks. From the ridiculous to the sacred, we examine the examinations of the unspeakable silence at the heart of life. SOURCES: - 2001: A Space Odyssey, dir. Stanley Kubrick (1968) ; - Plato, Republic (514a & ff.) ; - Song to Song, dir. Terence Malick (2017) ; - Paul Schraeder's review of Song to Song: bit.ly/2vqghom ; - Paul Schraeder, Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer, with new introduction, "Rethinking Transcendental Style" (2018): a.co/eiNRfRh ; - Stalker, dir. Andrei Tarkovsky (1979) ; - Late Spring, dir. Yasujirô Ozu (1949) ; - Five Dedicated to Ozu, dir. Abbas Kiarostami (2003) ; - cover image: Lucas Samaras, 1975 - music from the episode: bit.ly/2AN40zL .

108 MIN2018 AUG 6
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Ep. 30 - The Mandala

Ep. 29 - The Swarm

EThis week it’s fourteen conversations about one thing. We do a little research on the symptoms of fascism and begin to feel like an expendable character in the first act of a horror film. Plus: TED talks are blindfolds at the museum, why you must laminate the best parts of your body, and the moral arc of the universe bends toward destruction, but also hope? Q.E.D., friends. SOURCES: - Umberto Eco, "Ur-Fascism" (NYRB, June 1995): https://bit.ly/1mXBPS6 ; - Plato's Meno, 72a ; - "How we can build AI to help humans, not hurt us," a TED talk by Margaret Mitchell (03/12/2018): https://youtu.be/twWkGt33X_k ; - "How to win at evolution and survive a mass extinction," a TED talk by Lauren Sallan (11/21/2017): https://youtu.be/rtcrqLWZr_0 ; - "Capitalism isn't an ideology -- it's an operating system," a TED talk by Bhu Srinivasan (03/06/2018): https://youtu.be/Y0UB6g8Rsyw ; - clip from George Carlin, "Doin' it Again" (1990): https://youtu.be/hNd_x3w-yNo ; - Masha Gessen, "Autocracy: Rules f...

124 MIN2018 MAY 4
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Ep. 29 - The Swarm

Ep. 28 - Ragnarok

EIt’s time to talk about America. We’re looking at ways to deal with what’s coming, from that bug-out bag full of spare magazines, to terrifying self-sacrifice on South Carolina’s spiritual battlefield, to Hollywood’s last-ditch play for immortality with the forces of global capital. Join us on the beach to watch the blood-dimmed tide roll in. BONUS SCENE for our patreon supporters: https://bit.ly/2v5yF8x ; SOURCES: - "In A Dark Time" by Theodore Roethke (1963): https://bit.ly/2wYW33A ; - "Preppers are Crazy" by SensiblePrepper (03/2012): https://youtu.be/6_AJljHYww8 ; - "7 Worst Rookie Prepper Mistakes and How to Avoid Them" by SNO Multimedia (09/2014): https://youtu.be/byKqaGUiaFM ; - from Melville, Moby Dick: chapter XCIII, The Castaway ; - "I'm the Girl Who Clawed Her Own Eyes Out. This Is My Story: Twenty-year old Kaylee Muthart speaks out for the first time since the incident that made national news," by Kaylee Muthart as told to Elizabeth Narins, in Cosmo (Mar. 9, 2018): ...

131 MIN2018 APR 3
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Ep. 28 - Ragnarok

Ep. 27 - The Wreckage

EHow did this happen? What went wrong? We obsess over the brokenness and try to eyeball the true nature of intimacy: fading, faded, and yet-to-fade. ft. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jordan Catalano, Don Draper, the miserable modern self, someone you once genuinely loved, and other dangerous creatures of the heart. SOURCES: - "How Friendships Change Over Time" by Julie Beck in The Atlantic (June 2015): http://theatln.tc/2mDBQxK ; - "Mimi O'Donnell Reflects on the Loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman and the Devastation of Addiction," as told to Adam Green, Vogue (Dec. 13, 2017): http://bit.ly/2j1DUx6 ; - 'litost', Collins Dictionary: http://bit.ly/2ELkp8w ; - Episode image: “Pulse” by Jessica Lloyd-Jones, 2008 ; - music from the episode: http://bit.ly/2CmDokx .

111 MIN2018 FEB 15
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Ep. 27 - The Wreckage

Ep. 26 - This Is Marketplace

ELike I always say, if the markets are a-singin', you better know how to make 'em dance. Today on the program, it's a deep dive in the shallow pond that is NPR's Marketplace. We'll ask the question: are there Nazis in-studio forcing them to be like this? Or is there a more covert kind of fascism within the neoliberal soul? I'm Kai Ryssdal, and this sinking ship is called Marketplace. SOURCES: - "Buying 450 Million Ripple? - $1Billion Ripple XRP Buy - XRP Ripple CryptoCurrency," by the right reputable Crypto Coin News: https://youtu.be/_TGELnePogs ; - "Is Amazon finally poised for a complete retail takeover?" (Oct. 27, 2017): http://bit.ly/2Dd9mku ; - "Why accountants can't wait for the new tax bill" (Oct. 30, 2017): http://bit.ly/2DJqfEw ; - "Does trickle-down economics make any sense?" (Nov. 7, 2017): http://bit.ly/2EOQiJP ; - "F is For Future: How to Think About Public Media's Next 50 Years" a Knight Foundation whitepaper by Melody Kramer and Betsy Odonovan (2017): http://kng.ht/2A...

109 MIN2018 JAN 17
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Ep. 26 - This Is Marketplace

Ep. 25 - Drench the Spark

ETo die, to sleep — perchance to be judged no longer viable in society and sentenced to burn alive from within. Who is truly avenged by our cocktails of untested heartstoppers? Justices: why did we stop, then start, doing this again? Join us at the top of the scaffold of lies we tell ourselves, where we countenance barbarisms and watch the clock till it runs all the way out. SOURCES: - Michel Foucault, Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison (1975): http://a.co/eerXzt2 ; - 60 Minutes, "The Execution of Joseph Wood" (Nov. 29, 2015): http://bit.ly/2kgmw8Z ; - Oklahoma's KFOR-TV on Clayton Lockett's botched execution (Apr. 29, 2014); reporter Courtney Francisco, eyewitnessing: https://youtu.be/d06awQ1L2TM ; - Furman v. Georgia (1972): http://bit.ly/2kIZ6bH ; - news clips on the decision in Furman v. Georgia: https://youtu.be/yeOykQHeRlY?t=2m23s ; - Gregg v. Georgia (1976): http://bit.ly/2kfGh0d ; - a cartoon on the case, produced (amazingly) by the Georgia State Bar: https://youtu...

111 MIN2017 DEC 18
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Ep. 25 - Drench the Spark

PATREON: The Announcement

EThere's a new channel for hot audio content from The Relentless Picnic. It's on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/relentlesspicnic Our episodes will still be released for free, and in the same way as always. But, as a Patron, you'll receive weekly "treats" from us, delivered to you via the Patreon. Among the "treats" you might expect from us each week are: ️ interviews, conversations, and informal chats with intriguing guests ️ question & answer sessions where the Picnic responds to your queries ️ special live-streaming shows ️ excerpts from in-progress dramatic works/short operas ️ recipes from @georgelazenby's personal stash ️ plus: cut scenes, discourse, conversation, and curated audio delights in our usual style. If you want to support what we’ve been doing, pledge a fin, and scoop up your weekly treats. https://www.patreon.com/relentlesspicnic

21 MIN2017 NOV 22
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PATREON: The Announcement
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