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WeWork Presents: The Darkest Yearbook feat. Sarah Manavis

Business Joker. You thought it was just a dumb meme, but to your hardo connections on LinkedIn, it’s a way of life. On this week’s Trashfuture, Riley (@raaleh), Milo (@Milo_Edwards), and Nate (@inthesedeserts) spoke with Sarah Manavis (@sarahmanavis) discuss Tumblr’s ban on porn (and how tech companies fundamentally do not understand their users), a WeWork job description for what sounds like the editor of a cult yearbook, why YouTube’s pro-racism user base hated its yearly rewind video, and...


*Preview* Riley's Festive Commie Book Club: 'The End of the Transition Paradigm'

In a preview of this week's particularly festive bonus, Riley reviews the academic paper 'The End of the Transition Paradigm' by Thomas Carothers. Riley discusses international relations as a discipline, his takes on some core assumptions of the genre, how it's influenced modern politics in the general Atlantic region, and much more. You can read the article in its entirety here: and then tell Riley why, actually, he's...


An Impassioned Plea for Universal Basic Mids ft. Luke Savage

Does your investment portfolio include cannabis? Do you want leverage on your dank nugs? On this week’s Trashfuture, Riley (@raaleh), Milo (@Milo_Edwards), and Nate (@inthesedeserts) spoke with Jacobin staff writer and now two-time guest Luke Savage (@LukewSavage) to discuss why Canada’s new weed legalisation regime is both gentrifying and rarefying cannabis. There are also a lot of really great names in here, like Mark Pupo and Roger Rogers, all sane people who are business leaders to...


UNLOCKED Riley's Commie Book Club: For a Left Populism

I'm going to unlock another Riley's Commie Book Club, because I'm going to do another book club episode later today. In this episode of my podcast-within-a-podcast, I'm talking about Chantal Mouffe's "For a Left Populism. Why are we constantly told that the status quo — i.e. neoliberal market economics — is the natural order? What does it mean to be "political," versus "post-political"? And how should the left see itself?


TF Presents: An Algorithmically Generated Christmas feat. Alice Caldwell-Kelly

On this week’s Trashfuture, Riley (@raaleh), Milo, Hussein (@HKesvani), and Nate (@inthesedeserts) spoke with writer Alice Caldwell-Kelly (@AliceAvizandum ) about a banner week in brain-dissolution, which included a viewing of a very popular Unicorn Poopsie Surprise unboxing video -- a toy designed by algorithms and popular with children who want to make their own unboxing videos. Also covered: Uber but for unlicensed ambulances, disingenuous Tory ‘outrage’ about a viral video showing the...


*Preview* Trashfuture Presents: Balthasar Speedboat

This week's bonus episode of Trashfuture is actually a pilot of sorts -- it's a comedy show we've assembled featuring an ensemble cast of Milo, Riley, Olga Koch, Pierre Noveille, Alex Kealy, and a few bits from Nate as well. It's a show about how to feel the snow in a sensual way, assigned names for criminals, Dilbert-esque porn banter, Adam Sandler's comedic oeuvre, and Nate discussing a repressed memory about a German magazine he read as a kid that depicted a very silly dog. If you want...


Brexit Dragon Energy feat. Tom Kibasi

You may have heard about this thing called Brexit. Apparently, it means Brexit. And on this week’s Trashfuture, Riley (@raaleh) and Hussein (@HKesvani) spoke with Institute for Public Policy Research (@IPPR) director Tom Kibasi (@TomKibasi) about the real victim of Brexit: political metaphor. Then we talk about the deal itself, Labour's Brexit strategy, and debunk the myth that "Labour could be 20 points ahead under a different leader." We also talk about Yu-Gi-Oh. Yes, we brought on one of...


*Preview* Identity Politics for Landlords

In this preview of this week's bonus, Riley, Milo, Hussein, and Nate discuss Steve Bannon's recent profile in the Guardian, an insane protest letter written by British landlords in opposition to the anti-homelessness nonprofit Shelter, and a terrible startup that wants to despatch fleets of pizza vans that cook your pizza on the go (badly, of course). If you want to hear the whole thing, sign up on the Patreon here: Don’t forget that you can commodify...


HQ Number Two feat. Adam Smith

Everyone loves a synergy these days (just ask Bill de Blasio). You can synergize the relationship between your phone and the cops, between public transit and the cops, between your home and the cops, and -- most importantly -- between your personal data and Jeff Bezos’ wealth. On this week’s Trashfuture, Riley (@raaleh), Milo (@Milo_Edwards), and Hussein (@HKesvani) spoke with PCMag contributing editor Adam Smith (@adamndsmith) about Amazon HQ2's big money shit all over New York and Northern...


*Preview* Picasso's 'Boss Baby Spice' feat. Elise Bell

Please enjoy a preview of this week's bonus, in which Riley, Milo, Hussein, and Nate speak with art historian Elise Bell (@eliseybell) about her Tabloid Art History ( @TabloidArtHist ) account and why it takes serious effort to stop any creative work from getting commodified (a think we at Trashfuture know too well)... We had a blast recording this and hope that you enjoy it, too. If you want to hear the whole episode, sign up for the Patreon and access it here:...


Scruton Under Scrutiny feat. Josie Long

Did a bad thing happen? Well, here are 50 British columnists to tell you why you’re an intolerant liberal elitist for calling it bad. In that spirit, Riley (@raaleh), Milo (@Milo_Edwards), and Hussein (@HKesvani) spoke with comedian and Arts Emergency founder Josie Long @JosieLong) in a whirlwind session that covered Brendan O’Neill’s pedantic defence of the Grenfell effigy burners and the recent appointment of classic inverted book pedant Roger Scruton to a high-profile Tory quango. This...


*Preview* Charles and the Bed-Van feat. Ned Donovan

Elon Musk gifted us analytics like Prometheus gifting fire, and as such we've determined that about 40 percent of our audience is American. So, Americans (and others) -- do you want to know about the British royal family? Well, now you can, in detail, as Riley (@raaleh), Milo (@Milo_Edwards), Hussein (@HKesvani), and Ned Donovan (@Ned_Donovan) discuss the history of Britain's terrible ruling family. This is a good episode to listen to while your valet is relocating your bed to your friends'...


Bolsonaro and the Bandits: A Minion Adventure feat. Ryan Broderick

It’s election season in America, which means terrible racist memes shared by people you hate. In that spirit, Riley (@raaleh), Milo (@Milo_Edwards), Hussein (@HKesvani), and Nate (@inthesedeserts) spoke with Ryan Broderick (@broderick), Buzzfeed’s Deputy Editor of Global News, about his recent article on how American tech companies radicalised the world. We talk about his experience reporting on the Brazilian elections, why Jair Bolsonaro wants to kill bandits, and how the future looks an...


*Preview* LIVE from the Guy Household

This is a preview of the recording of our recent live show at the Sekforde in London. Thank you so much to the fans who attended — we were stunned by the response and incredibly grateful for your support. When we get Hussein back from the frozen waste of Upstate New York (early next year), we'll put on another show. Special thanks to Woke George Eaton for clarifying some details about how you get an author picture at a media publication. If you want to listen to the full episode, sign up on...


*Unlocked* Riley's Commie Book Club: The Death of Homo Economicus

You asked! We listened! We procrastinated actually doing it for a while! We've unlocked Riley's Commie Book Club from September, The Death of Homo Economicus by Peter Fleming, for your listening pleasure. Check it out on Pluto Press here: In the mean time, sign up to our Patreon: Commodify your dissent with a shirt from Lil Comrade:...


Blockchain Border Blunders feat. Alex Hern

We’ve pivoted back from pivoting to video (it was a brief sojourn), and on this week’s Trashfuture, Riley (@raaleh), Milo (@Milo_Edwards), and Nate (@inthesedeserts) spoke with Guardian tech reporter and TF veteran Alex Hern (@alexhern) about… the tech industry. Well, we actually speak about a number of things, to include Philip Hammond’s belief that blockchain will fix the Northern Ireland border crisis for Brexit, angry Conservative men yelling at children in hospital, Facebook’s pivot to...


*Preview* Idiocracy Was a Damn Documentary! feat. Adam Rensch

This is of course something of a new content type: on the preview of this week's bonus episode, Riley, Milo, Nate, and Olga (@rocknrolga) join Adam Rensch (@nachdermas) — host of the Stop/Rewind podcast — to discuss a film that burrowed itself into the American liberal worldview like a hideous, parasitical worm. That film? Idiocracy, the 2006 Mike Judge comedy that frankly sucks, but more on an ethical level than you might expect. Have you ever wanted to do Death of the Author on a shitty...


The Tortoise and the Harebrained News Heist feat. Michael Walker

It’s that time of year again: the leaves are changing colour and there’s a new centrist ‘solution’ (or, rather, investment vehicle) to the problems of both the news and politics. On this week’s Trashfuture podcast, Riley (@raaleh), Milo (@Milo_Edwards), Hussein (@HKesvani), and Nate (@inthesedeserts) spoke with @michaeljswalker from @novaramedia about the ‘slow-news’ platform Tortoise and Chuka Umunna’s new centre-right think-tank gig. You can catch Michael’s show TyskySour (and a number...


*Preview* Riley's Commie Book Club - For a Left Populism

Please enjoy a preview of this week's bonus: Riley's Commie Book Club, reviewing Chantal Mouffe's "For a Left Populism. Why are we constantly told that the status quo — i.e. neoliberal market economics — is the natural order? Why does the centre hate socialism more than fascism? Why is it a bad thing that socialism might leave the absolute wealthiest on the planet worse off than they are in our current gilded age? And why do they want to live in orbiting space stations? Listen to this...


50 Cent: The Global King of Cool feat. Patrick Monahan and Kimberley McIntosh

On this week’s Trashfuture podcast, Riley (@raaleh), Milo (@Milo_Edwards), Hussein (@HKesvani) spoke with Kimberley McIntosh (@mcintosh_kim), policy officer at the Runnymede Trust, and Patrick Monahan (@pattymo), comedian and cohost of What a Time to Be Alive, about some topics close to our hearts: the insane writings of the next Tory candidate for London Mayor, Shaun Bailey. We also touch on our favourite topics: the absurd products of our current bad gilded age. Kimberley wrote a great...