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UNLOCKED Riley's Commie Book Club: The End of the Transition Paradigm

Riley's commie book club unlocked for you this weekend! Listen to Riley talk about his experiences with International Relations as an academic discipline via a paper by Thomas Carothers, The End of the Transition Paradigm.


2018: A Year of Brain Expansion Part 2 of 2 (feat. Simon Childs)

This is part 2 of a 2-part extended recording in which your diligent hosts review a year that was bad. Riley (@raaleh), Milo (@Milo_Edwards), Hussein (@HKesvani), and Nate (@inthesedeserts), join Vice UK home affairs editor Simon Childs (@simonchilds13) to discuss 2018, the year our brains got so irradiated by dumbness that we began appreciating Joker memes in earnest. Please bear in mind that your favourite moron lads have a Patreon now. You too can support us here:...


2018: A Year of Brain Expansion Part 1 of 2 (feat. Simon Childs)

We’re leaving negativity behind in 2019. Instead, we’re getting up early each morning to jog 10 miles while playing influencer audiobooks at 2x speed. However, a lot happened in 2018, and we at least need to discuss it. This week, in part 1 of a 2-part episode, Riley (@raaleh), Milo (@Milo_Edwards), Hussein (@HKesvani), and Nate (@inthesedeserts), join Vice UK home affairs editor Simon Childs (@simonchilds13) to discuss 2018, the year our brains got so irradiated by dumbness that we began...


*Preview* Humu Among Us feat. Trashfuture Classic Lineup

Real heads will appreciate this one: we've assembled the full Trashfuture roster, featuring Riley, Milo, Charlie Palmer, Hussein, and Nate, and we're discussing a great (read: bad) startup that wants to give your employees helpful nudges. We also talk Netflix's acquiescing to Saudi censorship, a terrible column that tries to defend UK rail fare hikes, and so much more. If you want to listen to the full thing, subscribe to the Patreon and access the episode here:...


Children of the Coren feat. Jonathan Nunn

What if you could never be fired from your job -- even if you crossed every possible line, to include threatening to sexually assault and then immolate your neighbour’s child during a row over drum practice? What if you were also insanely racist? In your published columns? Well then, you’d be Giles Coren, Britain’s worst food writer. This week, Riley (@raaleh), Milo (@Milo_Edwards), Nate (@inthesedeserts), and Olga (@rocknrolga ) join Eater London writer Jonathan Nunn (@demarionunn) to...


Intelligence 2.0 feat. Felix Biederman

Happy new year, you voles, you vulgar abbey mice. The clock might just be striking midnight, but that’s no excuse for you to not ditch your family and the people who love you in order to listen to this week’s Trashfuture. In this episode, Riley (@raaleh), Milo (@Milo_Edwards), Alice Caldwell-Kelly (@AliceAvizandum) join special guest Felix Biederman (@ByYourLogic) of Chapo Trap House to discuss Steven Pinker’s exceptional work of analysis, “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science,...


Radical Horse Parts feat. Trevor Beaulieu and Wendy Liu

It’s a strange situation when we actually like something on this show - and therefore decided to have a relatively serious conversation about it. On this week’s Trashfuture, Riley (@raaleh), Hussein (@HKesvani), and Nate (@inthesedeserts) spoke with Wendy Liu (@dellsystem) and Trevor Beaulieu (@RickyRawls ) of the Champagne Sharks podcast about Boots Riley’s film ‘Sorry to Bother You.’ As you can possibly imagine, we really enjoyed this film and had a lot to say about it, specifically about...


*Preview* #WeHaveBeenPubliclyShamed / Trashfuture Q&A

This week's bonus is the first installment of something we've been wanting to do for a while: a Q&A episode. However, before we could get there, we had to read our beloved boy Toby Young's insane holiday column about his 'vertiginous' 'defenestration' from public life. In this preview, you can get a taste of what it's like when we have free reign to respond to our curiouscat. We did our best to answer your questions with a minimum of Yu Gi Oh references. Well, a relative minimum. If you...


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'...